Yosemite Adventures

Nature & History Programs at Yosemite

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite’s Interpretive Services Department has been conducting interpretive programs in the park since 1999. As interpretive naturalists, we share the natural and cultural stories of the park through an array of Yosemite interpretive evening programs, walks, talks, family programs, and more. Our staff brings experience, passion, and knowledge of Yosemite to thousands of guests per year. We look forward to sharing our love for the park with you!

The opportunities to discover the stories of Yosemite are endless and entice Yosemite visitors of all ages. Just a few of the many Yosemite interpretive programs available to our guests include:

Art Classes – The Yosemite Conservancy offers art classes through our Art Activities Center. Learn to paint or draw and take home a special and unique memento of your visit to Yosemite.

Crane Flat Snowshoe Walks – Experience forest habitat and a beautiful vista of the Clark Range as you travel by snowshoe. Available January through March, conditions permitting. 3 hrs $

Great Yosemite Family Adventure – Explore Yosemite Valley with the family on a guided treasure hunt with GPS units. Available June through September, conditions permitting. 2.5 hrs $

Lower Yosemite Fall Family Activities – Discover the story of North America’s tallest waterfall on the Lower Yosemite Fall trail with informal learning activities in English and Spanish. Available June through August. 1 hr

Historic Ahwahnee Tours – Travel back in time as you explore The Ahwahnee hotel’s magnificent halls, great rooms and grounds to uncover its past and meanings. Available year-round. 1 hr * Reservations must be made with The Ahwahnee Concierge Desk - (209) 372-1426

Naturalist Strolls – Enjoy a scenic and enlightening Yosemite walk near The Ahwahnee hotel. Topics vary. Available year-round, conditions permitting. 1 hr

Photography and Camera Walks – See Yosemite through the lens with staff photographers from The Ansel Adams Gallery. Digital and traditional formats welcome. Topics, departure sites, and times vary. Available year-round, conditions permitting. 1–4 hrs * Reservations must be made with The Ansel Adams Gallery – (209) 372-4413

Ranger Ned's Big Adventure – Experience a fun, interactive and educational children’s play by The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company at the Curry Village Amphitheater. Offered twice daily five times per week. Available May through September. 1 hr

Ranger Walks and Talks – In Yosemite, nature abounds. Explore Yosemite's breathtaking landscape during a National Park Service Ranger-led walk or talk.

Wee Wild Ones – Youngsters six and under will delight in fun stories, songs, games, crafts and activities. Topics and locations vary by season. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Available year-round. 45 mins

Yosemite Insider Experience – Get an insider's view of Yosemite by exploring the park for a day and a half with a Yosemite Conservancy Naturalist.

Details & Reservations
Cost – Interpretive programs with the $ symbol require a minimal fee and advanced registration for participation. Tickets cannot be purchased at time of program. All other programs are free.

Times & Locations – Program times, availability, and locations vary based on season. Up-to-date information for all programs can be found in the most recent issue of the Yosemite Guide and Yosemite's Weekly Program Listing.

Accessibility – We can accommodate various special needs with advance notice. We have assistive listening devices for those who are hard of hearing or, potentially, an interpreter for guests who are Deaf. Most programs are wheelchair accessible. If possible, please inform us of any needs before the program at 209-372-8243. For more information, please visit http://www.yosemitepark.com/accessibility.aspx.

For more information and to make reservations
- Call (209) 372-4FUN
- Call or visit The Ahwahnee Concierge Desk (209) 372-1426
- Visit a Tour & Activity Desk

Tour & Activity Desks are located
- Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
- Curry Village (seasonal)
- Yosemite Village in front of the Village Store (seasonal)