Free admission, activities in Yosemite this weekend

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week, Earth Day and National Junior Ranger Day from Saturday through April 26.

“National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage,” according to a news release from Yosemite National Park. “It’s about making connections, exploring public lands, discovering open spaces and enjoying vacations in some of the country’s most beautiful places.

"This year, Yosemite will focus National Park Week on its 125th anniversary celebration, with the theme of ‘Stand up for What you Stand on! YOUR park. YOUR planet. 125 Years of Yosemite National Park.’ ”

To read more on Yosemite's 150 years as a state or national park, go to The Bee's special report, "Yosemite at 150"

Park entrance fees will be waived for Yosemite on Saturday and Sunday. Camping fees and all other fees still will be applicable. Special events and activities in the park are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service, Delaware North, Yosemite Conservancy and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Events and activities this weekend include:


• 2 to 5 p.m., Earth Day bike ride

• 7 to 8 p.m., Earth Day family night

Saturday (National Junior Ranger Day and Earth Day)

• 9 to 10:30 a.m., “Photo Walk – Ansel Adams and the Yosemite Landscape”

• 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Earth Day celebration and Junior Ranger Exploration Fair

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Junior Ranger walk

• 11 to 11:20 a.m., Wee Wild Ones program

• 11:30 to 11:50 a.m., children’s yoga

• Noon to 12:20 p.m., Recycled Jug Band

• Noon to 4 p.m., universal waste collection

• 12:30 to 12:50 p.m., live music for kids

• 1 to 1:20 p.m., Wee Wild Ones

• 1:30 to 1:50 p.m., Earth Day children’s storytelling

• 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Earth Day stewardship project cleanup

• 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Junior Ranger walk

• 8 to 9 p.m., ranger program: “California’s Influence on What Would Become America’s Greatest Idea, the National Parks”

Sunday through April 26

The following ranger programs will be held nightly from 8 to 9:

Sunday, “This is America”; Monday, “Visiting Yosemite, A Journey Through Time”; Tuesday, “Creative Fusion: Exploring the Nature of the Sierra Nevada”; April 22, “First-Come, First-Served”; April 23, “Primeval Ponderings”; April 24, “Art in the National Parks”; April 25, “Ranger’s Choice”; and April 26, “This is America.”

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm and click on the current “Yosemite Guide” link, or call (209) 372-0200. For information on the National Park Service centennial, visit www.findyourpark.com. For information on Yosemite’s 125th anniversary, visit www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary.