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  Photo Albums:
The Beginning of a Friendship: John Muir and Joseph LeConte
Centennial Photo Album
Rededication Photo Album
General Photo Album
Including high-res photos
 
  Downloads:
LeConte Memorial Lodge - First Permanent Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley & Home of the Sierra Club in Yosemite National Park (PDF) by Bonnie Gisel - from Yosemite Guide, May-June, 2012 (PDF)
LeConte Memorial - A Sierra Club Legacy by Elaine Gorman (PDF) (2012)
Memorial Fact Sheet (PDF)
Joseph LeConte Fact Sheet (PDF)
John Muir - Father of Our National Parks brochure
(PDF 2.5 MB )
Huell Howser Video
(Quicktime Movie 48 MB )
 
  Related:
Celebrating a Century of Slack-Jawed Awe
Make a Nature Journal
About Joseph LeConte
'Little Joe' Joseph N. LeConte
1896 Tribute to Dr. LeConte
John Muir Exhibit
Sierra Club History
Oher Sierra Club Lodges
Clair Tapaan Lodge
 
  Off-Site:
Le Conte Memorial Lodge by Steven Finacom
NPS 1985 Theme Study
National Historic Landmark Program

Sierra Club Environmental Education Program
LeConte Memorial Lodge

LeConte Lodge Sketch by Doug Harwell, 1981Volunteering at LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park





Contact:
Dr. Bonnie J. Gisel, Curator,

(209) 403-6676 (phone preferred - please call before 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
leconte.curator@sierraclub.org

2014 Season

We no longer need volunteers for the 2014 season.

For future years:

Volunteering at LeConte is a joyous opportunity to meet people from all over the Earth and help them better enjoy Yosemite's natural and human history and hopes for the future. If chosen, you will share the pure thoughts and good deeds of Joseph LeConte and John Muir, the thoughts that culminated in the creation of the Sierra Club in 1892 and the National Park Service in 1916 on behalf of wild places. These places were voiceless without the help of LeConte, Muir, and the Sierra Club, and now you can help! At LeConte Memorial Lodge we serve a growing, active public, hungry to learn more about the world in which they live, hungry to learn to live in this world with greater care.

LeConte Memorial Lodge is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with the operation of the Lodge during the season that begins May 1 and runs through mid-September. LeConte Memorial Lodge is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and from 8:00 pm until approximately 9:15 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for evening programs. (Some Thursday evening programs are given at the Lodge during the season as well). All the daytime programs and activities and all the evening programs are open to the public and are free. Some programs are oriented toward families and children.

Volunteers for LeConte Memorial Lodge must be members of the Sierra Club, since the Sierra Club operates the program on behalf of the national park.

Wondering what it's really like? Read about the first-hand experiences of previous volunteeers:

VOLUNTEERING DATES NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2015!
Sorry - there are no volunteer positions available for 2014.

For information or to volunteer, contact:

Curator Bonnie Gisel
(209) 403-6676 (phone preferred- Pacific Time Zone)
bonnie.gisel@sierraclub.org.

 

BENEFITS:

- free entrance pass to Yosemite National Park during your week of volunteering.

- free shared camping at the designated LeConte Memorial Lodge campsite in Yosemite National Park (Should you desire other housing arrangements these must be made by the volunteer at the volunteer's expense.).

- volunteers have Monday and Tuesday on their own to enjoy Yosemite National Park.

- free showers at Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp.

- these financial benefits exceed $250 per volunteer; but the experience of being in Yosemite and sharing the National Park Idea with visitors is immeasurable.

View of LeConte Volunteer Campground area
The LeConte Volunteer campsite is in the forest, near the river, just beyond this meadow!

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES:

- greet the public, introduce visitors to the exhibits and the library, and to daytime and evening programs

- answer questions (materials and maps are provided)

- assist with general maintenance of building: sweeping, dusting

Volunteers arrive on Saturday by 3:00 p.m., work Saturday night and Sunday, have Monday and Tuesday free to enjoy Yosemite National Park, then work the rest of the week until they depart the following Saturday afternoon. Volunteer hours are Wednesday through Sunday: 10:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 4:15 and one to four evenings on Thursday through Sunday 7:30 until 9:30.

REQUIREMENTS:

- volunteers must be members of the Sierra Club.

- volunteers must have visited Yosemite at least once in the last five years, so they are knowledgeable enough to answer visitor's basic questions about the Park.

- volunteers may stay for only one week as a volunteer, but your stay as a volunteer does not count against your camping limit on your own elsewhere in the park.

- No guests are permitted. We have limited campground space for volunteers only.

- There are no accommodations for children.

- No pets are allowed in the campsite or in LeConte Memorial Lodge.

OTHER:

- campsites and bear boxes are shared by volunteers, presenters, and the curator

- volunteers are encouraged to draw from their own knowledge and share their reading and experience

- couples and partners are encouraged to volunteer and share the same shift


Information and Donations

For more information, beginning in February contact the curator at (209) 403-6676, and after April 25 call Leconte Memorial Lodge directly at (209) 372-4542.

During the winter, contact LeConte Lodge Committee Chair, Harold Wood, P.O. Box 3543, Visalia, CA 93278; phone: (559) 697-3525; e-mail: harold.wood@sierraclub.org

Finding adequate funding for LeConte Memorial Lodge has become a serious issue. Tax deductible donations to support your volunteer week, and the exhibits, programs, and other educational efforts of the LeConte Memorial Lodge can be made to "Sierra Club Foundation," marked for the "LeConte Lodge Fund." Send to: Sierra Club Foundation, 85 Second Street, Suite 750. San Francisco, CA 94105.

Credits:
Photo of 2004 volunteers © by James Nickelmann
Photo of meadow near campground © by Harold Wood
Used by permission.


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