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CBTA is a non-profit educational association dedicated to the interpretation of human and natural history at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, in cooperation with the California State Park System. All contributions are tax deductible.

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Upcoming Events

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August 20- Family Day – 10 am – 4 pm –

Family Day is put on as a “thank you” to the community and other supporters of CBTA and the Park.  The day is filled with nature related activities, exhibits, carriage rides, food, face painting and fun.

Click to see Schedule of Activities & Map  Click to see Flyer

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SAVE the DATE – December 28, 2017 – Winter Wonderland

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July in the Park

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June 10 – September 5

Sunday – Thursday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday and Saturday – 9:00 – 6:00 pm

Parkway

OPEN

Camping –  

North Grove Campground –  We are now on reservation.  Please click here to make reservations.

Oak Hollow Campground  – on reservation.  Please click here to make reservations.

Rental Cabins are available.  Click Here for more information

The Dump Station – Open

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Summer Park Programs – July 25- July 31

DAILY: MON—SUNDAY

10am – 11am

Junior Rangers (ages 7-12) learn about Think like a Naturalist’; Bats; Navigation; Bears; Miwok; Tree Rings; Animal Clues

Junior Cubs (ages 3-6) learn about Forest Soup; Bats; Bears; Hide & Seek;            Ladybugs; Trees; Bees

Rangers & Cubs meet at the   picnic tables near the restrooms across from Jack Knight Hall.

1pm — North Grove Guided Walk (meet at the Warming Hut)

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Monday, July 25th

8:30 pmCampfire presentation by Search & Rescue: “Hug a Tree”

Tuesday, July 26th

1-2 pmCreek Critters! Meet at Beaver Creek (drive to the parking area past South Grove).  Please bring your own drinking water

Thursday, July 28th

8:30am — Photography        Program: Scavenger Hunt! Meet at the Education Center.

8:30am — 4:30pm:                 Big Stump Talks: stop by to hear about the Discovery Tree.

Saturday, July 30th

9am Photography Walk! Grab your camera for this guided walk around the North Grove. (Meet at the Visitor Center)

11:30am Art in Nature! Learn about Nature Journaling. (Meet at the Visitor Center)

11:30am; 1pm; 2pm – North Grove Guided Walks (meet at the Warming Hut):   

1-2pm Creek Critters! Meet at Beaver Creek (see Tues.)  Please bring your own drinking water

8:30pmCampfire program about Bats

Sunday, July 31st

11:30am; 1pm; 2pm – North Grove Guided Walks (meet at the Warming Hut)  

8:30am — 12:30pm:                 Big Stump Talks: stop by to hear about the Discovery Tree.

1-2pm Insect Investigators! Catch and identify field  insects. (Meet at the Visitor Center.)

Bunny’s Summer Sweetness

Weekends and holidays – Ice Cream and Popcorn – 12 pm – 4 pm

Where:   Warming Hut (end of main parking lot)

 

Astronomy

Dave Stanley’s Astronomy Nights:

At the Overlook – call for directions

August 4th – 8:00 PM start time

August 11th – (moon night) – 8:00 PM start time

September 1st – 7:30 PM start time

September 29th – 6:30 PM start time

October 27th – (Halloween!!) – 6:30 PM start time

Nancy Muleady Mecham’s Astronomy Nights:

The Night Sky Saturday August 27 8:00 p.m.:  At the Overlook

Learn about  the stars, constellations, science and lore behind the night sky at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Join Dr. Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham for a night of awesome viewing.  Dress warmly.

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2016 Seminars

September 3     “Disturbance and Succession in Sierra Nevada Ecosystems”             

Presented by Dr. Tom Hofstra

Dr. Hofstra will discuss how disturbances of various types and subsequent biological succession are important in contributing to community structure in the Sierra Nevada and how fire, flood, avalanche, windstorm, “pest” outbreaks, humans, and other disturbances help shape our landscapes   Dr. Hofstra is Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Columbia College.

