Interpretive Activities

Guided Activities at Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park
Located 6.5 mi W of Hwy 35 on Alpine/Portola SP Road (650) 948-9098

During the spring and summer season, Portola Redwoods State Park offers scheduled Interpretive programs.  In fall and winter, scheduled programs vary and may be available upon request. If you are interested in having the park interpreter lead a program during your stay at Portola Redwoods State Park, please feel free to call the park interpreter at (831)212-7615 or email

MAY Activities at Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park
From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd.
Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098. 

Saturday Night Campfire
Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 7 pm
Come enjoy marshmallows, the comforting warmth of our campfire, and have some fun with us! Enjoy entertaining and educating slideshows about the unique and interesting features of our park, as well as sing-alongs, silly skits, and trivia. Program generally lasts around 1 hour. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Memorial Day Weekend Campfire 
Sunday, May 25 at 7 pm
Come learn about the rare and mysterious “flying baked potato” (a rare bird) of Portola Redwoods State Park. This program will include marshmallows, sing-alongs, a skit, a roasty-toasty campfire and plenty of fun for campers of all ages.

Memorial Day Hike
Monday May 26 at 2 pm
Estimated length is 1 hour. Join us for a short, easy hike down Old Tree Trail. This hike is roughly .5 miles round trip and offers a chance at seeing a big, beautiful old growth coast redwood tree at the end! This hike is appropriate for people of all ages. All hikes meet at the Hopkins grove, next to the Visitor Center. Hike generally lasts 1 hour.

Memorial Day Junior Rangers
Monday May 26, from 10 am to 11 am
Junior Rangers is a kids-only program for children ages 7-12. Join our resident Crumb Clean Captain, Erik, to learn more about the amazing “Flying Baked Potato” (a rare bird) and how important it is to the park and all the other things that live here. Have you got what it takes to become a Crumb Clean Cadet? This program is a fun and engaging outdoors romp, which includes games and competition.

Sponsored by California State Parks and Portola-Castle Rock Foundation


Portola Redwoods and Castle Rock State Parks
Trailblazers and Park Stewards Sought
Volunteer Training Begins Saturday, March 15

California State Parks is looking for 20 new volunteers with a love of nature, enthusiasm, and an interest in developing their knowledge of the outdoors to join the Portola-Castle Rock volunteer team. If you would enjoy interacting with park visitors and have a minimum of 6 hours per month to give, become a volunteer! Training takes place Saturdays, March 15, 22, 29 and April 5. Attendance at all four sessions is necessary. There will be an additional optional two days on April 12 and 19 to hike the parks with staff to get to know the trails and infrastructure. For registration information, please send a short email to:
With the help of the Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, California State Parks has established a volunteer program for both Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods State Parks. Volunteers are quickly proving themselves to be vital to sustaining the livelihood of these parks. In 2013, the first year of the new program, the volunteers in Portola Redwoods State Park and Castle Rock State Park donated over 1600 hours. Their presence has been felt on the trails, in the Portola Visitor Center and around the rocks at Castle Rock.

Castle Rock State Park is a rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking open space park. Portola Redwoods State Park is traditional camping and hiking park.

Those that apply will be asked to include a one or two paragraph short biography to introduce yourself and why you are interested in becoming a volunteer in either Portola Redwoods or Castle Rock State Park (or both). Accepted registrants will receive confirmation that they are registered, and before the training itself, will be interviewed. Interviews are ideally done in person, but may also be done over the phone.

Sponsored by California State Parks and Portola-Castle Rock Foundation