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Earthbound Farm

San Juan Bautista
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The Farm Stand store sits on the site of our 30-acre research and development farm in California's picturesque Carmel Valley. The Farm Stand is cherished by locals and visitors-an organic oasis where Earthbound Farm stays connected to the community where its success began. From April through October, events ranging from Harvest Walks to Garlic Braiding take place each Saturday.

Address: 1721 San Juan Highway

Fire Department Tours: Santa Cruz

831/ 420-5280
Santa Cruz
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Public tours of the downtown fire station (Fire Station No.1) can be scheduled for children's groups of kindergarten grade level or higher. Pre-approved tours are held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., although special tours may be scheduled on other days or times when approved by a Fire Battalion Chief. One adult for each 10 school age children is recommended for adequate supervision.

    Tours must be arranged and confirmed in advance by the Fire Battalion Chief in charge on the designated day requested. At least one month advance notice is recommended, to accommodate other fire department scheduled activities (inspections, training, etc.).

For information on scheduling a tour for your group, call Fire Administration

Santa Cruz Fire Department
Fire Chief Ron Oliver
Mon-Thur. 8:00am-Noon; 1:00-4:00pm, Friday 8:00am-Noon

Address: 230 Walnut Ave.

Mountain Parks Foundation

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Preserving the legacy of our Redwood forests
    Since 1973, Mountain Parks Foundation, a non-governmental, 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit organization has been dedicated to supporting programs that enhance the experience of park visitors.
    With your support, these educational programs can continue, providing visitors an understanding of the necessity of preserving these habitats and parks for future generations.
    We invite you to join us in making a difference.  We urge you to help preserve educational and environmental resources of the Mountain Parks through your donations, your time and your expertise.

    Mountain Parks Foundation – In cooperation with California State Parks – enriches each visitor’s experience through wise stewardship of resources to enhance understanding of our natural environment and cultural heritage.
    Join Us!


Address: 525 N. Big Trees Park Road

Mystery Spot, The

Santa Cruz
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Located in the redwood forest just above Santa Cruz, attraction has puzzled many. The laws of physics don't seem to apply and it appears as if every law of gravitation has gone haywire. Come see for yourself why this is one of the most visited spots in Santa Cruz.

Address: 465 Mystery Spot Road

Natural Bridges State Beach

Santa Cruz
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Named Natural Bridges because of its recognizable, ocean carved natural bridge just off the coast, the park is an excellent site for viewing shore and ocean birds, migrating whales and seals and sea otters playing offshore. Tide pools offer a glimpse of life beneath the sea, with low tides revealing sea stars, crabs, sea anemones and other colorful ocean .

Natural Bridges State Beach is world-renowned for its yearly migration of Monarch butterflies. Visitors can see many thousands of Monarchs during the butterflies' peak season, which typically runs mid-October to late January. These migrating butterflies come to the Natural Bridges Monarch grove for protection from rain and wind, for they prefer the warm, moist air within .5 mile of the ocean.

Natural Bridges State Beach encompasses a variety of habitats: Coastal Scrub, which is adorned with native wildflowers in the spring; Salt / Brackish and freshwater wetlands created by Moore creek; Ocean dunes; tide pools; Monarch preserve; and freshwater pond all add to a tremendous diversity of wildlife here throughout the seasons.

Address: 2531 West Cliff Drive

Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery

(888) 424-8035
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(Logos Business) MOD.jpgThe Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, located in the Capitola Mall, aims to delight, inspire and challenge children by providing an exciting and interactive learning environment. This nonprofit museum has 8,000-plus square feet of exhibits, classrooms and store space. Its hands-on exhibits bring learning to life by showcasing the wonders of Santa Cruz County: the place where the ocean meets the redwoods, where technology meets recreation, where agriculture meets health.

The Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is $7 adults 18 and older, $5 children ages 2 to 17, and free for children under the age of 2.

Address: 1855 41st Ave. | Ages: 0-12

The Johnson Farm

Boulder Creek
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The Johnson Farm has produced timber, cattle, apples, pears, prunes, and Christmas trees.For over 40 years the Johnson family has cared for this 92-acre picturesque farm. The original barn and house still serve as the cornerstones of this family farm.School groups come to learn about agriculture and food production. Families visit for Christmas trees and good recreational fun.

Address: 16385 Two Bar Road

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