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Date(s) - 07/25/2015
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

New Melones Lake Glory Hole Amphitheater


New Melones Lake Activities for Summer 2015 Support the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside Initiative

SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County. All activities are at the Amphitheater at the Glory Hole Recreation Area, are free of charge, are suitable for all ages and do not require reservations. Please wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Awesome Arachnids!
Saturday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
Spiders are awesome! Learn about these amazing creatures and just how important they are to our own existence! Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m.

Eagles and Osprey
Saturday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
Come out for an insightful look at the raptors that call New Melones their home! While recently off the endangered species list, the Bald Eagle is still fragile in our changing environment. The Osprey possesses talents no other raptor can match! Discover what makes them unique and why we should continue to protect them. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m.

Dragon and Damselflies
Saturday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.
Did you know that dragonflies existed before the dinosaurs? Learn all about these tiny dragons and their evolution. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m.

Campground Feud!
Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
How well do you think you and your neighbor know New Melones Lake? “Survey says” this will be an exciting, fast-paced event on what the majority of people think about New Melones! Come to the Amphitheater to find out! Fabulous prizes will be awarded!

Whooo’s Up When You’re Asleep?
Saturday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
Come to the Amphitheatre and find out who’s up when you’re not. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m., a PowerPoint presentation at 8 p.m., followed by a short hike in the great outdoors around the campground in search of some night-time creatures. Please wear sturdy shoes appropriate for hiking. A headlamp or flashlight is required.

Flying Rainbows
Saturday, August 29, 7:30 p.m.
Come out and learn about our colorful flying friends! Discover the butterfly lifecycle, their importance and how to encourage them to live in your own yard. Find out what is threatening these beautiful creatures and what you can do to help.

Calaveras Community Band!
Saturday, September 5, 6 p.m.
Come celebrate the end of the summer with us! The Calaveras Community Band will be playing all your favorites until the sun goes down. Get up and dance, clap and sing or just sit back and enjoy the music. Bring the family and enjoy one last summer night! Music begins at 6 p.m.

Interpretive programs and events at New Melones Lake tie into President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative (http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/) which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve restore and provide better access to our lands and waters and leave a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. Ranger-led activities also support the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside initiative (http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside) which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community.

If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact Park Ranger Hilary Maxworthy at 209-536-9094, ext. 221, or email hmsaxworthy@usbr.gov at least 14 days in advance.

The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office. Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html.


Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov.