Nature lover / author Brenda Negley will give her second presentation about Nelder Grove at 6:30 p.m. April 6, at Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park.
Negley will share the history of the grove including the first inhabitants, explorers Galen Clark, John Nelder and John Muir, the Mariposa Battalion, Robert Eccleston and the areas logging history.
She will also discuss early families and individuals in the area including the Bissetts, Kelleys, Wrights, McLeod and Puhn.
“People who like Mountain Area history and specifically the history of Nelder Grove will really enjoy this presentation,” Negle said.
Negley gained national attention in 2012 when she was named National Volunteer Host of the Year by the U.S. Forest Service for her dedicated work at Nelder Grove, home to 99 majestic giant sequoia trees, 13 miles north of Oakhurst off Sky Ranch Road (632). She served as the official host of the grove for eight years.
Negley’s love affair with Nelder Grove started as a youngster, as her grandparents, John and Marge Hawksworth, served as the first hosts at the grove for 20 years (1975-1995).
Negley was 4 years-old the first time she camped at the grove with her grandparents.
In 2010, she became the official interpretive campground host and initiated interpretive walks through the 1,540-acre grove. Because of all her work, Nelder Grove has maintained its status as an interpretive historical logging site and recreational area with a number of multi-use trails.
Her book, “Nelder Grove - A Granddaughter’s Stories,” was published a year and a half ago.
Having founded the nonprofit organization Friends of Nelder Grove (www.neldergrove.org) in 2009, Negley is steadfast in her honorable pursuit to seek additional volunteers for the never-ending task of protecting and maintaining the grove.
Details: Fresno Flats Historic Village - (559) 683-6570 - Doors open at 6 p.m (limited seating) - presentation 6:30 - neldergrove.com - email@example.com - (559) 760-9108.