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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
Free Outdoor Activity Event!
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Oct 6) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

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This is a free event. Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a nonprofit organization that helps families get outside and get active.

 

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a totally free event open to the public. Our focus is to get kids interested in the many outdoor activities that are right here in our back yard. With over forty different organizations represented, there is something for everyone!

 

Our goal is simple, lets get our youth back outside and active! We believe that we live in a unique and amazing region and because of that it is important to teach our children to cherish it. We are looking to encourage youth to be healthy through outdoor activities  and build a better place for the future.

In hopes of achieving our goal we hold an annual event at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds where various companies and organizations can showcase their specialties. The event is totally free and we also raffle off dozens of prizes to the youth in attendance to inspire them to participate in the outdoor activity that they find most appealing.


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds , 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 840-5547 •websitecreate a direct event link
Lobster Feed Fundraiser
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Mountain Parks Foundation
Imagine! Eating lobsters under the redwoods in support of State Parks!
Date: 10/13/2018 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: General Tickets: $75

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Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser

"Join us at the 24th Annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser!

 

"Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us on Saturday, October 13 for a great time for great cause. Be sure to buy your tickets early as this event sells out every single year!

 

"Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks."

 

Visit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales  at www.mountainparks.org or call (831) 335-3174.

 

Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. For more information, please call (831) 335-3174, or email redwoods@mountainparks.org.


Location: Henry Cowell, Picnic Area 1, 525 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: 831.335.3174 •website Felton create a direct event link
Earthquakes and our Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Our adobe's story should have ended with 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, but the right choices at the right times kept our story
Date: 10/14/2018 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: Earthquakes and our Adobe

 

 

Our adobe's story should have ended with 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, but the right choices at the right times kept our story alive. Please join us for a snack from our restored cocina, look at how historical earthquakes affected our adobe and the people who lived here, the monumental work done to reconstruct our adobe since Loma Prieta, and the efforts underway right now to ensure our story continues after our next big earthquake.

 

Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Floating Pumpkin Patch
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Catch a pumpkin, games, prizes, and a waterslide!
Date: 10/14/2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $8.00 adults/$6.00 children & seniors. Swim for a pumpkin $4.00/pumpkin

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Simpkins Family Swim Center - Sunday, October 14, 1-4 PM

We're putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you! In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

 

Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume contest and photo booth for those that dress up!  Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it!  This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required. 

 

Please note: The floating pumpkin patch opens at 1:30. Only those picking out a pumpkin can swim in the pumpkin patch.  Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!  Check HERE for the schedule of activities and admission information.


Location: Simpkin Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Welcome Back Monarchs
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State Park Natural Bridges
Habitat hikes, active games and crafts for children, face painting, butterfly garden tips, along with live music
Date: 10/14/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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Welcome Back Monarchs Da

Come enjoy a fun, family-friendly, festive day! This classic Santa Cruz tradition will kick off the Monarch butterfly season in style. We will explore the world through the eyes of a butterfly and discover how we can help the monarchs and their migration through our yards on their way to Natural Bridges for the fall and winter. Through activities, stories, games, crafts, song, parade, information booths and even food, we will celebrate these magnificent creatures that come to spend the winter at Natural Bridges State Park.


Event free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Ocean's Edge Food Truck & Artisan Fair
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (May 15-Sep 18) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All

TACO TUESDAY SCHEDULE ROLLS OUTWITH FOOD TRUCKS AT TWO LOCATIONS
Food Trucks A Go Go is rolling out their Taco Tuesday schedule at two locations with rotating food trucks serving tacos, along with their unique, signature dishes.


Back at Anna Jean Cummings Park in Soquel,
for the third year, Taco Tuesdays will resume on May 22nd and continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month.


A new location has been added at the Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton. These monthly dinners, starting on May 15th, will be held on the third Tuesday of every month and are co-sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce and Food Trucks A Go Go. The premiere Taco Tuesday will be a Chamber Mixer with a Beer & Wine Garden.


There is plenty of green grass and open space for people to spread out and for kids and dogs to run around. People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Taco Tuesdays run from 5 - 7:30pm at both locations. Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family! Follow @foodtrucksagogo for more information.


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Water Harvest Festival
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Soquel Creek Water District
Free water education event in the park!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: (behind Soquel Post Office)

(0 A October 2018) SoquelWater.jpgA family fun event! Hands-on discovery and activity booths, games and prizes for kids, riparian restoration tours, water education activities,

 

Banana Slug String Band Duet 1:00pm

Costume contest at 2:15pm


VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Need to complete community service hours? Want to help out at a great event celebrating water?

