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Yosemite Volunteer & Culinary Vacation

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make A Difference.  

Go behind the scenes to preserve Yosemite’s world-renowned resources.

and become Yosemite’s most esteemed VIP (Volunteer In Parks)


- Ruth. H


Too busy to pack your gear? No worries. You’ll have the option to have everything ready when you arrive.


It’s more than volunteering, it’s a vacation too! Culinary treats, wine pairing, photography, nature walks, all to help you savor the Yosemite experience.


This is like no other experience. You will come for a volunteer weekend, but leave the legacy of a lifetime.

It’s an experience that will leave you with a lifetime of memories and personal rewards .

What makes Nature Corps so Different?

Taking a Yosemite volunteer vacation is truly one of the most memorable experiences you can have. While a majority of organizations focus solely on volunteering, our award-winning program places equal emphasis on the vacationing aspect of your volunteer vacation. Our greatest desire is to provide you with a well-rounded and fulfilling experience as you leave your personal legacy in this spectacular natural wonder.

For over 30 years, Nature Corps has designed volunteer vacations with you in mind. We make all the arrangements so that you don’t have to. Our goal is to provide you with a “glamping” volunteer vacation that will leave you with new friends and a lifetime of cherished memories of this multi-faceted Yosemite vacation.

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Our all-inclusive voluntours give you the opportunity to go behind the scenes with park staff to help preserve Yosemite’s fragile ecosystems. You will meet quality people, who like you, are eager to leave their personal legacies in this world-renowned natural treasures. Led by Nature Corps staff, these professionally guided voluntours help the National Park Service achieve critical conservation projects that are too large to complete without volunteer support.

Approximately half of the voluntour is devoted to preserving these national treasures, while the rest of the expedition is set aside for enjoying the park. Our experienced naturalists will lead you on a variety of recreational activities including photography/nature walks, fishing, strolling on moonlight walks, visiting picturesque meadows or picnicking alongside a stunning glacial lake in the High Sierra. After a full day of exploring the great outdoors, you will enjoy cooking demonstrations and wine pairings as you prepare to satisfy your appetite on the savory aromas and hearty dishes prepared by our talented chefs. These exciting voluntours can be part of a rewarding experience that will provide family and friends with a lifetime of cherished memories.

Why Yosemite needs you.

Yosemite faces a multi-million dollar backlog of important conservation projects. To address this critical issue, the National Park Service turns to agencies such as Nature Corps to recruit and organize volunteer groups to tackle the most urgent projects. Your participation will help the National Park Service achieve critical conservation projects that are too large to complete without volunteer support.

Go behind the scenes to preserve Yosemite's world-renowned resources and become the park's most esteemed VIP.

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What is included in the voluntour

Program contributions include park entrance fees, camping fees, all meals, the chefs, cooking demonstrations and wine pairings, guides, photography nature walk, and Nature Corps t-shirt and water bottle.

Your contributions are tax-deductible and the proceeds from your vacation will support our veteran and low-income student volunteers.


(with employer matching gift*)
EmployeeMatching Gifts are donations an employer makes to match its employees' charitable contributions. Usually associated with corporate grantmakers, employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Ask your company’s volunteer coordinator or community engagement officer if your employer offers has a matching gift program.


per person


(without employer matching gift)


per person

Three Registration or More


per person

(with 3 or more people) Families are welcome.

Registration fees do not include transportation to or in the park

*Initially, company matching-gift registrations will be charged the full tuition. Your contribution will be adjusted to the matching gift price once you forward an email from your employer confirming you have applied for a matching gift.

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Day 1

Your excursion begins in the heart of Yosemite Valley. After settling in, we will enjoy a festive dinner and meet with park staff for an overview of our upcoming adventure. Afterward, we will hike to Mirror Lake Meadow to get an incredible view of Half Dome, one of the most dramatic displays of granite formation in the Sierra Nevada. After our hike, we’ll gather around the evening campfire to savor one of our chef’s delectable desserts.

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