Join AEP Central Chapter with naturalist guides from the Yosemite Conservancy for a tour of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Located in the southern portion of Yosemite, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. The national park idea is rooted in the Mariposa Grove. In 1864 President Lincoln signed legislation protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for "public use, resort, and recreation." This landmark legislation holds an important place in our country's history and was enacted at a time when the nation was embroiled in the Civil War. For the first time in our nation's history, the federal government set aside scenic natural areas to be protected for the benefit of future generations. Later added to Yosemite National Park in 1906, the Mariposa Grove is a popular destination within the park.
The Mariposa Grove closed in spring 2015 for a large-scale restoration project that was formalized through the Mariposa Grove Restoration Project Final Environmental Impact Statement. The two primary goals of this project were to improve giant sequoia habitat and improve visitor experience. This included addressing the declining conditions of the grove and nearby South Entrance that were adversely affecting the ecological health of the sequoias (e.g., roads, trails and other buildings encroaching on roots of the ancient trees, hydrology issues). The Mariposa Grove reopened on June 15, 2018.
Join your fellow AEP members and naturalists from the Yosemite Conservancy, on a tour of the Mariposa Grove. Participants will take the Grizzly Giant Loop trail consisting of a 2-mile hike. Notable tree viewings will include the Bachelor and Three Graces, the 3,000 year-old Grizzly Giant, and the California Tunnel Tree.
Meet up will be near Riverpark in Fresno. Exact location will be emailed to registered participants. Bus transportation included in registration. Please wear walking shoes and bring a lunch. Snacks and extra water will be provided.
$25 Members/$50 Non-Members
Registration closes on September 23rd. Limited to 24 registrants, so register soon to reserve your spot!
Exact Location TBD - River Park Shopping Center (Bus Pick-up Location) Blackstone/Friant/SR 41 Fresno, CA 93720