Yosemite National Park is seeking volunteers for its habitat protection program. The park's resources management and science division is seeking help in preserving and restoring natural resources in Yosemite Valley. Volunteers will be working alongside experienced park rangers. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program.
Every Wednesday, until Labor Day (Sept. 5), volunteers are invited to meet park staff in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 9 a.m.
HaPY projects will include conifer removal from meadows and developed areas to reduce the threat of fire and encourage the restoration of Yosemite's expansive meadow habitats. Additionally, volunteers will assist in removing invasive plants in various areas throughout the park.
The program lasts from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Visitors are asked to come prepared with closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, snacks, and a water. Gloves, tools, and other safety gear will be provided.
People wishing to volunteer with the HaPY program should fill out the volunteer services agreement prior to arriving in the park to participate in the program. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hapy.htm. No pre-registration is required for individuals. Groups of 10 or more are asked to call ahead to reserve their spot. Volunteers younger than 18 must have the volunteer services agreement form signed by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers with children younger than 7 are encouraged to call ahead of time to ensure that the day’s volunteer work is appropriate and safe for children.
Volunteers wishing to participate in the HaPY project should contact Yosemite's resources management volunteer office at (209) 379-1308.