Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

The Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center was built by the Sierra Club in 1903-04. For over 100 years, a curator and Sierra Club volunteers have provided information to park visitors about Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, and the national parks.


Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center Volunteer Team 2024

If you are interested in joining the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center volunteers please contact Connor McIntosh at 209-230 -9943 (EDT) or connor.mcintosh@sierraclub.org. Open to all Sierra Club members, each volunteer week begins on a Saturday by 5:30 pm and ends the following Saturday at 1:00 pm or 4:00 pm. Shared campsites are available, however, no RVs, trailers, or pop-ups are permitted. Due to NPS regulations volunteers are not able to include family members, friends or pets.

Evening Programs

Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center Evening Programs in 2024

Please check back later for the full list of evening programs for the 2024 season.

If you are an historian, photographer, naturalist, scientist, author, poet, musician or visual artist with a focus on Yosemite National Park and the High Sierra consider presenting a program at the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center in 2024. All programs are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm. Held at the YCHC, they are free and open to Yosemite National Park visitors. Please contact Connor McIntosh at 209-230 -9943 (EDT) or connor.mcintosh@sierraclub.org.

Next time you visit Yosemite, stop by the beautiful granite-walled Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

Photo courtesy I-Ting Chiang

About the Lodge

The Sierra Club has operated the iconic Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center as a public education and visitor center since 1904. We promote the conservation ethic through public programs, educational displays, a library, and programs for kids and families.

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We are located at Bus Stop #12, across from the Housekeeping Camp, in Yosemite Valley. Bicycle parking available.

GPS Coordinates: N 37° 44.400 W 119° 34.76
Street Address: 9006 South Side Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 755, Yosemite, CA 95389

The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm from May through September.

Connor McIntosh

Our Curator: Connor McIntosh

The current curator of the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center is Connor McIntosh.

In 2023, Connor joined the Sierra Club as the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center Curator with over a decade's worth of work in environmental and outdoor education within nonprofit and government sectors. 

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Since its dedication in 1904, this building has served as a focal point for Sierra Club members and all visitors to Yosemite National Park who advocate for conservation and the national park idea.

Our History

The Sierra Club has had a long and close history with Yosemite National Park, of which this center is an important part. As our previous curator Bonnie Gisel said, "This is where the Sierra Club began its journey to the influential environmental organization it has become through the efforts of thousands of dedicated individuals and families."

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We gratefully acknowledge the Higman Endowment of the Sierra Club Foundation, which provides financial support to the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.