is a gathering of volunteers who like to make a difference in Yosemite
We volunteer every 3 - 4 weeks from March through October. The group consists of mainly climbers from the San Francisco Bay are. Many of us are members of Planet Granite and have been doing this since 1998.

Want to help, volunteer your time.

2011 Schedule

The 2011 PGVIP schedule is finally done and approved.

  1. April 16th
  2. May 14th
  3. June 4th
  4. June 25th
  5. July 9th
  6. July 30st
  7. August 27th
  8. September 17th
  9. October 15th
  10. November 5th

- Jack

Vip Email/Report from Jill Cohen

Jill and AmyJill and AmyFrom: Jill Cohen
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:52:59 AM
Subject: yosemite vip weekend april 2009!

well we had a fabulous start to the climbing year in our first volunteer in the park project at yosemite last weekend. our task was to move the tent platforms we built at the end of last season over to camp 4. we started setting up the structures, did some painting of the platforms as well as painted some of the existing tent cabin doors and porches. we got quite a bit done but it was too much for only 6 hours. i'm sure we'll probably have to finish it out next month!

the valley was absolutely beautiful and the weather was amazing. i've never seen yosemite falls with so much water! and there was still some snow in the merced. best part of the work day for me was spotting a bear! someone had been yelling like a banshee at camp 4. i thought someone had fallen off rock and was trying to get help. then i see him running. so i go stalking... the guy doubles back to continue bouldering and i spot the bear. i slowly approached and came upon it while it was playing with a lime green nalgene bottle. it spied me just as i got one great photo! (though it needs some light adjustment. however, the bear just wouldn't sit for another photo!)(honestly, don't they train them!) anyway, here are some shots of yosemite, camp 4, the bear and more are here:

2009 Schedule

* These dates may change



Very Important People

Volunteering is an American tradition that has made an immeasurable contribution to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country. Today's volunteers are active, dynamic, creative individuals who possess the skills, desire, patience, and time to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.

Volunteers-In-Parks are Very Important People (VIPs)! In Fiscal Year 2005, 137,000 volunteers donated 5.2 million hours to your national parks at a value of $91.2 million.

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