Tuesday November 28, 2023 is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that celebrates the spirit of generosity and inspires people to give back to their communities in a big way.

This year our Giving Tuesday goal is to raise $40,00 to ensure that the amazing PORTS program continues at Calaveras Big Trees.

Calaveras Big Trees is one of the 55 state parks participating in the PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) program for teachers and students all over California and beyond. Heading up this program for Calaveras Big Trees is State Park Interpreter I, Lillie Oravetz.

This program is a free offering for teachers allowing them to schedule a virtual field trip at the state park of their choice.  The teacher connects to the ranger with the provided link, allowing the ranger into their classroom through the live video. The teacher’s students can be either in the classroom or can attend virtually by using a link provided ahead of time by the teacher. Either way, the ranger transports the teacher with their students right into the park to show and explain the features of their park to the students with question-and-answer interaction throughout.  The PORTS On-Demand virtual tour is a 45-minute lesson with handouts provided for follow up after the presentation.

We need your support to make a difference.

Calaveras Big Trees PORTS Program Information

State Park PORTS Program Information

Lillie in Action