Each year flocks of visitors come to see the beautiful wildflowers of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. If you are thinking of doing the same, here is a chart of when you can see common wildflowers.
In honor of International Women's Day here is a road map of the history of the women's National Park Service Uniform.
The 2017 Travel & Adventure Show in Los Angeles took place last weekend. SPC attended as part of the Sequoia Tourism Council booth representing Tulare County.
The Travel & Adventure show is the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S. There are opportunities to meet celebrity travel speakers such as Andrew Zimmern, Rick Steves and Peter Greenberg. The show also includes a "Taste of Travel" stage, cultural performances, exclusive offers, and hands-on adventure activities.
We had a great time speaking to attendees about the many recreation and leisure opportunities in Tulare County. Of course, one of the most popular attractions in this area is Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We hope we inspired attendees to visit our neck of the woods and find their adventure!
To make your Saturday extra special, we’ve decided to pair some of our favorite nature quotes with photos from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. From alpine lakes to the stars in the sky and everywhere between, enjoy some of the best:
"The earth has its music for those who will listen."
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The poetry of the earth is never dead."
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Wildness is the preservation of the World."
-Henry David Thoreau
What is your favorite nature quote? Leave it in the comments below.
Patricia Jacobsma is the SPC Supporter of the Month for February 2017!
As technology advances, there are an increasing amount of excuses to stay indoors and live a sedentary lifestyle. Many people resort to spending time in the gym, which has many benefits but cannot replace time spent outdoors.
The infographic below outlines 6 mental benefits of outdoor recreation and exercise. Do you need any more reasons to #getoutside and #findadventure?
The Great Sequoia Christmas Bird Count was a huge success! Attendees learned what kinds of birds call Sequoia National Park home for the winter and spent the day helping count these wintering birds.
A total of 1,178 birds were sighted by 15 participants. This includes some rare bird sightings:
This year 65 species were observed, compared to 49 in 2015. The most common bird seen was the Dark Eyed Junco Junco hyemalis; they are playful sparrows that can be found from the foothills to treeline.
In addition, 20 visitors completed the Bird Fest education series (Basic Bird Biology, Birding Skills 101, Owl Pellet Dissection) and received certificates.
The Great Sequoia Christmas Bird Count and Bird Fest events earned the Sequoia Field Institute (the educational branch of SPC) a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation. Learn more.
To learn more about birds in your area, check out www.audubon.org.
This month we would like to honor long time Sequoia Parks Conservancy supporter, Debby Main. Debby has been connected with SPC since before 2008 and has volunteered for the Dark Sky Festival, Fee-Free Entrance Days, and most recently, the first Find Adventure Food Truck Festival in 2016.
Why do you take the time to Volunteer for/donate to Sequoia Parks Conservancy?
I volunteer and donate to the SPC because I believe in its mission...to enable programs that protect, preserve and provide access to SEKI (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks).
Where is your favorite place in either Sequoia or Kings Canyon?
Asking for a favorite place in SEKI, is like asking for a favorite child. Not a fair question. I love the entire park. Each area has its special charm. The Kern, fabulous fishing; Rattlesnake Canyon, amazing trail up a beautiful little gorge; The John Muir Trail, all those passes with amazing views…on and on.
What is your connection to Sequoia Parks Conservancy?
I’m connected to the SPC as a board member, volunteer and member.
Do you have a favorite memory of an adventure in the park you’d like to share?
My favorite memory/adventure is designing, planning for and leading the Mather Mountain Party Trans-Sierra pack trip in 2015, sponsored by the SFI (Sequoia Field Institute) with the cooperation of SEKI. We contracted with Rock Creek Pack Station, Bishop CA, to re-create the famous pack trip led by Stephen Mather in 1915, which resulted in the expansion of Sequoia National park. This was personally one of the most difficult and challenging trips for me for many reasons. It remains memorable in the fact that it was truly a “one of a kind/bucket list” adventure. We were out for 21 amazing days, travelled on horseback and mules, 150 miles in the footsteps of Stephen Mather over every eco-zone and elevation in the park. We had two extremely elite scientists providing spectacularly relevant insight on climate change, and fire ecology. Good food, good companions - it just doesn’t get any better than that, and it didn’t rain!