2017 Tour Dates
6/23 Lakes Basin Tour
Join us for a walk around Lakes Basin Recreation Area. We’ll talk natural history of the area, botanize with the pollinators and go for a swim in up to four lakes. (Moderate, optional swimming)
7/14 Springs (Hot and Cold) Tour
Springs Tour will feature geothermic waters of Lassen and Plumas Counties. We’ll visit Domingo Springs, hike to Terminal Geyser and end the day at Feather River Hot Springs. (Moderate, optional swimming)
We’ll start at the Collins Pine Museum then tour the state-of-the-art sawmill (stair climbing required). Learn how Collins Pine practices a triple bottom line approach to forest management as we walk through a section of their old-growth forest.
Follow the water down the “Stairway of Power.” We’ll start at the Prattville Intake, stop at Butt Reservoir, pass through the Chip’s Fire and tour the Caribou Powerhouse. We’ll discuss the benefits and impacts of hydroelectric production on fisheries, aquatic ecosystems, rural communities and effects of fire on watersheds. (Easy to moderate, some off road driving)
Cancelled-10/14 Springs (Hot and Cold) Tour
Springs Tour will feature geothermic waters of Lassen and Plumas Counties. The fall season will offer different vegetation and colors not available in the spring season. We’ll visit Domingo Springs, hike to Terminal Geyser and end the day at Feather River Hot Springs. (Moderate, optional swimming)
Mountain Meadows Kayak Tour- Coming in 2018
Sierra Institute is interested in expanding our tours to include water based recreation. In tune with our Almanor Basin Water Trails, we invite you to come float with us in the majesty of the Mountain Meadows Reservoir. We’ll talk ecology, watch the birds and paddle around.
The Sierra Institute’s Center of Forestry offers outdoor educational tours that focus on natural resource management in the northern Sierra Nevada, highlighting the achievements of local forest and watershed groups and agencies. Other tours focus on the natural and cultural history of the area.
The tours explore the complex relationship between natural resource management and the economic and cultural health of rural communities. These educational tours offer an opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore a mix of people, places, and projects in the northern Sierra.
For $50 per person you can enjoy air-conditioned transportation, morning refreshments, lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the tour, learning from knowledgeable and articulate guides, and enjoying the company of like folk who are wanting to learn more about the past, present, and future of the Sierra Nevada.
Here’s what the public has to say about our tour experiences:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and the guides were very personable and informative.”
-2015 Tour Participant
“Far exceeded expectations! Excellent discussions, high quality educational experience.”
-2007 Tour Participant
“I found the best way to learn more about the Sierra Nevada is by taking a Center of Forestry Tour.”
—2009 Tour Participant
“A wonderful program–worth every penny.”
-2015 Tour Participant
Each tour includes experienced guides who are experts in their fields, various pertinent handouts, snacks, beverages, lunch, and transportation. The cost for each tour is $50 per person (if you are interested in participating on a tour and unable to pay the fee, consider volunteering!).
Tours begin at 9am and end around 4pm. Tour participants will receive an itinerary and what to bring pamphlet prior to tour date. Each tour has an anticipated activity level in parenthesis listed at the end of the description.
For more information on what to wear, what to bring, and accessibility standards, please see our Tour Tips and Accessibility.
2017 tours will offer online registration in addition to our traditional style. Each tour will have its own registration link (look for the updated links come mid-April). Any questions or concerns call our office 530-284-1022.
Please fill out form entirely and send with a check to:
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
PO Box 11
Taylorsville, CA 95983
Make checks payable to Sierra Institute (Please include tour in memo).
I have reserved a tour…but now I have to cancel. What happens next?
Unfortunately, life happens and even the best made plans are derailed…if that happens to you, we understand. We hope that you will understand our cancellation policies, which pay for administrative fees and other costs that are pre-paid per tour.
If we don’t hear from you and you don’t show up for a pre-paid tour, the whole tour fee will be charged.
If you cancel within the same week of the tour, 75% of the fee will be kept and 25% will be reimbursed.
If you cancel two-weeks out or more, 25% of the fee will be kept and 75% will be reimbursed.
Becoming a Volunteer
There’s a lot to do when you volunteer at the Sierra Institute! As a Center of Forestry volunteer, you can learn about local history by volunteering to assist on a tour, or participate in community events sharing the word about Sierra Institute and the Center of Forestry Tours.
Volunteering for ‘tour-duty’ begins the day before the tour as you prepare materials and supplies for the tour. On the day of the tour, you’ll assist the Guides by setting up lunch and facilities, and in any other way as needed. On the day of the tour, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to see all and hear all, learning about our rural communities, our past, present and future. The day following the tour is used for restocking and cleaning. All in all, there are about 4-hours preparation and 4-hours after tour work. Each tour day varies in length.
Volunteering for tours is not only an excellent way to see and learn more about this beautiful county of ours, but will also give you the opportunity to meet new people and work with local community organizations and agencies who also feel a responsibility for stewardship in the Sierra Nevada.
Getting the Word Out is another way to volunteer. The Center of Forestry participates in various community events, hosting a booth with information on the various programs of Sierra Institute, including promotion of our tour season. Be a volunteer to Get The Word Out and enjoy the various venues available in Plumas and Lassen counties.
To become a Center of Forestry Member or Volunteer, call, email, or write:
Sierra Institute, Center of Forestry
PO Box 11, Taylorsville, CA 95983
Please make your check payable to Sierra Institute.