Trail Mix for 4/17: Entrance fee-free days at national parks

The Fresno BeeApril 16, 2014 

All national parks are waiving entrance fees Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the opening of National Park Week from April 19 to April 27.

Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable.

April 26 marks another fee-free day at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, as they celebrate Junior Ranger Day. There will be free activities throughout the parks for junior rangers (open to children ages 5 and up), go to

Saturday marks the opening of rafting season at Yosemite National Park. Rafts can be rented at the Curry Village Recreation Center at $30 per person.

Rafting is scheduled to be open as follows: April 19-28, May 2-5 and 9-12 and daily starting May 16.

Young anglers wanted for Eastman Lake derby

The annual Kid's Fishing Derby at Eastman Lake is April 26 on the Chowchilla (day side) of the lake.

While supplies last, bait will be provided as well as loaner rods and reels. Baiting, casting and water safety booths will be available to all anglers age 15 and younger.

The event, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. for all registered kids and their families.

Reservations can be made by calling the park office at (559) 689-3255 or emailing

Fish & Wildlife starting up series of conservation talks

Starting today, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife will host a series of lectures on animal conservation.

Today's lecture is scheduled to run from 1 to 3 p.m. Dr. Kristine Preston will discuss the coastal cactus wren, whose population has declined significantly because of habitat loss (i.e. urbanization and wildfires).

To attend — either in person or by WebEx — visit, then click on, complete and submit the appropriate enrollment form.

Upcoming lecture subjects include the Alameda Striped Racer, California Tiger Salamander, Shasta Crayfish and Desert Tortoise.

Events Earth Day Hike at Striped Rock


When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Striped Rock Ranch near Mariposa

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy is hosting its annual Earth Day hike at Striped Rock.

A 2-mile run will start at 7:15.

Details: Armenian Relief Society's Show Me The Finish Line Run


When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: Woodward Park (Mt. View Shelter)

Saturday morning is the next race in the Valley Runner of the Year. It's the 18th annual 2-mile, 10-point race benefitting the Armenian Relief Society. Race-day registration is $20. Planning your overnight bike tour


When: 3 p.m. April 27

Where: Fresno REI, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.

The REI Outdoor School is holding a free 90-minute workshop on how to plan an overnight bike tour. Specialists will teach how to select routes, efficiently pack your bike and ensure a comfortable ride through the outdoors.

Register at

— Angel Moreno, The Fresno Bee

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6401, or @anhelllll on Twitter.

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