Yosemite offers year of “Outdoor Adventures”

Sun-Star StaffMarch 9, 2014 

Yosemite Conservancy unveiled almost 50 Outdoor Adventures program for nature enthusiasts interested in Yosemite National Park.

Expert photographers, artists, naturalists and historians will lead Outdoor Adventures spanning the entire park throughout this year, according to a news release.

Visitors can learn about mountain wildflowers and birds, photograph seasonal changes or paint with watercolors, among other activities, according to the release. Outdoor Adventures occur throughout the year. Most are limited to 15 people.

Proceeds are put into restoration and protection work that Yosemite Conservancy supports in the park, the release stated.

“Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures are a compelling way to learn about all aspects of the park, create unforgettable memories and encourage stewardship of this incredible treasure,” Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said in the release.

One of the new Outdoor Adventures is a summer solstice trek to the Devil’s Dancefloor, a large expanse of flat granite near Yosemite Valley. Another new hike explores how the Rim fire affected Yosemite’s landscape, plants and animals.

Visitors interested in the high country can pick a beginner level hike to May Lake or a challenging trek to Tuolumne Grand Canyon.

“Our Outdoor Adventures give visitors of all ages and abilities a rare opportunity to experience Yosemite National Park’s unforgettable backcountry, wilderness, geology, art and culture in small groups led by renowned experts,” Yosemite Conservancy President Mike Tollefson said in the release.

Custom Adventures are available for groups, families or individuals, ranging from one-hour hikes to more challenging treks, according to the release . Register for an Outdoor Adventure or inquire about Custom Adventures at www.yosemiteconservancy.org/outdoor-adventures or (209) 379-2646, ext. 10.

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