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Upcoming Events at All Parks in April, 2015

Guided Adobe Tour

Thursday, April 2 at 1 pm Saturday April 25 at 1 pm Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180 year old mission adobe t ...

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Gardens of Time

Friday, April 3 at 1 pm Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here by exploring the plants they used a ...

Discover Big Basin Redwoods!

Saturday, April 4 at 12 pm Sunday, April 5 at 12 pm Saturday, April 11 at 12 pm Sunday, April 12 at 12 pm Sunday, April 26 at 12 pm Explore some of the park’s less travelled backcountry with docent ...

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

Saturday, April 4 at 1 pm How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wo ...

Old-Growth Redwood Walks

Every Saturday in April at 1 pm Meet at the Visitor Center via the Park’s main entrance off Hwy 9 in Felton. Experience a guided forest adventure on a docent-led walk through the magnificent old-gr ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 4 at 11 am Saturday, April 18 at 11 am Saturday, April 25 at 11 am On these 2 hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular co ...

Spring Wildflower Hikes

Every Saturday in April at 9 a.m. for 4 to 7 hours Retired Pacheco State Park Ranger David Milam will be guiding longer hikes which will be moderately strenuous to strenuous. Participants must ...

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walk

Every 1st, and 3rd 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 yearly m ...

Wildflower Walk

Sunday, April 5 at 11 am Walk along the trails of Butano State Park with Volunteer Naturalist Scott Peden. This is a slowly paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flowers and animals i ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11:00am 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 i ...

Columbis AHP - Gold Rush Days

Time: 1 to 4pm Occurs the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4pm. Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon. ...

Old-Growth Redwood Walks

Every Saturday in April at 1 pm Meet at the Visitor Center via the Park’s main entrance off Hwy 9 in Felton. Experience a guided forest adventure on a docent-led walk through the magnificent old-gr ...

Building Methods at the Mission

Saturday, April 11 at 1 pm Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to ...

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

2nd Annual Coastal Wildflower Day!

California Native Plants Week Special Event! Saturday, April 11 from 10 am to 4 pm Coastal Wildflower Day supports California State Park’s stewardship of the natural resources on the San Mateo ...

Wildflower Hike at Rancho del Oso

Saturday, April 11 at 10 am This hike starts at the Rancho del Oso gate located along Highway 1, across from the Waddell Beach parking lot. Take your time among the wildflowers of Rancho del Oso’s ...

Nature Wander at Rancho del Oso

Sunday, April 12 at 1 pm Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share inf ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...

Old-Growth Redwood Walks

Every Saturday in April at 1 pm Meet at the Visitor Center via the Park’s main entrance off Hwy 9 in Felton. Experience a guided forest adventure on a docent-led walk through the magnificent old-gr ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 4 at 11 am Saturday, April 18 at 11 am Saturday, April 25 at 11 am On these 2 hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular co ...

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

Bird Walk

Meet at the Gazebo on the third Saturday of the month from 8 am - 9 am. These walks will enlighten your senses to the sights, sounds and variety of birds that call this area home.

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walk

Every 1st, and 3rd 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 yearly m ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...

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Annual Garden Planting and Wool Day!

A Special Event! Garden Planting and Wool Day Saturday, April 25 from 11 am to 3 pm Celebrate Spring and help us plant the organic heirloom vegetable garden at Wilder Ranch State Park. The garden ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11:00am 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 i ...

Earth Day - Glean and Clean

Join your community in citrus tree planting, grove gleaning and clean up along with other earth friendly activities! Free parking for Volunteers. Registration starts at 8 am at the Visitor Center.

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Thursday, April 2 at 1 pm Saturday April 25 at 1 pm Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180 year old mission adobe t ...

Old-Growth Redwood Walks

Every Saturday in April at 1 pm Meet at the Visitor Center via the Park’s main entrance off Hwy 9 in Felton. Experience a guided forest adventure on a docent-led walk through the magnificent old-gr ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 4 at 11 am Saturday, April 18 at 11 am Saturday, April 25 at 11 am On these 2 hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular co ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...