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Upcoming Events at All Parks in December, 2018

Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Guided Elephant Seal Walks Saturday, December 15 through March 31, 2019 Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent ...

ABF - Weekly Members Hike

When: 8:30 a.m. (3.5 hours) Meet at the State Park Store in the Mall. Join ABF for our weekly member hikes. Led by Park Rangers, retired Park Rangers, and various Park enthusiasts, these hikes t ...

Join Our Volunteer Education Team!

Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Team! Apply by Thursday, January 10 Training: Thursday and Friday, January 17-18 from 10am to 3pm If you’re exploring the field o ...

Walk - Notice and Wonder

Where: Visitor Center When: 9:30 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter to explore Nature journaling. We'll observe the desert cloesly and record what we experience w ...

Bird Walk

When: 9:00 a.m. Join volunteer Karen Nelson on a bird walk around Salton Sea State Recreation Area.

Walk - Desert Mart

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 1:00 p.m. (45 minutes) Come stroll down the aisles of Desert-Mart with Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker to discover how the ingenious Na ...

Talk/Walk - Beaks and Feet

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 9:00 a.m. (1 hour) If you've always wanted to learn about birds but thought it's too complicated and only for birding experts, you'll enjoy this simple ...

Talk - The Moon Rises

Where: Visitor Center Roof, the "Bridge" When: 4:45 p.m. (30 minutes) Watch the Full Moon rise. Bring out your lawn chair and binoculars and meet on the Visitor Center Roof, the "Bridge", for ...

Nature Walk

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, be it upland plant adaptations or the significance of our ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, invest ...

Old Growth Redwood Tours

Old-Growth Redwood Tours Saturdays at noon Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? ...

Photo Hike for Beginners

Photo Hike for Beginners Saturday, December 22 at 2pm Discover the park through the lens of your camera and render its marvels and phenomena into an artistic language! During this four hour saunter ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Monarch Butterfly Tours Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Butterfly numbers typically ...

Old Tree Trail Hike

Old Tree Trail Hike Saturdays at 2:30pm On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we’ll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the ba ...

Ranch Tours

Ranch Tours Tuesday, January 1 at 1pm Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 18 ...

Old Cove Landing Trail Walk

Old Cove Landing Trail Walk Saturday, December 15 at 11am Saturday, December 22 at 11am Saturday, December 29 at 11am On this two-hour natural history excursion, you will explore the plants, ani ...

Ranch Tours

Ranch Tours Tuesday, January 1 at 1pm Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 18 ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Monarch Butterfly Tours Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Butterfly numbers typically ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Guided Adobe Tour Sunday, December 23 at 1pm Friday, December 28 at 1pm Sunday, December 30 at 1pm Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many familie ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we'll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We'll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Mission Strategy Game

Mission Strategy Game Thursday, December 27 from 11am to 12:30pm Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebon ...

Talk/Walk - Beaks and Feet

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 9:00 a.m. (1 hour) If you've always wanted to learn about birds but thought it's too complicated and only for birding experts, you'll enjoy this simple ...

Walk - Garden Walk

Where: Visitor Center When: 1:00 p.m. (45 minutes) Join Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker as she takes you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special d ...

Walk - Rainbow Any Day

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 3:00 p.m. (1 hour) Even when it's not raining, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reit ...

Bird Walk

When: 9:00 a.m. Join volunteer Karen Nelson on a bird walk around Salton Sea State Recreation Area.

Guided Adobe Tour

Guided Adobe Tour Sunday, December 23 at 1pm Friday, December 28 at 1pm Sunday, December 30 at 1pm Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many familie ...

Old Growth Redwood Tours

Old-Growth Redwood Tours Saturdays at noon Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? ...

Old Tree Trail Hike

Old Tree Trail Hike Saturdays at 2:30pm On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we’ll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the ba ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Monarch Butterfly Tours Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Butterfly numbers typically ...

Skill and Luck

Skill and Luck Saturday, December 29 at 1pm What kind of games did the Ohlone play? When the Spanish came did they bring games? Did the Ohlone still play their games during the missions? Come and ...

Ranch Tours

Ranch Tours Tuesday, January 1 at 1pm Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 18 ...

Old Cove Landing Trail Walk

Old Cove Landing Trail Walk Saturday, December 15 at 11am Saturday, December 22 at 11am Saturday, December 29 at 11am On this two-hour natural history excursion, you will explore the plants, ani ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, invest ...

Talk/Walk - Beaks and Feet

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 9:00 a.m. (1 hour) If you've always wanted to learn about birds but thought it's too complicated and only for birding experts, you'll enjoy this simpl ...

Walk - Those Amazing Cacti!

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 1:00 p.m. (45 minutes) Explore the Visitor Center garden with Park Interpreter Sally Theriault and discover some of the unique strategies that h ...

Walk - Rainbow Any Day

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 3:00 p.m. (1 hour) Even without rain, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, for ...

Run in the New Year 5k/10k

Write your New Year's resolution on your bib and get in gear for the New Year! First wave of runners begins at 8 a.m. in Lot 25 off Warner Ave. and runs south. For more information, please clic ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we'll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We'll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Bird Walk

Every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday 3:00pm Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail to view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this Reserve on their year ...

Anti-NYE Party

Anti-New Year's Eve party will be off Magnolia and PCH. Doors open at 2 PM and musical performances begin at 5 PM. For more information, please click here.

Ranch Tours

Ranch Tours Tuesday, January 1 at 1pm Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 18 ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Monarch Butterfly Tours Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Butterfly numbers typically ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Guided Adobe Tour Sunday, December 23 at 1pm Friday, December 28 at 1pm Sunday, December 30 at 1pm Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many familie ...

NYE at the Beach

New Year's Eve at the Beach is a white attire party. Event is open to ages 18+ and will begin at 8 PM. For more information, please click here.

Walk - Bird Walk

Where: Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot When: 7:30 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our ...

Walk - Desert Inspiration

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 10:00 a.m. (1 hour) Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for a sensory exploration of the desert in word and color that will nouris ...

Panorama Overlook

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (2.5 hours) Meet Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter at the Visitor Center to walk across the desert and up the Panorama Overlook Trail for good vie ...