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Help the Yosemite Conservancy help Yosemite National Park

About Yosemite Conservancy

In 1923, the Yosemite Museum Association became the first nonprofit cooperating association in the National Park Service. The Association, which formed to manage the creation of a museum in Yosemite National Park, set the stage for other NPS partner groups, and lives on nearly a century later as Yosemite Conservancy

Today, the Conservancy draws on an enduring partnership with the NPS, and the support of people who love the park, to pursue our mission of supporting projects and programs that preserve Yosemite and enrich visitor experiences for all. Our staff, donors, program participants and volunteers help ensure a bright future for Yosemite, home to millennia of human history and to breathtaking beauty that helped inspire the national park idea. 

Funding High-Priority Projects

The Conservancy funds grants to Yosemite to restore trails and habitat, study and protect wildlife, conduct research, preserve and share park history, and provide high-quality visitor services. So far, that support has added up to over $140 million in grants for more than 700 projects. 

o	Grizzly Giant, © Yosemite Conservancy/Gretchen Roecker

The Yosemite Conservancy provided $20 million to help pay for the restoration of the Mariposa Grove that was completed in 2018/©Yosemite Conservancy, Gretchen Roecker

Those grants, made possible through support from generous individuals and institutions, have funded repairs on trails throughout the park; renovations of classic overlooks such as Tunnel View and Olmsted Point; and the revitalization of Mariposa Grove. With donors’ support, our partners in the park have reintroduced bighorn sheep, studied vanishing glaciers, protected black bears, provided educational programs for tens of thousands of visitors, and much more. 

In 2021, your support can help fund more than 40 projects in Yosemite, including efforts to study Pacific fishers and rare red foxes, save sequoias and black oaks, celebrate the legacy of artist Chiura Obata, keep visitors safe through Preventive Search and Rescue, and inspire the next generation of public lands leaders. Other major, ongoing Conservancy-supported projects include restoring the area around the base of Bridalveil Fall and creating a new Welcome Center in Yosemite Village.

Funding from the Yosemite Conservancy helps fund wildlife research in the park/NPS

Experience Yosemite

A big part of the Conservancy’s mission-driven work is devoted to providing enriching visitor experiences — and we’re passionate about helping people experience the park in meaningful, memorable ways. 

If you’re in Yosemite during the summer, you might spot Conservancy volunteers pitching in on restoration projects, sharing safety tips on the Mist Trail, or answering visitors’ questions. We’re grateful to our volunteers for donating their time and talents to help the park! 

Our year-round Outdoor Adventures, led by experienced naturalist guides, invite people to get to know Yosemite on day hikes, snowshoe walks, birding weekends, backpacking trips, and more. For 2021, we’re offering a series of Yosemite Field School courses that offer an in-depth exploration of topics such as geology, climate change and alpine ecology. 

Through the Yosemite Conservancy visitors can explore various areas of the park, such as Clouds Rest/Jon Paul Salonen

From April through October, visitors can join the Conservancy’s weekday outdoor art classes in Yosemite Valley. Whether working with watercolor, pastel or any other medium, making art in the park is a great way to slow down and see your surroundings from a fresh perspective. We also offer private, personalized adventure and art programs in any season for individuals and groups. 

Heading into the backcountry? The Conservancy team helps manage Yosemite’s wilderness permit system and bear-proof canister rentals, as well as the historic Ostrander Ski Hut

Yosemite Conservancy webcams enable you to enjoy the park from anywhere.

Yosemite Webcams

Get a glimpse of Yosemite from wherever you are! Bookmark the Conservancy’s four Yosemite webcams for real-time views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan and the High Sierra. 

Yosemite Conservancy Magazine

When you make a gift of $25 or more, you’ll receive our semiannual magazine, which features in-depth stories about Yosemite and the difference donors make in the park. As a donor, you’ll also get regular updates from our team about Yosemite projects and programs, discounts on Conservancy products, and our annual Donor Passport. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a donor

Yosemite Conservancy members receive the semi-annual Yosemite Conservancy magazine

Yosemite Conservancy members receive the semi-annual Yosemite Conservancy magazine.


The Conservancy operates multiple bookstores in the park, as well as an online store, where you’ll find apparel, gifts and games, plus baskets and jewelry from the Yosemite Museum store. Our shelves are also bursting with books, including many from the Conservancy’s long-running publishing program, such as Eat Up, Bear!, The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey, and Where’s Rodney?

Get Involved

By joining the Conservancy, you can help protect the park’s nearly 750,000 acres of meadows, sequoia groves, high peaks and river canyons; hundreds of miles of trails; and plants and animals found nowhere else. And you can help people of all ages, from all over, connect with Yosemite and find inspiration to take care of the environment in national parks and beyond.

Yosemite Conservancy Fast Facts

The Conservancy…

  • has more than 95 years of philanthropic experience in Yosemite.
  • has provided over $140 million for more than 700 projects in Yosemite so far.
  • is funding 44 new projects in the park in 2021, with support from donors.
  • will provide $11.5 million in total support to Yosemite this year.
  • offers programs and services in the park that benefit tens of thousands of visitors every year.