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August Activities Schedule

Please click here for a downloadable list of programmed events at in are California State Parks.

September Activities Schedule

Please click here  for a downloadable list of programmed events at in area California State Parks.

21st Annual Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, October 10 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm

Tickets on sale now for annual fundraiser for educational programs!

Twinkling lights under a canopy of trees and stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us for our 21th Annual Lobster Feed at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, beverages, and dessert. General Admission Tickets are $75, VIP Tickets are $100 and advance reservations are necessary and available until sold out.  To purchase your ticket or for more information, please visit  www.mountainparks.org or call 831-335-3174.

Mountain Parks Foundation funds the nature education and enrichment programs offered at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.  We believe an informed public will ensure the preservation of the natural habitats and cultural history of our California State Parks.  Interpretive and educational programs funded by Mountain Parks Foundation serve more than 1.7 million park visitors annually, including more than 200 student classes who participate in park curriculum-based educational programs.

August Activities

A Special Event!

Full Moon Madness

Friday, August 28 from 6 pm to 9 pm

 

This event is perfect for experiencing Henry Cowell in a whole new way… at night! The astronomy based evenings are perfect for the whole family. We will have live music, kids’ crafts and hikes throughout the night. We will also have a Special Astronomer Guest Speaker who will talk about their research. Finally, at the end of the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. The event is free, and parking is $10. Program is held in the day use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road.

 

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays & Sundays in August at 1 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell off of HWY 9, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road in Felton.

 

Campfire Programs

Fridays & Saturdays in August at 8:30 pm

Everybody loves a good old fashioned campfire! Join us at our campfire center in the campground to sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park! Please dress warmly and be prepared to have a fun time! Meet at the Campfire Center in the Campground of Henry Cowell,  located at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Star Stroll

Thursdays in August at 8:30 pm

We not only love to learn about the river and trees, but about our cosmos as well! This 2 mile round trip evening hike meets at the Campfire Center and leads to the Observation Deck. Along the way you may see bats, hear owls and learn about other nocturnal wildlife. We will have telescopes set up at the Observation Deck to do some star gazing and learn about the planets and constellations around us. This program meets at the Campfire Center in the Campground located at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Junior Rangers

Thursdays through Sundays in August from 4 pm to 5 pm

This is a perfect opportunity for kids to explore the world around their campsite. Join one of our naturalists for an afternoon of games, hikes and learning! This program is designed for kids ages 7 to 12 only. Parents, please sign your kids up 15 minutes early and make sure they are dressed for active play. This program meets at the Campfire Center in the Campground located at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.


Basket Making

Saturday, August 29 from 10 am to Noon

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Meet at the Campfire Circle in the campground located at 2591 Graham Hill Rd in Scotts Valley.  No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Children should be accompanied by an adult. $10 parking fee.

 

 

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org or www.parks.ca.gov

Labor Day Weekend Events

Special Campfire Program!
Can You Feel the Burn? Fires’ Role in Our Park

Saturday, September 5 at 8:30 pm

Join us for our last campfire program of the year as Ranger Scott Sipes discusses the importance of prescribed fire in our parks ecosystem. Bring your burning questions and leave hot on the topic! We will also be sharing stories, singing songs and playing games. Event is free, parking is $10. Located at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Campground at 2591 Graham Hill Rd.

 

Star Stroll

Thursday, September 3 at at 8:30 pm

We not only love to learn about the river and trees, but about our cosmos as well! This 2 mile round trip evening hike meets at the Campfire Center and leads to the Observation Deck. Along the way you may see bats, hear owls and learn about other nocturnal wildlife. We will have telescopes set up at the Observation Deck to do some star gazing and learn about the planets and constellations around us. This program meets at the Campfire Center in the Campground located at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Campfire Programs

Friday, September 4 at 8:30 pm

Everybody loves a good old fashioned campfire! Join us at our campfire center in the campground to sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park! Please dress warmly and be prepared to have a fun time! Meet at the Campfire Center in the Campground of Henry Cowell, located at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Junior Rangers

Thursday through Sunday from 4 pm to 5 pm

This is a perfect opportunity for kids to explore the world around their campsite. Join one of our naturalists for an afternoon of games, hikes and learning! This program is designed for kids ages 7 to 12 only. Parents please sign your kids up 15 minutes early and make sure they are dressed for active play. This program meets at the Campfire Center in the Campground located at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Every Saturday and Sunday in September at 1 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell.

September Activities

An Annual Special Event!

Ohlone Day
Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to 4 pm
 

Celebrate the Ohlone People of the past with those of the present at Ohlone Day.  You will see traditional dancers and Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history.  You can throw an atlatl, make a minuature tule boat, try hot rock cooking, play Ohlone games, and try your hand at fire making.  Event is held in the group picnic area located at in the Day Use Area. The Day Use Area is located off of Highway 9 in Felton at 101 Big Trees Park Rd Felton. This event is appropriate for all ages.  Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831)335-7077 or (831) 335-3174. This event is sponsored by Mountain Parks Foundation, the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Valley Women’s club, and California State Parks.

Guided Redwood Grove Walks
Every Saturday and Sunday in September at 1 pm
How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell.  

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org or www.parks.ca.gov

Annual Events - 2015

Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm

 
Event features hands-on experiences to relate Ohlone cultural, social, and every-day life

Celebrate the Ohlone People of the past with those of the present at Ohlone Day on Saturday, September 13, from 10am to 4pm at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  You will see traditional dancers and Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history.  During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games and find out how rocks cook meals and bay trees cure headaches as Ohlone people share traditional basketry, songs and musical instruments, stories, dances, tools, language, and history.

For thousands of years, the native tribes we now collectively call the Ohlone thrived in this abundant region.  They had plentiful sources of food and enjoyed a life rich in culture.  Descendants of the Ohlone people present this event each year so that visitors make connections to Ohlone culture in a meaningful way.
 
The event takes place in the group picnic area, one of the largest riparian forests along the San Lorenzo River. The park is also known for its old-growth redwood forest along a .8 mile trail.  All activities are free; day-use parking fee is $10. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in Felton at 101 Big Trees Park Road.
 
Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Visit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales start date
Twinkling lights under a canopy of trees and stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us for our 20th Annual Lobster Feed at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, beverages, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One add their own special magic to the evening. Visit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales start date at www.mountainparks.org or call 831-335-3174; This annual fundraiser for Mountain Parks Foundation supports the educational and cultural programs in Big Basin and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks
 
Mountain Parks Foundation funds the nature education and enrichment programs offered at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.  We believe an informed public will ensure the preservation of the natural habitats and cultural history of our California State Parks.  Interpretive and educational programs funded by Mountain Parks Foundation serve more than 1.7 million park visitors annually, including more than 200 student classes who participate in park curriculum-based educational programs.
 
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation