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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)

Conservation Programs

Employee/Interns Team Building Outings

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.

Veterans Voluntour and Marriage Retreat

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.

Weekend Culinary Volunteer Vacations

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.

Family/Grandparent
Volunteer Vacation

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

Project S.A.V.E. – Single Day and Weekend Volunteer Projects

Welcome Employee Groups

Project S.A.V.E. (Special Assignment Volunteers for the Environment) are intensive one-day park projects open to the general public. Typically, volunteers work to preserve an impacted habitat or assist in the preparation of critical conservation project. There are no tuition costs and free camping is usually provided. Workdays are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. For a schedule of events and upcoming conservation projects, please contact us.

If you would like to support Project S.A.V.E. volunteers or our student volunteer programs, please consider helping out with a tax-deductible contribution.

Continuing Education Programs

Service-Learning Vacations

Hundreds of teachers and other professionals are earning continuing education units by teaming up to work, learn and play in unforgettable and inspiring professional development programs at any of several National Parks. These unique, back-to-nature working and learning adventures are designed to provide teachers, their family and friends with meaningful and rewarding learning experiences.

These service-learning vacations include participating on research-based conservation programs in parks such as Yosemite, Sequoia and Hawaii where participants can earn up to 3 CEUs.

As part of these professional development opportunities, science teachers will have a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and work alongside park biologists to apply resource management practices designed to protect the endangered flora and fauna in our national and state parks. After volunteering on critical conservation projects, participants will enjoy instructional tours at various points of interest throughout the parks.

Bring your family for a memorable vacation or recommend this page to colleagues and friends who would want to share in this rewarding experience. For more information contact us.

Volunteer Vacations

Explore. Volunteer. Vacation

Nature Corps organizes all-inclusive volunteer vacations that support the growing need for preservation and rehabilitation of fragile wilderness ecosystems within our national and state parks. Join us on a volunteer vacation, contribute to our treasured parks and leave your personal legacy. Experience the rewards of protecting the endangered rainforests of Hawaii, restoring alpine meadows in Yosemite or protecting ancient groves of giant sequoia — the largest living organisms on earth.

Led by Nature Corps staff, volunteers attend fully catered and professionally guided volunteer vacations designed to complete critical conservation projects and take volunteers behind the scenes of our magnificent parks.

Approximately half of the volunteer vacation is devoted to preserving these national treasures. Throughout the rest of the expedition, our experienced naturalists will lead you on a variety of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, strolling on moonlight nature 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 satisfy your appetite on the savory aromas and hearty dishes prepared by talented chefs. These exciting volunteer vacations can be part of a rewarding experience that will provide you with a lifetime of rich memories.

Please Note:  Proceeds from your volunteer vacation tuition will be used to support our Student Volunteer program. For that reason, a portion of your tuition is tax deductible.

Youth/Student Programs

Youth Stewardship Programs

Nature Corps collaborates with park agencies and various youth organizations to utilize the awe-inspiring beauty of our parks to impact low-income youth. The goal of the program is to instill the students with an appreciation for nature and encourage them to serve as stewards of our public lands.

To achieve these objective Nature Corps’ five-day outdoor adventures implement the following components:

  • Engaging, hands-on outdoor education programs
  • Rewarding volunteer opportunities
  • Showcasing fulfilling careers in conservation, and
  • Introducing the youth to exciting outdoor recreational opportunities


Program Objectives

Convincing most young people to do hard physical work for several days on behalf of the common good is an ethic that is foreign to most nowadays. But by combining volunteering with “insider” environmental education and recreation, a package is created that has proven irresistible to all but a few. Each and every expedition produces tangible results— trees planted, habitat restored or meadow reestablished. These outcomes spell success for every member on the team, and most look forward to on-going interaction with their contribution to the environment.

A Final Thought:

With your support, Nature Corps makes it possible for more undeserved youth to enjoy the personal rewards of working to preserve our nation’s most cherished natural treasures. Please consider making a donation to support this successful program or contact us for more information. (The Nature Corps is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization.)

Employee Outings

A Corporate Responsibility Opportunity Your Employees Will Love

America’s corporations are taking part in a sweeping movement to preserve the magnificent beauty of our state and national parks. In the process, companies are meeting their social responsibility objectives while providing employees with meaningful and authentic team building opportunities. Through Nature Corps’ award-winning programs, hundreds of employees are teaming up to work, learn and play in intense and unforgettable volunteer expeditions at any of several state and national parks.

Nature Corps invites your company to participate in these unique, back-to-nature working adventures that will enhance employee relationships, foster team building and promote company loyalty. Your employees will receive hands-on training in a dynamic outdoor classroom where volunteerism sets the tone for learning leadership, team building, and communication skills.

Participation in this program will not require any company staff support. Nature Corps provides a turnkey service that multiplies the contribution of each volunteer in the context of team building and personal growth, all while leaving your company’s legacy in our nation’s most cherished public lands.


A Benefit in Support of Our Student Volunteers

Lastly, your company’s participation in Nature Corps’ employee programs serves as a benefit in support of our low-income student volunteers who are eager to leave their personal legacy in the parks.

Employees from the follow companies participate in the Nature Corps program:

“I AM CLEARLY ADDICTED TO NATURE CORPS AND SIMPLY CANNOT GET ENOUGH!”

- Ruth. H

All-Inclusive

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

​Rejuvenating

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.

Rewarding

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 support our low-income student volunteers.

Registration

(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.

$195

per person

Registration

(without employer matching gift)

$345

per person

Three Registration or More

$295

per person

(with 3 or more people) Families are welcome.

*registration fees do no​t include transportation to or in the park

*for company match registration must be paid in full, refund will be issued once Nature Corps receives confirmation email

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YOSEMITE VOLUNTEER & CULINARY WEEKEND

June 28-30, 2019

Yosemite National Park, CA

FULL

YOSEMITE VOLUNTEER & CULINARY WEEKEND

September 6-8, 2019

Yosemite National Park, CA

*A Welcome Packet with voluntour information will be sent in a confirmation email after you’ve registered.

Schedule

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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