Nature Center at Happy Isles, Yosemite Park


Nature Center at Happy Isles

Happy Isles Nature Center in Yosemite National Park is a unique destination created for the benefit of families visiting the park, with wildlife dioramas, interesting exhibits and a nature bookstore. Read More

  • Don’t miss stopping at Happy Isles Nature Center in Yosemite National Park to learn about the park
  • Located on the Curry Village Loop in Yosemite Valley
  • Open from May to September
  • Admission is free
  • Discover facts about the history of El Capitan, Glacier Point and many others


Happy Isles Yosemite is a family-oriented nature center and the perfect place to visit within Yosemite National Park. Adults and children alike can learn so much about the natural wonders of this incredible park with the interactive displays on Yosemite’s natural history.


Yosemite Happy Isles is in Yosemite Valley at the end of Southside Drive, and at the center of Curry Village Loop.

Contact information:
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Yosemite Valley
Center of Curry Village Loop
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


Yosemite Happy Isles Nature Center is open from May through September. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm daily.


Admission to the Nature Center at Happy Isles is free.

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Yosemite Nature Center contains many activities and displays, focusing especially on the wide variety of wildlife in Yosemite. The high-quality information introduces visitors to various aspects of the park that serve to enhance all of your adventures during your visit. Find out the geologic history of El Capitan, Glacier Point and more. Wildlife dioramas are fascinating for all ages.

Outside of the center there are four nature trails developed specifically to introduce you to different outdoor environments including forests, rivers, rocks and wetlands. Taking these short hikes is very educational.