2016 Ebbetts Pass Visitor Programs

Campfire Programs, Children's Activities, Nature Walks




Visitor Programs

Visitor programs, hikes, and Campfire Programs at Lake Alpine and at Wakaluu Hep Yo Campground are under the direction of the Three Forest Interpretive Association (3-FIA). 3-FIA is a non-profit, educational organization that serves the Stanislaus National Forest, conducting campfire programs and nature outings along with activities related to local history. They suggest a $2.00 donation per person for many of the events that you attend. All donations directly support their interpretive programs.


Lake Alpine Visitor Programs for 2016

Visitor Programs at Lake Alpine (except hikes) meet at the Marmot Picnic Area Amphitheater next to the Lake Alpine Campground. For some events a $2 donation is encouraged to help support interpretive programs at Lake Alpine.

Daytime Programs

Wednesdays

Lake Alpine Junior Rangers

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM; June 22 - August 17
Ages 4 -12 hands-on activities which introduce children to the world we live in and care of the outdoors.

Thursdays

Fun Lunch Hikes

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, June 23 - August 18
Meet at the Lake Alpine Amphitheater for a guided hike to spectacular scenery and geologic wonders.

Animal Tracking

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM; June 23 - August 18
Meet at Marmot Day Use Area
Children learn to recognize and understand animal tracks. Make a free, small plaster cast of an animal track that you can take with you. (suggested donation to 3FIA for 2nd larger plaster casts)

Fridays

Guided Walk

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM; June 24 - August 18
Meet at Lake Alpine Amphitheater
Stroll along the lakeshore with a ranger and learn about natural and cultural history of Lake Alpine.

Fish N' Fish Printing

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, June 24 - August 19
$5 Materials Fee for T-shirt or Tote Bag (paper prints free)
Meet at Marmot Day Use Area
15-minute talk on local fish and conservation. Then create your own unique fish prints on T-shirts, tote bags, or paper. Children under 7 must be assisted by an adult,.

Saturdays

Lake Alpine Junior Rangers

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM; June 25 - August 20
Ages 4 -12 hands-on activities which introduce children to the world we live in and care of the outdoors.

Special Junior Ranger Events

July 20 - Wednesday   Sierra Soils Extravaganza

2:00 - 3:00 PM Explore the kinds of soil in the forest, study their texture and color. Learn how fire affects the soil. Experiment with how water races through different coils. How do trees drink water? And much more.

July 30 - Saturday   Leave No Trace

2:00 - 3:00 PM Meet at the Lake Alpine Amphitheater. Learn how to protect our environment by leaving no trace.

Aug. 20 - Saturday   Birds of Prey

2:00 - 3:00 PM Barry Boulton along with colleagues from the Central Sierra Audubon Society will bring their touchable taxidermy raptors. Learn about the behaviors and characteristics of the Sierra Nevada's birds of prey.

Special Fun Lunch Hike for All

July 21 - Thursday   From Lake to Lave

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Meet at the Lake Alpine Amphitheater. Enjoy a ranger led hike to Inspiration Point, along the way learning about the relationships between forests, water, and soil. (3 miles round-trip, moderately strenuous)

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Lake Alpine Evening Campfire Programs - 2016

At the Marmot Picnic Area Amphitheater, 7:00 to 8:00 PM


June 18 - Saturday   Batty about Our Insect-Eating Friends

See live bats from California and learn about the habits and importance of these interesting creatures.

June 25 - Saturday   Wildflowers of Lake Alpine

In celebration of Wildflower Week (June 22-25), Stanislaus National Forest Ranger Rebecca Andrade will talk about the various wildflowers found in the Lake Alpine Area.

July 2 - Saturday   Fire in the Forest

Meet Smokey Bear and Stanislaus National forest fire prevention office Sandra Carpender as they teach you about fire prevention and fire ecology in the forests. Learn how to build a safe campfire and how to put it dead out.

July 9 - Saturday   Are You Bear Aware?

