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Yosemite Turns 125!
Published March 14, 2015

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On October 1, 2015, Yosemite National Park will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the park. President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation, thereby creating the nation’s third National Park. The establishment of Yosemite National Park preserved over 1,500 square miles of land including Tuolumne Meadows, the park’s high country, Hetch Hetchy and lands surrounding Yosemite Valley.

The creation of Yosemite National Park added protected land to the existing Yosemite Grant Act of 1864. This landmark law protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and was managed by the State of California. Preservation of these lands is generally regarded as the birth of the national park idea. The creation of the park and the Yosemite Grant collectively preserved most of Yosemite National Park as it is known today.

The celebrated conservationist John Muir played an important role in advocating the protection of the vast high-elevation meadows, rivers, majestic mountains, and deep valleys that make up the heart of the High Sierra. Muir was also instrumental in influencing President Theodore Roosevelt to recede the Yosemite Grant lands to the federal government in June 1906. The National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, was established on August 25, 1916 to manage all National Park sites across the country, including the crown jewel, Yosemite National Park.

National Park Week: Honor Yosemite’s 125th Anniversary

Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 04/26/2015
Event Time: All Day
Location: Yosemite Valley, CA
Yosemite National Park will be celebrating National Park Week with special programs and activities throughout the week to honor the park’s 125th anniversary. Entrance fees will be waived on the opening weekend of National Park Week, April 18-19. For more information and a description of the events, please visit: .


California State Parks and the National Park Service are commemorating their joint heritage at Yosemite. The State of California owned and managed Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove as state parks from 1864 until these areas were returned to the Federal Government in 1906, to become part of the larger Yosemite National Park, established in 1890. Learn about CA State Parks 150th anniversary commemoration:

California State Parks commemorates the 1864 establishment of the first state park in the world. On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California. Never before had land been set aside to protect its natural state for the public to enjoy. This historic legislation was the beginning of not only the California State Park System, but the national park idea we know today.

Yosemite Conservancy

Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. The work funded by Yosemite Conservancy is visible throughout the park, from trail rehabilitation to wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering and wilderness services. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided more than $75 million in grants to Yosemite National Park. Learn more at or call 1-800-469-7275.

(Source: National Park Service)

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