If you’re planning on going sledding, officials at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are urging extreme caution.
Poor, icy conditions have led to mishaps including fractures and head injuries in recent days, park spokesperson Dana Dierkes said.
As a result, sled hills at Wolverton and Big Stump snowplay areas have been closed until further notice.
While there was still some snow on the ground Wednesday — 10 inches at Grant Grove and 18 near Lodgepole — it is continuning to melt while the Sierra waits for another storm to come along.
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For the latest conditions on other snowplay areas, call the visitor center at (559) 565-3341.
Cal Naturalist training sessions scheduled for Central Valley
California Naturalist training will be offered in the central San Joaquin Valley for the first time this spring.
The program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning and volunteer service to inspire stewardship of the state’s parks, wetlands, coastal areas, mountains, foothills and forests. To become a certified California Naturalist, trainees take 40 hours of classroom and field courses and complete a capstone project.
Sessions will be offered through the Sierra Foothill Conservancy in Fresno County, the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Preserve at the university and the UC Merced Sierra Nevada Institute at Yosemite National Park.
The program with the conservancy begins in March. Classroom sessions are 6 p.m. Fridays on March 13, 20, 27 and April 10, 11 17, 24, Field sessions will be on each of the following Saturdays.
Partial scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and college students and to people engaged in work (volunteer or paid) that directly impacts under-served communities. Four units of college credits are available for participants through the UC Davis Extension. To apply, click here.
‘Walk With a Doc’ program set for 2015 debut at Visalia park
The public is invited to the first “Walk With a Doc” event of the new year Saturday at Visalia’s Blain Park, 3101 S. Court St.
It is a free program put on by Walk With a Doc, the Healthy Visalia Committee, Visalia Parks and Recreation, Tulare County Medical Society and others. A health topic will be presented at each walk and healthy snacks provided.
Walks will be the second Saturday of each month. In Tulare, walks are the third Saturday of each month.
Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization that encourages healthy living through physical activity. A “Walk With a Doc” series is scheduled for the Fresno area beginning in February.
For a schedule of walks and topics, go to www.walkwithadoc.org.
Ski/snowboard waxing basics
When: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: REI Fresno, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.
The REI Outdoor School will host a free, in-depth examination of how and why waxes work. The class will focus on a variety of subjects, including base preparation, structure, and minor repair. Participants do not need to bring their personal skis or snowboard.