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.
Stars Over Yosemite 2022
Programs are cancelled for the 2022 season due to the closure of the Glacier Point Road for a rehabilitation project.
Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series 2022
Even at a distance, the Parsons Memorial Lodge continues to be a gathering place for our most creative ideas. Perched near the Sierra crest at an elevation of 8,600 feet, and close to where the bubbling waters of Soda Springs return to the air for the first time in millennia, we are invited to ask questions that are deep, lofty, and difficult. How do we live sustainably on this planet? How can we honor and protect the non-human world of nature? How does nature connect us to sorrow and to joy? How do we nurture hope? The Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series invites scientists, poets, philosophers, storytellers, and people like you from far and wide to weigh in on this ongoing conversation.
Masks may be required for entry to Parsons Lodge depending on COVID-19 community levels.
Allow 30 minutes walking time to Parsons Memorial Lodge from the Soda Springs trailhead east of the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center. Admission is free.
Saturday, July 23
Gifts of Granite, Wisdom from Rivers: Natural History and Poetry of the Sierra Nevada
Authors Steven Nightingale and Richard Nevle discuss their new collection of essays and poems, The Paradise Notebooks. With special guest Deborah Levoy.
Sunday, July 24
Out in the Grass: A Collection of Melodies Found in a Meadow
An afternoon of music with locally cultivated singer-songwriter group the White Bark Pine.
Saturday, July 30 (Cancelled)
Seeking Yosemite on the Farm: A Journey to Grow Beauty and Cultivate Belonging on the Land
A talk by Crystie Kisler, co-founder of Finnriver, farmer, educator, and community food system activist
Sunday, July 31 (Cancelled)
Becoming a Freedom Farmer: The Connection Between Conservation, Food Sovereignty, and Land Stewardship
A talk by Dr. Jasmine Ratliff, Co-Executive Director of National Black Food & Justice Alliance.
Saturday, August 6
Regenerating Soil, Regenerating Soul: The Role of Wonder, Awe and Biophilia in Planetary Recovery
A talk by Hannah Gosnell, Professor of Geography, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University.
Saturday, August 13
Alpine Inspiration: A Wellness Retreat in the Meadows
Mindfulness practice with Heather Sullivan, Executive Director and co-founder of Balanced Rock.
Sunday, August 14
Improvisation As A Lifestyle: Don’t just spend time preparing for the outcome...
Last updated: August 18, 2022