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Special Needs Walk
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
08/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map

Special Needs Walk

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

On this wheelchair and special needs accessible hike, Docent Nan Singh-Bowman will cover a wide range of subjects including plants, animals and the history of Big Basin. The hike will be paced for non-traditional kids, but everyone is welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared for very warm weather but bring a light jacket or sweater as well. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

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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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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

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville 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
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
A Walk in the Past
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State Park Big Basin
What makes good food in the forests?
Date: 05/05/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles Admission Fees: free

A Walk in the Past

Saturday, May 5 at 10am
No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
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
Special Instructions: See varying hours

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
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
Sundays at 1pm

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
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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

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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
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Wildflower Weekend
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom...Botanist-led wildflower walks at 10am and 1pm
Date: Every day (May 5-May 6) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Wildflower Weekend

Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
Sunday May 6, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
Guided hikes at 10am and 1pm on both days

Rancho del Oso's annual Wildflower Weekend event displays over 80 plants in bloom including species found in the Waddell Valley, the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

 

Botanist-led Wildflower Walks are offered at 10am and 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The 10am hike is a moderately paced 4.5-mile hike along the Marsh Trail to the Skyline to the Sea Bypass Trail.

 

The 1pm hike is a 1-mile wildflower excursion through multiple habitats along the Hoover Nature Trail. The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport.

 

For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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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International Migratory Bird Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 3pm
Guided Bird Walks on the hour starting at 8am

On Saturday, May 12, California State Parks and the Santa Cruz Bird Club invite you to fly, walk, bike, or drive to the first International Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. Celebrate the amazing journey of flying future mothers and their mates as they migrate across the country. Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid's crafts and activities.

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Santa Cruz Bird Club, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Redwood Saturday: Slug's Pace Stroll
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State Park Nisene
We will discover how to "read the forest" as we explore Aptos Creek Canyon at a leisurely pace.
Date: 05/12/2018 at 11:00am


Redwood Saturday: Slug's Pace Stroll

Saturday, May 12 at 11am

Join us on a mile-long hike of exploration and learning. Together, we will discover how to "read the forest" as we explore Aptos Creek Canyon at a leisurely pace. We will also cover the park's history, both natural and related to the logging industry that thrived here over a century ago. Bring hiking shoes, water, and snacks and meet at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park entrance kiosk. Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $8. Please note that we expect extremely limited parking; please consider carpooling, arranging for drop-off and pick-up, or walking or biking in from the neighborhood. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444.

 

 

Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $8. Please note that we expect extremely limited parking; please consider carpooling, arranging for drop-off and pick-up, or walking or biking in from the neighborhood. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444.

 

 


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World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
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Watsonville Wetlands
A bird walk and a beautiful photo-journal presentation
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:30pm

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Join us on Saturday, May 12th, when we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2018!

Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting two activities to celebrate The Year of the Bird on Saturday, May 12th, including a bird walk and a beautiful photo-journal presentation.

The bird walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the paved trail system on upper Struve Slough. This tour, led by Jeff Caplan, is both bi-lingual and wheelchair accessible. Participants will meet directly at the trail head located at the parking lot below the Body Zone in Watsonville. Wear layers, bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and water. The bird walk is free and open to beginners and more advanced birding enthusiasts alike, but you must register

An encore presentation of Seraphina Landgrebe's "Ospreys of Harkins Slough" photo-journal presentation will take place on May 12th, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fitz WERC located at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville. Master photographer, Seraphina Landgrebe, spent five months documenting the life of a pair of Ospreys at Harkins Slough. The result is a spectacular photo journal she captured of the Osprey's life. In this presentation, Seraphina will show the beautiful photos she took and talk about her experience observing and photographing the Ospreys. The presentation is free, but you must register.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
What They Wore
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State Park Mission
What the clothing meant to the people who wore it
Date: 05/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

What They Wore

Saturday, May 12 at 1pm

Color, cloth, & cut - the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn't all about style - it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We'll demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the early 19th century, and learn what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. 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
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Candelabra Tree Hike
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State Park Butano
Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail
Date: 05/12/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $300

Candelabra Tree Hike

Saturday, May 12 at 10am

Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail located in the less visited Gazos Canyon of Butano State Park. This 2-mile, 1.5-hour hike will take you through oak and redwood habitats and includes the trails namesake, the Candelabra Tree. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and good hiking shoes. Event is free. Meet at the unmarked trailhead along Gazos Creek road located 0.5 mile past the intersection of Cloverdale Road.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (831) 335-1743 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Explore Aņo Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Gain a perspective of California's geological future while walking along active faults, ancient fossil beds, forgotten shoreline
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su and Sa (May 13-May 26) at 9:30am


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Birding for Beginners

Sunday, May 13 at 9:30am

Saturday May 26 at 9:30am

Discover the diversity of birds in Año Nuevo State Preserve on this 2-hour docent-led stroll. The tour is a one-way walk, ending in the preserve; you are welcome to stay in the preserve after the walk to view the elephant seals. Please bring layered

clothing, water, good walking shoes, and binoculars.

 

Meet at the Año Nuevo State Park Marine Education Center. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Building Methods at the Mission
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State Park Mission
Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
Date: 05/19/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Building Methods at the Mission

Saturday, May 19 at 1pm

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 build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. 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
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Speakers Series: Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agricu
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Watsonville Wetlands
Dramatic photo journey exploring the California coast's past, present, and probable future
Date: 05/23/2018 at 6:30pm


Speaker Series

Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture
  Please join us on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, when Sam Earnshaw presents the fascinating story of hedgerows and their multi-faceted benefits to California agriculture.
 
