Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite (DNCY) is proud of the hospitality and services it provided at Yosemite National Park for 23 years.
In addition to many stewardship initiatives that benefit Yosemite , DNCY provided benefits to Yosemite National Park and the greater Yosemite area through voluntary educational and community engagement, with a focus on youth and the environment.
DNCY provided an opportunity for overnight guests to donate $2 for each night’s stay to the Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit organization whose funding and efforts are dedicated exclusively to Yosemite. This program generated over $600,000 annually to fund youth education, conservation and preservation projects. This program was the largest of its type in the national park system. Many additional programs and activities were provided by DNCY in support of Yosemite Conservancy. As an example, DNCY donated services and in-kind contributions that generated more than $200,000 in cash to the Yosemite Conservancy as part of its initial fundraising drive for the Mariposa Grove Restoration project.
DNCY established an annual $10,000 scholarship grant to NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service (NPS), to allow each eighth grade student in the Mariposa County Unified School District to participate in an environmental education program in Yosemite each year. This program was established upon learning that many students in Mariposa were not able to attend due to financial constraints and some had never been to Yosemite. Other programs were also provided in support of NatureBridge, including in-kind donations to its annual gala, which generated more than $30,000 over three years.
The company was also involved with Native American tribes to support their culture, traditions and artistic heritage in Yosemite. There are seven tribes associated with Yosemite National Park, which have four to five ceremonies annually inside Yosemite. DNCY contributed to the cultural and spiritual ceremonies by donating food for gatherings and lodging for tribal elders.
DNCY provided a wellness center for all park residents with a goal to provide opportunities for community members to improve their mind, body and spirit. A variety of fitness, social and community programs were offered through DNCY’s employee recreation program, which included group exercise, community recreation leagues and a free bike use program.
DNCY provided voluntary direct financial and in-kind donations to support many community-based organizations. A partial list of these annual donations is included below:
- Yosemite National Park Child Care Center
- Public Schools: Yosemite Valley, El Portal, Wawona, Mariposa High School
- Yosemite Scholarship Commission (scholarships to outstanding senior students whose parent(s) work in Yosemite National Park)
- Kids First (Mariposa youth education)
- Student Conservation Association (annual scholarships for interns participating in Yosemite conservation programs administered by NPS)
- Adventure Risk Challenge youth program (outreach program for disadvantaged youth in coordination with Yosemite Conservancy, University of California and NPS)
- Yosemite Winter Club (sponsor of winter youth activities in Yosemite)
- Yosemite Climbing Association’s Facelift park clean-up event
- Yosemite Lions Club
- Mariposa Rotary
- Yosemite Wildlink Bridge Program through UC Merced
- Habitat for Humanity
- John C. Fremont Foundation in support of Mariposa’s hospital
- Children’s Hospital of the Central Valley
- The Mariposa Storytelling Festival and the Mariposa Butterfly Festival
- Yosemite Renaissance (annual competition/exhibition intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite)
- Lasting Adventures (organized backpacking adventures for youth)
- Mariposa American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)