Yosemite Deaf Services 40th Anniversary Weekend

Join us October 11–14, 2019, to celebrate Yosemite’s 40-year partnership with the Deaf community in this three-day, family-friendly weekend of fun camping and ASL activities.

Events

The following list is the programs in ASL. Programs begin at a variety of bus stops throughout Yosemite Valley and it will take time to travel between bus stops. This means you will not be able to attend all the programs. Pick your favorite session and talk to Deaf Services staff if you need help planning. Shuttle buses run from 7 am to 10 pm. There is no shuttle bus to Yellow Pine Campground.

Friday

Welcome Deaf Social

Friday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Yosemite Deaf Services will be available to orient you to Yosemite. Come and connect with other Deaf visitors.

Food is available for purchase.

Bus Stop 8: Base Camp Eatery

Saturday

Plan a Hike

Saturday & Sunday, 6:00 am–8:00 am

Set out on a hike with the utmost confidence by forming groups here and getting guidance from one of our guides. Come prepared to hike!

Bus Stop 5/9: Valley Visitor Center
Shuttles are not operational until 7 am. Warm up with a 20-minutes walk from Yosemite Village parking.

Bird Walk

Saturday, 7:00 am–8:30 am

Join a volunteer Deaf guide to find the birds of Yosemite. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you can!

Bus Stop 6: Lower Yosemite Fall
Shuttles are not operational until 7 am. You'll need to drive; parking is available near this stop.

Children's Tree Walk

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am

Bring your Junior Ranger book from the Visitor Center bookstore and learn about plants and trees through stories and games. A junior ranger program. Adults are welcome to participate in this activity!

Bus Stop 16: Happy Isles/Mist Trail

Children & Adults Art Activity

Saturday, 10:00 am–11:00 pm

Led by a Deaf artist, create rock paperweights with your kids using Yosemite images. Rocks used are from outside of the Yosemite National Park. Taking natural objects from the park is not allowed.

Bus Stop 16: Happy Isles/Mist Trail

Camping 101

Saturday, 11:00 am–noon

Learn how to camp with the help of an REI employee who has the gear and is ready to teach you the basics. Go on a brief walk and practice setting up a tent!

Bus Stop 12: Housekeeping Camp

Special ASL Valley Tour

Saturday & Sunday, 12:30 pm–3:00 pm

Book tickets for a two-hour, open-air tour of Yosemite Valley, led by Yosemite's signing ranger! Bus leaves at 1 pm.
Buy tickets (look for "Deaf Services Valley Floor Tour" under "Guided Bus Tours")

Meet up at the tour desk inside the Lodge. Don't be late!

Bus Stop 8: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Work Project: Small Tree Removal

Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Help Yosemite out in this project led by CorpsThat! Dress for sun protection as you join us in removing invasive saplings. Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toed shoes.

Participate only if you are with someone who knows where Yellow Pine Campground is.

Yellow Pine Campground: Volunteer Campground. You must drive there.

Main Event: 40th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Join us in celebrating 40 years of Deaf Services at Yosemite National Park. Come with open eyes and a story to share! Light snacks and voice interpretation provided.

Reserve tickets

Bus Stop 5/9: Valley Visitor Center
Go to the theater behind the Valley Visitor Center.

Sunday

Plan a Hike

Saturday & Sunday, 6:00 am–8:00 am

Set out on a hike with the utmost confidence by forming groups here and getting guidance from one of our guides. Come prepared to hike!

Bus Stop 5/9: Valley Visitor Center
Shuttles are not operational until 7 am. Warm up with a 20-minutes walk from Yosemite Village parking.

Childrens Animal Walk

Sunday, 9:00 am–10:00 am

Bring your junior ranger book from the visitor center bookstore and learn about animals and wildlife through stories and games. A junior ranger program. Adults are welcome to participate in this activity!

Bus Stop 16: Happy Isles/Mist Trail

Interviews

Sunday, 10:00 am–noon

Share your Yosemite experiences with social media! A professional videographer will be present to film you.

Bus Stop 3: The Ahwahnee

Ranger Talk

Sunday, 11:00 am–noon

Ever dreamed of working in the outdoors? Meet Deaf Forest Ranger Ryan Means and get insights into his job as a US Forest Service site manager in Nebraska.

Bus Stop 12: Housekeeping Camp
Follow signs to the amphitheater, a 20-minute walk from the stop.

Special ASL Valley Tour

Saturday & Sunday, 12:30 pm–3:00 pm

Book tickets for a two-hour, open-air tour of Yosemite Valley, led by Yosemite's signing ranger! Bus leaves at 1 pm.
Buy tickets (look for "Deaf Services Valley Floor Tour" under "Guided Bus Tours")

Meet up at the tour desk inside the Lodge. Don't be late!

Bus Stop 8: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Work Project: Small Tree Removal

Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Help Yosemite out in this project led by CorpsThat! Dress for sun protection as you join us in removing invasive saplings. Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toed shoes.

Participate only if you are with someone who knows where Yellow Pine Campground is.

Yellow Pine Campground: Volunteer Campground. You must drive there.

Deaf Campfire

Sunday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Join us in unwinding after an eventful weekend. Bring your own s'mores to roast over the campfire. Chat with a staff member if you would like to go to a walk or talk after this.

