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Events & Activities

All events and activities are free. Day use parking is $10.
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.




Memorial Day Weekend Activities

All programs meet at the campfire center off Graham Hill Road (unless otherwise noted)

 Friday, May 26

                8 – 9 pm campfire

Saturday, May 27

                9:30 – am Little Rangers

                11am – noon Jr. Rangers

                11am Redwood loop walk  NOTE: meet at the Visitor Center off Highway 9 in Felton

                1 pm Sandhills Hike

                8 – 9pm Campfire

Sunday May 28

                9:30 – 10am Little Rangers

                10:30 – 11:30am Jr. Rangers

                1 pm Sandhills Hike

                8 – 9pm Campfire

Monday, May 29

                9:30 – 10am Little Rangers

                10:30 – 11:30am Jr. Rangers

                1 pm Sandhills Hike


redwoodsGuided Redwood Grove Walks 
Saturdays at 11am & 1pm
Sundays at 1pm

Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
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.





Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, May 6 from 10am to noon
Saturday, May 20 from 10am to noon

Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
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. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Children should be accompanied by an adult.






Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm

Meet at the Visitor Center (located off Highway 9 in Felton)
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!




California State Parks Backpacking

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Annual Events

Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, September 9, 2017 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. 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 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 14, 2017 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Visit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales start date at or call (831) 335-3174
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! 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. 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.