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Please click here for the monthly Interpretive Activities Schedule for parks in the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks. 

Join us for Holidays on the Ranch on December 13, 2014

Wilder Ranch State Park creates the perfect atmosphere for friends, family and visitors to come together to celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century on Saturday, December 13, from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.  Celebrate the Winter Holidays as folks did in Californio, Victorian, and early 20th Century Santa Cruz with crafts to make, games to play, cookies to decorate, wagon rides, wreath and candle making, view living history demonstrations inside historic houses.  Holiday music sing-along. hot drinks and baked goods for sale.  Parking is $10, activities are free. The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve. The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  Day-use parking fee is $10.  This event is appropriate for all ages.  For more information, please call (831)426-0505.

 

2015 Annual Interpretive Events at Wilder Ranch State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park
Garden Planting and Wool Day
Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Imagine yourself at Wilder Ranch in the early part of the 20th century and help plant the heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900.   Also learn from composting demonstrations, gardening information and participate in garden crafts.  If good weather, arrive early (10am to Noon) to see a sheep shearing demonstration and find out how wool is processed from “sheep to shawl.” The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve.  The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  Day-use parking fee is $10.  This event is appropriate for all ages.  For more information, please call (831)426-0505.

Wilder Ranch State Park
Old-fashioned Independence Day
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit Wilder Ranch’s historic cultural preserve and take a step back in time 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games,  children’s crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising.   Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch.  The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  This event is appropriate for all ages.  Day-use parking fee is $10. More information is available at (831)426-0505.  The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve. 

Wilder Ranch State Park
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 14, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 vary each month and may include:  butter churning, ice cream making, branding, cooking, roping skills, wagon rides 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! The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve. The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  Day-use parking fee is $10.  This event is appropriate for all ages.  For more information, please call (831)426-0505.

Wilder Ranch State Park
Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities.  Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  This event is appropriate for all ages.  Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 426-0505.

Wilder Ranch State Park
Holidays on the Ranch-2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century.  We’ll busy your hands with holiday wreath-making, invite you to join in an old-fashioned sing-along around the player piano, and provide you with materials to make Victorian and Mexican holiday crafts. Come play games, take a draft-horse carriage ride, decorate the tree and create ornaments while spending the day on the grounds of the cultural preserve at beautiful, historic, Wilder Ranch State Park. Admission to the event is free; day-use parking is $10.00 per car.   For more information, or to make arrangements for those with special needs, call the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center at (831) 426-0505.

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks