Milky Way arching over Kings Canyon (c) WallyPacholka / AstroPics.com
There's always something fun to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but every now and then, there are some extra-special things going on.
Expert naturalists from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy have special walks year-round. Whether it's a stargazing walk in the summer or a winter snowshoe walk, these walks are one of the best ways to get an insider's view of the parks. See below for details.
And of course, we also have some extra-special events. Whether it's a summer stargazing festival or a once-in-a-lifetime park anniversary celebration, look below for a list of upcoming special events.
If you're looking for the classic ranger-led programs that the national parks are famous for presenting, please consult the National Park Service's schedule of events.
Learn more about the following events and activities:
- Celebrating 100-Plus Years of the National Park Service
- Find Your Park
- Every Kid in a Park
- 2017 Fee-Free Days
- Sequoia Parks Conservancy Naturalist Programs
- Ranger-Led Programs
Celebrating 100-Plus Years of the National Park Service
Find Your Park
The National Park Service celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2016. They kicked off in April 2015 with the Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to find their park.
Every Kid in a Park
The National Park Service wants to encourage more families and kids to get out and see our incredible parks. As part of the Every Kid in a Park program, they are giving free entry to families accompanied by a fourth-grader. Learn more about the Every Kid In a Park program here.
Enjoy free entry into Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in 2017!
- January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents' Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
- December 10: Celebration of the General Grant Tree: Nation’s Christmas Tree
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Sequoia Parks Conservancy Naturalist Programs
The Sequoia Parks Conservancy offers a broad array of programs throughout the year, ranging from hikes with an expert naturalist to moonlight snowshoe walks to living history events where an SPC interpreter brings alive a character from the past.
Current programs include:
- History Alive: Learn about the history of Sequoia National Park through from intriguing people who have discovered the world’s largest trees, roamed the mountain tops, and more. (Daily)
- Telescope Tuesdays: Observe planets and deep sky objects with a Celestron CPC Deluxe 1100-HD telescope.
- Wonders of the Night Sky: Enjoy an evening of stargazing and the latest astronomical news under one of California's most brilliant skies. (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)
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Walk to a sequoia tree or a meadow with a ranger. Join fellow visitors for an evening program. Take the kids on a Junior Ranger walk and become a Junior Ranger yourself! The National Park Service offers a changing set of ranger programs throughout the year, with new schedules posted frequently.