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Yosemite

Family Camp

Connect with your family and nature!
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Yosemite
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This fall, NatureBridge invites cohorts of families to learn together, laugh together and build a lifetime of memories as part of Yosemite Family Camp.

NatureBridge’s Crane Flat campus will serve as your base camp for exploring one of the country’s most iconic national parks. Relax under a canopy of tall trees, go on educational hikes led by our experienced educators and explore the grandeur Yosemite has to offer. Yosemite Family Camp is best suited for ages 3 and up.

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Our Program

Over four fun-filled days, families will:

  • EXPLORE a giant sequoia grove or high country river with a NatureBridge educator.
  • LEARN about Yosemite's domes, cliffs, waterfalls and cultural history.
  • RELAX around the campfire and gaze at the star-filled sky.
  • DISCOVER the joy of building memories together in the outdoors.

Sample Day & Activities

Morning: Enjoy breakfast in a designated family cohort eating area, pack backpacks and prepare for the day. Families will meet educators at the trailheads using their own vehicles.  

Instructional Day on Trail: Spend the day in family cohorts led by an experienced NatureBridge educator. Participants engage in educational experiences that encourage exploration, observation and discovery in various parts of the park.

Sample Activities

  • Hike along the path of a waterfall and learn about glaciation.
  • Study ecological relationships from the perspective of a 2,000-year-old giant sequoia tree.
  • Explore the rich cultural history of Yosemite’s first people who have long been and continue to be stewards of this land.
  • Observe the unique biodiversity and stunning views of the Sierra Nevada High Country. 

Afternoon/Early Evening: Return to campus to relax and unwind. Dinner will be served in a designated family cohort eating area. 

Evening: NatureBridge educators facilitate evening programs that could include stargazing and campfire circles. Participants then return to the dorms and get ready for bed.

 

COVID-19 Precautions

Yosemite Family Camp is being coordinated in cooperation with the National Park Service and US Public Health Service officials following CDC guidelines for outdoor camps. The safety of our participants and staff is our number one priority and guides every aspect of the program. In order to ensure safe distancing, family groups will be organized into individual family cohorts that have their own designated bunk house, outdoor eating areas and dedicated porta potty and hand washing stations. We will coordinate alternating times for accessing the central bath/shower house. The rustic bunk houses will be ventilated with open windows and fans. Masks and social distancing will be maintained when we're interacting together. NatureBridge has a robust Health & Safety Plan that all participants and staff will be required to review and follow. 

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Your Stay at Crane Flat

Long the home of Yosemite's first people, Yosemite's Crane Flat area--located 30-minutes north of Yosemite Valley--has been an important historical crossroads. For centuries it was part of the trans-Sierra trading route, as well as a way-station for travelers and sheep-herders headed to the high country. Surrounded by a mixture of pines and black oaks, the green meadows are home to a grand diversity of wildlife. NatureBridge's Crane Flat campus sits directly in this natural and cultural intersection. Our Crane Flat campus has two rustic bunk houses, a central dining hall and a bath/shower house amidst Yosemite's natural beauty. Make no mistake, this is camp! Families also have the option to tent camp and sleep under the stars.

 

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FAQ

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Dates & Pricing

There are six sessions to choose from:

  • October 8-11 SOLD OUT
  • October 15-18 SOLD OUT
  • October 22-25 SOLD OUT
  • Hallosemite: October 29-November 1
  • November 5-8
Pricing - includes meals, lodging, entrance to Yosemite and all educational experiences
Lodging Family cohort size Price Option to increase
Big Horn 15 participants $7,215 up to 1 additional participant at $425/person
Peregrine 5 participants $2,375 up to 3 additional participants at $425/person
Tent camping (sold out) 5 participants $375/person n/a

What is a family cohort?

  • Immediate family group (parent/guardian and children)
  • Extended family group (parent/guardian, children, aunts, uncles, cousins grandparents)
  • Family pods that have been practicing safe protocols (two or three family groups within the same community)
  • School pods that have been practicing safe protocols
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Prepare for the Program

REQUIRED: All participants must fill out an online registration form prior to arrival. A link to the form will be sent to you after you register.

Packing List

NatureBridge's Health & Safety Plan

Sample Itinerary

Alcohol Policy

Map & Directions

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Contact Us

Please complete the form below to learn more about registration or reach out out to Maddie Patton at mpatton@naturebridge.org or 209-336-3043

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Map & Directions

Do not rely on phone GPS to get to campus, print or download the driving directions below.

Bay Area to Crane Flat via 120

Bay Area to Crane Flat via 140

LA to Crane Flat via 41

LA to Crane Flat via 140