Sequoia Field Institute

The Sequoia Field Institute offers a wide variety of educational experiences in public lands. From barge tours of Lake Kaweah to the summit of the tall peaks of the Sierra Nevada, or a curriculum-based school field trip to a customized bird walk in Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest, the Sequoia Field Institute will create memories for you.

Each year, the non-profit Institute presents a course catalog sure to please every type of nature lover. Extensive backpacking trips, natural history walks, kayaking instruction and winter sports to name a few. EdVentures are a great way to connect with others who have similar interests and to stroll the parks with local experts. If a more personalized park experience is what you seek, guide services are customized to specific interests. There is no better way to gain a better understanding and deep appreciation of the southern Sierra Nevada than through a personal experience led by an experienced guide and naturalist. 

Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from fees remains in the parks.

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Latitude: 36.4901794 Longitude: -118.8242626 Elevation: 1693 ft

Areas of Service and Expertise

The Sequoia Field Institute is the educational division of the Sequoia Natural History Association. Programs cover all areas of natural and cutural history related to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and surrounding public lands. Instructors and guides are highly qualified in their area of expertise.

Sequoia Natural History Association (SNHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, interpretation, research and the natural and historic preservation of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Devils Postpile National Monument and Lake Kaweah. SNHA is committed to enriching the experiences of visitors and promoting public awareness of the significance of public lands through educational programs, publications and financial support.  

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Short nature walks, day hikes, backpacking treks, winter exploration, snowshoe walks, cross country ski adventures, and kayak trips. All trips and courses are led by experienced guides and naturalists.

Eco-Friendly Notes

We take a green approach to exploring our public lands.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not permitted on park trails or on these education programs.


Please send me a 2019 course catalog. I'm particularly interested in a course, heavily science-oriented, on the ecology, genomics and physiology of Giant Sequoias. I'm a member of the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. I'm teaching a course in Fall 2019 at Merritt College in Oakland, California on the Natural History of the Giant Sequoia. I authored a guidebook (Wilderness Press) to the Mineral King Quadrangle, "High Sierra Hiking Guide to Mineral King," in print from the 1970's through the 1990's. I have taken numerous courses with the Glacier Institute and the Yellowstone Institute, in the past.

Ron Felzer, 4/26/2019

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