Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »
Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season
Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on weekdays only (times vary), including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »
Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)
Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, and your vehicle is longer than 22 feet (combined length), please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
You May Have Trouble Calling Us
We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »
Bring your class to the parks!
Ranger-led education programs in the parks are offered by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for grades 2-6. Explore the history and geology in the foothills at Hospital Rock, or forest ecology among the giant sequoias in the Grant Grove area. These curriculum-based programs involve hands-on investigations and are taught collaboratively by rangers and classroom teachers.
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A Giant's Life program introduces the life cycle of the giant sequoias and takes place on the North Grove Loop Trail (next to Grant Grove). 2nd and 3rd grades. Available in May, September, and October.
Layers in Time program explores the human history of parks at Hospital Rock area in the foothills of Sequoia National Park. 3rd and 4th grades. Available September, October, March, April, and May.
Life in the Balance is a program that has students looking for signs of consumers, producers, and decomposers in the mixed conifer forest of the Big Stump Trail. 4th and 5th grades. Available May, September, and October.
Mountains Alive (COMING SOON) allows 5th and 6th grade students to examine the geology of the Kaweah River canyon and surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains (meeting at Hospital Rock). Available September, October, and November.
Plan Your Own Field Trip: If you have planned your own curriculum for a field trip into the parks, you may apply for the Academic Fee Waiver here.
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Did You Know?
Although California's state flag has a grizzly bear on it, no grizzlies live in California anymore. The last known grizzly in the state was shot in 1922 just outside what is now Kings Canyon National Park. The remaining bears are all black bears -- no matter what color they are.