Books, Bookmarks & Guides

  • From tiny seed to largest tree, the giant sequoia is a living wonder of nature. Numbers fail when trying to describe this ancient and tremendous tree. The giant sequoia begins life as a seed no larger than an oatmeal flake yet can grow as tall as three blue whales stacked chin to tale. The oldest sequoias have lived as long as forty human lifetimes. The largest are so enormous, twenty children holding hands can’t wrap their arms around the trunks! In evocative text and vibrant paintings, The Sequoia Lives On shares the life story of the giant sequoia, casting light on natural questions: How does this tree grow so big? How does it live so long? An extensive author’s note completes the portrait for young readers, inviting them to become the next generation of protectors for the giant sequoia.
  • John A. Thompson was born Norway in 1827. His family emigrated to the U.S. just ten years later and by 1851 John was a young man, ready to try his luck in the gold fields of California. While he undoubtedly brought enthusiasm and determination with him to his new home, he also brought with him something the people of that region had never seen before: skis! Unfamiliar with the long thin strips of wood he strapped to his feet, people called them "snow-shoes" and Thompson acquired a nickname. Of the many interests he pursued in the years that followed-as a farmer, rancher, guide, trader, Indian agent and politician-the thing Thompson is remembered most for was his service as a dependable mail carrier, who made record time traversing the Sierra Nevada on those "snow-shoes," carrying the winter mail and
  • The California Naturalist Handbook provides a fun, science-based introduction to California’s natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California’s freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California’s natural communities. The Handbook also discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation and serves as the primary text for the California Naturalist Program.
  • The Bradley Trail Guide – Hiking the Bradley Grove trail allows us to observe the ongoing processes of forest recovery. This guide is Free.
  • The Bicycling Guide is a must for all Bikers who want to explore Calaveras Big Trees State Park by Bike. Includes a map, rating of rides and ten great rides.
  • Checklist of the Birds most commonly found in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
  • A Guide to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park Lava Bluffs Trail Guide. This interpretive guide gives you a great description of the Lava Bluffs Trail and it’s environment.
  • A Guide to the Interpretive Trail in the Calaveras South Grove Natural Preserve. This interpretive guide gives you a great description of the Big Trees in the South Grove and their environment.
  • A Guide to the Calaveras North Grove Trail. This interpretive guide gives you a great description of the Big Trees in the North Grove and their environment.
  • This brochure is loaded with a detailed map and story of the South Grove, a must for anyone interested in the History of the South Grove.
  • A field guide to trees in the Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
  • These bookmarks are a unique handcrafted* souvenir. The perfect gift for that hard to shop for person in your life. Make reading fun again for your kids and yourself marking your place with this aromatic gift. The smell of sweet cedar. * handcrafted in the USA
  • These bookmarks are a unique handcrafted* souvenir. The perfect gift for that hard to shop for person in your life. Make reading fun again for your kids and yourself marking your place with this aromatic gift. The smell of sweet cedar. * handcrafted in the USA
  • A brief History of the Big Tree and The Big Stump, By Frances E. Bishop This 12 page pamphlet covers all the highlights of the discovery, cutting down, and exploitation of the big tree/big stump. size: 51/2″ x 8 1/2″ sepia photos and illustrations
  • Enduring Giants – The Epic Story of the Giant Sequoia and the Big Trees of Calaveras *4th Edition 2013*. By Joseph H. Engbeck Jr. with Bruce Thompsen, Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham, Ph.D., Mary Anne Carlton and Margaret G. Bell. Published by The California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Calaveras Big Trees Association.
  • A wonderful collection of wildflowers found in our Beautiful Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Published by the Calaveras Big Trees Association.