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Sequoia Voluntours & Veteran’s Marriage Retreat

  • Destination: Sequoia National Park
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Dates: Multiple tours between 06/23/2017 - 09/17/2017

(Free Voluntour & Marriage Retreat for Veterans: Sept 15-17, 2017 ) Take an all-inclusive Sequoia volunteer vacation and experience the rewards of leaving your personal legacy in one of our nation’s most cherished National Parks.

As part of your vacation you will help on important conservation projects such as restoring meadows or revegetating critical wildlife habitat. During the remaining portion of your vacation, experienced Nature Corp staff will lead you on VIP tours to explore ancient sequoia groves, swim beautiful lakes, explore Crystal Cave, and hike to the top of glacial domes to view Sequoia’s spectacular Great Western Divide.

You will also have free time to enjoy hiking, fishing, photography, reading, playing Frisbee, or taking a nap under a majestic pine.

Invite friends and family to join you on this truly memorable and rewarding vacation.

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A Special Invitation to Veterans

A free voluntour and marriage retreat

Exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada while strengthening your marriage.

Military couples are invited to go behind the scenes with the National Park Service to preserve Sequoia’s world-renowned resources…and their marriages.

During the day couples will volunteer on rewarding conservation projects, while in the evenings enjoy laughter-filled presentations around the campfire that will help you enrich your marriage.

Through the seminar series “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage”, you will engage in a highly humorous and successful marriage program to help restore intimacy (and yes, that means at all levels!), and address the unique challenges that military couples face.

This memorable retreat will take place in the magnificent setting of Sequoia NP where you’ll come together to meet other military couples, enjoy exquisite meals, camp under the stars, and learn new skills to navigate the trail of love and life.

Who’s invited:

All military couples, regardless of military branch, years of service, or age.

Cost:

Free. There is no cost to attend.

What do I need to bring:

Your tent, sleeping bag and personal gear. Everything else is paid for, including entrance fees, camping fees, all your meals, heated dining hall, the chefs, marriage workshops, nature guides, and Nature Corps t-shirts and water bottle.

How do I reserve a spot for my spouse and I? 

Click here to register.

After you register you will receive a Welcome Packet with maps, a list of things to bring, and other information that will help you prepare for the outing.

To learn more email us at: info@thenaturecorps.org or call 800.774-PARK (7275).

Expore the Big Trees in Sequoia

preserving the giants of our land

Help preserve the majestic giant sequoias while exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada.

The weekend voluntour includes the itinerary of Days 1, 2, and 5.

Day 1
Your excursion begins at our secluded base camp in the heart of Sequoia National Park. After settling in, we will enjoy a festive dinner and meet with park staff for an overview of our upcoming adventure in Sequoia. Afterwards, we will hike into the world-renowned Giant Forest to get an incredible view of the General Sherman sequoia, the largest living tree on earth. This great tree is now estimated to be around 2300 years old and still “growing like a teenager”. It is 275 feet tall and is 36 feet in diameter at the base. After our hike, we’ll gather around the evening campfire to savor one of our chef’s delectable desserts.
Day 2
After waking up to the savory aromas of a hearty breakfast, we will prepare for our day in the field. Once we arrive at the project site, park biologists will provide further information and direct us on this important conservation effort to restore Sequoia’s rare and unique ecosystems. The project will wrap up by mid-afternoon at which time we will head back to camp. A hearty BBQ dinner will be awaiting us as we dine surrounded by Sequoia’s magnificent wilderness. After dinner we’ll ascend Moro Rock to view a spectacular sunset as the flash of alpine glow brings the Great Western Divide into contrast with Sequoia’s expansive star-studded sky.
Day 3
Today we will continue working on our project until noon. After work we will enjoy an easy 1.5 mile hike to beautiful Tokopah Falls. Tokopah Falls is one of the highlights to see in Sequoia National Park, a beautiful 1200 ft. high cascade along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River.  After dinner we will explore Round Meadow, where bears, deer, and other wildlife can often be sighted.
Day 4
This morning we will ascend Little Baldy. It is an easy trek to the summit of an enormous granite dome that provides sweeping 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. From there we will continue north to Redwood Canyon, where one of the park’s largest sequoia groves is secluded in this remote canyon. As lunch approaches we head to picturesque Hume Lake where we will enjoy a picnic by the lake. The lake provides opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing or relaxing with a good book on the beach at Sandy Cove. The rest of the afternoon you are free to visit park museums, shop or head back to camp for a nice afternoon nap. That evening we’ll enjoy a celebratory banquet as part of our Farewell Ceremony. 
Day 5
After breakfast we will break camp and head out to photograph spectacular Crescent Meadow. John Muir referred to Crescent Meadow as “the most beautiful meadow in the Sierra Nevada” — and he is right! This stunning meadow is one of the few places on earth where giant sequoias surround this biologically rich habitat. From there the group will venture down the road to Crystal Cave, one of the few marble caves in the western United States. It is spectacularly lit up inside and the underground creeks and limestone formations are remarkable. It is hard to believe that something that beautiful is 200 feet below the surface of the earth! The program concludes after the cave tour. 

