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Yosemite Program Develops Future ‘Environmental Leaders’

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK—A company teaching environmental science in some of the world’s most spectacular classrooms is seeking junior high- and high school-age participants for its upcoming Summer Backpacking programs in Yosemite National Park. The one- and two-week programs are offered through NatureBridge, a San Franciscco-based nonprofit that provides environmental-oriented outdoor education programs open to students entering 7th-12th grade. Led in ...

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Hiking with Sally on the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve

Sally and I chose one of the coldest days this year to get out, hiking Stockton Creek Nature Preserve and we had those trails all to ourselves. Not too far from home, not too difficult, this hike was a short one. Where: Mariposa Public Utilities District, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Stockton Creek Nature Preserve Distance: 2.83 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate ...

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YNP Hosts 35th Annual Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit

YOSEMITE — The 35th Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit will be on display at the Yosemite Museum Gallery from Saturday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, May 3. The exhibit features artworks inspired by Yosemite and California’s Sierra Nevada, and includes photography, painting, sculptures, textiles and more. This year, 70 works were selected from 811 entries. The Yosemite Museum Gallery is located within ...

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North Fork Native Now International Cultural Activist

NORTH FORK — North Fork native Amy Inman (NFS class of 1993 and Sierra High class of 1997) has become an international mover and shaker. Amy moved to the picturesque Cinque Terre region in northwest Italy in 2003, married a local in 2009 and started her family in 2011. In her 17 years as an expat she has become an ...

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Hiking up Briceburg’s Burma Road

It is a little early for flowers but it won’t be long before poppies and other wildflowers will be putting on a show here. I wasn’t hiking for flowers on this day though. I was hiking to get a good workout in. I loaded up my pack for a conditioning hike. Where: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Merced River Recreation ...

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How to Use Mulches for Undercover Gardening

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By Brian David, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa California’s winter rains patter on fallen leaves and brown grasses above soils crawling with sub-terrestrial animals. Natural mulch feeds a crescendo of green emerging to meet the sky. Mulching is a cycle of plants and trees laying down their old lives to produce the earth’s new life. When we spread organic matter over ...

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GABA, Hwy 120 Chamber Present 1st Annual Groveland ‘Her’story Month

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GROVELAND — In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the Yosemite Hwy 120 Chamber of Commerce and the Groveland Area Business Alliance (GABA) have teamed up with local businesses to celebrate female leadership within the Groveland community. The first annual Groveland ‘Her’story Month will take place in March 2020 and will be marked by window clings at ...

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Celebration of Life for Brenda Sue Foster

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Brenda Sue Foster (nee, Stout, Choin) passed from this world on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at her home in Coarsegold. She was the wife of Ronald Foster of 45 years. Brenda was born the second of two children to Sidney and Elma Stout on January 25, 1949, in Fayetteville, AR. In 1950, she and her family moved to Mountain View, ...

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Local Authors to Host Book Signing at Fresno Barnes and Noble

FRESNO — Two locals from the mountain area who recently published their book — “Wandering Off: Nature’s Notable Nourishments” — will host a book signing in Fresno at Barnes and Noble (the north end) on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. So if you missed authors Jeannie Harsha and Tricia Nickerson’s book signing at Branches Book Store in ...

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Hiking in Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

If you don’t have time for a trip up to Yosemite or the Federal lands near us and still want to get out and enjoy nature, you don’t have to go far to get your fix in our own backyard at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park off of Hwy 49 adjacent to Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee. Although I walked a ...

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