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Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/05/2014 08:05 AM Updated by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/05/2014 08:23 AM
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Summer At The Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Big Trees, Ca...Looking for things to do this summer? Check out what is happening up at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. These programs are held daily from now through Labor Day weekend for visitors, campers and locals alike. Please call the Visitor Center for more information: 209-795-3840 or 209-795-1196...


Calaveras Big Trees State Park Summer Programs



· Junior Cubs and Junior Rangers - Junior Cubs (ages 3-6) and Junior Rangers (ages 7-12) are held daily from 10 am – 11 am behind the old Visitor Center. The subject of the programs are different every day. All children welcome
· North Grove Guided Tours - Guided walks of the North Grove are held daily 1 pm. The walk is 1.5 to 2 hours. Meet at the New Visitor Center. Additional hikes may be scheduled. Please call 209-795-3840 for daily updates.
· Creek Critters - This fun program meets every Tuesday at 1 pm at the Beaver Creek Picnic area where you will learn about what goes on in the creek. Come prepared to get your feet wet.
· Campfire Programs - Campfires are held Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the campfire area behind the new Visitor Center at 8:30 pm. The Monday program is conducted by Calaveras County Search and Rescue. Call 209-795-7980 for information.
· Summer Sweetness - Enjoy a refreshing ice cream cone or some popcorn on weekends from 11 am – 3 pm at the Warming Hut. $1 for either popcorn or ice cream will help CBTA give back to the Park
· Astronomy Programs - See the stars this summer at Calaveras Big Trees. Come to the Scenic Overlook: July 24th @ 8:30 pm; August 15th @ 9:00 pm; August 28th @ 8:00 pm; September 4th @ 8:00 pm; September 25th@ 8:00 pm.
· Camping - Both the North Grove Campground and the Oak Hollow Campground are already full of happy campers. Please contact Reserve America for reservations at 1-800-444-7275. Our new dump station is open and operational

Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Calendar of Events and Activities

July 264 th - Astronomy Program @ 8:30 PM, Scenic Overlook

August 15th - Astronomy Program @ 9:00 PM, Scenic Overlook

August 16th - Family Day
Calaveras Big Tree State Park will hold its annual Family Day event. Designed for the whole family to enjoy, featured activities include live birds of prey, reptiles from all over California, meet the Ranger & Smokey Bear, cocked hat bowling, carriage rides ($3.00), live music and much, much, more. Food sales include a barbeque, ice cream, popcorn and baked goods.

August 28th - Astronomy Program @ 8:00 PM, Scenic Overlook

August 30th – Calamity at the Redwood Saloon – Fundraising Dinner (details to be announced)

September 4th -Astronomy Program @ 8:00 PM, Scenic Overlook

September 20th - Free Seminar, Jack Knight Hall from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
“Going Batty” Presented by Dr. Dave Johnston, Jack Knight Hall
Dave is an Associate Wildlife Ecologist at H.T. Harvey & Associates and a board member of the North American Society for Bat Research. Dave has spent over 20 years investigating impacts to bat populations from post construction wind and solar energy projects, urbanization, and transportation issues. He is the lead author for the California Bat Mitigation Techniques, Solutions, and Effectiveness for the State of California and for many other technical reports and scientific investigations. Dr. Johnston has on-going bat projects in Hawaii, California, Belize and Mexico. Shortly after the lecture he will lead us into the field to mist net and to observe bats in the wild. There is a day-use fee to enter the Park. For more information call Calaveras Big Trees Association at (209)795-3840 or visit our website at www.bigtrees.org .

September 25th Astronomy Program @ 8:00 PM, Scenic Overlook

October 4th Free Seminar, Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees State Park from 10:00 am-12 noon
“Conservation of Native Bees” Presented by Julie Serences, Jack Knight Hall
October 4th Julie Serences will help us to appreciate our native bees and their role as pollinators. Bees are the primary pollinator for most wildflowers and crops in the United States and Canada. Native bees are the most important group of pollinators of insect pollinated native plants. Julie will discuss important steps which you can take in your garden to help bees and butterflies as well. Julie is a professional educator with over twenty-five years of experience teaching from pre-school to adult groups. She is currently on Xerces staff as a volunteer consultant for Pollinator Conservation. Her presentation at the California Native Plant Society Symposium last spring in Sonora was enthusiastically received.
There is a day-use fee to enter the Park. For more information call Calaveras Big Trees Association at (209)795-3840 or visit our website at www.bigtrees.org .

For more information on these activities or directions, call (209)795-3840 or visit the CBTA website at www.bigtrees.org or Calaveras Big Trees State Park website at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_ID=551


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