Earth Day events planned for Yosemite

Yosemite National Park has scheduled a number of special programs and family activities to celebrate National Park and Earth Day from April 19-27.

The theme for the nine-day celebration will be “Go Wild,” which provides a fun way to discover the wonders of America’s national park, according to Yosemite National Park spokespeople.

The events will kick off at 10 a.m. April 19 with a Junior Ranger Exploration Fair. Children will have the opportunity to meet the park’s search-and-rescue team, talk to a ranger on horseback, find out about wilderness in Yosemite and talk to a bear biologist about black bears. Attendees will also be able to take part in an Earth Day Bike Ride alongside park staff and join in on Earth Day Family Night.

The documentary “Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit” will be screened at 8 a.m. April 20 at the Yosemite Lodge Amphitheatre.

Earth Day, April 22, will start with a walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery. Children’s yoga and a sustainable salad bar tasting will also be available. A universal waste collection is also scheduled for Earth Day. Items that will be accepted at the recycling center include TV sets, computers, monitors, small electronics, fluorescent bulbs, batteries and ink cartridges.

A discussion about the future of national parks is set to take place April 25. A complete list of events can be found at

Park entrance fees will be waived April 19-20.

The events are sponsored and organized by the National Park Services, the DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Yosemite Conservancy and the Ansel Adams Gallery.