Events & Activities

2014 Annual Interpretive Events at Wilder Ranch State Park

Life on the Ranch—Family Living History Days at Wilder Ranch State Park
Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Find out how families lived during Mexican Rancho and early dairy ranching days at Wilder Ranch State Park’s Family Living History Days. Activities include a selection of hands-on activities and demonstrations and may include draft horse wagon rides, branding, horseshoes, hand-making tortillas and salsa, chuck wagon style cooking, roping skills and lawn games. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, bubbles, and more! The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve.

Spring Garden Planting Day and Sheep Sheering
Saturday, April 26, 2014  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Imagine yourself in the early part of the 20th century as we gather to plant heirloom vegetables as it would have been circa 1900.  There will be composting demonstrations, gardening information and garden crafts.  If the weather cooperates,we will aslo be shearing the sheep and demonstrating how wool is processed from "sheep to shawl."  Bring your gardening gloves if you have them.  The event takes place on the grounds of Wilder's cultural preserve.  Bring yourself, your family and friends--this event is appropriate for all ages and is a great way to contribute in honor of Earth Day!

Old-fashioned Independence Day - Friday, July 4, 2014  from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Have a grand time enjoying the 4th with a family parade at noon, old-fashioned games, live Big-Band music, and delicious food from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. We'll be stepping back in time 100+ years ago to an ealy 1900's style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games, children’s crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. To join in the old-tyme parade, dress up, bring an instrument or decorate a wagon, and join us by the chicken coop at 11:45a.m. The Suffragettes are sure to be there! Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch.

Heritage Harvest Festival - Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Decorate a pumpkin, take a wagon ride, try your hand at some old-time harvest activities, listen to live bluegrass and western music, learn to square dance, play cow pie bingo, enjoy hand-cranked pumpkin ice cream along with tons of other fun on the ranch in celebration of the harvest season from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Holidays on the Ranch - Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the winter holidays as folks did in Californio, Victorian, and early 20th century Santa Cruz with crafts to do, games to play, cookies to decorate, and more from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks