The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks" is OPEN
The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) is open. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour road updates.
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 »
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 »
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 »
What is phenology?
Have you ever taken notice when plants start to flower or birds begin to sing? The study of when these changes occur is called phenology. More specifically, phenology is the study of how changes in weather and climate affect the timing of plant and animal life cycle events. These seasonal life cycle events are called phenophases.
Over the coming decades, scientists predict the climate of Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks will continue to become warmer. By monitoring the phases of plants, we hope to learn more about how a changing climate affects plants and the wildlife that depend on them. For example, hummingbirds and bees may be challenged to alter their typical feeding patterns and breeding behavior when spring flowers bloom earlier than usual.
Sequoia National Park is part of the California Phenology Project (CPP) and monitors four plant species in the park. Data for each species is collected regularly and added to a national database maintained by the National Phenology Network (NPN). To learn about these species and where in the park they are monitored, click here.
As a citizen-scientist, you can help track changes in plant life where you live. We can help get you started by using phenology in your backyard, or in your classroom.
Did You Know?
Fire is an essential part of Sierra forest ecology. Plants and animals have adapted to the periodic, low-intensity fires that naturally occur here. In fact, sequoias need fire to open their cones and release the seeds, and to leave cleared beds of ash where they sprout and grow best.