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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park: 3 reviews and 12 photos

  Happy Isles Nature Center Sign
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  • Happy Isles Nature Center Sign - Yosemite National Park
      Happy Isles Nature Center Sign
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  • Happy Isles Nature Center Building - Yosemite National Park
      Happy Isles Nature Center Building
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  • Path to Happy Isles Nature Center - Yosemite National Park
      Path to Happy Isles Nature Center
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  • Region of Great Rock Slide of 1996 - Yosemite National Park
      Region of Great Rock Slide of 1996
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  • Happy Isles Walk Through Fern Grove - Yosemite National Park
      Happy Isles Walk Through Fern Grove
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At Happy Isles is a Nature Center that includes a variety of excellent exhibits for young and old alike. For example, there is a audio exhibit that matches the foot prints of various animals to the sounds they make in nature. Also, there are stuffed bears, cougars, and other wildlife to show children what the animals look like, even if they don't get a chance to see them in nature. Nearby is the walk through the Fern Grove. Interestingly, the Happy Isles Nature Center, which is rarely overly full of tourists, was the sight of an extraordinary landslide in July of 1996. When the slide occurred, a blast of wind knocked down some 1000 trees, damaging part of the nature center itself, and killing one hiker. See the link below for a geological description of exactly what happened in this remarkable natural event.

Website: http://landslides.usgs.gov/docs/wieczorek/happyisles.pdf

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  • Written Jun 3, 2007
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