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

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.


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: April 30, 2018

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Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


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