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Yosemite Field School: Hetch Hetchy Region Botany with Yosemite Conservancy

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Yosemite Field School ~ Hetch Hetchy Region Botany 

Spend two days learning about plant life and wetland ecosystems at Hetch Hetchy and Ackerson Meadow.

  • Experience Level:  Moderate
  • Hiking:  4 to 5 Miles per day
  • Elevation:  5,000 feet
  • Registration Fee:  $279
  • Guide:  Kaleb Goff

Program Overview:  Dive into the botanical beauty of northwestern Yosemite during a two-day guided program with a knowledgeable naturalist guide. In this Yosemite Field School course, you’ll learn about wildflowers and wetlands in the Hetch Hetchy area and at Ackerson Meadow. Enjoy the display of spring blooms along the edges of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and learn to identify diverse plants, from tall trees to colorful wildflowers and water-loving vegetation. You’ll also explore the important role wetlands play in natural landscapes, and hear from Yosemite hydrologists about efforts to restore Ackerson Meadow into a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity hotspot.

  • When:  Friday, May 21st & Saturday, May 22nd - 9am to around 4pm each day
  • Where:  Hetch Hetchy & Ackerson Meadow 
  • Registration Includes:  Two days of guided hiking and botany, park entry (as needed), and four nights of tent camping at a shared group site at Hodgdon Campground (May 20, 21, 22 and 23). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging Options: Tent camping (included), or upgrade to Evergreen Lodge for an additional fee. Camping and lodging dates cannot be adjusted. The upgrade option expires 30 days before the program.
  • Experience Level:  No experience necessary! 

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COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.

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Starts: May 21, 2021

Occurs: Every day until May 22, 2021
Time: Advanced Reservations Required

Admission: $279

Location: Hetch Hetchy - Yosemite National Park
Hetch Hetchy & Ackerson Meadow, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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