Events and Activities
Tours of the Monarch Grove -- Fall and Early Winter
Saturdays & Sundays at 11:00 & 2:00
Join a Docent Naturalist for a tour of the state designated monarch butterfly preserve at Natural Bridges State Beach. Monarch butterflies are returning this fall to their winter home along our coast. Learn the story of this beautiful creature and its fascinating seasonal migration. Public tours are offered on weekends and no reservations are necessary, or you may call 423-4609 to arrange a tour for a group of 10 or more. Fall walks begin the 3rd weekend in October and continue through January or as long as monarchs are present; Monarch numbers vary, usually the highest numbers are visible in November/December. Meet at the Visitor Center for the hour-long program. The walk is wheelchair accessible.
Annual Events for 2013
Monarch Tours - Weekends from mid-October through January at 11:00a.m. and 2:00p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the visitor center for a guided tour of the monarch grove. Monarch migration is variable, to find out the current population, or to arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, call (831) 423-4609.
Migration Festival - Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11:00a.m to 4:00p.m.
Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to the park for a full day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids' games, crafts, skits and live music.
Welcome Back Monarchs Day -Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The beauty and wonder of monarch butterflies is revealed through stories, active learning games, live music and presentations. Dress up and join the butterfly parade as we welcome back monarchs arriving to their winter home!
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks