Great Outdoors

Flanagan Trail to Chamise Peak – 700 ft. Climb to Unbelievable Vistas

If you want a grand view of the amazing, vast beauty of Shasta County and beyond, then grab the family, your camera, your dog and hike to the top of Chamise Peak! It will not disappoint! Located north of Redding and east of Keswick Reservoir, this moderate-sometimes-steep hike is only 2.4 miles to the top. [...]

Succeeding with Natives – Mt. Lassen CNPS Horticulture Symposium September 14

On Sunday September 14th, 2014 the Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will host a day-long symposium on designing your garden space to include more native plants while at the same time using far less water, creating far less maintenance for yourself, and having more life and beauty than you’ve had till [...]

Friends of Whiskeytown’s 5th Annual Brandy Creek Beach Luau

The Friends of Whiskeytown (FOW) will hold its 5th Annual Brandy Creek Beach Luau on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Brandy Creek Beach in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Attendees will enjoy a Polynesian style buffet, Hawaiian entertainment including dancers and a fire dancer, and a chance to bid on great prizes during the auction. Tickets [...]

Portrait of an Empress, August in the Garden & North State Calendar of Regional Gardening Events

I never did get a get picture of her. Not a drive-by snap shot, not a proper portrait. Despite regularly remarking on how lovely she was. And now that she’s gone – with the others – I go out of my way to avoid driving where I used to see her. Why bother? It’s painful [...]

Artist’s Drawing Workshops with Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to announce a series of drawing workshops for people of all ages and abilities led by Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper.  Join Mr. Kuiper at various park locations, and learn to see Whiskeytown in new ways through art.  Art supplies will be provided for the first 8 participants.  If you have [...]

Perseid Meteor Shower Party at Brandy Creek Beach

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Shasta Astronomy Club, will be holding a special star party to view the Perseid Meteor Shower on Sunday, August 10th, 2014. These very knowledgeable and passionate amateur astronomers will be displaying meteorites and providing powerful telescopes to view what is often considered the most brilliant meteor shower [...]

A Penny For Your…..The Penny Pines Reforestation Program in CA

A penny for a …..pine? As they have for the past 50 years, this year the Chico Horticultural Society – along with other garden clubs statewide – chose honorees to receive a Penny Pines Plantation. I was among this year’s honorees, and to me it is a high honor indeed. According the US Forest Service, [...]

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wants YOU!

Some women, faced with an empty nest and time on her hands, might find a part-time job, or take up a new hobby. Not Terry Barr. Her idea of fun and community service was to answer the call to become a volunteer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly the California Department of [...]

Junior Lifeguard Program and Waterfront Lifeguard Training at Whiskeytown

The Junior Lifeguard Program at Whiskeytown is designed to instruct youth 10 years of age and up in water and beach safety and to gain skills in aquatics, along with instilling a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.  The purpose of the Waterfront Lifeguarding course is to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent [...]


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