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Full Moon Madness
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
07/27/2018 at 6:00pm
Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map

Full Moon Madness
Friday July 27; events start at 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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FREE FUN DURING PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Free Events All July
Date: Every day (Jul 6-Jul 31)


FREE FUN DURING PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH

During the month of July, the County is inviting residents to take the “July is Parks & Recreation Month Challenge.

To participate, take part in at least five (5) Santa Cruz County Parks challenges: Post at least 5 images of you, family members and/or friends at any of Santa Cruz County's 64 parks, facilities, beaches or coastal access points. Post the image on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us: #santacruzcountyparks or @SantaCruzCountyParksDepartment.

 

(0 A July 2018) parksmakelifebetter.jpgThe rules? At least one post must depict participation in one of the 19 FREE "July is Parks & Recreation Month" activities offered by Santa Cruz County Parks. Activities are listed on our calendar of free Parks and Recreation Month activities (……http://www.scparks.com/…/JulyisParksRecreationMonthChalleng…), where you can also find and complete an entry form for a chance to win a gift certificate of up to $250 for County Parks activities.

 

The fun gets underway July 1 with a FREE "Intro to Disc Golf" Course at Pinto Lake County Park, continues July 4 with a free swim day at Simpkins Family Swim Center, and raises the bar July 6 with the return of Friday Night Recess on Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Free movies, free swimming and free classes can be found throughout the month, finishing up July 28 with Family Fun Day at Simpkins and Shoreline Middle School, and July 30 with a Mobile Museum of Discovery at Anna Jean Cummings Park.

 

The 4 additional posts are up to you. More information can be found at www.scparks.com. Have fun!


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Half Moon Bay State Beach
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Junior Rangers, Campfire Programs, Guided walks
Date: Every day (Jun 29-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 3:00pm


Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, July 22 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, July 1 at 10am

Sunday, July 15 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 14 at 10am

Join us for a two-mile stroll along the California coast and enjoy stunning views, remnants of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunker. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach Parking Lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. All pets must be on leash. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Discover the Sandhills
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 28) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills
Thursdays through Tuesdays at 3pm

Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

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Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 07/28/2018 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


Story Time Walk

Saturday, July 28 from 1pm to 1:30pm

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at Park Headquarters, we’ll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about an animal, forest, bird, insect–who knows? We’ll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We’ll end up at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature’s Reading Room, where you can choose from a wide variety of books about trees, animals, birds, bugs and more for the whole family to read together. 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: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Blood Drive - Stanford Blood Center Bloodmobile
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Stanford Blood Center
Join us on Saturday, July 28th in the Aptos Library parking lot as we host a visit from the Stanford Blood Center Bloodmobile.
Date: 07/28/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL today announced a new partnership with the Stanford Blood Center. Join us on Saturday, July 28th in the Aptos Library parking lot as we host a visit from the Stanford Blood Center Bloodmobile.

Did you know that about every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood?

Schedule an appointment online at: www.sbcdonor.org    Use sponsor code: 2557


Location: Aptos Library parking lot, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Nature Craft Workshop: Plant Based Salves
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Arboretum
Learn the process of making salve by infusing oil with herbs and adding beeswax.
Date: 07/28/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Ages 12 and up Admission Fees: $45 (members), $55 (non-members) + $10 materials
Special Instructions: Class limited to 15

Nature Craft Workshop: Plant Based Salves

 

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden Presents:

Plant Based Salves Workshop
Saturday July 28, 2018 10am to 1pm

Learn the process of making salve by infusing oil with herbs and adding beeswax. We will talk about how to use abundant local plant species and various methods of preparation depending on the plants and type of oil used. Walking around the Arboretum and surrounding lands, we will discuss how we can use plants that grow around us for specific healing purposes. Everyone will take home 2 ounces of the two types of salves we create together and gain a deeper understanding of using plants as medicines, identifying wild plants, and making herbal remedies.

Burl Wood is an herbalist, weaver, artist, and musician living in Santa Cruz. She studied traditional Western clinical herbalism at the Motherland Botanical Sanctuary at the Philo School of Herbal Energetics, and at the California School of Herbal Studies. She maintains an herbal apothecary and small clinical practice in downtown Santa Cruz. Her website is https://apocalypticherbs.com/

Elena Staley is an interdisciplinary artist, naturalist, and community organizer who grew up in Coast Miwok territory of the Bay Area. She studies land tending, stewardship, and forestry techniques. Elena currently works doing oak tree restoration and teaching in Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area.

