Mariposa & Yosemite

Art, theater programs offered at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park art and theater programs teach visitors to create their own masterpieces while learning about the park's history, people and landscapes.

"This is about shaping memories and connections--eye, heart and soul," said artist Donna Naes. She is one of dozens of accomplished artists who reach more than 2,000 park visitors annually through Yosemite Conservancy’s Art in the Park programs -- and who help to carry on the long tradition of capturing Yosemite in a variety of mediums. Courses focus on using watercolor, pastels, acrylic and ink to express yourself and capture what is important to you about Yosemite."

Yosemite Theater performances at the Valley Visitors Center entertain and educate more than 10,000 visitors each year. Every night from May to September, visitors watch portrayals of historic figures such as John Muir by Mariposa County Supervisor Lee Stetson, and a buffalo soldier by Shelton Johnson. Famed Yosemite climber Ron Kauk shares his contemporary adventures.

Yosemite Art and Education Center programs are offered through the end of October and include one four-hour art workshop per day, Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. A $5 donation per class is suggested. Yosemite Theater performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 13 and are available at the Yosemite Conservancy Store at the Yosemite Valley Visitors Center and at Tour & Activity Desks. Additional information is at or by calling (209) 372-1442.