Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2014)

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Date: April 10, 2014

National Park Week April 19 – April 27 Earth Day April 22


Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day from Saturday, April 19, through Sunday, April 27, 2014. Special events and activities are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Yosemite Conservancy, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.


Park entrance fees will be waived for Yosemite National Park from Saturday, April 19, through Sunday, April 20, 2013. Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable.


This year, the focus of National Park Week is “Go Wild!” which provides a fun way to discover the wonders of America’s national parks. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone. The “Go Wild!” focus inspires visitors to go wild for different aspects of the National Park Service such as "Go Wild for history," or "Go Wild for nature." It also helps encourage the public to visit a nearby national park to camp, hike, watch wildlife, and enjoy being in nature.


This year’s annual celebration will include events and activities throughout the whole week. Events and activities include:

Saturday, April 19 (National Junior Ranger Day)

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Junior Ranger Exploration Fair

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Junior Ranger Walk

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Wee Wild Ones

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Junior Ranger Day Trash Pick Up

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Junior Ranger Walk

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Earth Day Bike Ride

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Earth Day Family Night

Sunday, April 20

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit

Monday, April 21

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Visiting Yosemite: A Journey Through Time

Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day)

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Photo Walk: Ansel Adams and the Yosemite Landscape

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Earth-Friendly Product Faire

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Children’s Yoga

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Sustainable Salad Bar Tasting

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Wee Wild Ones

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Universal Waste Collection

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Live Earth Music for Kids

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Earth Day Cupcakes and Lemonade

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Earth Day Trash Pick Up

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Photography Class: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Children’s Storytelling

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Yosemite Journal Reflections

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: A glimpse into Yosemite’s Early Chinese History

Wednesday, April 23

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: American Indians and National Parks

Thursday, April 24

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Wild Wanderings

Friday, April 25

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Fate of Heaven: A Discussion About the Future of National Parks

Saturday, April 26

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Yosemite Sesquicentennial: 150 Years of Stories

Sunday, April 27

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit


For more information and a description of all events, please visit: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm and click on the current “Yosemite Guide” link, or call 209-372-0200. 

Did You Know?

Upper Merced Watershed

The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.

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