The Yosemite Association has a number of winter activities planned in the coming months.
Activities include guided naturalist hikes on snowshoes, a winter ecology program at the Ostrander Hut, assisting rangers with a snow survey, two winter photography courses, and a series of moonlight snowshoe programs.
Twelve field courses are outlined in the Yosemite Association's new January through March 2010 Outdoors Adventures catalog. The catalog is free and available online at http://www.yosemite.org or by calling (209) 379-2321, ext. 17.
Notable offerings include:
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Winter Natural History at the Ostrander Hut: This historic hut, located at the base of a glacial cirque, is a day's cross-country ski from Badger Pass Ski Area. The course includes two nights at the cabin with outdoor exploration lead by two top naturalists of how Yosemite’s plants and animals deal with Sierra Nevada winters.
Photographing the "Firefall:": Local photographer John Senser leads the pursuit of the rare and remarkable sunset light that appears to set one of Yosemite's tall waterfalls aflame for a few moments only on certain days of the year.
The Unknown West End: Murders, a historic wagon accident, men trapped by a flood, glacial destruction, and more surprises are to be found in this day's easy hike around the seldom-visited west end of Yosemite Valley.
Later in 2010, the Yosemite Assocation will also offer an October trip to Yosemite's two sister national parks in China, backpack trips, two Indian basketry courses, an alpine botany backpack trip and several family camping trips.