Yosemite Institute Environmental Education Campus
Project Leader: Bernadette Barthelenghi
NEPA Specialists: Ann Roberts
The Yosemite Institute, a National Park Service non-profit park partner, has provided environmental education programs in Yosemite National Park since 1971 at its Crane Flat campus. Most of the campus structures and utilities are more than 60 years old, energy inefficient, and difficult to retrofit to achieve modern standards for health, safety, and accessibility. In addition, the campus can accommodate only a fraction of the students in the program; the remainder must be based elsewhere in the park, in expensive commercial lodging. To address these issues, the Yosemite Institute and the National Park Service are considering options to provide better facilities by redeveloping the existing campus (Crane Flat) or constructing a new campus at a different location (and restoring Crane Flat campus to natural conditions).