2012 Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series Starts this Weekend

Stroll through a beautiful alpine meadow in Tuolumne to a National Historic Landmark building – a one-story stone building built in 1915 – for the Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series.

Each summer the Parsons Memorial Lodge hosts fascinating speakers in one of the most beautiful natural settings in Tuolumne. Topics range from climbing, and natural history to music and poetry, including a popular Poetry Festival. This year’s summer series begins this weekend, July 14, with a slide presentation by Daniel Arnold called “Early Days in the Range of Light: Encounters with Legendary Mountaineers” at 7:30pm, but typically meets at 2:00pm and lasts 1-2 hours. All programs are free. Allow about 30 minutes walking time from either the Lembert Dome parking or the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center.

See the full schedule below:

July Programs

Saturday, July 14
Early Days in the Range of Light:Encounters with Legendary Mountaineers
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Slide presentation by Daniel Arnold, author and climber

Sunday, July 15
The November 2011 High Sierra Windstorm: Unveiling the New Forest Mosaic
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Slide presentation by Deanna Dulen, Superintendent, Devils Postpile National Monument; Rhett Milne, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Reno; and Brian Mattos, Park Forester, Yosemite National Park

Saturday, July 21
Species in a Bucket: A Brush with Extinction
2:00 p.m.
Slide presentation by Edwin P. (Phil) Pister, Retired Aquatic Biologist, California Department of Fish and Game, Bishop

Sunday, July 22
Tiny Botanical Treasures of Tuolumne
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
45-minute slide presentation by Alison Colwell, Botanist, Resources Management and Science, Yosemite National Park, followed by a one-hour walk

Saturday, July 28
The Wild Without and the Wild Within: The Border between Wild Lands and the Contemplative Life
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Talk and discussion with David James Duncan, author (The River Why, The Brothers K, My Story as Told by Water),
activist, and fly fisher

Sunday, July 29
Birds We Gauge Our Lives By
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Readings and conversation with poet Tom Crawford and writer David James Duncan

August Programs

Saturday, August 4
Ooolation! Singers
2:00 p.m.
A performance of nature-inspired music by young singers led by hammer dulcimer player Malcolm Dalglish, singers Naomi Dalglish, Joshua Stephen Kartes, Jeff Fellinger, Rachel Schlafer-Parton, and Liz Wu

Sunday, August 5
Mountain Inspiration
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Writing and yoga with Heather Sullivan, Balanced Rock Wilderness Guide. Bring pen, paper, and appropriate
layers of clothing.

Pestilence and Persistence:
Archaeology of Yosemite Indian Life during the Colonial Era
2:00 p.m.
Slide presentation by Kathleen Hull, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Merced High Sierra Natural History Celebration Weekend

Saturday, August 11
Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks
2:00 p.m.
Talk by William C. Tweed, author, naturalist, andnational park historian

Sunday, August 12
Why Natural History Matters
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Slide presentation by Tom Fleischner, Professor of Environmental Studies, Prescott College and President,
Natural History Network, followed by discussion

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19
16th Annual Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival
Morning workshops and afternoon readings with music:
poets Jennifer S. Maier, Jennifer K. Sweeney, and Gary Young, with musician Shira Kammen

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