Sequoia Voluntours & Veterans Marriage Retreat

Celebrate Sequoia’s Wildflowers

Help preserve the majestic giant sequoias while exploring the magnificent beauty of the Sierra Nevada.

Dates:

  • April 22 (Project Save. Free Camping) – FULL
  • May 6 (Project Save. Free Camping) – FULL
  • June 23-25 (3-day weekend) – Call 805.434.0299 for availability 
  • July 7-10 (4-day outing. Youth and family volountour.) only 4 spots open
  • August 7-11  (5-day outing. Youth and family volountour.) – 6 spots open
  • September 15-17  (3-day weekend. Free Veterans Voluntour & Marriage Retreat.) – Email info@thenaturecorps.org for availability.

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Volunteer Project

Nature Corps’ volunteer programs began in Sequoia National Park in 1991. Since then hundreds of volunteers have donated their labor on a variety of important conservation and maintenance projects, including:

  • Maintaining and building trails to protect sequoia groves and restoring the surrounding habitat
  • Restoring impacted habitat through revegetation projects, collecting seeds & propagating native flora
  • Rehabilitating campgrounds that have been damaged by overuse
  • Restoring and painting facilities, plant nurseries and other park structures

Volunteers will help on projects similar to those listed above. Work locations and volunteer assignments vary depending on project status and the needs of park staff.

Fun and Play

After experiencing the personal rewards of contributing to the preservation of this magnificent natural treasure, our experienced naturalists will lead you on a variety of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, strolling on moonlight nature walks, visiting picturesque meadows or picnicking alongside a stunning glacial lake in the High Sierra.

Meals

No need to bring your food, and pots and pans. Our cooks will pamper you with delicious and festive meals. Each morning you will rise to the wonderful aromas of coffee and a hearty breakfast. After a full day of exploring the great outdoors, you will satisfy your appetite on deli-style picnics and the savory aromas of hearty dinners prepared by our talented chefs. (We jokingly say that people come back on our outings just for the food!)

Tent and Equipment Rentals

If you do not have camping gear or simply do not want to travel with gear you can rent the equipment at the following rates:

  • Tent (6 person), $75
  • Tent (4 person), $45
  • Full length cot, $15
  • Camping chair, $5

Email info@thenaturecorps.org for equipment availability.

Join Us!

Organize a group of family and friends and join us in Sequoia to preserve and explore these ancient sequoia groves. Book Now!

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in our programs. We look forward to hearing from you! We are always planning new excursions, so please feel free to write us with any of your comments, questions or to learn of:

  • New volunteer vacations that are in the planning
  • Special deals and packages
  • Group discounts
  • Last minute discounts and seasonal coupons

 

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What the Sequoia Package Includes

This volunteer vacation package includes:

  • Entrance fees
  • Camping fees
  • Delicious meals prepared by our outdoor chefs
  • Photography workshop
  • VIP Nature Walks
  • Nature Corps T-Shirt
  • Nature Corps Water Bottle

You are responsible for bringing your tent and personal gear. After registering, you will receive a Welcome Packet with a list of personal items you will need to bring and other information to help you prepare for the outing.

Please Note: Proceeds from your volunteer vacation tuition and employer matching gift will be used to support our Student Volunteer program. For that reason, a portion of your tuition is tax deductible.

Accommodation Occupancy Package Price/Person
Double $1095 (depending on availability)
  • Catered Camping (3-day weekend outing)
N/A $295 ($195 w/employer’s matching gift)
  • Catered Camping (5-day outing)
N/A $595 ($395 w/employer’s matching gift)