Earth Day 2015

Earth Day Celebration in Yosemite

Celebrate Earth Day in Yosemite National Park

Earth Day Mall Celebration
Earth Day Mall
Celebration

Where better to celebrate Earth Day than in Yosemite?  Find out what park partners are doing to keep park operations “green” in Yosemite National Park, 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!

2015 Earth Day Celebration in Yosemite:

Earth Day Family Night and Earth Day Bike Ride  Friday April 17, 2015
Earth Day Celebration and Junior Ranger Day     Saturday April 18, 2015

Earth Day Celebration Schedule 2015

Friday April 17, 2015

Earth Day Sign

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Earth Day Bike Ride
3 hrs
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Explore Yosemite Valley with Park staff on a bike, meet rangers and others engaged in standing up for your park and your planet.  Meet curious changelings, the fastest creature on Earth, and some cool ways you can take care of your planet too.  Space is limited so advanced sign up and fee are required. Information and tickets available at any Tour & Activity Desk.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Earth Day Family Night, 1 hr.
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.

Saturday April 18, 2015

10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Stand Up for What You Stand On – Your Park, Your Planet: 125 Years of Yosemite National Park
Earth Day Celebration, 3.5 hrs.
Celebrate the ways we protect the Earth through our actions here in Yosemite National Park.  Make music, interact in engaging activities, play games, experience demonstrations and explore ways to make a sustainable difference for the Earth.  Join us for fun, new ideas, and inspiration. Carry your experiences home from this family and community event to inspire your own sustainable choices.  Earth Day is brought to you by the National Park Service, Delaware North at Yosemite, The Ansel Adams Gallery, Balanced Rock, NatureBridge, the Yosemite Conservancy and many other community members.

10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Junior Ranger Exploration Fair, 3.5 hrs.

Drop by the fair at any time to meet real rangers and have fun exploring Earth Day. Become a Junior Ranger and join the team that stands up for Your Park and Your Planet!   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 near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Village.

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Photo Walk: Ansel Adams and the Yosemite Landscape, 1.5 hours.

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.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Junior Ranger Walk, 1 hr.

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 near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

11:00 am – 11:20 am
Wee Wild Ones, 20 mins.

Bring your little ones ages six and under for stories and games with a Delaware North Naturalist! Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Zone near the Yosemite the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

11:30 am - 11:50 am
Children’s Yoga, 20 mins.

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 Zone near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.    

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
Recycled Jug Band, 20 mins.

Jump around and find your beat! Make silly music out of surprising stuff!  Have fun with your friends! Join Ms. Jean Hoell.  Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested. Please meet at the Children’s Zone near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.    

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Universal Waste Collection, 4 hrs.

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 by the Village Store    

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm
Live Earth Music for Kids, 20 mins.

Come sing along for a celebration for all ages! This interactive event will have you singing and dancing about the wonders of Mother Earth. Join park ranger, Kate Gunsolus, for musical fun.  Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested.  Please meet at the Children’s Zone near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.    

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Wee Wild Ones, 20 mins.

Bring your little ones ages six and under for stories and games with a Delaware North Naturalist! Adult supervision and accompaniment is requested.  Please meet at the Children’s Zone near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.    

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm
Children’s Earth Storytelling  20 mins.

Get ready for a delightful good time of storytelling for stories that celebrate the Earth! Please meet at the Children’s Zone near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Earth Day Stewardship Project Clean Up, 1 hr.
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 near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.    

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Junior Ranger Walk, 1 hr.
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 near the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.    

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ranger Program 1 hr.
California's influence on what would become America's greatest idea, the National Parks.  Join park ranger, Lisa Murphy, for an in depth look at the role California’s history played in the beginnings of national parks across the country. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater.

Yosemite Jr. Rangers
Yosemite Jr. Rangers