Activities at the Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations

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The Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations host artists, writers, working groups, conferences, and retreats related to the stewardship of the Sierra Nevada.


Some past and present work:

  • Todd Gilens - Berkeley-based visual artist Todd Gilens has been interviewing and assisting stream researchers around the STodd Gilens, Hetch Hetchyierra, using UC reserves (Yosemite, SNARL, and Sagehen Creek Field Stations) for consolidating and amplifying his field work through drawing and writing. Building on this work, he has created post cards and limited edition prints from the National Hydrologic Database, imaging the watersheds that provide potable water to Bay Area cities.
  • Dr. Erin Gaab and Valley Fever  - UC Merced health psychologist Dr. Gaab brings students to Yosemite to develop public outreach around Valley Fever. Students create posters and other tools they later use across the Central Valley (at UCSF Fresno, Lancaster, Merced, and Modesto) to educate our community about valley fever. Valley Fever is named after our San Joaquin Valley Dr. Gaab's group creates outreach materials on Valley Feverand known to be endemic to our region, including Mariposa. Dr. Gaab works with an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty tackling this issue from various angles (molecular biology, health psychology, genetics, public health, etc.). The Yosemite Field Station is the perfect place for her group to join together and collaborate in an inspiring environment.
  • OutWords - Fresno high school students learn writing and self-expression through poetry and reflection at the Yosemite Field Station.
  • Yosemite Soundscapes - Musican Patrick Cress creates video and music using the natural beauty of Yosemite.

COVID-19 and the SNRS

Updated 3/19/2020

The following represents current guidance for the UC Merced Natural Reserve System. We reserve the right to cancel any reservation to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff, and to revise policies in the event of specific campus, state, NRS, NPS, or CDC guidance.

Yosemite Field Station: 

  • All visits are cancelled through the end of March, 2020.
  • In April, and pending resolution of the statewide "shelter-in-place" order issued by Governor Newsom, we anticipate allowing only visits that support essential research (i.e., place-based scholarly activities and programs that cannot reasonably be conducted elsewhere or rescheduled for a later date). Any essential research visitor groups must be 10 or fewer people. Approval is subject to the availability of housing that can allow for appropriate social distancing while staying at the field station.
  • Processing of all *new* reservations for May through August 2020 is on hold, as we develop our plans for allowing future use of the field station. We will issue updated guidance for May and beyond as the situation evolves.

Sequoia Field Station:  The field station remains closed for the winter, but re-opening may be impacted by COVID-19.

Any queries about SNRS reservations can be directed to NRS Associate Director Molly Stephens,, 209-500-6325.