September 18, 2018 – National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 22 is a fee free day for all national parks, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Our park rangers are celebrating with a full day of volunteer activities for visitors who wish to give back during their visit to Lodgepole and Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park.
- At 10 a.m., the day will start with a presentation at the Lodgepole Visitor Center about the importance of community science and current techniques of monitoring wildlife during a BioBlitz. Participants will then have the option of traveling in groups to identify and monitor wildlife, recording their findings. Some groups will specifically be looking for insects, birds, and fungus.
- At 12 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Upper Sherman parking lot to collect trash around the Sherman Tree and Congress Trails – an important activity to keep our forests beautiful.
- At 1 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Upper Sherman parking lot to hike 2 miles around the General Sherman Tree and Congress Trail to rehabilitate “social” trails that have been established throughout the summer – an activity best for individuals wishing to do physical work, use tools, and enjoy a long hike.
- At 2 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Crescent Meadow parking lot to hike around Crescent Meadow rehabilitating “social” trails in order to protect the fragile meadow environment.
- At 3 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Giant Forest Museum to walk the Big Trees Trail to collect trash, beautifying the region around Round Meadow.