Special Programs

Stars Over Yosemite 2017

Glacier Point

During summer, amateur astronomy clubs host star parties at Glacier Point Amphitheater in cooperation with the National Park Service. The program is canceled if the sky is overcast.

June 16-17: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club
June 23-24: Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
July 14-15: MIRA Astronomy Club
July 21-22: Peninsula Astronomical Society
July 28-29: San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
August 4-5: Sonoma County Astronomical Society (S.C.A.S.)
August 11-12: Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society (SVAS)
August 18-19: Central Valley Astronomers, Inc.
August 25-26: Tri-Valley Stargazers

September 2-4: San Jose Astronomical Association


Earth Day 2017

Joins us for our Earth Day Festival on April 22, 2017 in Yosemite Village.

Watercolor painting of Tenaya Lake with blue water, grey and tan hills, and a blue sky.

Parsons Memorial Lodge

Tuolumne Meadows

Summer Series 2017 (weather permitting)

Saturday, July 22
On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Talk and discussion with Matthew Crawford, author of The World Beyond Your Head and Shop Class as Soulcraft.

Sunday, July 23
Mountain Inspiration
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Writing and yoga en plein air with Heather Sullivan, Balanced Rock co-founder and program director; bring a yoga mat or blanket, pen and paper, water, and appropriate layers of clothing.

Rants from the Hill: Environmental Humor as a
Mode of Sustainability

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Reading, talk, and discussion of new work with environmental writer and humorist Michael P. Branch, author of John Muir’s Last Journey, Raising Wild, and Rants from the Hill.

Saturday, July 29
Names and Nature, Words and World
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Illustrated talk and discussion of recent work with artist, writer, and naturalist James Prosek, author of Trout of the World, Ocean Fishes, and Eels.

Sunday, July 30
The Beautiful and the Damned: Building a Relationship with Beauty in an Age of Environmental Distress
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Talk and discussion with Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women.

Saturday, August 5
Ooolation Singers
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
A performance of nature-inspired music by young singers in celebration of light, dark, and the stars. Led by composer and hammer dulcimer player Malcolm Dalglish with Joshua Stephen Kartes, Naomi Dalglish, Charlie Jesseph, and veteran Pilobolus dancer Jun Kuribayashi.

Sunday, August 6
The Wisdom of Trails
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Reading, talk, and discussion with Robert Moor, author of On Trails.

Saturday, August 12
Making “Tree Lines”
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Drawings and stories by artist Valerie P. Cohen and writer Michael P. Cohen, authors of the new book, Tree Lines.

Sunday, August 13
The Mystery of Bird Song
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Talk and discussion with naturalist David Lukas, author of Sierra Nevada Birds.

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20
21th Annual Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival (see more below)

Saturday, August 26
Revealing the Mysteries of Sierra Snow and Ice
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Illustrated talk and discussion with Thomas H. Painter, Principal Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Principal Investigator, NASA Airborne Snow Observatory.

Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival 2017 (weather permitting)

Saturday, August 19
Little Things that Count: Writing Small Poems about Big Things
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Poetry workshop with Camille Dungy

Featured poets and music
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Open reading and music
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 20
The Unbroken Line: Exploring the Prose
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Poem Writing workshop with Gary Young

Featured poets and music
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Yosemite Forum

Yosemite Valley

An interactive lecture series designed to bring evolving knowledge of the Sierra Nevada to the public and the park. Sponsored by the Yosemite National Park Division of Resources Management and Science.

Annual Yosemite Facelift: September

Volunteer to help clean up Yosemite! Join the National Park Service and the Yosemite Climbing Association for this official National Public Lands Day event, picking up litter and performing special projects to clean up Yosemite after a busy summer. This event happens every year during the last full week in September, from Wednesday through Sunday. All volunteers must register on site to participate (no advance registration), and should wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and be prepared for the weather. For more information contact 209/379-1850 or email us.

Last updated: June 2, 2017

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