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NileGuide Expert Says:
One of the top such organizations in the world.
(P. O. Box Box 577)
Yosemite National Park, CA 95318
NileGuide Expert tip:
Have a look at the 4 webcams on YC's site, www.yosemiteconservancy.org. Besides the scheduled Outdoor Adventures programs, they hire out naturalists for guided hikes.
The U.S. Congress authorized this non-profit to support interpretive, educational, research, scientific, infrastructure and environmental programs in Yosemite National Park. It works closely with the National Park Service and has 30,000 members worldwide. In addition to supporting the park, members receive considerable benefits including: a magazine subscription; 15-percent discount on all books, maps, posters, calendars and other products sold by the association (which has an outstanding collection); a 15-percent discount on the numerous field seminars conducted by the Conservancy in Yosemite; lodging discounts, tour coupons, member events, donor premiums and other benefits. YC supports a student intern program, the Art and Education Center and puts about 300 volunteers to work each year. The very first of all the national park cooperating associations also raises $5-7 million a year for park projects.