Special Programs

Stars Over Yosemite 2018

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 15-16: Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society (SVAS)
June 22-23: San Jose Astronomical Association
July 6-7: MIRA Astronomy Club
July 13-14: Central Valley Astronomers, inc.
July 20-21: Sonoma County Astronomical Society (S.C.A.S.)
August 3-4: San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
August 10-11: Peninsula Astronomical Society
August 17-18: Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
August 24-25: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club (SCAC)
Aug 31-Sep 2: Tri-Valley Stargazers


Parsons Memorial Lodge

Summer Series 2018

Tuolumne Meadows

Schedule [525 kb PDF]


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.


Earth Day 2018

Yosemite National Park will be hosting an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of the Valley Visitor Center. All activities are free for all ages and entrance to the park is free on Saturday.

Join park rangers and our partners and learn how we are working to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in Yosemite National Park. The park will also be celebrating National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, Park Rx Day, and John Muir’s Birthday.

Some of the day’s highlights include:

  • Enjoy a fun and interactive musical performance with Ranger Kate
  • Visit informative and interactive booths in Yosemite Village. Enjoy face painting and traditional tool demonstrations.
  • Learn how you can reduce waste at the Yosemite Zero Landfill booth. Bring an empty single-use camp propane canister and trade it in for a refillable propane canister.
  • Join a litter clean-up project at the Volunteers in Parks Booth
  • Junior rangers of all ages are welcome to explore the park on a special ranger-guided walk at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Connect with a park ranger and learn about bears and other wildlife that call Yosemite home.
  • Visit the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center and share your love of Yosemite with an art project sponsored by Yosemite Conservancy
  • Join a photo walk and explore Yosemite Valley through your camera’s lens with photographers from The Ansel Adams Gallery
  • Experience how Shakespeare and Yosemite National Park come together through a free performance of UC Merced’s Shakespeare in Yosemite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For more information, visit https://www.ucmerced.edu/Shakespeare
  • And much more!

The weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018 will be very busy in Yosemite National Park. Visitors planning to join us are encouraged to plan their trips in advance. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day.

Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Village Parking Area and at Half Dome Village. Visitors are encouraged to park and use the free park shuttle to get to the Yosemite Valley Village and Visitor Center.

Public transportation is a wonderful way to visit Yosemite Valley. YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses run multiple times daily and provide visitors with a safe and convenient way to visit the park.YARTS buses will be Free on April 21 and April 22, 2018. For more information, visit https://yarts.com/news/free-yarts-yosemite-earth-day-weekend-april-21-22-2018/

Stage Schedule

10:00 am: Ranger Guided Junior Ranger Walk
10:30 am: Meet and Greet with Smokey Bear
11:00 am: Yosemite Valley Photo Walk with The Ansel Adams Gallery
11:15 am: Bio Blitz Dance
11:45 am: “Shakespeare in Yosemite – A Sneak Peak”
12:15 pm: Story Time with The Lorax
12:30 pm: Music and Fun with Ranger Kate
1:00 pm: Ranger Guided Junior Ranger Walk
1:10 pm: Volunteers-In-Parks – Volunteer Recognition
1:30 pm: Guided Walk to “Shakespeare in Yosemite”
1:45 pm: Music and Fun with Ranger Kate

Last updated: June 12, 2018

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