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Sierra Club Environmental Education Program
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

Summer Programs for 2016

LeConte Lodge in evening

The Sierra Club sponsors regular evening and daytime programs at the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center during the summer.

Programs held at the the Center are indicated as "Bus Stop #12." Other programs held elsewhere in Yosemite Valley are indicated by appropriate bus stops.

PLEASE NOTE: Specific programs are subject to change or rescheduling. Please call ahead if you wish to attend a specific program - (209) 372-4542. Seating for each program held at LeConte Memorial Lodge is limited to seating of 50 guests.

Summer Program Schedule 2016


In addition to these evening and scheduled daytime programs, LeConte Memorial Lodge is regularly open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

* Programs for Children and Families


PROGRAMS HELD IN LECONTE MEMORIAL LODGE ARE LIMITED TO SEATING 50 GUESTS.
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE. TICKETS ARE DISTRIBUTED BEGINNING AT 7:15pm, ON THE EVENING OF THE PROGRAM.

MAY


Saturday May 7 – Jeremy Evans, Nature Photographer, "Hiking the John Muir Trail: Three Weeks of Stories, Photographs & Short Films" – Join Jeremy on his journey along the John Muir Trail

Sunday May 8 – Tom Bopp, John Muir Historian, Celebrated Musician, YNP, "John Muir & Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite: 1903" – An evening of historic revelry as Tom takes us on the journey with Roosevelt & Muir into Yosemite

Friday May 13 – Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member, "American Indian Flutes & Storytelling" – Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds & stories

Saturday May 14 – Stephen Joseph, Nature & Landscape Photographer, "Everything I Photograph: Yosemite, Muir Woods, Vasco Caves, Mt. Diablo" – Stephen shares his portfolio of amazing images spanning nature & culture

Friday May 20 – Dr. Rachel Mazur, YNP Wildlife Biologist, "Yosemite Bears: A Tale of Rewilding" – Join Dr. Mazur in a study of the lives of Black Bears in Yosemite

Saturday May 21 – Ken Yager, Director, Yosemite Climbing Association, "Yosemite Climbing: Meeting Heroes & Giving Back" – Ken shares his journey climbing Yosemite walls, creating the YCA, & his vision for Yosemite's Facelift

Friday May 27 – John Dill, YNP Search & Rescue Ranger, "Search & Rescue in Yosemite" – Learn about the techniques used by the YNP Search & Rescue Rangers

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JUNE

Friday June 3 – Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member, "American Indian Flutes & Storytelling" – Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds & stories

Saturday June 4 – Dr. Greg Stock, YNP Geologist, "Rise & Fall of Sierra Nevada Glaciers" – Join Greg, Yosemite's first geologist &travel through the history of the formation of the High Sierra & Yosemite Valley

Friday June 10 – Michael Bryant & Robin Pliskin, Northern California Musicians, "Songs in the Key of Nature" – Join Robin & Michael for a musical celebration of Nature's Wilderness

Saturday June 11 – Vicky Hoover, "Sierra Club Wilderness Work Over the Years" -Join Vicky Hoover, Sierra Club's Celebrated Member & Volunteer, Coordinator SC Wilderness Act at 50

Friday June 17 – Frances A. Hunt, Sierra Club Eastern Sierra Organizer – "Sierra Club's Efforts to Protect Biodiversity in the Eastern Sierra Inyo National Forest"

Saturday June 18 – Doug Robinson, Yosemite Climber, who climbed Yosemite's gullies and walls – "50 Years of Yosemite Climbing" – Experience the history of Yosemite's legendary climbers

Friday June 24 – Dr. Tyler Nordgren, Professor of Astronomy, University of the Redlands, "Experiencing Astronomy in Yosemite" – Explore the night sky through amazing photographs and perfect prose, animated by Dr. Nordgren, as we learn about the universe around Yosemite

Saturday June 25 – Tom Medema, Chief of Interpretation, YNP – "Mongolia and Beyond: Yosemite's Sister Parks" - Experience Tom's trip to Mongolia and a visit to one of Yosemite's newest sister parks

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JULY

Friday July 8 – Dave Bengston, Director, Yosemite Mountaineering School, "Climbing Yosemite Walls" – If you ever wanted to see what it's like to climb Yosemite's granite walls, meet Dave Bengston & watch him climb. Demonstration followed by a presentation of images of outdoor activities in Yosemite

Saturday July 9 – Peter Thomas & Donna Thomas, Book Artists and authors of The Muir Ramble Route, "Muir Ramble Route: Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite Following the Footprints of John Muir" – Find out how Muir traveled to Yosemite in 1868

Friday July 15 – Janet Wood, JPL/NASA Volunteer Ambassador, "Hidden Wonders of the Yosemite Night Sky & Outer Space" – Images from NASA on a journey to explore distant stars and galaxies

