16th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park
Sierra Rec Magazine – September 26, 2019 – Yosemite Valley Ca. – Yes, Saturday is another Free entrance day to California’s most Visited National Park. A great day to experience fall in Yosemite, but also part of a much larger week in which the preservation of the park takes center stage.
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the 16th Annual Yosemite Facelift, an event held each fall to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season.
Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river corridors, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas. The event starts on Tuesday evening, September 24, with an evening program. Trash pick-up volunteer days will start on Wednesday, September 25 and continue through Monday, September 30, 2019.
In 2018, 3,334 Yosemite Facelift volunteers collected and removed 14,126 pounds of trash and debris from Yosemite National Park, of which 8,745 pounds was small and micro trash. Volunteers worked over 11,700 hours throughout the event and throughout the park to clear debris and trash from heavily visited areas and along park roadways.
Interested volunteers can sign up at the booth in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25 through Saturday, September 28. On Sunday, September 29 registration will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A second check-in station will be located at the Tuolumne Meadows Store on Friday and Saturday September 27-28. The Tuolumne Meadows booth will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Crew leaders will be at the booths to organize work groups and hand out trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks. Trash must be returned to the booths each day by the registration area’s closing time to be weighed and sorted. All volunteers must register prior to participating in the event. After volunteering, participants are invited to nightly gear raffles and engaging evening programs.
On Saturday, September 28, Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day. In order to celebrate this special day and the Facelift events, the park will waive entrance fees. The fee waiver includes entrance fees on Saturday only and is not associated with camping fees.
Additionally, there will be a Yosemite Volunteer Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Valley Visitor Center on Saturday, September 28, 2019.
The Yosemite Facelift is a park-wide volunteer event that was started by the Yosemite Climbing Association in 2004 to encourage climbers and other visitors to clean up the park at the end of the busy summer season. This is the single largest organized volunteer clean up in any national park. The Yosemite Climbing Association sponsors and organizes the annual Yosemite Facelift in partnership with the National Park Service. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit the Yosemite Climbing Association website at http://www.yosemiteclimbing.org/facelift-2019/