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  Photo Albums:
The Beginning of a Friendship: John Muir and Joseph LeConte
Centennial Photo Album
Rededication Photo Album
General Photo Album
Including high-res photos
 
  Downloads:
LeConte Memorial Lodge - First Permanent Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley & Home of the Sierra Club in Yosemite National Park (PDF) by Bonnie Gisel - from Yosemite Guide, May-June, 2012 (PDF)
LeConte Memorial - A Sierra Club Legacy by Elaine Gorman (PDF) (2012)
Memorial Fact Sheet (PDF)
Joseph LeConte Fact Sheet (PDF)
John Muir Fact Sheeet (PDF)
Huell Howser Video
(Quicktime Movie 48 MB )
 
  Related:
Hetch Hetchy and the Sierra Club
Make a Nature Journal
About Joseph LeConte
'Little Joe' Joseph N. LeConte
1896 Tribute to Dr. LeConte
John Muir Exhibit
Sierra Club History
Oher Sierra Club Lodges
 
  Off-Site:
Le Conte Memorial Lodge by Steven Finacom
NPS 1985 Theme Study
National Historic Landmark Program

Sierra Club Environmental Education Program
LeConte Memorial Lodge

Summer Programs for 2015

LeConte Lodge in evening

The Sierra Club sponsors regular evening and daytime programs at LeConte Memorial Lodge during the summer.

Programs held at the LeConte Memorial Lodge 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.

Coming Soon:
(Sscroll down for complete list for the 2015 season)

Summer Program Schedule 2015


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

Friday May 1 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Larry Simon, Staff Member, California Coastal Commission/LeConte Historian
"Joseph Nisbet LeConte: Exploring, Mapping & Photographing the High Sierra, 1890 to 1930"
Learn more about the LeConte Family and J. N. LeConte, second president of the Sierra Club and the cartographer who created the first Sierra Club's High Sierra map.

Saturday May 2 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
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.

Sunday May 3 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Tom Bopp, John Muir Historian, Celebrated Musician YNP, Wawona Hotel
"John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite 1903"
An evening of historic revelry as Tom takes us on the journey with Roosevelt and Muir into Yosemite.

Friday May 8 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member
"American Indian Storytelling & Flute Playing"
Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds and memorable stories.

Saturday May 9 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Stephen Joseph, Nature & Landscape Photographer, Pleasant Hill, California
"Everything I Photograph: Yosemite, Muir Woods, Vasco Caves, Mt. Diablo"
Stephen shares his portfolio of unique images spanning Nature & Culture.

Friday May 15 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
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 and to Yosemite Valley.

Saturday May 16 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs
John Dill, Yosemite National Park Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
Learn about the techniques used by the Yosemite Search and Rescue Rangers.

Friday May 22 - NO PROGRAM

Saturday May 23 - NO PROGRAM

Friday May 29 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Christine Loberg, Photographer, Ansel Adams Photography Instructor
"Inspiration for Preservation of Yosemite Valley"
Christine will share the vision of American Artists whose landscape paintings expressed the beauty of Yosemite that influenced the creation of Yosemite Valley as the first national and state park in the USA.

Saturday May 30 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Ken Yager, Director, Yosemite Climbing Association
"Yosemite Climbing: Meeting Heroes and Giving Back"
Ken shares his journey climbing Yosemite walls and creating the YCA, and his vision for Yosemite's "Facelift."

 

JUNE


Friday June 5 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Dr. Greg Stock, Yosemite National Park Geologist
"Rise and Fall of Sierra Nevada Glaciers"
Join Greg, Yosemite's first geologist, and travel through the history of the formation of the High Sierra and Yosemite Valley.

Saturday June 6 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
John Dill, Yosemite Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
Learn about the techniques used by the Yosemite Search and Rescue Rangers.

Friday June 12 -8:00pm – 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member
"American Indian Storytelling and Flute Playing"
Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds and memorable stories.

Saturday June 13 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Bill Carroll, Yosemite National Park's Famous Post Master
"The Mail Must Go Through: Postal Delivery in Yosemite"
Join Yosemite's favorite Post Master, Bill Carroll, as he recounts the Yosemite flood of 1997 and the challenges of delivering mail in and out of Yosemite.

Friday June 19 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Michael Bryant and Robin Pliskin, Northern California Musicians
"Concert and Sing-Along with Songs About Nature"
Join us for a joyful evening of songs--A special event of live music and fun for the entire family.

Saturday June 20 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
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.

Friday June 26 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs
Recommended for Families and Children
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, and watch him climb LeConte Rock, next to LeConte Memorial Lodge. Demonstration followed by a presentation of photographs of outdoor activities in Yosemite.

Saturday June 27 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
Jeremy Evans, Nature Photographer
"Hiking the John Muir Trail: Three Weeks of Stories, Photographs & Short Films"
Join Jeremy on his perilous journey along the John Muir Trail.

 

JULY


Friday July 3 - NO PROGRAM

Saturday July 4 - NO PROGRAM

Friday July 10 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
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, and watch him climb LeConte Rock, next to LeConte Memorial Lodge. Demonstration followed by a presentation of photographs of outdoor activities in Yosemite

Saturday July 11 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Doug Robinson - Yosemite Climber who has climbed Yosemite's gullies, lived in its canyons, and scaled its crags.
"50 Years of Yosemite Climbing"
Experience the stories of one of Yosemite's legendary climbers.

