Earth Day celebration at Yosemite will offer free entrance

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Yosemite National Park will celebrate Earth Day and other events on Saturday, and entrance fees and activities are free, the National Park Service said.

In addition to Earth Day, the park is also celebrating National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday.

Visitors can go to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be music, games, and interactive booths. Visitors can meet with park rangers and park partners to learn how they’re working to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in Yosemite.

Here are some of the day’s highlights:

  • Learn about how you can reduce waste at the Sustainability booth. Bring an empty single-use camp propane canister and trade it in for a refillable propane canister.
  • Junior Rangers of all ages are welcome to explore the park on a special Ranger-guided walk at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Join a Park Ecologist and learn about Meadow Restoration on a walk around Ahwahnee Meadow at 10:45 am.
  • Connect with a Park Ranger and learn about bears and other wildlife that call Yosemite home.
  • Express your love of Yosemite through a special art project brought to you by Yosemite Conservancy.
  • Enjoy Facepainting and other hands-on activities for all ages
  • Join a photo walk at 11:00 am and explore Yosemite Valley through your camera’s lens with photographers from the Ansel Adams Gallery
  • Learn sustainable gardening tips from the UC Mariposa Master Gardeners

Saturday is a free day to help kick off National Park Week. All entrance fees are free, camping and other fees still apply.

Visitors are encouraged to plan their trips in advance and arrive to the park before 9 a.m.

Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day.

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