YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 27, 2012 – Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, authorized concessioner for Yosemite National Park, and Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Yosemite, are pleased to offer additional dates for the new “Yosemite Insider Experience” package for park visitors. “Yosemite Insider Experience” includes a day-and-a-half of exploration with a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist, accommodations each night at either The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or Curry Village and one group picnic lunch. Spring dates include April 29 and May 13, perfect timing to enjoy the awakening of Yosemite’s stunning spring scenery and rushing waterfalls. Fall dates include October 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18, 30 and Dec 7.
Package includes lodging and hands-on learning experiences with a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist, where Yosemite visitors will appreciate not only the majestic cliffs and scenic waterfalls, but also the stories behind the landscape
“Yosemite is a nature-lover’s paradise and the ‘Yosemite Insider Experience’ package perfectly combines education and exploration," said Mike Tollefson, president Yosemite Conservancy. “The new program has been well-received by Yosemite visitors. A guest from a February excursion expressed that this is one of the best experiences in all her years of travel.”
Participants will explore areas such as Swan Slab, the base of Yosemite Falls, Cook’s Meadow, Superintendent’s Bridge, Old Yosemite Village, Ahwahnee Meadow, Church Bowl, Yosemite Village, Happy Isles and along the Merced River to the medial moraine. During the excursions, visitors will learn about geology, Native Americans in Yosemite Valley, John Muir, tree identification, fire ecology, Sierra weather and rock climbing, just to name a few.
The “Yosemite Insider Experience” is $108 per person in addition to the cost of lodging, which varies per hotel. Please note that reservations must be made in advance. This is a year-round package, and visitors are encouraged to visit YosemitePark.com/yosemite-insider.aspx as more dates will be added to the program.
For more information about the “Yosemite Insider Experience” or to make a reservation, visit www.YosemitePark.com or call 801-559-4949. Join the conversation at Facebook.com/YosemitePark and Twitter.com/YosemiteDNC.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.
About Yosemite Conservancy
Yosemite Conservancy is the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park and enhancement of the visitor experience. The Conservancy works to restore trails, protect wildlife through scientific research and habitat restoration, and offers outdoor programs that provide visitors with unique ways to connect with the park. In recent years, it has funded over 300 projects through $71 million in grants in areas including trail and habitat restoration, wildlife protection, education, volunteering, and the production of award winning books and DVDs. Learn more at www.yosemiteconservancy.org or call 1-800-469-7275.
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