LeConte Memorial Lodge is nearing the end of its 107th season of service to both the Sierra Club and Yosemite National Park. We have seen an increase in visitation of nearly thirty percent for the months of May, June, and July. This is great news because we have been able to share with our increasing number of visitors the Sierra Club message—Enjoy, Explore, and Protect the Planet. We have distributed hundreds of Nature Journals to our visitors as well as Sierra Club tattoos and Beyond Oil window stickers, LeConte Memorial postcards and brochures, and the Sierra magazine and “Outings” brochures.
LeConte Memorial embarked on a new project this season BEAR IN MIND taking for our focus the John Muir quote: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” While the installation in 2010 of a Climate Change exhibit created by George Pettit, the LML Exhibition Chair, focuses heavily on the scientific underpinnings of global warming, our BEAR IN MIND project set out on a journey encouraging visitors to remember that Climate Change affects all life on our planet Earth—after all, without plants (and there are about 250,000 angiosperms which are flowering plants) life as we know it would not exist. Plants and animals matter too when it comes to global warming just ask the Pika (Ochotona priceps) and the Sky Pilot (Polemonium eximium).