An Indigenous Thanksgiving

Did you know that the New England indigenous tribes had been celebrating “Thanksgiving” for centuries, long before the Pilgrims came to America? Not only had these tribes been celebrating the fall harvest for generations, it was part of their culture to celebrate the Earth’s bounty and the Creator every single day.  The Thanksgiving that has […]

Winter Sports in Lake Tahoe-Donner

Skiing and snowboarding at resorts aren’t the only winter sport activities available to you when you visit or live here in Lake Tahoe! Snowshoe – Our favorite thing about Snowshoeing is that you can make it as relaxing or challenging as you’d like! Cruise along maintained trails or get off the beaten path and forge […]

The Donner Party

It was this time years ago that The Donner Party arrived, and became subsequently stuck, right here in Truckee, CA in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Winter Update from USDA Forest Service: National Forest facilities in Lake Tahoe Basin closing for season

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has begun closing recreational facilities for the winter season. Seasonal closures apply to many National Forest recreation sites in the Tahoe Basin including beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas and forest roads. Campgrounds, day-use areas and beaches managed by Tahoe Recreation, […]

Hibernation in Lake Tahoe

It’s no secret that bears in the Lake Tahoe area aren’t generally afraid of humans. In fact, its common to see bears roaming the streets during all hours of the day looking for tasty trash overflowing from public and private trash cans alike. But did you know that not all of our bears here in […]

What Is La Nina and What Does It Mean For Tahoe’s Winter?

La Niña represent periods of below-average sea surface temperatures across the east-central Equatorial Pacific. During a La Niña year, winter temperatures are warmer than normal in the Southeast and cooler than normal in the Northwest. So what does that mean for this winter here in Lake Tahoe? In the Tahoe-Truckee area, La Niña-influenced winters tend […]

Thank You El Dorado County!

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is relieved and thankful to have been awarded a $10,000 grant from El Dorado County. El Dorado County received funding through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The El Dorado County Community Foundation managed the grant process. As many know, the Sierra State Parks Foundation took […]

A Big Thank You to Placer Shares!

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is so honored and thankful to have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Placer Shares program through the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. . Placer County received funding through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The County Board of Supervisors voted to distribute a significant percentage […]

Adding the Sierra State Parks Foundation as your AmazonSmile charity

Here’s how to sign up for AmazonSmile! Visit Sign in with your credentials Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice Select your charity Start shopping! Add a bookmark for to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile IMPORTANT NOTE: […]