Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

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Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

Yosemite is the embodiment of everything that is beautiful in this world. 


Shelton Johnson

Shelton Johnson is one of Yosemite’s preeminent ambassadors. He welcomes visitors to the park on a daily basis and treats each one with kindness and warmth. Best known for his role in “National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Shelton invites visitors of public lands to connect fully with nature and wilderness. His mission is to encourage more people of color to claim their cultural inheritance in national parks.

Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

Shelton is an interpreter of living history. He shares stories of the fascinating lives of Buffalo Soldiers along with their role in the early years of Yosemite National Park. Shelton retells those stories to encourage others to join him in this natural wonderland. His strategy was successful as he inspired Oprah Winfrey to join him on her very first camping trip in Yosemite. Although he reaches many, Shelton admits there is more work to be done as invisible barriers keep people from color from visiting national parks. 

Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches


Join us as we discuss Shelton’s influence on visitors from all over the world to Yosemite National Park. There’s so much more he shares as we also received a visit from a black bear in Cook’s Meadow.

Shelton Johnson is a classically trained musician. He finds inspiration in the music of Jean Sibelius. He believes Sibelius Symphony Number 4 is a perfect Yosemite anthem.

Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

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Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

Here are some bonus photos from my interview with Shelton Johnson in Cook’s Meadow at sunset as we were visited by a black bear.

Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches
Shelton Johnson Yosemite Peaches

Thank you for supporting the Yosemite Peaches Project. The concept for the Yosemite Can O Peaches Radio Podcast was developed over the past several years with an idea to archive contemporary voices from Yosemite personalities. Each show will be recorded live from the trails of Yosemite National Park. Host John P. DeGrazio will share stories of how Yosemite influenced the lives of local artists, musicians, photographers, explorers, and a variety of other Yosemite experts with a tale to tell. The peaches represent the sweet reward of every exploration in nature. Special thanks to Thomas Wilmer for his kind generosity and mentorship. Tom also recorded the Outro for this show.