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Yosemite Celebrates With A Host Of Special Events

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning on Saturday, Apr. 20, through Sunday, Apr. 28, with special events and activities sponsored and organized by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (the park’s primary concessioner), Yosemite Conservancy, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.Entrance fees will be waived for Yosemite National Park from Monday, Apr. 22, through Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 to celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day. Camping fees and all other fess will still be applicable.

This year, the focus of National Park Week is Did you know…, which provides a fun way to discover the wonders of America’s national parks. The Did you know… focus inspires visitors to ask questions about national parks that encourage learning and activities within the parks. It also helps encourage the public to visit a nearby national park to camp, hike, watch wildlife, and enjoy being in nature.

This year’s annual celebration will include events and activities throughout the whole week:

Friday, April 19

· 2:00 p.m.: Earth Day Bike Ride

· 7:00 p.m.: Earth Day Family Night

Saturday, April 20 (National Junior Ranger Day and Earth Day Celebrations)

· 9:00 a.m.: Ansel Adams Photography Walk

· 9:00 a.m.: Stewardship Project

· 10:00 a.m.: Climbing Trails Restoration Project

· 10:30 a.m.: Earth Friendly Product Fair

· 10:30 a.m.: Earth Day & Junior Ranger Day Village Celebration

· 10:30 a.m.: Earth-Lovin’ Lil’ Ones

· 11:30 a.m.: Sustainable Salad Bar Tasting

· 12:00 p.m.: Universal Waste Collection

· 1:00 p.m.: Earth Day Cupcakes & Lemonade

· 1:00 p.m.: National Volunteer Day Trash Pick-up

· 1:00 p.m.: Photography Class

· 3:00 p.m.: Fine Print Tour

· 5:30 p.m.: Naturalist Stroll: Poetry and Parks

· 8:00 p.m.: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea Showing

Saturday, April 20 (Junior Ranger Children’s Stage Events)

· 10:00 a.m.: Junior Ranger Walk.

· 11:00 a.m.: Children’s Yoga

· 11:45 a.m.: Wee Wild Ones

· 12:30 p.m.: Live Earth Music for Kids

· 1:15 p.m.: Children’s Storytelling

· 3:00 p.m.: Junior Ranger Walk

Sunday, April 21

· 7:00 p.m.: Chasing Ice Documentary Showing

Monday, April 22

· 8:00 p.m.: National Parks in the Sky

Tuesday, April 23

· The National Park Idea Started… Here

Wednesday, April 24

· 8:00 p.m.: This is America

Thursday, April 25

· 8:00 p.m.: What’s Wild in Yosemite

Friday, April 26

· 8:00 p.m.: Primeval Ponderings: A Meander Through the Wilderness

Saturday, April 27

· 8:00 p.m.: Yosemite by Ear

Sunday, April 28

· 8:00 p.m.: Untold Stories from America’s National Parks

For more information and a description of all events, please visit: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm and click on the current “Yosemite Guide” link, or call 209-372-0200.

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