Friday July 17 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Janet Wood, JPL/NASA Volunteer Ambassador
"Hidden Wonders of the Yosemite Night Sky & Outer Space"
With images from NASA, Janet takes us on a journey of discovery to distant stars and galaxies.

Saturday July 18 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Harold Wood, John Muir Historian/Sierra Club John Muir Webmaster/Chair, LML Committee
"The Continuing Inspiration of John Muir"
Join Harold Wood as he saunters with the legacy of John Muir into the 21st century.

Friday July 24 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Hike From Sequoia to Mt. Whitney" - Narrated Hiking Video
Join Lee and his students on a hike across the High Sierra.

Saturday July 25 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Along the John Muir Trail: From Mt. Whitney to Half Dome" - Narrated Hiking Video
Join Lee in his narrated hiking video in the High Sierra and to Yosemite Valley.

Friday July 31 - NO PROGRAM

 

AUGUST

Saturday August 1- 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
Jack Hoeflich, YNP Valley Chief Law Enforcement Ranger/SAR Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
Experience the challenges of rescue in Yosemite Valley and on its lofty granite walls.

Friday August 7 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
Recommended for Families and Children
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member
"American Indian Storytelling and Flute Playing"
Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds and memorable stories.

Saturday August 8 - 8:00 pm -1 hr.
Bill Carroll, Former YNP Postmaster & John Reynolds, Current YNP Postmaster
"Yosemite's Post Office: Then & Today - From Floods to Commemorative Stamps"

Friday August 14 - 8:00 pm -1 hr.
Michael Wurtz, Archivist, University of the Pacific, Home of the John Muir Papers
"John Muir and The Big Trees"
Meet Michael and experience his journey in discovering Muir's joy and respect for the Sequoia.

Saturday August 15 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
Jack Hoeflich, NPS Valley Chief Law Enforcement Ranger/SAR Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
Experience the challenges of rescue in Yosemite and on its lofty granite walls.

Friday August 21 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Hike from Sequoia National Park to Mt. Whitney" – Narrated Hiking Video
Join Lee and his students on a hike across the High Sierra.

Saturday August 22 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for Families and Children
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Along the John Muir Trail: From Mt. Whitney to Half Dome" – Narrated Hiking Video
Join Lee in his narrated hiking video in the High Sierra and to Yosemite Valley.

Friday August 28 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for families and children.
Burleigh Lockwood, Wildlife Biologist, Fresno Chaffee Zoo
"Bio-mimicry. How Humans Have Copied Nature"
Spend an evening with Burleigh Lockwood as she explores the wonders of the natural world around us.

Saturday August 29 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Recommended for families and children.
Burleigh Lockwood, The Bat Lady and Wildlife Biologist, Fresno Chaffee Zoo
"Going Batty! All About Bats!"
No live bats, but plenty of fun, as Burleigh helps us to discover the world of bats.

 

SEPTEMBER


Friday September 4 - NO PROGRAM

Saturday September 5 - NO PROGRAM

Friday September 11 - 8:00pm -1 hr.
Larry Simon, Staff Member, California Coastal Commission/LeConte Historian
"Joseph Nisbet LeConte: Exploring, Mapping & Photographing the High Sierra : 1890 to 1930"
Learn more about the LeConte Family and J. N. LeConte, second president of the Sierra Club and the cartographer who created the first Sierra Club's High Sierra map.

Saturday September 12 - 8:00 pm - 1.5 hrs.
John Dill, Yosemite National Park Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
Learn about techniques used by the Yosemite Search and Rescue Rangers.

Friday September 18 - 8:00 pm - 1.5 hrs.
Recommended for Families and Children
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member
Spend an evening with Ben as he weaves together lyrical sounds and memorable stories.

Saturday September 19 - 8:00 pm - 1 hr.
Stephen Joseph, Nature and Landscape Photographer, Pleasant Hill, California
"Everything I Photograph: Yosemite, Muir Woods, Vasco Caves, Mt. Diablo"
Stephen shares his portfolio of unique images spanning Nature & Culture.

Sunday September 20 - 8:00pm - 1 hr.
Frank Helling, Interpretive Ranger, Kings Canyon NP
"John Muir: The Mountains Are Calling"
Experience John Muir in his own words.

Friday September 25 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
Recommended for Families and Children
New Syke - Northern California Musicians: Michael Bryant, Robin Pliskin, Bruce Bragonier, & Bill Iberti
"Tribute Concert to John Muir, Joseph LeConte, LeConte Memorial Lodge, & Our Wild America"
Don't miss the year-end concert in celebration of the close of the 111th season of LeConte Memorial Lodge.

Saturday September 26 - 8:00pm - 1.5 hrs.
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.

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, LeConte Memorial Lodge

END OF 2015 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

Tax deductible donations to support the new exhibits and renovation efforts of the LeConte Memorial can be made to "Sierra Club Foundation," marked for the LeConte Lodge Fund.


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