July 28-30, 2017 in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park & the Mono Basin

Greetings fellow natural history enthusiasts!
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We are excited to invite you to the 6th annual High Sierra Natural History Celebration! Please join us July 28–30, 2017 in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park and the adjoining Mono Basin for a gathering of local and visiting naturalists. Our intention for the weekend is simple: to cultivate a space for people interested and passionate about natural history to come together. So, of course, we thought of you. The weekend includes natural history activities along with some special offerings and opportunities for exploration and interaction with a diverse and inspired group of naturalists.

We’ve planned a Welcome Pot-luck Picnic”, natural history walks, an evening gathering on Saturday, and two programs at Parsons Memorial Lodge in Tuolumne Meadows with James Prosek and Megan Mayhew Bergman. Please share this information with friends. We’d love to see you in the High Sierra this summer!

Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 28

Saturday, July 29

  • Bird Walk in Tuolumne Meadows – 7:00am – 11:00am — meet at Lembert Dome picnic area
  • Names and Nature, Words and World – 2:00pm – 3:30pm — Parsons Memorial Lodge, Tuolumne Meadows – Illustrated talk and discussion of recent work with artist, writer, and naturalist James Prosek, author of Trout of the World, Ocean Fishes, and Eels.
  • Evening Food, Music, & Exploration  5:30pm — Lower Lee Vining Campground. We will reconvene at the campground for food, music, and a TBD trip out in the Mono Basin.

Sunday, July 30

  • Awakening to the Meadows: Nature-based yoga – 9:00am – 10:30am — Lembert Dome picnic area Stretching and Observation. Bring a mat, pad, or towel.
  • Sketching in Tuolumne – 10:00am – 12:00pm — Lembert Dome picnic area
  • The Beautiful and the Damned: Building a Relationship with Beauty in an Age of Environmental Distress – 2:00pm – 3:00pm — Parsons Memorial Lodge, Tuolumne Meadows – Talk and discussion with Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women.

Camping  on  Friday/Saturday nights  •  If you haven’t already,P= please RSVP for camping: Brian Angelo Scavone with number of persons for camping, and whether you plan to attend the Friday evening Welcome Picnic.

  • We will have reserved camp sites in Lower Lee Vining Campground, in Lee Vining Canyon, for Friday and Saturday evenings. These are shared group sites, and we will do our best to fit everyone in.
  • Plan on arriving between 12:00pm – 5:30pm. We will have signs posted in the campground, and feel free to speak with the camp host, Kevin, for guidance upon arrival. If you plan to arrive outside the above timeframe, let us know.
  • Bring whatever water, food, and camping gear you’ll need for the weekend.
  • Food storage lockers are provided in the campground.
  • The campsite is approximately 5 minute drive to the small town of Lee Vining, and 25 minutes to Tuolumne Meadows inside Yosemite National Park [entrance fee $30].

T-shirts • We will have 2017 High Sierra Natural History Celebration t-shirts for sale for $20.

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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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