We are pleased to announce that the doors of the long awaited Visitor Center are open.
The official Grand Opening will be help next May in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of California State Parks. Check back for more information.
Visitor Center Hours
The Visitor Center – Open February 14 – February 23 Daily 10 am – 4 pm
February 24 – March 31 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only 10 am – 4 pm
April 26 - “Birds of the Sierra Nevada” Presented by Ed Pandilfino
Ed (along with Ed Beedy) are co-authors of the new UC Press book “Birds of the Sierra Nevada”. The book contains excellent discussions of each bird of the area, both biology and distribution, as well as excellent illustrations. Since retiring in 1999 Ed has devoted his life to birds, working on habitat conservation and avian research. Ed is president of Western Field Ornithologists, and is one of the Regional Editors for the publication, North American Birds. He plans to take those interested out to watch our local birds in the Park before the program at 8 am.
May 3 - “John Muir in the Big Trees” Presented by Michael Wurtz
Michael is the Archivist of the John Muir Papers Collection at the University of the Pacific. He will speak about John Muir’s three visits to Calaveras Big Trees and his other visits to the Sequoias of the Sierra. Mr. Wurtz organized the Park’s archives in 1991 and his parents were docents at the Park
June 7 - “The Sequoias of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks” Presented by Steve Stocking
Steve is a volunteer here at Big Trees State Park and as a C.B.T.A. board member helps with the seminar program. Steve spent 10 years with the National Park Service in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. His revised edition of his “Sequoias of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks” has just been published.
September 20 - “Going Batty” Presented by Dr. Dave Johnston
Dave is an Associate Wildlife Ecologist at H.T. Harvey & Associates and a board member of the North American Society for Bat Research. Dave has spent over 20 years investigating impacts to bat populations from post construction wind and solar energy projects, urbanization, and transportation issues. He is the lead author for the California Bat Mitigation Techniques, Solutions, and Effectiveness for the State of California and for many other technical reports and scientific investigations. Dr. Johnston has on-going bat projects in Hawaii, California, Belize and Mexico. Shortly after the lecture he will lead us into the field to mist net and to observe bats in the wild.
October 4 Seminar - “Conservation of Native Bees” Presented by Julie Serences
Julie wants us to appreciate our native bees in their role as pollinators. Native bees are the most important group of pollinators of native plants. Julie is a professional educator with over twenty-five years of experience teaching learners from pre-school to adult. She is currently on the Xerces staff as a volunteer consultant for Pollinator Conservation.
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)795-3840 or visit our website at www.bigtrees.or
Save this date: May 24, 2014
The California Department of Parks and Recreation and Calaveras Big Trees Association are collaborating on a grand opening celebration of the new visitor center in conjunction with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the first California state park. Come to the park at 11 a.m. for the official opening ceremony, followed by guided walks, children’s activities, and various surprises until 4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Please plan on coming and join in the celebration.
Please call the office at 209-795-1196 for more information.
March 15 - Murphys Irish Day – Visit us at our booth
May 4 – Concert in the Park – watch our website for details.
August 16 - Family Day
September – Fundraising Dinner (details to be announced)
May – August – Summer Sweetness – Popcorn and ice cream sold on weekends and holidays in the park.
2013-2014 Winter Park Activities
The Warming Hut - Open weekends and holidays through late March 12 pm—4 pm. Enjoy a warm fire, and hot cider and chocolate.
Snowshoe Tours - Offered on Saturdays and some holidays at 1 pm. (Snow permitting). Bring your own showshoes or borrow a pair of ours. Meet at Warming Hut. If there is no snow, there will be the regular guided hike of the North Grove.
Call 209-795-3840 for more information.
Sites 1 – 12 in the North Grove campground are open for dry camping only. Please call for updates and information. (209) 795-2234 or (209) 795-3840.
The Parkway to the river and South Grove is closed for the season.
Support from members helps the Calaveras Big Trees Association fulfull its mission of delivering high quality educational and interpretive programs at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
As a member of CBTA, you are invited to attend seminars, nature talks, workshops and other special events. Other benefits include discounts in our Visitor Center store, Big Tree Bulletin, social get-togethers and fellowship with other nature lovers.
You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to protecting this important resource and helping others gain an understanding, awareness and appreciation for the natural, cultural and recreational resources at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
CBTA was establised as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1974, Therefore, your membership and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
If you would like to join, please click here to read about the different levels of membership and then to complete the application online. Thank you all for all of your support. We couldn’t do it without you! Please call the office at 209-795-1196 if you have any questions.