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ACTIVITIES and PROGRMS at DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK

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Campfire Talks & Sierra Speaker Series Presentations (Saturday Evenings)

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  • Amphitheater (Campfire Center) Location: Campground Map - link

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Historical Tours

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Donner Lake Paddling Guided Tours -

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Junior Rangers 

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In-person Field Trips

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PORTS Virtual Programs -

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CAMPFIRE TALKS and SIERRA SPEAKERS SERIES PRESENTATIONS

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Campfire Programs are held in the campground Amphitheater (south of Ridge Campground) 8:00pm-9:00pm. Remember to bring a flashlight or headlamp and light sweater or jacket. FREE!

Sierra Speakers Series held in the Visitor Center Main Theater. Doors open at 5:00pm and the presentation follows at 5:30pm. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. No registration required. 

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June 1 - Campfire Program - 8:00-9:00pm: “A Touch of Gold – Children of the Pioneers''.  Historical storytelling through music and song. Great family fun! Campground Amphitheater

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June 8 – Sierra Speakers Series – 3:00-4:00pm (Part of the Legacy Day celebrations). Waší·šiw (Washoe) program by tribe members. Visitor Center main theater.

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June 15 - Campfire Program - 8:00-9:00pm: “What About Those Trains?” Rob Schamberg will go into a deep dive about the Transcontinental Railroad. An old Truckee pioneer will tell you how the Transcontinental Railroad ended up being routed over Donner Pass. Not only will you be amazed by this crazy and wonderful story, but you'll also find yourself singing along to his fiddle and guitar tunes! Fun for all ages! Campground Amphitheater

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 une 22 - Campfire Program - 8:00-9:00pm: Alice & the Wonderlandz. “Music with an historic twist”. Alice Osborn on vocals/guitar and John Kedzie on keyboards. Featuring Alice’s original compositions and John’s varied and original progressions, this band can’t be categorized—it’s an energetic mix of folk, Americana, pop, and adult contemporary that leaves audiences waiting for the next note to drop. Campground Amphitheater

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June 29 - Campfire Program - 8:00-9:00pm: “A Touch of Gold – Children of the Pioneers''.  Historical storytelling through music and song. Great family fun! Campground Amphitheater

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July 6 - Campfire Program - 8:00-9:00pm: “Caleb Greenwood – The Most Famous Unknown Hero”. Through the voice of our own, Greg Palmer,meet the mountain man, trapper, pathfinder, pilot to the pioneers, and friend of the Crow; Caleb Greenwood. Campground Amphitheater

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July 13 - Campfire Program - 8:00-9:00pm: Alice & the Wonderlandz. “Music with an historic twist”. Alice Osborn on vocals/guitar and John Kedzie on keyboards. Featuring Alice’s original compositions and John’s varied and original progressions this band can’t be categorized—it’s an energetic mix of folk, Americana, pop, and adult contemporary that leaves audiences waiting for the next note to drop. Campground Amphitheater

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July 20 - Sierra Speakers Series – 5:30-6:30pm: Join Steve Hale, portraying John C. Frémont- “The Great Pathfinder” who led wilderness expeditions to open settlement of the American West.  Steve Hale brings John C. Frémont to life with his live historical character portrayal. Frémont played a role in almost every pivotal American political and military event of the mid-19th Century. He was a pioneering Western explorer, millionaire gold baron, premature emancipator, Major General of Union forces in the Civil War, California Senator, Governor of the Arizona Territory, and the United States’ first Republican Presidential candidate.

Along with his wife Jessie, the Frémonts barreled through life blazing new trails and challenging the prevailing norms in 19th Century America. Frémont’s setbacks were tempered by his achievements and Jessie’s steadfast support. Their devotion to each other and the American legacy they molded distinguished them as the power couple of the 1800’s. Visitor Center main theater.

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July 27 - Campfire Program - 8:00-9:00pm: “Through Tamsen’s Eyes— the Story of the Donner Party”Though Tamsen Donner’s journals were never found, enough has been written about Tamsen to inspire a solo show about this extraordinary woman. Join Leslie Scatchard in her portrayal of the teacher, botanist, and pioneer, Tamsen Donner. Campground Amphitheater

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HISTORICAL TOURS

*These tours are offered Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:00PM November-December. Meet at the Visitor Center (12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161).

Join a compelling guided tour (60-minute, 1/2 mile) led by a local historian expert to learn about the the arduous overland journeys of California emigrants (including The Donner Party of 1846), indigenous presence (Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California), and wildlife diversity in the area. Drop in for this no-cost and family-friendly guided hike.

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DONNER LAKE PADDLING TOURS

Explore Donner Lake on a raft led by a California State Parks guide!

Welcome to all ages and we encourage youth participants to join with a parent/guardian. We provide paddling instruction, safety talk, and life jacket fitting before launching our two 14-foot rafts into the lagoon for a one-hour lake exploration (3/4 mi). Each raft holds 6-7 participants plus one guide who will discuss wildlife diversity and the rich cultural history of the area. You will have an opportunity to jump into the lake if you'd like!

Participants stay relatively dry throughout the tour, but clothes and shoes have the potential to get wet. This is a family friendly program with no-cost.

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JUNIOR RANGERS

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PORTS Virtual Programs

PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) Program is a FREE distance learning program with California State Parks!

PORTS uses the power of videoconferencing to support K-12 educators in designing deep and meaningful learning experiences in virtual and in-person classrooms.

The Donner Party of 1846: Explore the region where the famous Donner Party spent the tragic winter of 1846 with a California State Park Interpreter. We will highlight the California emigrant experience and other important natural and cultural features of Donner Memorial State Park.

PORTS Home Learning Program - Join our California State Parks Interpretive Specialist to learn about the Donner Party of 1846 in this free, live public broadcast.

PORTS On Demand - Schedule an interactive virtual presentation with your class or group with a California State Parks Interpreter to learn about the Donner Party of 1846.

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Educational Resources

Park Interpretive Content and Historic References - Donner Docent website

Donner Self-Guided Nature Loop Brochure (.5MB)

Donner Summit Historical Society