2018 Fall Retreat
Tuesday, October 23 to Friday, October 26, 2018
Yosemite National Park
Our world-class public lands face many challenges, including an $11 billion maintenance backlog, climate change, and encroaching development. When visiting Yosemite National Park in 2016, President Obama also observed that the beauty and benefits of our protected lands are not shared equally: “the national park system belongs to everybody. It is a true expression of our democracy, [yet] we’ve got kids all across this country who’ve never seen a park.”
The focus of our Fall Retreat this year is Yosemite and the Future of Our National Parks. We will hear from park staff, experts, and advocates about what’s in store for our national parks and public lands, the public-private efforts to share Yosemite’s grandeur with a broader audience, and efforts to protect its magnificence with less. In addition, we will have time to enjoy the park, explore Yosemite’s waterfalls and glacier-carved valley, learn its history and see its ancient trees, walk its trails, and experience the sights and sounds of the High Sierra.
We’ll begin our Fall Retreat the evening of October 23 in Berkeley, California with a special dinner at Alice Waters’ famed restaurant, Chez Panisse. Our Retreat ends the afternoon of October 27, when we travel from Yosemite National Park to the Bay Area.