Over the course of five days this past September, 2,243 Yosemite Facelift volunteers removed 16,420 pounds of trash (with roughly 80% recycled) out of Yosemite Valley.

For over a decade now, Yosemite Facelift has been making a remarkable difference in the amount of trash left behind in Yosemite Valley after the tourist season. The event offers a fun, community-building opportunity to give back to the incomparable Yosemite Valley.

Many participants are surprised to learn how fun it is to pick up trash in Yosemite. It’s one thing to visit the Valley and take pictures of the scenery, but joining Facelift’s efforts connects people to the Valley as stewards, not just as tourists.

Come volunteer for an hour or everyday; any amount of time you can spend volunteering is appreciated. In 2018, there were 11,700 volunteer hours logged — this would take one person working full time more than 5.5 years!

Limited camping is available, and spots fill fast. Camping is not required; participants may simply show up the morning of to pitch in.

Can’t make it to a Yosemite Facelift event? You can help by making a donation, by telling your friends, and by being a good steward cleaning up other areas you love.

Learn more at yosemiteclimbing.org or check out the Yosemite  Facelift Facebook Page.