Access Defines No Limits in Yosemite

While the magic of our National Parks and public lands is rooted in natural wonders, cultural significance, and history, the dynamic of accessibility is the linchpin. Stephen Mather, one of the four faces on the Mt. Rushmore of our National Parks, was the heavy-weight champion behind prioritizing access to these places to all Americans regardless of demographic, physical ability, or income bracket. It’s easy to suspect Mr. Mather smiles profusely upon the Yosemite Conservancy’s No Limits Adventure Project. We certainly smile in parallel and were privileged to support the program’s 2018 programming with Wild Tribute’s #4theParks donations.

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In short, the No Limits Adventure Project opens Yosemite’s granite walls and rugged trails to wheelchair-users from underprivileged communities. No Limits provides a diverse group of participants the equipment and resources to experience the thrill of hand-cycling and rock climbing throughout Yosemite Valley over a four-day period. These impressive athletes not only push their personal limits, but more importantly connect with the outdoors – more specifically our public lands – in a new and exciting way while learning Leave No Trace principles to become influential park stewards in their communities.

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Our National Parks both tell the story of our nation and allow us all to participate in real time in our collective story. Inclusion is a core principle of our narrative and not only should but will be a growing focal point. While different characteristics define us all, we all humbly come from the same fabric. Nowhere is this greater illustrated nor realized than within our National Parks and public lands. They belong to us equally. Access is a driving component of equality. And this is just one of the many reasons why the No Limits Adventure Project strikes a chord. We salute the courageous No Limits athletes who participated in the 2018 campaign as well as the Yosemite Conservancy for bringing this inspirational program to life!

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Yosemite Conservancy is Yosemite National Park’s primary philanthropic partner. The Conservancy has funded $119+ million to date in grants for trail and habitat restoration, wildlife management, historic preservation, and other priority efforts in Yosemite. Preserving the national treasure that Yosemite is comprises half of the organization’s mandate while the other half is to enrich the visitor experience. The Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures programming, art workshops, theater shows, and volunteer programs create enriching experiences for park visitors of all ages and demographics, in every season. Learn more about Yosemite Conservancy here and become a donor!