Saturday July 16 – Harold Wood, John Muir Historian, "Continuing Inspiration of John Muir" – Join Harold Wood as he saunters with the legacy of John Muir into the 21st century

Friday July 22 – Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker, "Hike from Sequoia to Mt. Whitney" – Join Lee and his students on a hike across the High Sierra

Saturday July 23 – Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker, "Along the John Muir Trail: From Mt. Whitney to Half Dome" – Join Lee in his narrated hiking video through the High Sierra

Friday July 29 – No Program
Saturday July 30 – No Program

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AUGUST

Friday August 5 – Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member, "American Indian Flutes & Storytelling" - Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds & stories

Saturday August 6 – Jack Hoeflich, YNP Valley Chief Law Enforcement Ranger & SAR Ranger, "Search & Rescue in Yosemite" – Experience the challenges of rescue in Yosemite Valley & on its lofty granite walls

Friday August 12 – Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker, "Hike from Sequoia National Park to Mt. Whitney" – Join Lee & his students on a hike across the High Sierra

Saturday August 13 – Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker, "Along the John Muir Trail: From Mt. Whitney to Half Dome" – Join Lee in his narrated hiking video in the High Sierra

Friday August 19 – Mike Monroe, Director, Morgan Hill Historical Society, "Charles Kellogg: The Bird Singer, Friend of John Muir and John Burroughs" – Join Mike as we explore the life of a forgotten naturalist

Saturday August 20 – Jack Hoeflich, YNP Valley Chief Law Enforcement Ranger/SAR Ranger, "Search &Rescue in Yosemite" – Experience the challenges of rescue in Yosemite Valley & on its lofty granite walls

Friday August 26 – NO PROGRAM

Saturday August 27 – Burleigh Lockwood, Wildlife Biologist, Fresno-Chaffee Zoo, "Going Batty! All About Bats!" – No live bats, but plenty of fun, as Burleigh, a bat expert, helps us discover the world of bats

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SEPTEMBER

Friday September 9 – Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member, "American Indian Flutes & Storytelling" – Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds & stories

Saturday September 10 – Michael Wurtz, Director of Special Collections, University of the Pacific, Home of the John Muir Papers, "John Muir & The Big Trees" – Meet Michael & experience his journey in discovering Muir's joy & respect for the Sequoia

Friday September 16 – NO PROGRAM

Saturday September 17 – Jeremy Evans, Nature Photographer, "Range of Light, After Dark. Amazing Landscapes from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney – Under the Moon & Stars" – Join Jeremy in the night skies in the High Sierra, as captured through his photography & videos

Friday September 23 – Steve Hale, "Meet Stephen Mather, first Director of the National Park Service" – Steve Hale brings to life the vision and legend of Stephen Mather, Sierra Club Member & Creator of the NPS

Saturday September 24 – Stephen Joseph, Nature & Landscape Photographer, "Everything I Photograph: Yosemite, Muir Woods, Vasco Caves, Mt. Diablo" – Stephen shares his portfolio of unique images spanning Nature & Culture

Sunday September 25 – Steve Hale, "Meet Stephen Mather, first Director of the National Park Service" – Steve Hale brings to life the vision and legend of Stephen Mather, Sierra Club Member & Creator of the NPS

END OF SEASON


THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT LECONTE MEMORIAL LODGE AND FOR JOINING THE SIERRA CLUB

Always in Nature,

Bonnie J. Gisel, Curator, Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

END OF 2016 SEASON


End of Season - Join us again next year!

 

Information and Donations

For more information, during the summer contact Sierra Club LeConte Memorial Lodge Curator, P.O. Box 755, Yosemite, CA 95389, 1-209-372-4542; e-mail: leconte.curator@sierraclub.org.

During the winter, contact LeConte Lodge Committee Chair, Harold Wood, P.O. Box 3543, Visalia, CA 93278; phone: (559) 697-3525; e-mail: harold.wood@sierraclub.org

Help us keep the Sierra Club's oldest public outreach and education program in Yosemite National Park. We need to continue the Sierra Club's legacy at the Heritage Center and the time has come to raise funds for the program and ensure its existence for future generations. To start, we need to raise $90,000 by October 1, 2016 to fully fund operations for fiscal year 2017. (See Fundraising Fact Sheet) (PDF)

Please make a tax deductible donation to preserve the Sierra Club home in Yosemite National Park!

  • Make an online donation using our secure web form; or
  • Write a check payable to "Sierra Club Foundation," marked "restricted for the LeConte Memorial Fund." Please send to: Sierra Club Foundation, 85 Second Street, Suite 750. San Francisco, CA 94105.

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