Hedgerows, windbreaks, filter strips, grassed waterways, riparian areas and beetle banks are increasingly being planted on farms. Hedgerow benefits include providing habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators and other wildlife; providing erosion protection and weed control; stabilizing waterways; serving as windbreaks; reducing non-point source water pollution and groundwater pollution; increasing surface water infiltration; providing buffers from pesticide drift, noise, odors, and dust; and increasing biodiversity.
 
Many plants attract native bees and other pollinators, and some hedgerow and windbreak plants, such as citrus or other fruit trees and herbal plants, can have economic returns as well.
 
From 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School at 500 Harkins Slough Road.
 
This event is free, but seating is limited so reserve your seat early at https://www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org/events/upcoming-events.
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  Sam Earnshaw is the author of Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide for Farmers. He runs Hedgerows Unlimited and is a Technical Service Provider with NRCS. Sam and his wife Jo Ann Baumgartner started their own farm, Neptune Farms, growing organic vegetables and cut flowers for retail stores, farmers markets and wholesalers. Sam has also served as a program coordinator for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).  He holds a BS degree in Forestry from UC Berkeley.
 
Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide for Farmers is available at www.hedgerowsunlimited.com and www.caff.org/resources/on-farm-sustainability.


Location: Fitz Wetlands Educational Resour, 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Skill and Luck
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 05/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Skill and Luck

Saturday, May 26 at 1pm

What kind of games did the Ohlone play? When the Spanish came did they bring games? Did the Ohlone still play their games during the missions? Come and find the answers to these questions about games at the mission. Make a game to take home! 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
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Rockin' Pop Up
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Geology Gents are ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of spec
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Apr 28-Aug 25) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free with admission, $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors
Special Instructions: Bring your rocks!

(0 April 2018) SCMus_rocks.jpgHave a rock that needs identifying? Want to learn more about the geology of Santa Cruz? Like digging for fossils? Join Gavin and Graham-also known as our "Geology Gents"-for our monthly rock-talk days. Every fourth Saturday of the month, these PhD students from UC Santa Cruz will be at the Museum, ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of specimens. So get ready to talk shop with these rock jocks!

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Great for all ages | Free with admission: $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | FREE 18 & Under

About our Geology Gents:
Graham Edwards and Gavin Piccione are PhD students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

"I use the scientific tools of geochronology-the study and measurement of time in geologic materials- to answer geologic question about the ages of glaciers, the cooling of Earth's crust over billions of years, and the earliest stages of our solar system when rocky meteorites formed." -Graham Edwards

"My decision to become a geologist comes from a deep interest in how the Earth has changed through time and why it has evolved the way it did. My primary research interest is to reconstruct timelines of geologic events by finding the age of rocks. Much like a historian traces events and creates a timeline of human, I seek to use age measurements of rocks to trace the evolution of the Earth."-Gavin Piccione


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
You Lucky Dog: A Guided Dog Walk
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State Park Seacliff
Aren't we lucky to live in a place with so many sights to see and so many miles of coastline to walk with our dogs?
Date: 05/26/2018 at 11:00am


Guided Dog Walk

Saturday, May 26 at 11am

Enjoy a morning beach stroll with your dog, other canines and their companions. We will experience the sights and sounds (and, of course, smells!) of our local beach on this 1-hour guided walk. Meet on the deck of the Seacliff State Beach Visitor Center. Bring a leash, water, and layered clothing. Dog treats provided. For more information, call the Seacliff Visitor Center at (831) 685-6444. Event is free; day use fee for vehicle is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


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(Almost a) Century of the Concrete Ship
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State Park Seacliff
Please join us for a 45-minute walk-and-talk with beautiful views of the bay, the beach, and "The Boat."
Date: 05/28/2018 at 11:00am


(Almost a) Century of the Concrete Ship

Saturday, May 19 at 11am

Monday, May 28 at 11am

Can you imagine our beach without the S.S. Palo Alto? When her concrete hull first entered the water 99 years ago this month, no one could have imagined the strange future that lay ahead of her, and breaking apart on the shore of Monterey Bay was never part of the plan. From state-of-the-art wartime tanker to party ship to fishing platform to artificial reef, our ship's voyage has never been ordinary.

 

Please join us at the Seacliff Visitor Center for a 45-minute walk-and-talk with beautiful views of the bay, the beach, and "The Boat." Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Seacliff State Beach, 721-729 State Park Dr, Aptos Map
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the Hidden Forest
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State Park Big Basin
Explore some of the more remote areas of Big Basin Redwood State Park on this challenging 9-mile, 5-hour hike that gains about 1
Date: 05/28/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The Hidden Forest

Monday, May 28 at 10am

Explore some of the more remote areas of Big Basin Redwood State Park on this challenging 9-mile, 5-hour hike that gains about 1000' elevation. We'll hike up Dool Trail and have a snack at Ocean View Summit. Continuing along Middle Ridge Road, we'll follow Opal Creek along Hollow Tree Trail. We'll eat lunch beside the ruins of the Johansen Shingle Mill, built in 1927. The trail is steep and leaf-covered, adding to the sense of adventure. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at 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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Mission Strategy Game
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 05/28/2018 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Strategy Game

Monday, May 28 from 11am to 12:30pm

Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. 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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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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