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Photo above: Another view of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Sequoia was one of the 33 original parks within the National Park Service as of its origination date, August 25, 1816. Right: Just one spectacular scene from Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park. Photos courtesy National Park Service.


National Park Service 100th Anniversary

  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon 100th Events

    Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is currently finalizing their 2016 events. For now, there are several 2016 events on the calendar that are considered part of the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary celebrations. Stop back for more info on time and place when they become available.

    2016 Events

    Centennial BioBlitz

    Date/Time: May 20-21, Time TBD.
    Location: Foothills Visitor Center, Sequoia.
    Event: This BioBlitz is an opportunity for people to engage in citizen science to team up with scientists to find and identify terrestrial invertebrates, aquatic invertebrates, plants, bats, owls, etc., at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The parks will host 200 students from two schools on Friday, May 20. A public BioBlitz event will be held on Saturday, May 21.

    Mule Days

    Date/Time: May 27-29, Time TBD.
    Location: Tri-County Fairgrounds, Bishop, CA.
    Event: Learn more about Sequoia and Kings Canyon and other national parks in California at this booth with interactive activities and information for kids and families. The fair portion of this event, where the park info/activity booth is located, is free to the public. Mule and horse events involve a fee. Two teams from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be competing in the main event competition and several park staff will compete for the World Championships. Look for us in the parade on Saturday morning, too!

    National Trails Day

    Date/Time: June 4, 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.
    Location: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
    Event: Learn about trails at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Look for hikes, short demonstrations, and tips on hiking at various locations in the parks. Ask for a special family-friendly hiking trail brochure at park visitor centers. Stop at one of the parks' visitor centers to learn more about how to Find Your Trail. This is a fee-free day at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks only.

    Legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers

    Date/Time: June 18, Time TBD.
    Location: Various locations, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
    Event: Come celebrate the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, African-American soldiers who were early caretakers of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and several other national parks. Learn about what they did to help create the parks you love today! As part of the event, park entrance fees have been waived for the day.

    Evenings at Potwisha

    Date/Time: July 1 to September 3, Fridays/Saturdays Evenings.
    Location: Potwisha Campground.
    Event: Gather 'round for an old-fashioned evening with a ranger. Topics vary daily--find today's at the campground ranger station

    Fourth of July Parade

    Date/Time: July 4, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    Location: Kings Canyon National Park--Wilsonia and Grant Grove.
    Event: Come watch a parade among the giant sequoias in Kings Canyon National Park. This parade starts in the community of Wilsonia in celebration of our nation's independence. All park visitors are invited to enjoy the festivities.

    Explore Growlifornia Night: Celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service

    Date/Time: July 23, 6:00-9:30 pm.
    Location: Chukchansi Park, Fresno, CA.
    Event: Come learn about your closest national parks (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Yosemite National Park, Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, and more) at this interactive event before and during part of the Fresno Grizzlies' baseball game. Activities will focus on outdoor recreation but will highlight historical/cultural parks, too. Info will be available about all national parks in California, as well as the National Park Service. A park superintendent will throw out the first pitch. Look for facts about your parks on the scoreboards, too!

    Dark Sky Festival

    Date/Time: August 5-7, Various.
    Location: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Lake Kaweah, and Three Rivers, CA.
    Event: Join us for the third annual Dark Sky Festival! Share your passion for the night sky and astronomy during this fun weekend. Special programs will be taking place all weekend, including star programs, telescope demonstrations, and campfire talks. All programs are free and open to the public.

    Happy Birthday National Park Service

    Date/Time: August 25, Various.
    Location: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
    Event: Join us to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Activities will include ranger-led programs, special cave tours by candlelight, and exhibit about the history of the National Park Service's uniforms.

    Ersa of the Red Trees Pageant

    Date/Time: August 26-28, Time TBD.
    Location: Sequoia National Park, Giant Forest.
    Event: Be transported back to 1926 to watch the pageant master of the national parks, Garnet Holme, present his latest campaign to win the hearts and minds of the public to the cause of environmentalism. This event is sponsored by the Sequoia Parks Conservancy's Sequoia Field Institute.

    Find Adventure Food Truck Fest

    Date/Time: September 17, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
    Location: Mooney Grove Park, Visalia, CA.
    Event: Bring the family and come learn about Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, other national parks in California, and the Centennial of the National Park Service at this interactive festival. Food trucks will provide a variety of dining options for a fee. This event is sponsored by the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, in cooperation with Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

    Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree

    Date/Time: December 11, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, General Grant Tree.
    In 1925 President Calvin Coolidge designated the General Grant Tree as the Nation's Christmas Tree. Join the Sanger Chamber of Commerce and your national park rangers in the spirit of "Peace on Earth and good will to all men," and pay tribute to this wonder of nature.

    Bird Blitz

    Date/Time: December 17, Time TBD.
    Location: Foothills Visitor Center, Sequoia National Park.
    Event: This is the third and final BioBlitz in 2016. This event is part of the annual Christmas Bird Count coordinated by the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. The Sequoia Parks Conservancy will add additional components this year to the event, including promoting involvement of children from Three Rivers Unified School District.

    Bird Blitz

    Date/Time: December 17, 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Location: Various park locations.
    Event: Practice bird-watching, hike lesser-known trails, and meet other park enthusiasts. Whether you are an expert birder or a novice, you will have a memorable day collecting information on the wintering birds of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Ages 5 to adult.

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