Nicole Wong was drawn to the wild lands of Santa Cruz where she came to attend UCSC in 2003. Her exploration of her curiosity led her to study plants at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. She helped begin Stone Cabin Collective which runs an herbal clinic on the DineĖ (Navajo reservation). She runs a small herbal medicine business called Braided Relations Botanicals. She currently lives and makes medicine in the Santa Cruz mountains.
To register, visit: https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/nature-crafts.html


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Star Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Sep 8) at 9:00pm


Star Stroll

Saturdays at 9pm

Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks Volunteers, Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Scotts Valley 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
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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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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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
Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Watercolor workshop for beginner and intermediate artists.
Date: 07/28/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series

Saturday, July 28 at 10am

Registration is required for this four-part series at (831) 427-2288 or jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov.

Space is limited.

Begin your watercolor journey in the inspiration Waddell Valley with Joyce Rosenstiel in this four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and almost intermediate artists. Students focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit, and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Learn to assemble a sketch and paint travel kit for summer adventures. No materials required for the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. 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.


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Summer Reading
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Read and earn fun rewards!
Date: Every day (May 18-Sep 5)


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Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) will run May 18th through September 5th this year. We are challenging kids to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!

 

How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level or download one of the pdfs listed below starting on Friday, May 18th. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back into us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

 

Download the bookmark for:
Grades K-2 · Grades 3-4 · Grades 5-6 · Grades 7-8


What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 6 - 8 recommended paperbacks per age group. To complete the challenge, read at least three of these recommended titles and up to three books of your own choosing (for a total of 6 great books) over the summer. Click on the links below to see the complete list of summer reading selections for your age group.


Location: 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Wednesday, July 4 at 11am and 2pm

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

 

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

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, 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

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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
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Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jun 2-Sep 29) at 2:30pm


Portola Redwoods State Park
From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd.
Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098. 

 

Old Tree Trail Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Meet at the Portola Redwoods State Park Visitor Center for a stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old. On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet, and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Aug 4) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturdays at noon

Sunday, July 15 at noon

Sunday, July 22 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be tailored to the group’s interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
Date: 07/28/2018 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Nature’s Reading Room

Saturday, July 28 from 1:30 to 3pm

Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods—nature’s reading room—and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature’s Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Carmel Bach Festival
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Carmel Bach Festival
Two favorites, but check the entire calendar
Date: Every day (Jul 14-Jul 28)


The Carmel Bach Festival presents two of its most popular chamber concerts at Monterey's San Carlos Cathedral on Thursdays, July 19 and 26, at 5:00. 

The program features Bach Festival orchestra members in Trio Sonatas by Vivaldi and Bach, principal trumpet Robert Farley performing two Baroque trumpet sonatas, and principal keyboardist Andrew Arthur as organ soloist in a concerto by Handel.

San Carlos Cathedral is said to be the most historically significant building in Monterey. It's the oldest building in the city, and the oldest continuously operating church in the state. It's the earliest  California building designed by an architect, and, in 1849, became the state's first cathedral. Extensive conservation and restoration projects in recent years brought the Cathedral back to its original glory.

 

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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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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 (Jul 7-Jul 28) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 7/7, 21 & 28

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, July 7 at 11am

Saturday, July 21 at 11am

Saturday, July 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. Rain cancels. 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 , Santa Cruz Map
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Family Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every Sa (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Family Nature Program

Saturday, June 16 at 10am

Saturday, June 23 at 10am

Saturday, June 30 at 10am

Join us for a 30-minute kids’ nature activity. Meet at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Nature Museum. 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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Snakes Alive!
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Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 07/28/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, July 28 from 12pm to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Big Basin State Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Sep 30)

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat & Sun 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children. 

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike  Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We’ll discuss Castle Rock’s unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles round trip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the natural and cultural history of Wilder Ranch State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jul 7-Jul 29)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10parking

Ranch History 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.

 

Back Country Tour

Saturday, July 14 at 9am

This challenging guided three-hour hike will explore the natural and cultural history of the backcountry of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch State Park parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. 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: Highway 1 two miles north of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
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THE PRODUCERS
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm
Date: Every day (Jul 26-Aug 19)


THE PRODUCERS
JULY 26 - AUGUST 19, 2018

A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

WINNER OF 12 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL & BEST ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 11 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL & OUTSTANDING BOOK & LYRICS!

A COMBINATION OF UNSTOPPABLE LAUGHTER AND SHEER HAPPINESS!

THE PLAY

Based on Mel Brooks' much loved Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards.Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway's greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.The Producers may be the funniest Broadway musical of all time.


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Jul 6-Aug 5)


(0 April 2018) MoonriseAtHarkinsSlough.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

    Friday, July 6 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
    Reception: July 6, First Friday, 6-8pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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Gilroy Garlic Festival
"Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Jul 29)
Ages: All Admission Fees: 7473 Monterey St
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr

Come to the  Gilroy Garlic Festival for great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family!

 

The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous "Pyro Chefs" put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don't forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!

 

You'll also find live entertainment on three stages, cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children's Area too.

