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LeConte Memorial - A Sierra Club Legacy by Elaine Gorman (PDF) (2012)
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John Muir Fact Sheeet (PDF)
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Le Conte Memorial Lodge by Steven Finacom
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LeConte Memorial Lodge

Climate Change Display

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Interior of LeConte Memorial Lodge, Yosemite National Park, Photo by James MacFarlane LeConte Memorial Lodge Climate Change Exhibit

The Climate Change display, installed in 2009, heightens the awareness of visitors to this issue of great importance to the Sierra Club and the National Park Service. Despite its contemporary message, the display carries on the style of the other three primary exhibits in LeConte Memorial. Interactive features include a "time machine" showing the increase of carbon dioxide over the last 300 years, and a series of panels with informative photographs and text in both English and Spanish.

Special attention is given to climate change in Yosemite. Yosemite National Park provides striking examples of melting glaciers caused by global climate change, just like the famous glaciers in Tibet:

Climate Change shown by melting glaciers in Yosemite and Tibet

Among the most tragic impacts of climate change on Yosemite is their effect on plants like the Sky Pilot and wildlife such as the American Pika:

Tragic Consequences of Climate Change on Yosemite wildliffe


But there are helpful strategies to cope with climate change, even in our national parks. Scientists are now creating wildlife corridors to help animals move from zone to zone as the climate changes (click on image to enlarge):

Climate Change Corridotrs

Finally, we encourage visitors to leave LeConte Memorial and Yosemite with a commitment to do their part back at home:

How You Can Help Make A Difference on Climate Change When Returning Home

We hope you will visit the LeConte Memorial to see the entire Climate Change exhibit, which provides further information on this critical issue.

To learn more about the Sierra Club's efforts to combat disruptive climate change and how you can help, see:


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.

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

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: The Sierra Club Foundation, 2101 Webster St., Suite 1250, Oakland, CA 94612.

Climate Change Exhibit Design: George Pettit

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