Sequoia & Kings Canyon Park Ranger Programs
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Ranger Programs
From summer campfire programs to guided snowshoe hikes through giant sequoia groves, park ranger programs provide great engagement with Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon Park rangers run a variety of excellent programs designed to educate and entertain park visitors. Whether it’s a ranger-led hike, or an evening campfire under the stars, there’s something special about having a national park ranger on hand. They’re your local experts, with plenty of stories and fascinating facts about big trees, black bears, yellow-bellied marmots, local geology, meteor showers and more.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon ranger programs are all free of charge. Programs rotate with the season and park region. The widest variety and number of ranger-led programs happen in the summer, from late June through August. View the current schedule of events below, and when you arrive, check visitor centers and bulletin boards in each area for details on upcoming Sequoia ranger programs, as well as schedule changes.
Free Weekly Events!
There is always something exciting happening in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks! Click "View More" to see a list of activities available in the coming weeks. They are all open to the public, and best of all they are all FREE! Check back often as this list will be updated on a regular basis. For park-wide programs listed individually by date visit Schedule of Events.
Just a reminder that the Giant Forest Museum will be open on the weekends Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15th. Then opening again on December 19th through January 1st. After that we will be going back to weekends only again. The Sequoia in-park shuttle will also be operating December 26 through January 1st. The route includes pickups at Wuksachi Lodge, Wolverton, Lower Sherman Tree, and the Giant Forest Museum. During shuttle operating hours- 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Lower Sherman Tree parking lot will be designated disabled only. Visitors without placards will be asked to park at the pickup locations and ride the shuttle to see the General Sherman tree. We will have extra staff at some of the pickup locations to assist visitors.
Saturday, April 17 & 18
- No programs
- 11:00 am - Earth Day Celebration
- 1:30 pm - Advice from a Sequoia
- 1:30 pm - Advice from a Sequoia
Saturday, April 26
- 1:00 pm - Junior Ranger Day
Grant GroveFriday, April 18
- 3:00 pm - Big Tree Talk
- 2:00 pm - Grant Tree Walk
Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove Village
New Winter Hours: Open daily 9:30 am - 4 pm, may be closed from 12:00 - 1:00 pm for lunch.
Advice from a Sequoia*
30 minutes. Meet at Giant Forest Museum. Learn about the largest trees on the planet and their secrets for survival.
Big Tree Talk
Some of the sequoias in Kings Canyon National Park tower more than 300 feet tall, and the world-famous Grant Tree is more than 40 feet wide at its base. Meet a ranger at the base of the General Grant Tree to find out what it takes to be one of the largest tress on earth. 20 minutes.
Discover more about the animals that call Sequoia National Park home. Meet at the Lodgepole Visitor Center. 30 minutes.
Earth Day Celebration
Join National Park Rangers, Sequoia Natural History Association naturalists and Delaware North Corporation at the Lodgepole Visitor Center and Market Plaza. Programs include animal track investigation, bear and resource management and more.
Join a ranger in the lobby of the John Muir Lodge for a talk about the people, places, and things that make Kings Canyon National Park so special. 30 minutes.
Family Birding Walk
1.5 hours; 1 mile. Meet at Wuksachi Lodge. Join a Sequoia Natural History Association Naturalist for a short walk to introduce the whole family to successfully identifying song birds of the Sierra.
Full Moon on Moro Rock
1 hour. Meet a Sequoia Natural History Association Naturalist at the top of Moro Rock. Listen to some science and cultural stories as the moon rises.
Ghosts of Giant Forest
1 hour. 1 mile. Meed at the Giant Forest Museum. Join a Sequoia Natural History Association Naturalist for a lantern-illuminated walk through Giant Forest. While strolling through the big trees, listen to stories from a Sequoia historical figure living in Giant Forest.
Grant Tree Walk*
1 hour, ½ mile. Learn about the giant sequoias and why people have been coming to Grant Grove for centuries. Meet a ranger in the Grant Tree parking lot. This easy stroll through the grove is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Moro Vista Talk
20 minutes. Meet the ranger on top of Moro Rock. 1/3-mile climb up a stone staircase. Enjoy sweeping vistas and learn about your National Park!
Ranger in the Grove*
How big? How old? What happens in a fire? Look for a ranger-naturalist along the Grant Tree Trail to have all your giant sequoia questions answered. Informal, ongoing.
Realm of Giants Walk
2 hours; 2 miles. Meet at the base of the General Sherman Tree. Deepen your understanding and appreciation of the world's largest trees.
Sherman Tree Talk*
Learn about the largest tree on the planet and its secrets for survival. Meet at the base of the General Sherman Tree. 20 minutes.
2 hours. 1 mile Join a ranger for a snowshoe walk through the winter woods on old fashioned wooden snowshoes provided. No snowshoe experience necessary. All participants should wear waterproof footwear and dress warmly. Not recommended for children under the age of 10. Reservations required; limit 18 participants.
Wonders of the Night Sky*
1 hour; 1/2 mile. Meet in Wuksachi Lobby. Join a Sequoia Natural History Association naturalist to explore the beauty and wonder of the parks' protected sky. Bring warm layers and a flashlight.
Programs may change due to weather or other events. Check the visitor center for the most up-to-date program schedule.
***Note: All Snowshoe Walks listed are tentative, and may be canceled due to insufficient snow or other events. Reservations are required for all snowshoe walks. Stop by or call the Giant Forest Museum at 559-565-4480 to sign up and check on current conditions. If there is not enough snow for the snowshoe walk a hike will be conducted instead. The hike is open to all people with or without a reservation.