Yosemite Volunteer Trip
Volunteers on our Yosemite National Park trip work alongside experienced National Park Service trail crew to renovate trails and restore fragile natural resources that are often damaged by visitor use, time, and weather. Come and share the privilege and passion with other like-minded volunteers. Make a difference while “giving back” to this UNESCO World Heritage Site!
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You may: use a pick or shovel to contour trail tread to shed water, cut and move vegetative plugs or branches to camouflage abandoned trails and slow running water, remove rocks or abandoned asphalt from the trail tread with rock bars, clip vegetation with a lopper or hand saw to improve trail safety, and/or move crushed rock or stone to create a dry walking surface.
Yosemite Valley is a wonderful place to volunteer. Conservation Volunteers International Program, in cooperation with REI Adventures, is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to protect a national treasure.
Day 1: We meet for orientation at 12:30 p.m. at the Yellow Pine Volunteer Campground in the middle of Yosemite Valley. Here, you'll get an overview of scheduled projects, as well as training in proper tool use. Then, we will enjoy a tour of the Valley Floor to get situated and learn some of the history of this wonderful park. We stay in the Yellow Pine Campground the entire trip. Hot breakfasts and dinners (including meat and vegetarian options) are prepared and served from a mobile kitchen at our campsite.
Days 2 - 5: We begin the day with breakfast, then prepare our own box lunches from the ingredients provided. We then travel a short distance to the day's project in Yosemite Valley. We work from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with an hour off for lunch. We return to camp for dinner and relaxation.
Day 6: On this rest day, trip participants are free to explore Yosemite or relax in the campground.
Day 7: The project ends after breakfast this morning. You may stay longer by making reservations at other campgrounds or lodging in the park.
Note: Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions. Work locations may vary with each volunteer expedition according to the needs of park rangers at the time the expedition takes place.
(Note: Your trip expense may be tax-deductible. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page and consult your tax advisor for details.)
- all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 7
- campground reservations
- project leadership and support staff
- group tools
- transportation to and from worksites
- orientation and training
- park entrance fees
Price does not include:
- transportation to/from Yellow Pine Campground, Yosemite National Park
- camping gear (you must bring your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad)
- cost of medical immunizations
- insurance (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip and can usually be purchased for $25 through REI Adventures)
- excess baggage charges
- airport taxes
- alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
- gratuities and personal items
Yosemite Volunteer Dates
|May 13 – 19, 2018
Sept 9 – 15, 2018
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Yosemite Trip Reviews
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Expand the Trip Reports link below to see the difference past volunteers to Yosemite made!
One of the first wilderness parks in the United States, it is famous for its granite cliffs and waterfalls, giant sequoia groves and spectacular vistas and hikes. It is home to hundreds of wildlife species and over a thousand plant species. Yosemite National Park displays the grandeur and glory of nature’s finest work.
“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature
I was ever permitted to enter.” —John Muir