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All events and activities are free. Day use parking is $10, and supports the park.
For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks, and Mountain Parks Foundation.

For a self-guided audio tour of the redwood loop trail, please click here.

31st Annual Ohlone Day Celebration

Saturday, September 10 from 10 am to 4 pm

ohlone dancersCelebrate the Ohlone Peoples of the past, present and future at the 31st Annual Ohlone Day on Saturday, September 10th at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. You will see traditional dances and Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history. During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games, find out how rocks were used to cook meals and much more!


This event takes place in Group Picnic Area 1, in one of the largest riparian forests along the San Lorenzo River. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in downtown Felton.

August

redwood Guided Redwood Grove Walks 
Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm
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 located off of Hwy 9 in Felton. Tour is free; day-use parking is $10 and supports the park.



pine needle basketPine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, August 20 from 10 am to noon

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Meet at the Campfire Center located in the Campground at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

September

redwoodsGuided Redwood Grove Walks                                                                                   
Saturdays at 11 am 

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 located off of Hwy 9 in Felton.



pine needle basketPine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, September 17 from 10 am to noon
Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Meet at the Campfire Center located in the Campground at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Children should be accompanied by an adult. The program is free, parking is $10.

2016 Annual Events

throwing atlatl at ohlone dayOhlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm

 
Event features hands-on experiences to relate Ohlone cultural, social, and every-day life

Celebrate the Ohlone People of the past with those of the present at Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  You will see traditional dancers and Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history.  During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games and find out how rocks cook meals and bay trees cure headaches.

For thousands of years, the native tribes we now collectively call the Ohlone thrived in this abundant region.  They had plentiful sources of food and enjoyed a life rich in culture.  Descendants of the Ohlone people present this event each year so that visitors make connections to Ohlone culture in a meaningful way.
 
The event takes place in the group picnic area, one of the largest riparian forests along the San Lorenzo River. All activities are free; day-use parking fee is $10. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in downtown Felton. 

   Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
   at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
   Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

lobstersVisit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales start date
Twinkling lights under a canopy of trees and stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us for our 20th Annual Lobster Feed at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, beverages, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One add their own special magic to the evening. Visit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales start date at www.mountainparks.org or call 831-335-3174; This annual fundraiser for Mountain Parks Foundation supports the educational and cultural programs in Big Basin and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks
 
Mountain Parks Foundation funds the nature education and enrichment programs offered at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.  We believe an informed public will ensure the preservation of the natural habitats and cultural history of our California State Parks.  Interpretive and educational programs funded by Mountain Parks Foundation serve more than 1.7 million park visitors annually, including more than 200 student classes who participate in park curriculum-based educational programs.