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40th annual "Ramayana!"
A story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil
Every day (Jun 7-Jun 10)
Location: Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose Map

"Ramayana!" the Mount Madonna School's "sword-and-sorcery" production now in its 40th year and featuring an original rock-n-roll score and magical characters who encounter danger and love, good versus evil, duty, heroic action and sacrifice, will have performances June 7 to 10 at the Mexican Heritage Theater here, according to a press release.

 

The story of the Ramayana, as first told by the poet Valmiki, has endured for 2600 years as one of the world's most widely-read classics. The Mount Madonna production focuses on a small part of the larger Hindu epic's story and tells the story of Prince Ram, who, banished from his homeland of Ayodhya, leaves with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to seek a new home. On their journey, they encounter an array of colorful beings, including tribal folk and gentle forest animals, giants and wizards, heroic monkeys and bears, an enchanted golden deer, a kingdom of demons led by the evil 10-headed Lord Ravana, and a wild, fire-breathing dragon.

 

(0 A May 2018) RamayanaDragon2.jpgThe show features a cast of some 200 student actors, ages 3 to 18, accompanied by a choir and adult musicians.

 

It is a story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil. The show is filled with exciting action, spectacular costuming and family humor. A rich performing arts tradition and integrated arts curriculum make MMS performances outstanding, said the release.

 

Performances:

June 7 Dress Preview  &  June 8-10 Performances

Tickets on sale May 1, 2018

 

All seats are reserved: $35-$40 adults/$25 children (18 and under).

 

Special Dress Circle includes special reception, backstage tour, VIP parking and intermission treats.

 

All tickets are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3387745

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Tide Pool Docent Training
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State Park Natural Bridges
Join our team of dedicated docent volunteers who interact with visitors, provide tours and nature walks, participate in special
Date: Every Wed and Sa

Special Instructions: Located at the end of West Cliff Drive

Tide Pool Docent Training

Begins Saturday, March 24

4-week duration, Wednesday evenings and Saturdays

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join our team of dedicated docent volunteers who interact with visitors, provide tours and nature walks, participate in special events, and in general contribute to the inspiration, education, and enjoyment of park visitors. Student internships are available. Training begins Saturday, March 24 and lasts 4 weeks. Training is held on Wednesday evenings and half-days on Saturdays. For more information and an application, please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8 or email NaturalBridgesStateBeach@gmail.com.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
MÚSICA CLÁSICA EN LA MISIÓN
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Senderos
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

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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
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Mission Cooking Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno
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

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, April 7 at 1pm

Experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked at the Santa Cruz Mission over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal, and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 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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Nature Wander
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: 04/08/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Nature Wander

Sunday, April 8 at 1pm

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 information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.

 

This free hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Vaqueros y Bandidos
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State Park Castro Adobe
Connect to the time when cattle ranching was king on the coast, and learn a bit about the Adobe's historic connection to the in
Date: 04/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Vaqueros y Banditos

Sunday April 8 from 11am to 3pm

 

Before the cowboys of the Old West, there were the vaqueros of California. Connect to the time when cattle ranching was king on the coast, and learn a bit about the Adobe's historic connection to the infamous local bandit Tiburcio Vasquez.

 

While you're here you can check out our traditional vaquero-style saddle and wooden stirrups and even practice a bit of roping with the reata (lasso). Other activities include tours of the rancho, fresh tortilla making in the restored cocina, and kids crafts and games. Feel free to bring a plus-one or the whole family!

 

The Castro Adobe is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired, and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). For more information call 831-226-9669. Heavy rain may cancel. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Wilder Back Country Tour
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 04/14/2018 at 9:00am


Wilder Backcountry Tour

Saturday, April 14 at 9am

On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 04/14/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, April 14 at 8am

Join Park Interpreter Jeremy Lin on a two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides, and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning.

 

This free event meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport 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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Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: Every Su and Sa (Apr 8-Apr 14) at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Saturday, May 12 at 10:30am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 12-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Kurt Leal will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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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Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 04/21/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

Saturday, April 21 at 1pm

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 wool from the sheep to the shirt. Try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 04/21/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, April 21 at 10am

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free. Day-use vehicle fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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 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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Earthday Rver Cleanup
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Save Our Shores
You're needed for Earthday River cleanups
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


(0 April 2018) EarthDay_RiverCleanup.jpgJoin us this Earth Day to keep the San Lorenzo River Levee clean before the Earth Day Festivities in town! Sign ups are required for this cleanup.


MEET UP LOCATION

Meet us at the Mimi de Marta Park parking lot.

SIGN UPS

Sign ups are required for this event. Please go here to do so.

MORE DETAILS
We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine. As always, if you have any questions please contact emma@saveourshores.org

See you on the river,

 

 

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Mimi de Marta Park
119 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
USA
Contact: Emma Chiaroni 8314625660 ext 2

 

 


Location: Mimi de Marta Park, 119 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every Su (Apr 7-Apr 28) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 4/7, 21, 28

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, April 7 at 10:30am

Saturday, April 21 at 10:30am

Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free. Day-use vehicle fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturdays 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State 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.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton 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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Hides & Tallow
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
Date: 04/28/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission

Saturday, April 28 at 1pm

Discover how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Event is free. Rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Mar 3-Feb 17)

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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, March 3 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, March 17 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

There is still time to sign-up for docent training. While there are a variety of ways to volunteer with us here at the Wetlands Watch, becoming a docent is a great way to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the wetlands, youth, and community! It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program.


The interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who help with field trips, lead wetland tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden and a whole host of other things. No previous teaching or wetland experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  

 

Come join us - the wetlands are calling!    For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ria Mukerji at 909-680-9872 or email at  ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
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Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Apr 7-Apr 28) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 4/7, 21 & 28

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 7 at 11am

Saturday, April 21 at 11am

Saturday, April 28 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 Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch 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

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

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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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 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 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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 Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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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

Ranch Tours

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, 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: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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