When you plan your next trip to Yosemite (or maybe it’s your first), it’s important that you remain aware of the environment around you. and the footprint you create when you visit. The term ‘ecotourism’ is used to describe a type of travel that remains aware of the environment and conserves its well-being and beauty. It’s that beauty that we want you to experience while you’re in Yosemite and we need your help to keep it beautiful and well-preserved!
How can you be the most “environmentally-friendly” visitor to Yosemite National Park? There are countless ways! Some of our suggestions include:
- Ride your bikes (or walk) along the Park’s trails – cars and automobiles not only cause traffic congestion but can also cause air pollution, which negatively impacts native plants and animals.
- Carpool when you visit the Park – when you think about it, the more cars that come into the Park could eventually require more parking lots, which means less of the Park’s natural beauty stays in tact.
- Bring reusable water bottles – this may seem like a minor suggestion but it can make a major change! By helping cut back on excess garbage and waste, you’re not only helping Yosemite National Park, but the whole world. You reduce your carbon and waste footprint.
Ecotourism is a healthy approach to any family vacation. If you’re looking for more information on ecotourism itself or ideas of how to make your trip more environmentally-friendly, stop by our Visitors Center or log on to : http://yosemite.com/explore-yosemite/visitor-center and talk with our knowledgeable and friendly staff!