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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.

Summer Activities

Full Moon Madness

Friday, July 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Friday, August 19 from 6 pm to 9 pm

full moon
This event is perfect for experiencing Henry Cowell in a whole new way… at night! This astronomy based evening is perfect for the whole family. We will have live music, kids’ crafts and hikes throughout the night. We will also have a Special Astronomer Guest Speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. The event is free, and parking is $10. Program is held in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell, located off Hwy 9 in Felton.

22nd Annual Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser

Saturday, October 8 from 4:30 to 8 pm

Tickets are on sale now!
Click here to purchase your tickets online.
By phone: (831) 335-3174
In person: Mountain Parks Foundation office adjacent to the Nature Store in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us for our 22nd Annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, coffee, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One will again add their own special magic to the evening. Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. For more information please call (831) 335-3174 or email redwoods@mountainparks.org

July

redwoodsGuided Redwood Grove Walks                                                                                   
Saturdays at 11 am & 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. The program is free, parking is $10.

basketPine Needle Basket Making Workshop          
Saturday, July 9 from 10 am to noon
Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to noon

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer for a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Campground, located 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.

Star Stroll
Thursday, July 14 at 9 pm
Thursday, July 21 at 8:45 pm
Thursday, July 28 at 8:45 pm

We not only love to learn about the river and trees, but about our cosmos as well! Along this 2 mile round trip stroll to the Observation Deck, you may see bats, hear owls and learn about other nocturnal wildlife. At the Observation Deck you can listen to stories, and learn about the planets and constellations as we gaze into the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center, located in the campground at 2591 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

In Search of Other Giants
Friday, July 15 at 4 pm
Friday, July 29 at 2 pm

Coast Redwoods are the tallest living organisms on earth, but are there other giants that live in our forest? Bring the whole family on this search for other colossal forest dwelling organisms. Meet at the Nature Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell located off Highway 9 in Felton. Program is free, parking is $10.

Rivers and Redwoods
Friday, July 22 at 9:30 am

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is more than just redwoods! Join one of our docents as we explore beyond the old growth forest and onto the river. This slow paced adventure is perfect for families. Meet at the Nature Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell located off Highway 9 in Felton. Parking is $10.

August

redwoodGuided 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.

2016 Annual Events

Ohlone 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 on Saturday, September 13, from 10am to 4pm 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 as Ohlone people share traditional basketry, songs and musical instruments, stories, dances, tools, language, and history.

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. The park is also known for its old-growth redwood forest along a .8 mile trail.  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 Felton at 101 Big Trees Park Road.
 
Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Visit 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.
 
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation