Archive for November, 2007

Yosemite’s Bracebridge Dinner

  Date Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Several opportunities to attend Yosemite National Park‘s famous Bracebridge Dinner have become available.  Bracebridge is a national cultural treasure, a three-hour-long holiday banquet and concert, conceived by renowned Yosemite photographer Ansel Adams, that occurs in the world-famous Ahwahnee hotel Dining Room.  Approximately 30 seats each night for this highly sought-after event have been packaged with lodging at the luxurious Yosemite View Lodge for the nights of December 18, 19, 21 and 26.  Each dinner seat is $376 per person, including the seven-course gourmet feast and musical pageant.  Rooms at the Yosemite View Lodge vary from $142 to $210 per night, a 20% savings offered specially for Bracebridge guests.  To reserve your Bracebridge Dinner tickets and hotel room package, call 1-800-321-5261.  Hurry, as these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to attend Bracebridge will be gone before you can say, “Jack Frost.”

Yosemite Centennial Challenge

  Date Monday, November 5th, 2007

For its 100th anniversary in 2016, the National Park Service has launched an initiative to set bold goals, clear objectives, specific strategies and increased and accountable public and private investment in the parks. Of over 200 proposals eligible for the NPS’s Centennial Challenge, which will match philanthropic cash donations with federal funding, 17 Yosemite projects were certified as eligible for funding and the park’s base budget stands to increase $3 million, allowing the equivalent of 86 new seasonal rangers in Yosemite. Here’s a list of possible future projects:

  • Connect underserved youth and parks
  • Create multilingual junior ranger books
  • Foster a diverse workforce through internships
  • Tell untold stories
  • Happy Isles Junior Ranger program
  • Archeological site stewardship
  • Meadow Songbirds Projects
  • Invasive Plant Control
  • Restore riparian habitat
  • Preserve great grey owls
  • Restore Wawona Meadow habitat and historic features
  • Create environmental campus
  • Rehabilitate Tunnel View
  • Rehabilitate Half Dome overlook
  • Replace entrance signs
  • Reconstruct trailhead access along Tioga Road
  • Rehabilitate the most hiked trails