Bus Stop 12: Housekeeping Camp
Follow signs to the amphitheater, a 20-minute walk from the stop.

After Dark Walk

Sunday, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm

Led by a ranger with an interpreter! Explore what Yosemite has to offer after dusk and so much more! Bring a flashlight.

Bus Stop 3: The Ahwahnee
Shuttles are operational until 10 pm.
No food in cars! Bears may break in and eat anything with a scent!

Star Talk

Sunday, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm

Led by a local signer! Bring towels, flashlights, and dress up for warmth as you lay beneath the stars. Using a stargazing app may enrich your experience.

Bus Stop 6: Lower Yosemite Fall
No food in cars! Bears may break in and eat anything with a scent!

Monday

Farewell Deaf Social

Monday, 9:00 am–noon

Stop by and say your farewells before heading out of the Valley. This is your chance to give Deaf Services feedback. Food is available for purchase.

Bus Stop 8: Base Camp Eatery

Interpreter Information

Yosemite Deaf Services has created a full list of ASL programs for you during the weekend. Theseactivities will be in ASL or, occasionally, will have an ASL interpreter. Voice interpretation will also beprovided on these programs. There is also a full list of programs in spoken English, which can befound in the park newspaper, the Yosemite Guide. If you would like to attend one of the park’s regular programs, please make a request to Deaf Services by text or at the visitor center (text may or may not work in Yosemite Valley.)

Text Interpreter Requests: 209/379-5250
Valley Visitor Center: Interpreters are present, 9 am–5 pm
Yellow Pine Campground: Interpreters are present 24 hours/day

Plan Your Trip

Step 1: Book Lodging

You must pay for a camping reservation for the weekend.

Step 2: Register for the Event

Step 3: Tell Your Friends

Step 4: Contact Us If You Have Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Yosemite Deaf Services 40th Anniversary Weekend?

Yosemite is celebrating 40 years of Deaf Services in the park with a holiday weekend filled with activities in ASL. There will be numerous Deaf presenters and other members of the Deaf community providing a variety of activities. There will be tours of Yosemite Valley, guided walks, art projects, a daily volunteer project, children’s activities and more.

Tickets

Do I have to buy a ticket to get into the park?

Not if you are Deaf. Let the entrance station know you are Deaf and you can get an Access Pass. The Access Pass is good for a lifetime and give free entrance for you and those in your car to many federal agencies, including Yosemite National Park. Here is an ASL video about the Access Pass.

Visitors without disabilities pay the standard entrance fee.

Do I have to get tickets to the anniversary celebration?

No. There is no entrance fee to the event, but please register by email.

The main event on Saturday night will have a (free) ticket and space will be limited. Reserve a ticket for the 6–9 pm Saturday night event.

If interested in the Saturday or Sunday Valley Floor Tour in ASL, you must buy tickets (look for "Deaf Services Valley Floor Tour" under "Guided Bus Tours").

Activities & Interpretation

What is there to do in Yosemite?

There will be many options from spending time with friends, stargazing, taking photos, taking tours, sitting by the river, doing art, taking short walks, taking long hikes, visiting museums or watching park movies. Learn more about things to do in Yosemite.

Will all programs have ASL interpreters?

The main event on Saturday night will be in ASL with voice interpretation. All other Deaf Services events in ASL will have voice interpretation by request. ASL interpreters will be available, by request, for any public events in English. Volunteers who are fluent in sign will be available during the weekend to answer your questions.

Are there activities for children?

Yes! There will be an ASL junior ranger program and art activity for kids and the park is filled with exciting things for kids to do.

Lodging

Is everyone staying in one place?

No. Most people are staying in Yosemite Valley. The first 100 campers to reserve will be staying in a special volunteer campsite called Yellow Pine near the Four Mile Trail trailhead. Once these spots are filled, campers will reserve campsites in other Valley campgrounds. Many Deaf people will be in Lower Pines Campground, but Yosemite Valley campgrounds are within a short drive or bus trip to the events. Activities will be based in Yosemite Valley.

What are my options for accommodations and when do I have to book?

Below are three options for lodging in Yosemite Valley. You can stay at any of Yosemite’s lodging areas, but book as soon as you can. Accommodations can fill up fast!

Free Campsites: The free campsites are full.

Fee-based Campsites: Many people will be staying in Lower Pines Campground, but all Yosemite Valley campgrounds, including Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, and Camp 4, are within a few miles of events. Learn more about camping in Yosemite.

In-Park Hotel Reservations: Hotel reservations for the event are open. Yosemite Valley hotels include Yosemite Valley Lodge, The Ahwahnee, and Curry Village.

Weather

What will the weather be like in October?

Weather in Yosemite Valley in fall is variable. It might be sunny, rainy or snowy! The average is a high of 72°F and a low of 41°F. This means it will probably be moderately warm during the days and cool at night. Make sure to bring warm layers and rain gear, just in case. For more information, watch a video in ASL about Yosemite's seasons.

Volunteering

How can I help?

If you want to volunteer, there are many opportunities to do so. There is a volunteer team helping to plan the event and there will be volunteer positions during the event to coordinate activities, help visitors and provide ASL interpretation. There will also be a daily volunteer project that you can join to help the park. To sign up for a work project or for more information, email us.

 

Last updated: September 26, 2019

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Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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