National Park Connection

The University Closest to Yosemite

Nothing can compare to the Yosemite experience — dramatic rock formations, deep wilderness, rushing waterfalls, rich cultural heritage and amazing wildlife. No university will get you closer to Yosemite than UC Merced, and we're not just talking about drive time; our relationship with the park offers you much more than just the chance to visit.

National Parks Opportunities at UC Merced

Through ongoing research, year-round recreational opportunities, and unique summer programs, UC Merced has developed a multifaceted approach to partnership with the National Parks Service in Yosemite — and students receive a big share of the benefits.

Sequoia/Kings Canyon Partnership

UC Merced has also built a strong and vital partnership with Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. There, too, are unique experiences you won't want to miss in a quieter, wilder kind of national park.