 

 

Eventbrite - 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival


Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy Map
Phone: 408-846-6886 •website Hollister create a direct event link
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

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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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Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore!
Date: Every 4 weeks on Su, Tues, Wed and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 5)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun 4:30pm, Weds 1:30pm

Nature Club

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm

Wednesdays at 1:30pm (except no program Wednesday, July 11)

This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Nature Lodge. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Storytellers' Showcase Campfire!
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State Park Big Basin
Join us in our historic campfire center for a special storytelling evening
Date: 07/28/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All

Tales of the Basin: A Storytelling Event
Saturday, July 28
"Nature Tails" at 4:30pm
Storytellers' Showcase Campfire at 7pm 

Events will spotlight storytellers, park history, special children’s performers and the tradition of spinning a yarn beside the evening fire. Event presented by South Bay Storytellers. At “Nature Tails” listen to a world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers in the campfire center. At the Showcase Campfire, sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Jays and Murrelets Demonstration
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State Park Big Basin
Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Steller’s Jays.
Date: 07/28/2018 at 9:30am


Jays and Murrelets Demonstration

Saturday, July 28 at 9:30am

Birds with bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Steller’s Jays. Find out what their learning about these clever birds. 1 hour. 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: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Free Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Aug 17) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 A June 2018) BB_cap-jack-1-wq.jpgFREE Daily Entertainment

 

Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show!

World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

Neptune's Stage located next to Pirate Ship.
Cave Train Stage located near Cave Train.

The Entertainers and the Schedule



Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 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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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 Sa (Jul 21-Jul 28) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, July 21 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, July 28 from 10am to 12pm

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 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: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
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
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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (May 1-Aug 3)

Special Instructions: June 18-22, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3

(0 A May 2018) SV_JrPoliceAcademy.jpgScotts Valley Police Department·

Registration is now open for all three of our 2018 Junior Police Academy sessions!

 

Dates are currently scheduled for June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug 3

 

Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.


https://www.scottsvalleypd.com/juvenile-programs


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Family Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every Sa (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free

Family Nature Program

Saturdays at 10am

Join a Big Basin Interpreter for a 30-minute kids’ nature activity. Family friendly. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Nature Museum.

 

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

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Urban Farm Day
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Live Oak Grange
Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) UrbanFarmDay.jpgJoin us to celebrate local urban farming! Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy workshops and live music, demos, and a tour of the Grange. There's something for the whole family!

You'll find the veggie and flower starts you need for your garden, both well-loved favorites and unique heirlooms, as well as local arts, crafts, gems and flea market items.

Enjoy organic nachos with farm fresh toppings raised and grown by Grange members, local drinks, coffee and deserts.

Play with baby goats! Goat milking demo!

Workshops:
Raising Backyard Chickens: 11:00am
Home Composting Workshop: 11:00am and 1:00pm
Pollinator/Butterfly Garden Workshop: tbd

Take a tour of the gardens, orchard and chicken coop at the historic Live Oak Grange

Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions!

Funds raised will benefit the community gardens, which preserve local tradition and provide opportunities for urban farming, and our Hall Renovation Fund to preserve our 80+ year old Grange Hall!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Fun Day
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Get your play on!
Date: 07/28/2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Join Santa Cruz County Parks, Santa Cruz City Parks, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County for an epic FREE family fun day for all ages! Join us for inflatable obstacles courses, oversized board games, a pop-up playground, cornhole, food trucks and swimming at Simpkins Family Swim Center with fun activities such as: a water slide, stand-up paddleboards, and a climbing wall in the water!


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Indigenous Land Stewardship at Quiroste Valley, Then and Now
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
We will visit the remains of a large Quiroste village (most likely the village of Metenne)
Date: 07/28/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $15 Adult | $5 Off Museum Members
Special Instructions: located within Aņo Nuevo State Park

(0 A June 2018) Quiroste.jpgIndigenous Land Stewardship at Quiroste Valley, Then and Now

July 28 | 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Pre-registration Required - Click HERE to Register


We will take a look over the Quiroste Valley, imagining what the landscape looked like in the past and learning why it looks the way it does now. On this short walk into the valley floor, we will visit what remains of a large Quiroste village (most likely the village of Metenne) and discuss the Quiroste people, how they managed the landscape and natural resources in the area, and what happened to the Quiroste during colonization.

 

A few hundred yards away, at a large stand of coastal tarweed we will discuss how the Amah Mutsun-the descendants of the Quiroste-returned to the valley, and the research and conservation efforts the Tribe and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust is involved in now.

 

The group will meet at a parking lot near the entrance to Quiroste Valley Cultural Preserve and carpool into the reserve due to limited parking. This walk will be no more than one mile on established trails. Please wear layers and comfortable shoes for walking on uneven surfaces. Sun protection, water, and snacks recommended. More details will be provided upon registration..


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