School and Group Tours
Guided Field Trips (Grades K-12)
During limited fall and spring months, we offer guided school tours at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Each time slot costs $60 and is limited to 60 students. Reservations can be reserved using the link below. Thirty (30) days advanced reservations are required.
For questions, please contact us at calaverasbigtreesSP@parks.ca.gov or (209) 795-7980 If you would like to request special accommodation based on group size, bus scheduling, etc., please reach out to us, and we will work with you to the best of our ability.
School Tour of the North Grove Trail
Your students will discover the uniqueness and special adaptations of giant sequoia trees and the unique history of this park as they walk by 150 giant sequoia trees. They will also see the trees that were destroyed in the name of tourism. The tours are aligned with the Next Generation Standards for each grade level. This tour lasts between 1 ½ hours- 2 hours.
School Tour of North Grove Meadow
The North Grove Meadow is a beautiful naturally occurring meadow enjoyed by thousands of visitors a year. Many visitors probably don’t realize that this meadow has an interesting human history which includes changes made during the last century that threaten its very existence. The students will discover how State Parks has restored the meadow to its original beauty and usefulness. The guide will help students understand how the alpine wet meadows are important to forest ecology and how we can restore meadows. They will trace the history of the area from the discovery of the giant sequoia trees to the restoration of the wet meadow. This tour lasts about 1 hour to 2 hours.
Visit the online booking page to book a guided fieldtrip.
Buses to Big Trees School Program
Thanks to Save the Redwoods League and Calaveras Big Trees Association, we offer a field trip program called 5th Grade Buses to Big Trees, which provides $1000 transportation scholarships to Central Valley 5th grade classes from Title One schools. This program assists Central Valley schools bring their students to visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park by helping them avoid using school buses which involve time and cost constraints. With the help of our scholarships, students will have plenty of time at the park to explore and learn.
Thanks to the Calaveras Big Trees Association, we are now offering a similar opportunity to Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne County students by paying the school bus transportation costs (not to exceed $500) for 5th grade classes in Title One schools. We can provide the scholarships to 3-4 schools. Field trips this year are offered in April, and May. For more information or applications Contact Teddie Jackson 209 795-7980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Guided Field Trips (Grades K-12)
Self-guided field trips are FREE with advanced reservations. Reservations are required 30 days in advance. Groups arriving without reservations will pay full bus or car fare. Self-guided field trips can receive free bus parking and up to five free chaperone vehicles. ALL other vehicles must pay.
Self-Guided tours are only offered on Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. For questions, please contact us at calaverasbigtreesSP@parks.ca.gov or (209) 795-7980
Visit the online booking page to book a self-guided fieldtrip.
Virtual Field Trips
PORTS, or Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students, is a program for classes to virtually visit Calaveras Big Trees during the school year! Teachers can sign up for 45 minute programs to visit the park live with our PORTS Interpreter. Each program focuses on a different aspect of our park but all include a look at a real giant sequoia.
Teachers can book programs here: https://www.ports-ca.us/PORTSon-demand/browse-by-park/calaveras-big-trees-state-park
Can't book a live program? All are welcome to watch recorded programs on the Calaveras Big Trees PORTS YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLxV0F3NJAqnUOx03nOn-mQ.
Questions? Email Lillie Oravetz at email@example.com or call at 209-768-0411. She has irregular availability so please be patient with the response time. Also keep in mind that programs book quickly.
Parent and Teacher Resources
- Teacher Information and Grade Level NGSS Support
- PORTS - Calaveras Big Trees State Park
- Giant Sequoia Book (1st Grade)
- Download the Home Learning Packet for Parents and Teachers.
- How Big Are The Big Trees