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Plan Your Trip Welcoming Committee

Meet our Welcoming Committee, a cast of characters that among many things have been known to act like animals!  They are our ambassadors and guides for all you can see and do in the Southern Yosemite Region.  Come meet them, and then join them on a journey, that takes you from the farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and into Yosemite National Park itself! Click through the slides below to meet each committee member and find out where they, and their trading cards, can be found.

Front and back images of the Mr. Mead The Saber-toothed Cat Welcoming Committee collectible trading card

MR. MEAD, the Saber-toothed Cat, can be found at Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County. The Fossil Discovery Center is located at 19450 Ave. 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA

Travel along the Visit Yosemite Madera County Fossils-to-Falls Trail to for a chance to win a Yosemite Adventure Package.  Find and collect trading cards of our Special Welcoming Committee members at participating partner locations for a chance to win! Click and scroll through the panels below to find out more.

Simple map showing the locations for trading cards along the Fossils to Falls Road Trip

Travel along the Visit Yosemite | Madera County's Fossils-to-Falls Road Trip. Find and collect trading cards of our Welcoming Committee members at the many participating partner locations for chances to win monthly drawings and a Yosemite Adventure Vacation package grand prize!

Our Welcoming Committee has been known to act like animals and you can usually find this wild bunch along the Fossils to Falls Road Trip, but you can also find them digitally. Share this interesting collection of birds, mammals, insects, and arachnids, that are a key part of this beautiful region with your younger ones. Click below to download this set of free puzzles and paper crafts while learning about Yosemite, Madera County, and so much more!

Young boy coloring pages from the Welcoming Committee activity kit

NEW for 2023! The Welcoming Committee has come together to help us promote how to #RecreateResponsibily! You can find them, and their tips and messages, in our new Recreate Responsibly Activity and Coloring Book - available at the Visitor Center in Oakhurst.  For those who have picked up a book, you can find the answers to the puzzles and games, by clicking the image below!

Want copy of the new booklet but can't get to the area right now?

Take Sierra's suggestion and click the image below to download your very own digital copy! 

Read about Emily's Fossils To Falls Road Trip
Our annual Visit Yosemite | Madera County Visitors Guide can answer all your questions about visiting California's Gateway to Yosemite. From the park itself to the museums, wineries, art galleries and more throughout Madera County, our guide can help you plan the perfect vacation. Please note that we mail to the USA only, but anyone can download the guide.
Visit Yosemite - Madera County
Oakhurst Visitor Center, 40343 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
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