This Seminar 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.

wolf2September 24   “Wolves in California—The Long Journey Home”   Presented by Karin Vardaman,  Director of California Wolf Recovery

California is excited to celebrate the beginning of what could be one of our state’s most inspiring conservation stories: the return of the gray wolf, after being absent for decades following extirpation by humans.  The reappearance of this top predator is not without its challenges and the California Wolf Center is working towards innovative solutions that will allow for peaceful coexistence between the wolf and human activities.  Discover the fascinating story of the wolf including the truths behind the myths and what the return of this iconic species means to the golden state.

This Seminar 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.

October 15   “King Sequoia:  The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created our National Park king sequoiaSystem and Changed the Way We Think About Nature”

Presented by William C. Tweed

From a towering tree, one of California’s preeminent naturalists unspools a history that echoes across generations and continents. Former park ranger William C. Tweed takes readers on a tour of the Big Trees in a narrative that travels deep into the Sierras, around the West, and all the way to New Zealand; and in doing so he explores the American public’s evolving relationship with sequoias. It comes as no surprise that the groves in Yosemite and Calaveras were early tourist destinations, as this species that predated Christ and loomed over all the world’s other trees was the embodiment of California’s superlative, almost unbelievable appeal.

This Seminar will be held in the Classroom in The Education Building, near the Visitor Center, 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.

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Join CBTA !

Support from members helps the Calaveras Big Trees Association fulfill its mission of delivering high quality educational and interpretative programs at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Since 1974, CBTA has been able to assist in enhancing the visitor’s exploration and enjoyment of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Becoming a member of CBTA affords you unique benefits like seminars, workshops, trainings, special events, collaboration and so much more.  Other benefits include a 20% discount (beginning October 1st) in the Visitor Center store and the Big Tree Bulletin published three times a year.

But the greatest benefit of being a member of CBTA is knowing you are contributing to protecting Calaveras Big Trees State Park and helping others gain an understanding, awareness and appreciation of its natural, cultural and recreational resources.

CBTA was established 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 or click here to download an application.  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.

Support CBTA While You Shop

Now you can help Support Calaveras Big Trees Association as you Shop!

We now have several different programs that are easy to join that allow a percentage of your purchases to be directed to Calaveras Big Trees Association

Escrip

The owners of Sierra Hills Market and Angels Food Market have generously made available the Escrip program to benefit local non-profit organizations through the use of the Escrip Community Card.  When you use your the card, CBTA has the ability to earn up to 5% of monthly purchases when you shop at either market.  How easy is that!  Just show your card or give the clerk your phone number and you help support CBTA.  Once you are enrolled, you can go online and find out about other benefits of the Escrip program.

To sign up simply down load the  form Escrip Form here, fill it out and take it with you the next time you shop at Sierra Hills or Angels Food Markets,  or you may sign up in the store.  Please indicate Calaveras Big Trees Association as your desired beneficiary.

S.H.A.R.E.S.  is changing

Starting on April 1, Save Mart S.H.A.R.E.S. will become Shares powered by eScrip.  Your exisiting SHARES card will no longer be accepted at Lucky, Save Mart or FoodMaxx stores.

If you already are registered with eScrip (which you are if you have the eScrip Community Card used at Sierra Hills or Angels Food Market, you need only register your phone number by clicking here.

If you are new to eScrip, please click here and follow the instructions to register.  Please choose Calaveras Big Trees Association as the non-profit you wish to support.

S.H.A.R.E.S is an acronym for Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation,  Education and Sports and is Save Mart’s way of giving back to the community.  By using the Shares program, you can contribute up to 3% of your qualified purchases at Lucky, Save Mart or FoodMaxx stores.

Please call the office at 209-795-1196 if you have any questions or problems.

AmazonSmile

If you shop at Amazon.com, you can now support CBTA by shopping at AmazonSmile.  Everything like Amazon Prime works just the same once you are registered.smile

When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will  be prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations.  For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Click Here to get started.

However you choose to do it, it is a painless way to help CBTA continue its efforts to provide outstanding interpretive and educational programs at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Thank you for your continued support.  Please call the office with any questions at 209-795-1196.