One thing we know is that Daniel Jeffcoach has an eye for capturing the majesty of our #wilderness. Congratulations Daniel on your winning photo of Lower Hamilton Lake!

We'll be in touch soon regarding finalizing your prize!
Want to learn more about black bears? Park rangers at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer #education programs online for elementary students across the country!

For additional information, please email seki_ritc@nps.gov. #DigitalLearningDay #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque
And the winner is!!!!

Clearly, Michael Castaneda you did #findyourpark with this winning photo. Congratulations Michael, we'll be in touch on finalizing your prize.
The Centennial was a busy year and though time temporarily got away on us, we have not forgotten the 2016 Facebook Photo Contest!

We thank everyone for submitting their fantastic photos and for their patience in awaiting the winning selections. We will be announcing the winners over the next several days so stay tuned!

In the mean time, here is one of our winning photos from 2015. Enjoy!
Rain continues to drench the foothills and we will likely see more tree seedlings survive this year than during the previous years.

Who can tell us what this little baby is and how it has adapted to our climate?
It's raining! It's pouring! But the Rangers certainly aren't snoring! Heavy rain continues to fall in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks today. Use caution if you plan on traveling to the mountains.
Attention 4th grade teachers! Give your students “newt” experiences they will never forget.

Transportation grants are still available for 4th grade class field trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. For additional information about the transportation grant application, contact John Arebalo at seki_ritc@nps.gov or (559) 565-4211.

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque
Looking to relax among the trees? Want to ponder about nature?

Tomorrow, Monday, February 20, for one day only, come enjoy Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for a Fee Free Day.

This means that entrance to all National Park Service sites are free, but there is still a charge for camping, lodging, and other amenities such as rental equipment.

(Photo by NPS Volunteer Hal Gamble)
Another day of wet weather for the parks with more on the way. Rivers are running high. Snow is falling at higher elevations. Rock slides may be present on the roads.

Please note, if you want to see the snow or the giant sequoias, you must have tire chains or cables with you. #cawx
What kind of animal tracks won't you see in the snow at Sequoia and Kings Canyon? Snake tracks! The northern pacific rattlesnake can live in areas up to 7,000 feet in elevation and can be seen in the park during the summer. In winter, they slow their metabolism and hibernate in dens.

Here's a "hissss-terical" joke for you: How do we measure snakes?

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Out of a desire comes innovation.

101 years ago, the first steps were built to make the climb to the top of Moro Rock safer. While rickety and creaky, these steps have since been replaced by ones cut in to the rock.

#InnovationDay #Technology #TBT
Whether it be the stately ancient Sequoias, sparkling night skies, alpine glow lighting the peaks, dramatic landscapes beckoning adventure, or bear cubs romping in the meadows...There are just so many reasons #WeLOVESequoiaKingsCanyon!

What do you LOVE most about these parks?
This winter, middle school students from four local schools are participating in Sequoia for Youth. A three day outdoor field school, Sequoia for Youth provides students an opportunity to develop their own connection to the Kaweah River watershed, learning more about water quality, water use and ecosystem health.

Students first visit the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District in...
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The winter makes for cool air and clear skies. Nights can be magical this time of year, especially with the full moon.

How have you experienced the parks after dark?

(Photo by Volunteer-in-Parks Hal Gamble)
With all the #rain the parks are getting, at the Wolverton snow-play area, a running stream of water is blocking access to the sledding hill. Please be prepared for changing conditions with rapidly changing weather.

The next storm is here and chains / cables may be required to visit the snow and the giant sequoias. For the most up to date road conditions, please call 559-565-3341.
Think this weather is 'for the birds'? You may be right!

Try your hand at winter bird identification using these live camera feeds and audio/visual guides from Cornell University. Then come up to the parks to try out your new birding skills!

Have you photographed any birds from Sequoia/Kings Canyon yet? If so, we'd love to see them...feel free to post your pics!

[ Allaboutbirds.org Link ]

Cornell Lab Bird Cams

cams.allaboutbirds.org
You never know how much #wildlife visits a spot until you take a look.

This video taken and complied by a park volunteer helps us understand how wildlife travels between key park areas in order to better understand their habits. #ScienceLearning
Afternoon #update: There are road closures due to impacts from the current winter storms. Heavy rain is causing flooding on some park roads.

On Tuesday afternoon, Highway 180 was closed between Grant Grove and the Generals Highway junction; there is no road access to Grant Grove until conditions improve. Also, Wolverton Road in Sequoia National Park is also closed due to flooding.

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Are you a fourth grade teacher planning a field trip for your students? Bring your class to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks!

Transportation grants are available for 4th grade class field trips. For additional information about the transportation grant application, contact John Arebalo at seki_ritc@nps.gov or (559) 565-4211.

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque
Now hear this!

Scientists with the National Park Service are using a really cool technique (sound recordings) to measure wildlife and bat diversity in giant sequoia groves after the Rough Fire.

Preliminary findings show that animals responded better after the Rough Fire in giant sequoia groves if there was a history of prescribed fire.
#SoundsOfNature #NatureSounds

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