 

The RCD, Soquel Creek Water District and Santa Cruz County Parks Department are looking for volunteers for the Water Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 20th from 12-3. Various options available. Visit the web site to complete the volunteer form and choose an activity that you would like to help with!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

https://www.soquelcreekwater.org/waterharvestfestival


Location: Heart of Soquel Park, 4740 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 475-8500 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Heritage Harvest Festival & Rare Apple Tasting
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...R
Date: 10/20/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: $10 parking

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday October 20 from 11am to 4 pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities. This event is appropriate for all ages.

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Dia de Pescar: Fly Fishing Clinic along the San Lorenzo River
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Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman Club
Get hooked on fishing at the 3rd Annual Dia de Pescar Fly Fishing Clinic. Bring the whole family and learn about fish and fishin
Date: 10/20/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Get hooked on fishing at the 3nd Annual Dia de Pescar Fly Fishing Clinic. Bring the whole family and learn about fish and fishing in Santa Cruz County.

 

This event is for all ages and all experience levels. Whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned veteran you can:

  • Learn fishing techniques from the pros.
  • Learn about the gear you need.
  • Play fishy games, compete in casting and win awesome gear prizes.
  • Learn about where to fish on the San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz County.
  • Learn from local fish experts about the fish in our river and in the Monterey Bay.
  • Learn what you can do to protect fish.

Have you seen people fishing in the river and thought, how cool! Well, this is your chance to give it a try! No gear or prior experience necessary.

This event is organized by Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman Club, Steinbeck Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project and Patagonia.


Location: San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz Riverwalk, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 464-9200 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Climate Action Tree Planting
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City of Watsonville
There's an old saying that "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now."
Date: 10/20/2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


(0 A October 2018) TreePlantingOct20.jpgThere's an old saying that "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now." The City of Watsonville is pleased to kick off our fall tree planting season with an event dedicated to climate action. Please join City staff and local nonprofit partners Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, and Pajaro Valley Arts Council as we plant trees at Muzzio Park and work towards a healthier Watsonville on Saturday, October 20th from 9am - Noon.

Materials, refreshments, and a free lunch for planting volunteers will be provided. Participants will learn about local ways to engage in climate change action, and will create art with Pajaro Valley Arts.

Trees are a symbol for a strength and resiliency, and an indicator of communities that invest in a healthy and sustainable future. As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Once grown, the trees rooted at Muzzio Park will provide canopies of shade decreasing the effects of rising temperatures and keeping Watsonville cool. They will also support habitat for birds and create a refreshing resting spot for park visitors.

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, email Rachel Kippen at rachel.kippen@cityofwatsonville.org

**This effort is part of the Watsonville Urban Forest Revitalization Project funded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.


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The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
Date: 10/20/2018 at 6:30pm


The Missing Arm
Saturday October 20, 2018; Registration begins at 6:30pm
History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pioneer unfolds. The silly, slightly haunting tours around the redwood loop trail begin at 7 pm. Enjoy the redwoods on a fall night with music, storytelling and "Ranger Apples" around the campfire. All participants must register at Park Headquarters (registration opens at 6:30 pm).

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Spooky or Not Spooky!
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State Park Big Basin
A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
Date: 10/27/2018 at 1:00pm


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Saturday, October 27 at 1pm

A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls, holes and other mysterious natural features from a different perspective, asking the question, "is it spooky or not spooky?" Depending on how you look at things, the answer may change! Come along if you dare! Geared for young children, this is a one-hour easy walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike
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State Park Castle Rock
Castle Rocks unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and various important preservationists
Date: Every Sa (Oct 6-Nov 24) at 11:00am

Special Instructions: 10/6, 20, 27

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike

Saturdays at 11am

Join us on a hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. During this trip, we will discuss Castle Rocks unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and various important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. This 3 mile, 2.5-hour hike is considered moderate due to the rocky sections that require the use of hands and feet to climb over. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. We will meet at the kiosk at 15000 Skyline Blvd. Los Gatos, CA to begin our hike. Event is free. Day use fee for vehicles is $8. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

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?  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. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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Old Growth Redwood Tours
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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


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?  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 free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley 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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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
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero 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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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every 3 weeks on Tues at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9:30am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. Meet at park headquarters. Rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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