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Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

South Side Drive, Bus Stop #12, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
+1 209-372-4542
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Beauty, serenity and lots of history

This is always a must visit on my trips to Yosemite. Open wed - Sun, this is run by volunteers of... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
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Quiet and historic

We stopped in at the original site of the Sierra Club .. We are Sierra Club members and wanted to... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Adrienne C
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Next time you visit Yosemite stop by the beautiful granite-walled Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (YCHC). formerly known as the LeConte Memorial Lodge. It is located at Shuttle Stop #12 across from Housekeeping Camp. The Sierra Club’s historic home offers a library, exhibits, interactive activities for all ages, park info, and FREE evening programs. Open Wednesday through Sunday, from May 1 - September 30, 10AM – 4PM it is a must-see Yosemite destination! The building, a National Historic Landmark, was built by Sierra Club volunteers in 1903-04. The Sierra Club still operates the iconic structure as a public education and visitor center, presenting and promoting the conservation ethic through public programs, educational displays, a library, and interactive programs for kids and families. Although styled a lodge by its founders (in the traditional meaning of a small house at the gates of a park or a meeting and gathering place), this small stone building has never been used for overnight accommodations. Rather, it has always been used as a library and education center. The library collection includes books on the natural and human history of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada; books by and about Yosemite luminaries like John Muir, Ansel Adams, and David Brower; children's nature literature, and Sierra Club books, magazine, and pamphlets. Free programs on natural history, outdoor adventure, and conservation issues are presented several evenings each week at 8 P.M.
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South Side Drive, Bus Stop #12, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This is always a must visit on my trips to Yosemite. Open wed - Sun, this is run by volunteers of the Sierra Club. The architecture is truly amazing and for such a small building it's chock full of wonderful information.

Thank legsbell
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We stopped in at the original site of the Sierra Club .. We are Sierra Club members and wanted to visit. Super nice volunteers working there the day we stopped in and so much great history. We enjoyed our quick visit.

Thank Adrienne C
Reviewed 19 June 2017

The Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center in central Yosemite Valley offers activities, books, games, and toys for kids of all ages. While the adults browse the exhibits which feature historical and environmental information, kids can make and take home a craft project, or play with the...More

Thank vevado
Reviewed 17 June 2017

This place is amazing! I love going to interpretive and ranger programs. I recently saw an amazing program here by Dr. Tyler Nordgren, Professor of Astronomy about the upcoming solar eclipse. They have great programs during the summer season on the weekends. During the day...More

Thank jceevans
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This building is cool. The architecture is amazing; it fits into the landscape. Once inside, you enter a peaceful atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle. The exhibits are outstanding. There is a children's corner for young kids with more "nature" toys than you can...More

1  Thank Dusty1943
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Dedicated to the memory of a Univ of Calif geology professor and one of the founders of the Sierra Club, the facility was recently renamed to better reflect it's purpose in Yosemite. The building dates to 1903 and was originally located in Curry Village. The...More

1  Thank giniajim
Harold W, Volunteer Leader at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Thanks for your review! The "small library" you mentioned is getting to be pretty large! And you mentioned the children's corner - our new summer activity program for kids and families is called 'Love Your Nature" which you can learn more about on our website....More

Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Still covered in snow in March of 17 - this wasn't available to the public. Unfortunate. It seems to be used as a HQ for the Sierra Club - hope they don't all drive here for meetings (seems counter to their mission). It serves as...More

Thank LSUTraveller
Harold W, Volunteer Leader at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thanks for your review of the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center - formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge. Yes, the heavy snows this and most winters mean that the building is only open from May 1 - September 30, 10AM – 4PM. Because it is mostly staffed by...More

Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Worth noting as this is very limited. They do have a range of activities scheduled for July so keep an eye out.

Thank Albywon
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Even though it looks a lot like Professor Rubeus Hagrid's house from Harry Potter, you won't find any half-giant wizards here. Also, don't expect to find any lodging accommodations for your family either. Instead, this national historic landmark provides information about Joseph LeConte, one of...More

Thank NeoWasHere
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We have walked to LeConte Memorial Lodge a number of times from Camp Curry area of Yosemite. The tudor style lodge has rough hewn roof and granite walls. The small lodge was built by the Sierra club in 1903-04 to honor Joseph LeConte an early...More

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