July 22-24, 2016 in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park & the Mono Basin

The 2016 High Sierra Natural History Celebration is almost here! We hope you will join us for this gathering of local and visiting naturalists in one of our favorite places on the planet. Our intention is simple: to cultivate a space for people interested in and passionate about natural history to come together to celebrate a love of natural history. The weekend events integrate existing naturalist activities offered in the area with some special offerings, opportunities for group exploration, and interaction with a diverse and inspired group of naturalists.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 22

Saturday, July 23

Sunday, July 24

Please email Brian Angelo Scavone if you have specific questions.

Camping  on  Friday/Saturday nights  •  We’ll be reserving several sites in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground for Friday and Saturday evenings. Camping [and costs] will be shared between 6 persons per site. The Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located along Highway 120 in the high country of Yosemite National Park. If you are interested in camping, please email Brian Angelo Scavone.

What is the High Sierra Natural History Celebration?

The Tuolumne Meadows region of Yosemite National Park’s high country and the adjoining Mono Basin are recognized widely as a uniquely significant natural treasure. Humans have long known and loved these lands, no doubt inspired by the marvelous diversity of wild creatures, unique habitats, and the astonishing quality of light. In this place, the shifting sun illuminates a wonderland of glimmering stone, emerald meadows and forests, generous waters, and crystalline skies. Wild animals appear and disappear, and people too. We’re blessed with access to this setting where the rhythms and creatures of life are profoundly at hand. There exists an ancient and continuing intimacy between people and nature here, a lasting human tradition of attentiveness, curiosity, receptivity, and care. Much of this region is formally designated as public land, whether National Park, National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, or State Park. A significant percentage of the lands have been recognized and “set aside” for their extraordinary beauty, unique natural communities, ecological importance, and for general protection and preservation. This contemporary inheritance comes to us largely from the individual and collective acts of people, from John Muir to Ansel Adams to David Gaines, the Mono Lake Committee, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and countless others—people who’ve spent time on the land with their eyes and ears and hearts wide open.

We believe natural history is an ancient and fundamental human practice—an integration of human sensitivity and interpretation that recognizes the interrelatedness of all life and seeks to preserve and share both our individual and cultural experiences of the world. This is best done when human intelligence and creativity honors the continuing beauty, diversity, and function of nature, while seeking to enhance and strengthen our relationships, both within human communities and the larger expanse of life. This broad practice of natural history, undeniably, has thrived here in the Yosemite-Mono region of the Sierra Nevada.

We want to honor this tradition! We represent an alliance of naturalists from both the local region and abroad. We have planned a multi-day gathering — July 24-26, 2015 — the High Sierra Natural History Celebration—and we welcome you to join us. This event will integrate a selection of the naturalist activities which occur here regularly throughout the season with a selection of unique natural history offerings—excursions, discussions, gatherings—all open to the public. We hope to cultivate an exciting opportunity to come together amidst the beautiful lands of the Mono-Yosemite High Sierra to celebrate the many ways we know and love this place.

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