Earth Day

Earth Day at Yosemite National Park

Celebrate Earth Day in Yosemite

Earth Day Mall Celebration
Earth Day Mall
Celebration

Where better to celebrate Earth Day than in Yosemite?  Enjoy activities such as sampling food from our sustainable and organic salad bar and browsing vendor tables to discover products that can help you to protect the environment.  You could also make a fun souvenir, find out what park partners are doing to keep park operations “green” on a guided tour around Yosemite Valley, and participate in a stewardship project.  Whatever your interest you will find plenty of exciting activities to inspire you to make every day Earth Day!

Saturday, April 19
Junior Ranger Day
Earth Day Bike Ride
Earth Day Family Night

Tuesday, April 22
Earth Day Mall Event Celebration
Children's Stage Events
Sustainable Salad Bar
Earth-Friendly Product Faire

 

Download the Earth Day Schedule of Events

Saturday April 19, 2014

Junior Ranger Exploration Fair
10:00am-2:00pm
Drop by the fair at any time to explore some of the ways people are working to protect the park. Get to know the park’s search and rescue team, talk to a ranger on horseback, find out about wilderness in Yosemite, and ask a bear biologist about black bears. Also, enter the junior ranger art contest and keep an eye out for Ranger Rick! Please meet at the Yosemite Village Mall near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Walk
10:30am-11:30am
Come join a ranger for an interpretive talk about Yosemite’s rocks, trees, and wildlife. Have fun looking for tracks, scat, and animals in Yosemite. Children that complete the one-hour walk will receive a junior ranger badge. Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Wee Wild Ones
12:00pm-12:30pm
Bring your little ones ages six and under for stories and games with a DNC P&R naturalist! Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Yosemite Village Mall near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Day Trash Pick Up
1:00-2:30pm
Become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer! Join a park ranger to clean up litter and unnatural debris in the Yosemite Village Area, making the area healthier for our wildlife. Wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water. All ages and abilities welcome. Please meet at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Walk
1:30pm-2:30pm
Come join a ranger for an interpretive talk about Yosemite’s rocks, trees, and wildlife. Have fun looking for tracks, scat, and animals in Yosemite. Children that complete the one-hour walk will receive a junior ranger badge. Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Earth Day Bike Ride
2:00pm-5:00pm
Explore Yosemite Valley with Park staff for a fun and educational bike ride about the Yosemite’s environmental efforts. Space is limited so advanced sign up is required. Information and tickets available at any Tour & Activity Desk.

Earth Day Family Night
7:00pm-8:30pm
Family friendly evening with songs, entertainment, and theater, including a dramatization of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Amphitheater or in the Garden Terrace room at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in inclement weather.

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Photo Walk: Ansel Adams and the Yosemite Landscape
9:00am-10:30am
Join The Ansel Adams Gallery for an interpretive walk to learn more about Ansel’s contributions to the environmental movement. Open to all levels. Bring your own camera. Please sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please meet for the walk at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village.

Earth Day Celebration
10:30am-2:00pm
Wander between the Village Store and the Visitor Center where games, interactive activities and demonstrations allow you to experience how the park and its partners are implementing sustainability practices; explore with National Park Service, DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, The Ansel Adams Gallery, NatureBridge, Yosemite Conservancy and more. Earth-Lovin’ Lil’ Ones Tent and Stage , the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, and DNC Parks and Resorts in Yosemite team up to provide easy, kid-friendly, and earth-friendly crafts and face painting at the Children’s Tent. Nearby, find music, fun, and games at the Children’s Stage. Visit the Earth Day Welcome booth or the Children’s Stage to find out the schedule of children’s activities! 

Earth-Friendly Product Faire

10:30am-1:30pm
The Village Store sells approximately 500 sustainable and/or organic products. About 30% of health and beauty products are also sustainable and/or organic. Explore between the Village Store and Village Mall to visit with vendors to discover how Yosemite’s products are Earth-friendly.

Children’s Yoga
11:00am-11:30am
Bring awareness to your body and your connection with the earth in a fun yoga session for the whole family. Offered by the Balanced Rock Foundation. Please meet at the Children’s Stage, in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Sustainable Salad Bar Tasting
11:30am-1:30pm
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts (DNC P&R) has a company-wide initiative to incorporate sustainable practices into all business decisions. Sample some of the organic and sustainable foods used in DNC P&R at Yosemite’s kitchens in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Wee Wild Ones
11:45am-12:15pm
Bring your little ones ages six and under for stories and games with a DNC P&R naturalist! Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Stage in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Universal Waste Collection
12:00pm-4:00pm
Doing a spring cleaning? Bring your universal and electronic wastes to the Village Recycling Center. Items accepted at the Recycling Center include TV sets, computers and monitors, small electronics, spent fluorescent bulbs, spent batteries and ink cartridges. Please make sure to wipe your personal data from these items before turning them in for recycling. Household hazardous waste will not be accepted (e.g., paints, solvents, pesticides). Yosemite Village Recycling Center.

Live Earth Music for Kids
12:30pm-1:00pm

Come sing along for a celebration for all ages! This interactive event will have you singing and dancing about the wonders of Mother Earth. Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Stage in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Earth Day Cupcakes and Lemonade
1:00pm-1:30pm
Enjoy an Earth Day Cupcake and a cup of lemonade in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. 

Earth Day Trash Pick Up

1:00pm-2:30pm
Become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer! Join a park ranger to clean up litter and unnatural debris in the Yosemite Village Area, making the area healthier for our wildlife. Wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water. All ages and abilities welcome. Please meet at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

Photography Class: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams
1:00pm-5:00pm
Photographer Ansel Adams immortalized Yosemite National Park through his classic black & white images that pushed the popularity of landscape photography while helping to motivate the American environmental movement. Through the course of the class, you will visit a number of locations from where Ansel composed some of his most famous images. You will receive insight into Ansel’s life, photography and philosophies as well as basic lessons in photographic technique. Please sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Space is limited to 10 participants. Please meet for the walk at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village. ($)

Children’s Storytelling

1:15pm-1:45pm
Get ready for a delightful good time with stories and songs that celebrate the earth! Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Stage in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

How We Got Yosemite
8:00pm-9:00pm
National Parks are something that we take for granted today. We expect that the best and most inspiring scenery in our country will be shared by all. But this wasn't always the case. Join ranger Brian Whitehead to hear how the national park idea got started right here in Yosemite. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater.

Yosemite Jr. Rangers
Yosemite Jr. Rangers