Articles & News

Docents Receive Prestigious Poppy Award

2017-09-25T19:47:13+00:00

Two very special people received the Poppy Award for exemplary volunteer service at last night's docent appreciation dinner. Congratulations to you both!! Dexter Hardcastle was honored for his work on a naturalist guide of plants and animals commonly found at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Jim Allday was honored for his leadership of the popular [...]

Docents Receive Prestigious Poppy Award 2017-09-25T19:47:13+00:00

Wallace Visits Big Trees

2017-09-25T19:16:02+00:00

After his first and only visit to America in 1886, renowned scientist and Englishman Alfred Russel Wallace wrote this about Calaveras Big Trees. "Of all the natural wonders I saw in America, nothing impressed me so much as these glorious trees." In 1891, decades before our grove of giant sequoias finally became a state park, [...]

Wallace Visits Big Trees 2017-09-25T19:16:02+00:00

Promoting Environmental Stewardship through Scholarship

2017-07-31T16:16:18+00:00

Every year Calaveras Big Trees Association awards $1,500 scholarships to five outstanding people who are pursuing education with a focus on the natural environment. We look for students with a strong academic background, commitment to educate the public on environmental stewardship and work experience in their field. CBTA is honored to help these young people [...]

Promoting Environmental Stewardship through Scholarship 2017-07-31T16:16:18+00:00

Reviving the Three Senses Trail at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

2017-07-31T16:34:49+00:00

Forests are for everyone, and our Three Senses Trail was built back in 1976 as a special place for disabled visitors. This trail encourages all visitors to experience the forest via smell, touch and sound. It became known as the “braille trail,” because this was the best technology at the time for the visually impaired. [...]

Reviving the Three Senses Trail at Calaveras Big Trees State Park 2017-07-31T16:34:49+00:00

Congratulations to 25 Newly Certified California Naturalists

2017-07-31T16:11:26+00:00

More than just a pretty landscape, Calaveras Big Trees State Park has long been a place where people can learn about the wonders of our natural environment. It was a perfect fit, therefore, to bring the California Naturalist Program to Big Trees. During the month of June 2017, 25 students completed the California Naturalist Course [...]

Congratulations to 25 Newly Certified California Naturalists 2017-07-31T16:11:26+00:00

Thanks to Our Interns: Ben and Alex

2017-08-21T16:19:00+00:00

You know summer is winding down when we have to say goodbye to our SCA interns that have been here since Memorial Day. We were exceptionally lucky this year to have had Ben Foster and Alex Conrad to help with all our summer programs. Alex came to us from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she [...]

Thanks to Our Interns: Ben and Alex 2017-08-21T16:19:00+00:00

2017 CBT Docent Spotlight

2017-07-06T17:38:38+00:00

The wonderful docents at Calaveras Big Trees State Park are priceless.  Without the gift of their valuable time, the Park would look quite different.  Whether they volunteer in the Visitor Center, on the trails, leading tours, teaching kids or working in the museum, their contribution are hard to measure. Alex Conrad, one of our amazing [...]

2017 CBT Docent Spotlight 2017-07-06T17:38:38+00:00

Welcome Our New Supervising Ranger!

2017-06-07T16:22:18+00:00

By Greg Martin Sector Superintendent Steven Walloupe, a supervising State Park ranger, officially joined the Central Valley District team when he started at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in March of 2017. Steven recently transferred as a supervising ranger from the Lake Tahoe Sector of the Sierra District. He has served in that role since [...]

Welcome Our New Supervising Ranger! 2017-06-07T16:22:18+00:00

Labor Day Weekend Park Activities

2017-08-31T20:44:08+00:00

Labor Day Weekend Schedule: Jr Rangers and Cubs will be held Saturday and Sunday at 10 am behind the old Visitor Center. Creek Critters will be held for the last time this season on Saturday September 2 at 1 pm at Beaver Creek. There will be a daily guided walk of the North Grove at [...]

Labor Day Weekend Park Activities 2017-08-31T20:44:08+00:00

A Little Giant Sequoia History

2017-05-30T17:53:00+00:00

By Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham Giant sequoias must stay upright to survive, and they have mechanisms to chemically and physically maintain their balance. Should one lean too much, down it comes. But the trees are known to live past 2000 years. They are not the oldest, tallest or widest of trees, but they are the largest [...]

A Little Giant Sequoia History 2017-05-30T17:53:00+00:00