Park Events

Guided hikes and other in-person park programs have resumed in Santa Cruz-area State Parks! Pre-registration is required. Visit www.santacruzstateparks.as.me to see the schedule and make reservations.

All events and activities are free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.
For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.

Events made possible by California State Parks Volunteers, California State Parks, and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

May

Ranch Tour
Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm
Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1896 water-powered machine shop, horse barn, uniquely constructed
1860s cow barn, 1858 farmhouse, and 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet at interpretive center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Life on the Ranch: A Living History Event
Saturday, May 7 from 11 am to 3 pm
Join us on a trip back in time to experience what life would have been like on a working dairy ranch in the early 1900s. At this living history event, costumed docents will guide you through the past and take you into historic homes, barns, and workshops. Experience old-fashioned crafts, activities, and games at this family-friendly event. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505 or email wrvolcoordinator@gmail.com. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Coast Nature Walk
Saturday, May 14 at 11 am
Saturday, May 21 at 11 am
Saturday, May 28 at 11 am
On this 2.5-mile, 2-hour family-friendly walk, we’ll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed-toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet next to park map in main parking lot. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Coastal Birdwatching Walk
Friday, May 13 at 9 am
Friday, May 27 at 9 am
On this 2-hour walk, be prepared to hike 2 miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them, clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet next to the park map in main parking lot. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

June

Ranch Tour
Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm
Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1896 water-powered machine shop, horse barn, uniquely constructed
1860s cow barn, 1858 farmhouse, and 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet at interpretive center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

California State Parks Week Event: Life on the Ranch—A Living History Event
Saturday, June 18 from 11 am to 3 pm
As part of California State Parks Week (June 14-18), join us as we celebrate all our park partners and volunteers who help make Wilder Ranch come alive. At this living history event, costumed docents will guide you through the past and take you into historic homes, barns, and workshops. Learn all about our park partners and how they help Wilder Ranch and experience old-fashioned crafts, activities, and games at this family-friendly event. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505 or email wrvolcoordinator@gmail.com. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Coast Nature Walk
Saturday, June 4 at 11 am
Saturday, June 11 at 11 am
Saturday, June 25 at 11 am
On this 2.5-mile, 2-hour family-friendly walk, we’ll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed-toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet next to park map in main parking lot. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Coastal Birdwatching Walk
Friday, June 10 at 9 am
Friday, June 24 at 9 am
On this 2-hour walk, be prepared to hike 2 miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them, clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet next to the park map in main parking lot. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.