2017 Ebbetts Pass Visitor Programs

Campfire Programs, Children's Activities, Nature Walks




Visitor Programs

Visitor programs, hikes, and Campfire Programs at Lake Alpine and at Wakalu 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 2017

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

Special Daytime Programs

Wildlife Ambassadors

Saturday, July 22, 2 to 3 p.m.
Lake Alpine Amphitheater
Meet the ambassadors LIVE at Lake Alpine, including a barn owl, great horned owl, saw whet owl, screech owl, Swainson's hawk, and peregrine falcon. Members of Tri County Wildlife Care bring these rescue animals to you along with lessons on wildlife conservation and living green. Great for all ages.

Wild Things

Saturday, August 5, 2 to 3 p.m.
Lake Alpine Amphitheater
Learn about wildlife up close with this fascinating program featuring a variety of rescued California birds and mammals. Animals include a beaver, skunk, raccoon, opossum, owl, and hawk. Learn about these creatures and how to let wildlife be wild. Great for all ages.

Daily Programs

Wednesdays

Native American Crafts and Games

11:00 AM - Noon; July 5 - August 9
Drop in to play traditional games, play musical instruments, pound acorn into flour, and make your own set of stick dice. Ages 4 to adult. Meet at the picnic tables near the Marmot Day Use Area parking lot.

Guided Walks

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, July 5 - August 9
Meet at the Lake Alpine Amphitheater for an easy stroll along the lakeside as you learn about the natural and cultural history of Lake Alpine. Geared for teens and adults.

Thursdays

Animal Tracking

11:00 AM - Noon; July 6 - August 10
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) Geared for ages 4 - 12.

Guided Walks

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, July 6 - August 10
Meet at the Lake Alpine Amphitheater for an easy stroll along the lakeside as you learn about the natural and cultural history of Lake Alpine. Geared for teens and adults.

Fridays

Waterworld Explorers

11:00 AM - Noon, July 7 - August 11
Meet at Marmot Day Use Area
After gathering group will walk to lake or caravan to the creek. Find out about creatures that live in the water. Wading is optional. if you choose to wade, dress appropriately and wear protective footwear to guard against rocks. Geared for ages 4 to 12.

Fish N' Fish Printing

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, July 7 - August 11
$5 Materials Fee for T-shirt or Tote Bag (paper prints free)
Meet at Marmot Day Use Area
Then create your own unique fish prints on T-shirts, tote bags, or paper. Children under 7 must be assisted by an adult,.

Saturdays

Forest Explorers

11:00 AM - Noon; July 1 - August 12
Take a walk with a ranger and discover the wonders of the forest. Geared for ages 4 to 12. We will split into groups of ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 12; single parents with children in each age group may have to choose one or the other.

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Lake Alpine Evening Campfire Programs - 2017

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


Campfire programs have not been specified this year, but the rangers tell us you can count on some "good old-fashioned unplugged campfire programs." Included will be puppet shows, stories, skits, songs, trivia. The programs are for all ages.

Campfire programs are scheduled for July 15, July 29, and August 12.

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Wakalu Hep Yo Visitor Activities for 2017

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

Wakalu Hep Yo Special Saturday Activities

Pine Needle Basket Weaving

    July 15 and Aug. 12



3:00 - 5:00 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)

Fish N' Fish Printing

    July 1, 8, 22, 29 and Aug. 5
from 11 AM to 3 PM
August 12 from 11 AM to 2 PM







$5 Materials Fee for T-shirt or Tote Bag (paper prints free)
Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Amphitheater
Create your own unique fish prints on T-shirts, tote bags, or paper. Children under 7 must be assisted by an adult.


Native American Crafts and Games

    Saturdays, July 1 - August 12



11 AM to 3 PM   Drop in any time to play traditional Native American games, play musical instruments, and make our own set of stick dice. Guided walks are offered upon request. The program is geared for ages 4 through adults.


Wakalu Hep Yo Saturday
Amphitheater Programs

At the Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Amphitheater,
Most Programs from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


July 15   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. Geared for older children and adults.

July 22   Wildlife Ambassadors

Meet the wildlife ambassadors live, including a barn owl, great horned owl, saw whet owl, screech owl, Swainson's hawk, and peregrine falcon. Members of Tri County Wildlife Care bring these rescue animals to you along with lessons on wildlife conservation and living green. Great for all ages.

July 29 and August 12   Flint Knapping

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Fred Velasquez demonstrates how Mi-Wuk people formed arrowheads from obsidian. The program is geared for older children and adults.

August 5   Wild Things

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Learn about wildlife up close with this fascinating program featuring a variety of rescued California birds and mammals. Learn about these creatures and how to let wildlife be wild. Great for all ages.

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