Yosemite School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Yosemite. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Yosemite?

An educational trip to Yosemite can be a fascinating educational and outdoor experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

Educational Student Trip – Curriculum-related activities that bring to life the subjects of the classroom.

Biology – Show your science students the incredible biodiversity of this place, by having them participate in meaningful field research.  The Yosemite Valley is surrounded with 80 species of mammals, 250 species of birds and 37 species of trees. The expansive park is stretched up to 747,956 acres.

Outdoor Adventure – Do you want your students to experience an amazing outdoor adventure? Camping in Yosemite is definitely the adventure tour of a lifetime.

Mixed focus – A balance of educational activities, outdoor activities, and cultural focus. The variety of geography, culture and history of within Yosemite makes for a well-rounded trip.

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Yosemite. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

  • Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
    • Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
    • Safe money holder or fanny pack
    • Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing –Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles (3,100 square km) in the Sierra Nevada, with elevations ranging from about 2,000 feet (600 m) to 13,000 ft (4,000 m). Yosemite receives 95% of its precipitation between October and May (and over 75% between November and March). Most of Yosemite is blanketed in snow from about November through May. (Yosemite Valley can be rainy or snowy in any given winter storm.)

Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

  • Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, headlamp, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
    • Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type A, B and C, so bring a transforming plug!)
    • Water bottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Soap, shampoo & conditioner
    • Medications
    • Mosquito repellent (rain forest and warmer regions)

Below is your basic Packing List

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 2 pairs of breathable pants
    • 2 t-shirts
    • 4 long sleeve shirt
    • 2 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • 1 thick sweater or down jacket
    • Shoes – Comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
    • Waterproof shoes
    • Sleepwear

What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels

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Yosemite Fun Facts: 

  1. Sheep were once among the primary threats to Yosemite’s natural landscape.
  2. At first, the national park did not include the Yosemite Valley and its iconic landmarks.
  3. A presidential camping trip led to Yosemite National Park’s expansion.
  4. Yosemite bid to host the 1932 Winter Olympics.
  5.  Yosemite’s most luxurious hotel once served as a military hospital.