California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Shelly Blair offers a program about how to stay safe from bears while at the same time keeping them safe

July 16 - Saturday   Wildlife Ambassadors

Meet the forest ambassadors from Lake Alpine - all kinds of owls, hawks, and more. Members of Tri County Wildlife Care bring rescue animals to you along with lessons on wildlife conservation and living green.

July 23 - Saturday   Watershed Fun

An evening of watershed games. Prizes too. Learn about where your water comes from, how it is used, and how to conserve.

July 30 - Saturday   Wilderness Adventure

Learn about the wilderness areas of the Stanislaus National Forest from local wilderness specialists.

Aug. 6 - Saturday   Tales of Lake Alpine

Explore the history and stories of the Lake Alpine area.

Aug. 13 - Saturday   Lake Alpine Geology

Geologist Roger Putnam will take you on a fascinating trip back millions of years ago when this part of California was a shallow sea. He will explain how the Sierra Nevada was formed from hills to volcanoes and soaring peaks.

Aug. 20 - Saturday   Birds of the High Sierra

Barry Boulton and colleagues will introduce you to the birds of the High Sierra,

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Wakaluu Hep Yo Visitor Activities for 2016

Wakaluu Hep Yo Campground is located at the Sourgrass Recreations Area, about 5 miles south of Dorrington on Boards Crossing Road. Programs at Wakaluu Hep Yo Campground meet at the Amphitheater. For more information call (209) 795-1381.

Wakaluu Hep Yo Special Saturday Activities

July 9 and Aug. 6   Pine Needle Basket Weaving

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Amphitheater
Join Me-Wuk basket weaver Arvada Fisher as she shows you the art of pine needle basket weaving while sharing fascinating stories. ($5 fee)

July 30 and Aug. 12   Junior Rangers

2:00 - 3:00 PM, Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Amphitheater
Hands on activities for children ages 4 to 12. Learn about the world we live in and how to care for the outdoors. Earn your Junior Ranger badge.

June 25, July 9, 23, Aug. 6   Fish N' Fish Printing

2:00 - 3:00 PM
$5 Materials Fee for T-shirt or Tote Bag (paper prints free)
Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Amphitheater
15-minute talk on local fish and conservation. Then create your own unique fish prints on T-shirts, tote bags, or paper. Children under 7 must be assisted by an adult.

Wakaluu Hep Yo Saturday
Amphitheater Programs

At the Wakaluu Hep Yo Campground Amphitheater,
2:00 - 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


June 18   Batty About Our Insect-Eating Friends

2:00 - 3:00 PM
See live bats from California and learn about the habits and importance of these interesting creatures.

June 25   What the Heck is Wakaluu Hep Yo?

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Traditional practitioner Fred Velazquez tells about what was here before it was a campground and how it was given that name.

July 2   Fire in the Sierra

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Meet Smokey Bear and Stanislaus National forest fire prevention office Sandra Carpender as they teach you about fire prevention and fire ecology in the forests. Learn how to build a safe campfire and how to put it dead out.

July 23   Flint Knapping

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Fred Velasquez demonstrates how Mi-Wuk people formed arrowheads from obsidian.

July 30   These Plants, These Rocks, This Place

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Learn how the plants, rocks, and everything else in the area tell a story about the Native Americans who lived there for thousands of years.

Aug. 13   What the Heck is Wakaluu Hep Yo?

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Traditional practitioner Fred Velazquez tells about what was here before it was a campground and how it was given that name.

Arnold Rim Trail Activities

Learn more about the Arnold Rim Trail: Arnold Rim Trail


June 19, July 17, Aug. 18, Sept. 16, Oct. 15   Sunset Hikes

Meet at the the upper parking area (closest to Lakemont) on Valley View Drive.
Meeting time: 1 hour, 45 minutes before sunset. Information: (209) 795-1381

3rd Saturday of every month, June - November
Arnold Rim Trail Work Days



8:30 AM - Noon
Help build the Arnold Rim Trail. Meet at the Forest Service District Office along Highway 4 at Hathaway Pines. Be prepared for a morning of fun work and camaraderie. Wear sturdy shoes, layered clothing; bring water, snack, and your favorite hand tool. Information: (209) 795-1381


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