Calaveras Big Trees Association Elects 2015-2016 Board of Directors
The Annual meeting was held on Saturday June 20, 2015 and the following officers and Board was elected:
President Paul Prescott
Vice President George Leong
Vice President Joan Allday
Secretary Bunny Firebaugh
Treasurer Dexter Hardcastle
Directors: Marcy Crawford, Betty Watson, Rod Smith, Dexter Hardcastle, Sanders Lamont, Vida Kenk
Calaveras Big Trees Association Awards 2015 Scholarships
CBTA is proud to announce the five 2015 scholarship winners. Each year CBTA offers $1000 academic scholarships to students who have chosen to pursue an education and/or career in environmentally related fields. The purpose of the scholarships is to provide a monetary award to promising California upper division or graduate students, who have shown an educational and career commitment to the study of the environment, and shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature, and an understanding of the need to practice conservation.
Students pursuing degrees in environmental protection, forestry, wildlife and fisheries, biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental art, and California history are encouraged to apply. Dedication ideals of the scholarship will be considered at least as important as financial need in making the award.
The opportunity for CBTA to offer scholarships started with the Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship. The Hewitt family funds this scholarship to honor Emily M. Hewitt and to honor a student who shared her love of nature.
Because we received so many excellent applicants, in addition to the Hewitt scholarship, and the Stephen K. Stocking Memorial Scholarship, this year CBTA was able to offer three additional scholarships.
Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship – Trinity Tippin who is attending Humboldt State University and is majoring in Natural Resources: Wildlife
Stephen K. Stocking Memorial Scholarship – Julian Geoghegan who is attending CSU East Bay and is majoring in Biology, with Ecology/Conservation Biology concentration.
CBTA Scholarship #1 – Huan Huynh who is attending Humboldt State University and is majoring in Forestry.
CBTA Scholarship #2 – Tara Lamb who is attending CSU Stanislaus and is majoring in Biology.
CBTA Scholarship #3 – Kate Ludwig who is attending Humboldt State University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Biology.
CBTA offers scholarships every year to students attending a school in California. Please click heremore information and click here to download the application. Applications must be postmarked by April 15. Please call the office at 209-795-1196 for more information.
Bring the family and join the fun for the 27th Annual Family Day at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Each year Calaveras Big Trees Association likes to say “Thank You” to the community. Family Day is designed for the whole family to enjoy. Featured activities include Birds of Prey, crafts, reptiles, meet the Ranger & Smokey Bear, cocked hat bowling, carriage rides ($3.00), live music and much, much, more. Food sales include a barbecue, ice cream, popcorn and baked goods. $10 per car Park entrance fee. Most activities are free. Click Here to download full schedule.
Art in the Park – Arts of Bear Valley – Art Show, Workshops and Demonstrations
Interpretive Workshops and Demonstrations on Weekends
A unique opportunity to combine the beauty of the Park with different expressions of art. These free workshops will begin at 12 noon and will be limited in size. Children 6 and up as well as adults are welcome. Come early and check in at the Art Show which will be held in the Ralston Classroom in the Education Building next to the Visitor Center.
August 15 – Family Day children’s art project
August 16 – Travel watercolor sketching with Nancy Macomber
August 22 – Plein Aire Demonstration August 23 – Color Mixing with Jan Alcalde
August 29 – Weaving with Therese and Steve May August 30 – Waterfalls & Stream Beds with Pat Rohovit
September 5 -Sketching with Sandra Maurer September 6 – Pastels with Elaine Cahill
CALIFORNIA NATURALIST PROGRAM
Become a ‘citizen-scientist’ as we explore California’s natural environment. Learn about opportunities that you can take on to share and engage others in natural resource stewardship through education and service.
Register Now! 5 week certification training at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Registration is required and participation is limited to 30.
To register, please Click Here
Cost for this workshop is $350.00 per person.
There are a limited number of scholarships available. To apply for a scholarship, Click Here:
For more information on the California Naturalist Program, Click Here
SUMMER AT THE PARK
Camping – All camping is on reservation. Contact Reserve America at 1-800-444-7275 for reservations. The Dump Station is open.
North Grove Guided Tours – Guided walks of the North Grove are held daily at 1 pm. The walk is 1.5 to 2 hours. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Bring water and your comfortable shoes.
Summer Interpretive Programs 2015
Daily: June 15 – August 16 Weekends only: August 22 – September 7
Jr. Ranger: 7 – 12 year olds. Meet behind the old Visitor Center at 10 am for an hour. Earn momentos and learn about the park.
Jr. Cub: 3 – 6 year old friends and their designated adults are invited to join us behind the Visitor Center on most summer mornings at 10 am for up to an hour. Learn about the park with age-appropriate activities.
Astronomy Programs: Meet at the Scenic Overlook
Thursday, June 4 starting at 8:00 PM; Thursday, June 18 starting at 8:00 PM; Thursday, July 16 starting at 8:00 PM; Thursday, August 13 starting at 8:00 PM; Thursday, September 10 starting at 7:30 PM; Thursday, October 15 starting at 7:00 PM; Thursday, October 22 starting at 7:00 PM; Thursday, November 12 starting at 7:00 PM.
Tuesday 1 pm – meet at Beaver Creek Picnic Area and be prepared to wade.
Monday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm
Saturday September 19 – “Disturbance and Succession in Sierra Nevada Ecosystems” Presented by Dr. Tom Hofstra
How have our local plant and animal communities changed through time. Dr. Hofstra is Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Columbia College.
Dr. Ustach, Professor of Biology at San Joaquin Delta College, has previously presented seminars at this park on various local mammals.
All Seminars will be held in Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees State Park from 10:00 am-12 noon There is a day-use fee to enter the Park. The seminars are free and open to the public. Pack a lunch, bring the family and plan on spending the day among the Giant Sequoias. For more information call Calaveras Big Trees Association at (209)795-1196 or visit our website at www.bigtrees.org
3rd Annual CBTA Fundraiser
KCBT – August 1945 An Original Radio Play
Dinner Show-$50 per person ; $180 for group of 4; $320 for table of 8 ** Includes Wine, Appetizers and dinner.
Guests are encouraged to dress in 1940’s attire. Reservations required for dinner
Sunday Matinee-$30 adult- $15 children 12 & under – 2 pm
Location: Jack Knight Hall-Calaveras Big Trees Call 209-795-1196 for more information
Your participation will help support CBTA as it fulfills its mission to support the delivery of high quality educational and interpretive programs at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
Other 2015 Dates to Save
May 23 – September 7 – (weekends and holidays) “Summer Sweetness” – Ice Cream and Popcorn sold at the Warming Hut
August 15 – Family Day
August 15 – September 6 – Arts of Bear Valley Art Show and Workshops
October 3 – Fundraising Dinner Show – “KCBT – August 1945 – A Radio Play”
December 29 – 6th Annual Winter Wonderland Carnival