Visitors to Sequoia National Park April 21-29 will enjoy free admission, giant sequoias, shooting stars, Earth Day activities, and more
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 5, 2012 - Sequoia National Park and the National Park Service are proud to once again partner with the National Park Foundation to present National Park Week April 21-29. Visitors to the park will enjoy free admission all week long. In conjunction, Wuksachi Lodge, nestled in the heart of the park, will kick things off Saturday, April 21 with its annual Earth Day celebration.

The Wuksachi Lodge Earth Day Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lodgepole Complex, located just a few miles from the lodge. Guests of all ages can anticipate educational displays, interpretive information, organic and natural snacks, recycled souvenirs and plenty of giveaways. Local guides and naturalists will also be on hand to take visitors on explorations of the impressive animal and plant world living within the park.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. the same evening, April’s Lyrid meteors will illuminate the moonless night with up to 20 dazzling streaks of ‘shooting stars’. Interested stargazers should wear good walking shoes, bundle up for cold weather and plan to depart the Wuksachi Lodge lobby at 8:30 p.m. for a short guided walk to the viewing location.

On April 22, an intimate guided tour of Giant Forest will begin at 9:30 a.m. Participants on this hike should wear a good pair of walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and expect to walk up to three miles. The 1.5 hour tour will depart from Round Meadow located in Giant Forest near the ‘Ed by Ned’ tree.

Also taking place during National Park Week on April 27 is Arbor Day. Originating in 1872, Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Why not mark the occasion with a baby sequoia tree? In an effort to perpetuate the disappearing species, Wuksachi Lodge sells packaged saplings in its gift shop for visitors to take home and plant in their own yard.

To learn more about Wuksachi Lodge’s GreenPath® environmental stewardship program, visit http://www.visitsequoia.com/aboutus_greenpath.aspx.

For additional information, to secure dining reservations or to book an overnight stay at Wuksachi Lodge, call 866-449-4902.
About the Wuksachi Lodge
Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. The Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special PlacesSM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.


Rebecca Chappell
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