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Legos at Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 

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MÚSICA CLÁSICA EN LA MISIÓN
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Cinco de Mayo history, Mission tours, crafts, Mexican food Outdoor Concert
Date: 04/07/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

(0 April 2018) SenderosGirls.jpgMÚSICA CLÁSICA EN LA MISIÓN
Saturday, May 5, 2-5:30pm - FREE

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, School Street, Santa Cruz

Cinco de Mayo history, Mission tours, crafts, Mexican food
Outdoor Concert / Concierto al aire libre - 3:30pm

 

Banda del Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, México

 

 


Location: Mission State Park, 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Coastal Wilflower Day
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State Park Francis
Live music, dance performances, food truck, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided nature walks, resources
Date: 04/14/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


The fifth annual Coastal Wildflower Day marks the start of California Native Plant Week, celebrating the native wildflowers of the San Mateo coast with activities for the whole family. Discover more about the seaside survivor's unique beauty and special features that help them thrive in a windy, sandy, salty environment. Events and activities include live music, dance performances, food truck, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided nature walks, resources to help you grow your own native plants, and a native plant sale.

Event is at Francis State Beach located at 95 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay, and another plant sale location at Venice Beach at the end of Venice Blvd. from 10 am to 2 pm. Event is free; parking is $10. Waling or bicycling is encourage. Heavy rain cancels.

For more information and a schedule of events please visit www.CoastalWildflowerDay.org or call (650) 726-8814, or e-mail HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov

 

Event is made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: Francis State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Earth Day BioBlitz
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Earth Day BioBlitz
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free event
Special Instructions: Registration encouraged.

(0 April 2018) BioBlitz2.jpgThe San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and funghi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council. Learn from local naturalists, scientists and artists during this FREE weekly series, held at a different location along the river every Saturday now through April 21.

Saturday, April 21: Earth Day BioBlitz

A BioBlitz is a period of biological surveying where people photograph and record all the living species they can identify within a designated area. A BioBlitz provides a snapshot of the biodiversity and can be used as a tool for further study by scientists and researchers who would like to learn more about the population size and distribution of certain organisms.

On Earth Day 2018, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 2nd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River. This is the culminating event of the Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series. What better way to put your new knowledge of the San Lorenzo River ecosystem and wicked identification skills to use. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/event/exploring-san-lorenzo-river-bioblitz/ to register for this free event and to find out the exact meeting location.


Location: Tannery Arts Center, (Riparian corridor behind Tannery Bldg.), Santa Cruz Map
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Earth Day at State Parks
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California State Parks
Celebrate Earth Day working in a state park!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) StatePark_Welcome.jpgSave the date for our 20th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup

On Saturday, April 21, thousands of volunteers throughout California will construct and update structures for ADA compliance, clear trash and clean graffiti, remove invasive plants and replace them with native species, renovate campgrounds, maintain trails, and more in celebration of our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

 

With the help of grant funds and many volunteers, 40 state parks will get support to complete special projects and needed maintenance on this day of service.

 

Participating parks

Santa Cruz
Lighthouse Field State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach

Seabright State Beach

 

Monterey State Beaches
Panther
Rio Del Mar
4 Mile
New Brighton
Asilomar
Monterey
Sea Cliff
Carmel River

 

Volunteer registration will begin in early March.


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Earth Day Bioblitz
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Coastal Watershed Council
Learn about, identify and record all the living species within an ecosystem
Date: 04/21/2018 from 9:00am to 10:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Ads Camp 2018) Earthday_Bioblitz.jpg BioBlitz is community science event where people learn about, identify and record all the living species they can identify within an ecosystem. A BioBlitz provides a snapshot of the biodiversity and can be used as a tool for residents and researchers to learn about their biotic community.

On Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day 2018, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 2nd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River at the Tannery Arts Center. During the event we will apply our naturalist skills and learning from the Exploring the San Lorenzo River series to identify the life around us. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.

All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you are a biologist or a wiz at identifying birds, plants, bugs, or fungi, you can join us as an expert! Email education@santacruzmuseum.org to learn how you can help.


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Garden Planting and Wool Day
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Garden Planting & Wool Day
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:30am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Imagine yourself at Wilder Ranch in the early part of the 20th century and help plant the heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900. Observe composting demonstrations, gardening information and participate in garden crafts. Find out how wool is processed from "sheep to shawl" in a sheep shearing demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Craft activities and games are from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m. The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve.

The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. This event is appropriate for all ages. Bring yourself, family, friends, plus a pair of gardening gloves and a picnic lunch. Snacks, drinks, tools and seedling will be provided. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.


Location: Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Ducky Derby
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Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
Race your Duck for prizes and charity at the 27th Annual Ducky Derby
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) DuckyDerby2018.jpgCome join the fun at the Ducky Derby and Carnival. Admission is free.

 

The ducks will race rain or shine.

 

If you adopt a duck, you will have a chance to win over 100 prize packages.

 

Fun for the whole family.

 

Adopt at duck at www.duckyderbysantacruz.org


Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Saturday, November 3 at 11am

Saturday, November 10 at 11am

Saturday, November 17 at 11am

Saturday, November 24 at 11am

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?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center.

 

Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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