Obi Kaufmann at Yosemite National Park

Saturday Jul 28 2018   2:00 PM
Parsons Memorial Lodge  Yosemite National Park Rd, Wawona, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his best-selling The California Field Atlas to the Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series. Obi will be giving a presentation on conservation, art, and restoring California’s natural world, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Follow Obi on instagram @coyotethunder and catch up on his latest essays at

The annual Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series in Tuolumne Meadows offers a wide variety of public programs celebrating the arts and sciences, featuring writers, musicians, naturalists, historians, adventurers, and other presenters. Parsons Memorial Lodge, one of the oldest rustic stone structures in a national park, was built by the Sierra Club in 1915. The series, which has run for more than a quarter-century, honors the lodge’s founding purpose to serve as a vibrant gathering place to share powerful ideas. Through talks and presentations, the weekend series inspires visitors to explore Yosemite’s natural and cultural history, learn about efforts to preserve and protect natural resources, and gain a deeper appreciation for the park and our planet.

Free and open to the public. Allow 30 minutes walking time to Parsons Memorial Lodge from either Lembert Dome parking area or the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center.

Obi KaufmannGrowing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is