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Upcoming Events at All Parks in September, 2014

Friday Night Done Right

Fridays in September at 5 pm Why join the party animals in the city when you can party with the animals in the mountains? There is some extremely wild nightlife going on up in Castle Rock, and th ...

Int’l Coastal Clean-up Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014 9am - 12pm Celebrated the third Saturday in September, it is the largest beach and waterway cleanup program with data collection in the world. Volunteers from around t ...

Int'l Coastal Clean-up Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014 9am - 12pm Celebrated the third Saturday in September, it is the largest beach and waterway cleanup program with data collection in the world. Volunteers from around t ...

Columbia SHP - Back to School Night 1861

Time: 4-7pm Join us for a beautiful evening at the historic schoolhouse. During this reminiscent event, take a tour of the upstairs, sit in on a lesson taught by a docent dressed as an 1860s schoo ...

Tip Toe Tour

Saturdays in September at 4 pm Join our park interpreter Audrey for a leisurely 1.2 mile hike on varied terrain to the trickle we know as Tip-Toe Falls. See the creek-side riparian habitat, and h ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, September 6, 20 and 27 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranc ...

Coastal Cleanup Day!

Come to Silverwood Lake State Rec Area to clean up the shore line between 9am-12pm. If you would like to volunteer please call the park office at 760-389-228. All ages are welcome.

Redwood Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm (except only 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 27) AND Monday, September 1 at 11 am and 2 pm Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll th ...

Wildflower Walk!

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, September 20 from 12-3 pm Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across the s ...

Mission Living History Program

Saturdays from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Living history activities take place most Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Activities vary and may include mission cook ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays at 1:30 pm (except for Special Event September 27) Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, ha ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturdays at 3 pm (except for Special Event September 27) This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce you ...

Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

Waddell Beach at Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center September 20, 2014 from 9 am to Noon Join Save Our Shores for California's biggest volunteer effort, Coastal Cleanup Day 2014 at Wad ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturdays in September at Noon Join our park interpreter, Audrey, on a scenic and gentle 1 mile hike to the ancient and awe inspiring redwood tree known simply as “The Old Tree”. See the majestic ...

Twilight Hike

Saturday, September 6 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 20 at 6:30 pm Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities which include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art, and more! Kids can earn the Junior Ranger badge and o ...

Coastal Geology Walk

Park : Ano Nuevo State Park What: Coastal Geology Walk Where: Ano Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd, Pescadero CA, 94060 When: Saturday September 20, 2014 ...

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 ...

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walks

Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday 3:00 to 4:00pm. Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail and view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this Reserve on their year ...

Wildflower Walk!

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

Discover Big Basin!

Monday, September 1 at 12 pm Saturday, September 6 at 12 pm Sunday, September 7 at 12 pm Sunday, September 14 at 12 pm Sunday, September 21 at 12 pm Sunday, September 28 at 12 pm On this 4-hour, 4-mil ...

Redwood Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm (except only 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 27) AND Monday, September 1 at 11 am and 2 pm Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll th ...

The Gardens of Castle Rock

Sundays in September at 9 am Castle Rock is home to many monuments. While the amazing and timeless rocks tower above, the unsung heros of this park dig their roots deep into the soil and gently s ...

The Rockstars of Castle Rock State Park

Sundays in September at 1 pm What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Castle Rock? Come see the towering, cavernous tafoni, marvel in their beauty and savor their delicate splendor ...

Monarch Butterfly Docent Training!

Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, October 18 Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9pm; Saturdays are Half-day Sessions Natural Bridges State Park is looking for new volunteers to host the monarch butte ...

Friday Night Done Right

Fridays in September at 5 pm Why join the party animals in the city when you can party with the animals in the mountains? There is some extremely wild nightlife going on up in Castle Rock, and th ...

Tip Toe Tour

Saturdays in September at 4 pm Join our park interpreter Audrey for a leisurely 1.2 mile hike on varied terrain to the trickle we know as Tip-Toe Falls. See the creek-side riparian habitat, and h ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturdays in September at Noon Join our park interpreter, Audrey, on a scenic and gentle 1 mile hike to the ancient and awe inspiring redwood tree known simply as “The Old Tree”. See the majestic ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, September 6, 20 and 27 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranc ...

Redwood Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm (except only 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 27) AND Monday, September 1 at 11 am and 2 pm Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll th ...

Mission Living History Program

Saturdays from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Living history activities take place most Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Activities vary and may include mission cook ...

Bike and Hike the Waddell Valley

Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, September 6 from 9-12 AND Saturday, September 27 from 9-12 Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities which include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art, and more! Kids can earn the Junior Ranger badge and o ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 1:00am to 12:00pm. The Tijuana Estuary protects a variety of plant communities and wildlife. Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center, be it u ...

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 ...

Discover Big Basin!

Monday, September 1 at 12 pm Saturday, September 6 at 12 pm Sunday, September 7 at 12 pm Sunday, September 14 at 12 pm Sunday, September 21 at 12 pm Sunday, September 28 at 12 pm On this 4-hour, 4-mil ...

Critter Crafts

Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center : Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

Redwood Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm (except only 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 27) AND Monday, September 1 at 11 am and 2 pm Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll th ...

BYOB Hike

Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 am Join docent Kathy Willott for a BYOB hike to Buzzard’s Roost. That’s Bring Your Own Breakfast. We’ll take an early hike in hopes of seeing things that might be hid ...

Pioneers of Big Basin

Sunday, September 28 at 1 pm Join Docent Hal Anjo on an easy three-mile, three-hour round trip to the site of the Maddock Cabin. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the redwoods and hear stories of th ...

The Gardens of Castle Rock

Sundays in September at 9 am Castle Rock is home to many monuments. While the amazing and timeless rocks tower above, the unsung heros of this park dig their roots deep into the soil and gently s ...

The Rockstars of Castle Rock State Park

Sundays in September at 1 pm What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Castle Rock? Come see the towering, cavernous tafoni, marvel in their beauty and savor their delicate splendor ...