Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
The statistics are simply stated: These parks have trained over 200 employees in the 16-hour Operational Leadership course. Significant coordination and commitment lies behind these numbers, but the payoff is well worth it. Read more
Orientation, interpretation, and safety information increased dramatically in quality and availability this year, thanks to investments in updating and upgrading dozens of wayside exhibits throughout the parks. Read more
Ten interns from nine different colleges participated in the parks internship program this year. Each student worked hard to learn about and contribute to various park programs, ranging from wilderness and air quality to archival work and ecological restoration. Read more
More than 200 young people from 16 organizations camped, worked on service projects, and participated in park activities this summer, thanks to the efforts of two seasonal youth-leadership liaisons for the Volunteer-in-Parks program. The liaisons focused on engaging under-served youth in volunteer projects that included opportunities for learning and focused on developing values, conservation awareness, and citizen stewardship. Read more
Two projects moved these parks ahead in the accessibility arena: A new type of tactile exhibit was installed along a fabulous trail among giant sequoias, and audio-visual programs offer options that increase their availability to all. Read more
Did You Know?
The park newspaper (The Guide) comes out five times a year. It covers Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and the Hume Lake area of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. Planning a trip? See the most recent issue for the season you expect to be here and see what to expect. More...