Forest Conservation Days

What are Forest Conservation Days?

The event is two parts the first part is a 2-hour nature trail walk with a professional forest manager, resource specialist or Forestry student the second is 2 hours of interactive and dynamic exhibits of a sawmill, wildlife, tree nursery, forest products, fire science, logging equipment, local history, archaeology and some new exhibits every year. Aimed at educating the urban public on various forestry and forest issues, this program has become immensely popular.  Over 60,000 5th grade students, teachers, scouts, parents, and public participants have attended since 1991. The event starts with the Web of Life which is the theme.  Many school standards are meet with our event.  On school days, students arrive at the site and a guide will lead each group of 10-20 students and chaperons through the trail, pointing out objects of interest, and answering any questions, thus providing an interactive view of the forest.  For further information on attending Forest Conservation Days please call the coordinators; Diane Savin-Dukleth or Don Dukleth at 559-841-3309, Thomas Catchpole at 559-855-2194, or Stewardship Helpline at 1-800-738-TREE.  Additional information (will become active link when available) and a list of standards that apply to this event is also available.

How can I sign up a school or class?

Just fill out the sign up sheet and mail, fax, or e-mail to Diane Savin-Dukleth at P.O. Box 53 Shaver Lake, CA 93664, Fax: 559-855-5375, email: Please fill out the form as fully as you can. The week typically becomes booked rather quickly with schools. A registration form is available for you to download. NorCal SAF also can help provide funding for transportation. To request transportation funding, please fill out and return the transportation request form to the address on the form.

How can I help?

Forest Conservation Days is dependent upon the dedication of its volunteers. Without them it would not be the success that it is. Because of the length of the program there is always a need for multiple-day commitments from Natural Resource professionals and students of all disciplines to assist in the hike in the woods, active interpretations at the exhibits and crowd management. If you are a student this is a wonderful way to meet Natural resource professionals and become involved in public education. Lunch is provided each day. Overnight accommodations are available at Sequoia Lake in their cabins that are heated or in their RV campground.  Water and power is available at each RV site and there is a dump station in the campground.  The kitchen facilities are available as well with pots, pans, and walk in refrigerator. Lodging is free. The commitment is from 9 AM to 3PM daily it might vary some to accommodate schools.  A volunteer form is available for you to download. If you have any questions about volunteering your time, please contact either FCD coordinators: Diane Savin-Dukleth or Don Dukleth at 559-841-3309, , Thomas Catchpole, at, or Heather Morrison, Volunteer Coordinator at 1-800-738-TREE and they will answer your questions.

Where is FCD held?

Located Just west of the Kings Canyon National Park on Highway 180, this program provides urban 5th grade students with an opportunity to experience first-hand how our forests are managed. This award-winning program runs for one week rain or shine. Click here for map