Free Entry for Earth Day, April 20th, 2019

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Entry to Yosemite National Park will be free on Saturday April 20th in celebration of Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday.

There will be free activities for visitors including:

  • 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 Face-painting 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

There will also be music, games, and interactive booths at the Visitors Center in Yosemite Valley from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Free entry days are usually VERY busy within the park so expect large crowds and bring lots of patience. Parking will fill up quickly so expect to arrive prior to 9am.

As always public transportation is a wonderful way to visit Yosemite Valley. YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses run multiple times daily and provide visitors with a safe and convenient way to visit the park. To learn more, visit

While entrance fees are free on Saturday, camping, hotel and other fees still apply.

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