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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.

 

 

Events in the Santa Cruz District - California State Parks

The district stretches from the sand dunes of Sunset State Beach near Watsonville up the coast to Montara State Beach north of Half Moon Bay and inland to Castle Rock State Park near the town of Saratoga.

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August

Redwood Tours                                     
Saturdays 11am
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.

Fall Creek Hike
Wednesday, August 16 at 9am
Meet at the Fall Creek Parking Lot (located approximately 0.5 miles up Felton Empire Road, from the Highway 9 intersection.)
Discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-mile, 3-hour moderate hike through a 100 years young forest. Please bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and hiking shoes. Sorry, pets are not allowed in Fall Creek.

Star Strolls
Saturday, August 19 at 8pm
Saturday, August 26 at 8pm
Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

Photography Tour
Saturday, August 12 at 3pm
Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 3-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements. Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. 

Birding for Beginners
Sunday, August 20 at 8am
Meet in the Campground - entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley
Join us for a 2-mile morning stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Event is free; parking is $10. Please no pets.

 

September

Ohlone Day
Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 4 pm
Celebrate the Ohlone Peoples of the past, present and future at the 32nd Annual Ohlone Day on Saturday, September 9 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, and find out how rocks were used to cook meals and much more! This event takes place in Group Picnic Area1. Event is free; day-use parking fee is $10. The day-use entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off Highway 9 in Felton. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, September 16 from 10am to noon
Saturday, September 30 from 10am 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 Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary.

Redwood Tours                                                                                    
Saturday, September 2 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, September 23 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, September 30 at 11am and 2pm
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 Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton.

Star Stroll
Saturday, September 2 at 8pm
Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

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 www.mountainparks.org 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.