Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time
All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). 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, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. 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.
Programs are available in the spring and fall of each year. Sign up with theIn-Parks Request Form. Enhance your students' learning opportunities by also signing up for a pre-trip classroom visit.
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 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?
The small gravity-defying cave formations found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon caves are known as helictites. They form due to the capillary action of acidic solutions and are composed of the minerals calcite and aragonite.