Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Explore - Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Hi everyone! I'm Lillie and I'm inviting you to take a journey with me through an ancient grove of giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, live! Why talk about giant sequoia? Well, not only are they a rare species found in specific areas of California, but as the name suggests they are giant! As the biggest individual tree on earth and one of the oldest, there is no doubt the giant sequoia's fascinating life story will delight and inspire students of all ages.

There are three different PORTS On-Demand Programs available. In the Giant Sequoia Ecology program, available year-round, we walk around a grove of giant sequoias and learn all about the mixed conifer forest in which they live. In the Winter Superpowers program, only available in the winter, we cover giant sequoia and animal adaptations to handle the cold and snow. In the Fire Ecology program, only available in the fall and spring, we discuss the basics of fire and its complex relationship with the forest.

The Giant Sequoia Ecology program and Winter Superpowers programs are good for all ages, but the Fire Ecology program is strongly recommended for students 4th grade and up.

Below you will find more details on these PORTS On-Demand programs as well as tips and resources to maximize your virtual field trip to Calaveras Big Trees State Park!

The Ultimate Field Trip Guide

Come in strong to your virtual field trip! This guide will walk you through how it all works and how to maximize this unique opportunity for your students.

Available Teacher Resources

Giant Sequoia Padlet

Dig a little deeper in our Giant Sequoia Ecology lesson before and/or after the program!

Winter Padlet

Want to learn more about winter wonders? Check out this padlet before and/or after the Winter Superpowers program!

Fire Ecology Padlet

Fire ecology is a complicated topic. Want to learn more and delve deeper? Look through this padlet before or after the Fire Ecology (or Giant Sequoia Ecology!) program to learn more.

Recorded Programs

Giant Sequoia Ecology

Did you miss our giant sequoia ecology program? Watch this recording on YouTube.

Winter Superpowers

Miss the cold of winter? Watch this recording on YouTube.

Fire Ecology

Watch this if you missed the Fire Ecology program! The first 24 minutes of this recording are similar to the Giant Sequoia Ecology program so feel free to skip to then if you have watched that one.

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