Saturday April 25- “Bird Bones and Feathers” Presented by David Lukas
Have you ever found a bird feather or bone and wondered what you could learn from it? This talk will cover bird bones, feathers, and muscles and how they work together to help a bird fly and live in its environment. Expect to learn a bit about both the inner and outer workings of birds.
David Lukas is a professional naturalist and the author of numerous books including “Sierra Nevada Birds” and “Sierra Nevada Natural History”. More information about his books and classes can be found at www.lukasguides.com
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Thinking like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History” Presented by John Muir Laws
Learn how to get more out of every nature ramble. Developments in neuropsychology have opened doors in our understanding of the brain and cognition and how you can train yourself to see more and to be more curious about what you discover. Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study or to share with others. A perfect experience for teachers, home school parents, and anyone interested in taking their birding and nature study to the next level.
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
Saturday, May 2, 2015 – Afternoon Workshop – 1 pm – “Nature Journaling and Naturalist Skills” Presented by John Muir Laws
$25 per person + $10 Park day use fee
Bring an unlined journal or sketchbook and a pencil. You may want to bring a small set of your favorite drawing tools.
Keeping a nature journal is the most valuable thing you can do to improve your skills as a naturalist. Learn tips and techniques to help your keep your own journal of nature discoveries. Also learn how to develop observational skills and use simple tools to help you see more, investigate nature mysteries, and remember what you see.
About John Muir Laws
Naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is in love with the natural world and has lived his live sharing this passion with others. He is trained as a wildlife biologist and is a Research Associate of the California Academy of Sciences. Jack has taught nature education teacher since 1984 in California, Wyoming, and Alaska. He teaches the tools to help people develop as naturalists and stewards including, ways to improve your observation, memory and curiosity, conservation biology, natural history, scientific illustration, and field sketching all while having fun and falling more deeply in love with the world. In 2009, he received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in Environmental Education. He is a 2010 TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow with the National Audubon Society. He was the 2011 artist for International Migratory Bird Day. Laws has written and illustrated books about art and natural history including The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (2012), Sierra Birds: a Hiker’s Guide (2004), The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada (2007), and The Laws Pocket Guide Set to the San Francisco Bay Area (2009). He is a regular contributor to Bay Nature magazine with his “Naturalists Notebook” column. He is the primary author and editor of the curriculum: Opening the world through Nature Journaling.
Please call Sue at the CBTA office 209-795-1196 to reserve your space for the workshop.
June 5, 6 and 7, 2015 Natural History Discovery Program – Presented by Dr. Nancy Muleady Mecham
Calaveras Big Trees Association and Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham are proud to once again announce the “Natural History Discovery Program” to be presented June 5, 6 and 7, 2015. Here is your chance to immerse yourself in the Natural History of the Sierra Nevada at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Hikes of 2 miles, demonstrations, talks, and audio-visual programs will include the topics of astronomy; animal adaptations; Sierra geology and weather; dendrochronology; the mixed conifer forest, wildflowers, and birds; Giant Sequoias and fire ecology; people through time; and the history of the National Park Service and one Ranger’s story. Join Fulbright Scholar and retired National Park Ranger Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham for this unique opportunity to learn so much about this very special place.
Click Here to download more information. Please call CBTA 209-795-1196 with any questions.
Summer Concert in the Park – Cantamos
Saturday June 6, 2015 – 2 pm – 4 pm – featuring the local favorite, Cantamos
Please join us at Jack Knight Hall in Calaveras Big Trees State Park for amazing music, hors d’oeuvres and fine local wines.
Cantamos - Michela Macfarlane and Cantamos highlight their musical dexterity by moving from arias, traditional Latin songs and musicals, to contemporary favorites. Their music moves seamlessly from English to Italian, Spanish to French to Portuguese, and back again. Michela Macfarlane spent ten years steeped exclusively in baroque music. To expand her singing world she moved to the realms of jazz, pop, and Latin sounds. She is still true to her operatic roots, but has grown as a performer. Michela is backed by Ron Schaner on (Bass and vocal), Fred Treece (Guitar and vocal), Jerry Solberg (Keyboards and vocal) and Scott Leverone (Drums).
Tickets $30. (Tickets purchased online include Park entrance fee). If tickets purchased at the door, you will have to pay and additional $10 per car Park entrance fee.
Purchase tickets by clicking here.
Please call CBTA at 209-795-1196 for further information.
Other 2015 Dates to Save
May 23 – September 7 - (weekends and holidays) “Summer Sweetness” – Ice Cream and Popcorn sold at the Warming Hut
June 5, 6 and 7 – Natural History Discovery Program presented by Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham
August 15 - Family Day
October 3 – Fundraising Dinner Show - “KCBT – August 1945 – A Radio Show”
December 29 – 6th Annual Winter Wonderland Carnival
PROGRAMS AT THE PARK
New Docent Orientation Classes - If you have always wanted to volunteer at the Park – now is your chance to sign up for the New Docent Orientation classes scheduled for March 11 or April 9. This training is mandatory for all new park volunteers. Docents play an important role in caring for this very special park and we are always looking for new faces.. There are many different opportunities available, including trail patrol, leading tours, . Please contact Wendy Harrison at (209) 795-7980 if you are interested. Click Here to download the attached flyer for more information.
Camping - All camping is first come first serve in the North Grove Campground. Dry camping only. Oak Hollow Campground is closed for the season. The Dump Station is closed for the season. The Parkway to the South Grove is closed for the season.
North Grove Guided Tours - Guided walks of the North Grove are held Saturday at 1 pm. The walk is 1.5 to 2 hours. Meet at the Warming Hut.
Activities in the Park
The Warming Hut - Open weekends and holidays from Thanksgiving through late March 12 pm—4 pm
Call 209-795-1196 for more information