Interpretive Programs and Events

Weekly Interpretive Programs



Educational Resources

Park Interpretive Content and Historic References - Donner Docent website

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

Donner Summit Historical Society


Historical Tours

*These tours are offered most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11am and 1pm through mid-November 2022.

Join a 45-60 minute walking tours led by a local expert on the Donner Party of 1846 and other fascinating aspects of the park! Learn about the arduous overland journeys of California emigrants, Washoe Native American culture, and natural history of the region.

Lakeside Interpretive Hikes

These walking tours cover up to 3-miles roundtrip along the Lakeside Interpretive Trail and offer stunning views of Donner Lake, Sierra Nevada mountain range and summit, and the park's extraordinarynatural and culture features.




Junior Rangers

Geared towards ages 7-12, these active 45-minute long programs cover a variety of topics including Washoe Native American culture, fire ecology, and natural history of the region.



Park Cleanup

Schedule: Spring – Fall, dates and times to be announced Spring 2022.

Donate your time to a righteous cause! Become a steward of the park and help with cleanup projects while hiking the beautiful trails. Please bring your own work gloves to reduce single-use plastic waste. We supply gloves, trash grabbers, and buckets.



Guided Mountain Bike Tours

For detailed information, please visit this page.

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.