33rd annual Environmental Law Conference

The Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® is nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use, and natural resources law. We hope you will join us and many of our nation’s top environmental officials, lawyers, and other professionals for four days of legal education and collegiality in Yosemite when we open our registration in 2024.

Due to circumstances outside of our control, rather than our typical October timeframe, the Environmental Law Section will be holding the 2024 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® on September 12-15, 2024.  We are excited for the opportunity to have the conference in the waning (or warmer) days of summer.  


For those planning to attend the 2024 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, currently scheduled for September 12-15, 2024, Yosemite National Park is announcing a “Peak Hours Plus” 2024 vehicle reservation pilot system for park entry on the following dates: 

  • Weekends from April 13 to June 30
  • Every day from July 1 to Aug. 15
  • Weekends from Aug. 16 to Oct. 27

Reservations will be required for vehicle entry to the park between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the reservation periods. Reservations are not required to enter the park after 4 p.m. Visitors will pick from two types of reservations: Reservations valid for a full day, or reservations valid for entry any time after noon. 

 Reservations will be available for purchase online beginning at 8 a.m. (PST) on Jan. 5, 2024, for all arrival dates (Apr. 13 to Oct. 20) at Recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745. Reservations will be available until none remain. Afternoon arrivals and additional full day reservations will be added one week in advance; e.g., reservations for a Sept. 30 arrival date will be added on Sept. 23. 

Both reservation types (full day and afternoon) are valid for up to three consecutive days, including the arrival date. 

The reservation fee is $2.00 per ticket, non-refundable.  If you cancel up to 24 hours in advance of arrival the reservation will be available to another visitor. Please cancel if not using reservation. 


We are excited to offer multiple sponsorship opportunities for our upcoming 33rd Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite. As a sponsor, your organization will have the chance to align itself with one of the most important environmental issues of our time and connect with an audience of legal professionals, policymakers, and thought leaders who are passionate about protecting the planet. Learn more and sponsor today!


Stay tuned for more info! Here is last year’s info

We hope you will join us and many of our nation’s top environmental officials, lawyers, and other professionals for four days of legal education and collegiality in Yosemite for the 32nd Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®.

Please note that this conference is now SOLD OUT. We will not accept onsite registrations.

Reserve Your Room at the Tenaya Lodge!

1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, California

Each registrant is responsible for their own hotel reservations. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Tenaya Lodge starting at $239, single/double occupancy per night, plus tax and resort fee of $10.00 per room, per day.

Alternative Hotel Options

Conference Carbon Offset

Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP, is sponsoring the purchase of approximately 111 tons of carbon offsets from Native, which will contribute to a United States Wind Energy Generation project at Dempsey Ridge in Oklahoma, to offset the conference’s greenhouse gas impacts, including the conference itself, estimated travel emissions to and from the conference by its over 700 attendees, and the impacts of the Tenaya over the course of the conference.  The Dempsey Ridge project allows land to remain in agricultural use and provides clean energy.  For more information on the Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge and other projects offered by Native, go to https://native.eco/climate-projects/

Interested in sponsoring this event?

We would be honored to have your support as a sponsor for our upcoming event, which aims to bring together industry leaders and innovators to exchange ideas and drive progress in our field.

With your sponsorship, we can make a bigger impact and create a memorable experience for all attendees.

Learn more about our packages and sponsor today.

ELS Community Service Project for Yosemite 2023—Fund a Tree! 

Make a direct tax-deductible donation in any amount to the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, a 501(c)(3), which has planted over 17,000 trees in the Rim Fire Recovery Zone, all within Yosemite’s Stanislaus National Forest adjacent to Yosemite National Park.

Make a donation today.

Thank You To Our Planning Committee!

  • Kim Bick, Partner, Bick Law LLP
  • Darcy Brown, Faculty, San Joaquin College of Law
  • John Carter, Senior Deputy General Counsel, Port of San Diego
  • Alison Torbitt, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

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CLA Membership is $99 and includes one section. Additional sections are $99 each.