WUKSACHI AREA ACTIVITIES

ALL PARK VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND PROGRAMS AT WUKSACHI LODGE.


EARTH HOUR PROGRAM
March 29
7:30pm
Have you ever celebrated Earth Hour? Earth Hour is an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund. Earth Hour challenges people to turn off non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take positive actions on climate change. Join us before the Hour to build a light bulb and learn how Edison’s bulb changed the world. This is a fun, hands-on program for all ages.
Location: Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 1 hour
Ages: all ages
Rated: easy
Cost: free

EARTH DAY
See local postings for details.
Earth Day is a day to work together to take care of and learn more about Mother Earth. Using simple tools and fun games, families will work together to unravel mysteries of the earth and ways that each of us can be stewards of our planet.
Locations: Lodgepole Market and Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 2 hours
Ages: all ages
Rated: easy
Cost: free

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAYS
May 14 through October 29
Most Wednesdays
10:00am
Spotting wildlife is one of our main goals while on vacation in national parks. Join us for a 45 minute wildlife spotting clinic. A parks’ naturalist will provide tricks of the trade for wildlife viewing. You’ll get information on the wildlife of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. If you are visiting other national parks in the Sierra, this program will give your some valuable insights and skills as you continue your travels.
Location: Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 45 minutes
Ages: all ages
Rated: easy
Cost: free

FLASHLIGHT HIKE
Begins May 30
Check lodge for dates, times, and locations.
Exciting things can happen under the cover of nightfall. Whether it’s dozing deer, hooting owls, the scurry of small mammals, or the dark shilouettes of sweeping pine trees, national park nights are a special time. Bring a flashlight, wear sturdy shoes and join us for a night walk.
Location: Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 1 hour
Ages: 8 and older
Rated: easy
Cost: free

TELL ME A STORY
Begins May 31
Check lodge for dates, times, and locations.
Peek into a secret world where animals and plants can talk and you are part of every adventure. Join us for a hour of listening to stories of local plants, animals, and people that make these national parks wonder-full. The naturalist will have props to enhance the story. Cozy into a chair and let your imagination take you away!
Location: Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 1 hour
Ages: all ages with an adult
Rated: easy
Cost: free

FAMILY BIRDING WALK

June 14, 28, July 12, 19, August 2, 16
See local postings for times and locations.
Join us for a short walk to introduce the whole family to successfully identifying song birds in the Sierra. This walk will teach you to spot and recognize birds easily seen in other national parks. Watch how the whole family becomes quietly excited watching birds in Sequoia National Park.
Binoculars supplied.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Ages: 5 and older
Rated: easy
Cost: free
 

WONDERS OF THE NIGHT SKY
Begins May 31
See local postings for times and dates
Get a tour of the night sky by one of Sequoia’s interpreters. By the end of the program you will understand the basics of backyard stargazing, have heard ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoyed an evening under one of California’s most brilliant skies. Meet in the lobby.
Location: Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 1 hour
Ages: all ages
Rated: easy
Cost: free

BEYOND THE NAKED EYE

Begins May 31
See local postings for times and dates
One of Sequoia National Park’s finest features is its view of the night sky! At 7,200 feet in elevation, under clear dark skies, binoculars and telescopes will reveal just how much can be seen from our galaxy. This astronomy program will round out your summer national park travels.
Location: Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 1 hour
Ages: 9 years and older
Rated: easy
Cost: free

VOICES FROM THE PAST
May 23 through September 1
Every night   6:00pm
Imagine yourself living and working in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the 19th and 20th century. What would be the  highlights of your life here? What contributions would you make to these parks? For one short hour sit back, relax, and let us tell you how it was. Tales of the adventurous lives of one of four unique characters will add intrigue and entertainment to your park visit! Befriend the likes of a hard working mule packer with stories to share of his days guiding early park visitors on steep backcountry trails. Get wrapped up in the harrowing tales of an early female explorer determined to keep up with the boys! Experience the excitement of being a young park ranger recording some of the first natural history observations the park had to offer. Root for one miner’s attempts to find the local Mother Lode. These and other historic characters will make park history come alive. Let us help your family build national park memories to last a lifetime. All-you-can eat Western barbeque provided by the Wuksachi Lodge is available at an additional cost.


MOUNTAIN TOP MUSINGS
See lodge for dates and times.
One man’s star was rising and one’s was beginning to set. Their work and passion drove them to take on the world for a great cause, the national parks. John Muir was already a wise, older man by the time Stephen Mather heard of him. What could a very successful 37 year-old business man learn from the outspoken conservationist, John Muir? As it happens...quite a lot. Mather was so inspired by Muir’s work that his life was forever changed. Join us around the campfire for a lively conversation between John Muir and Stephen Mather. Bring a flashlight and fixings for S’Mores. No alcohol permitted.
Location: Wuksachi Campfire Circle
Duration: 1 hour
Ages: all ages
Rated: easy
Cost: free

MORE THAN S’MORES
August 2
7:00pm
Camping dinners are about to get a whole lot more fun! No more arguing about who is going to cook. Learn to use every day foods from the supermarket and a variety of fun techniques to make a great fireside meal everyone can make and enjoy. Have a delicious, stress-free time camping in your national parks. You and your family will get to sample each item on the menu!
Location: Wuksachi Campfire Circle
Duration: 1.5 hours
Ages: all ages
Rated: easy
Cost: $5 per person, $20 for family of 5
Tickets can be purchased at any park visitor center.

PUMPKIN CARVING
October 25
Times to be posted at Wuksachi Lodge.
Did you know the first “jack-o-lantern” was actually carved out of a turnip by the Irish? Hear this and other seasonal stories while making your own jack-o-lantern in this Halloween themed program at the Wuksachi Lodge.
Location: Wuksachi Lodge
Duration: 2 hours
Ages: all ages
Rated: easy
Cost: free