Events & Activities
Guided Redwood Grove Walks
Every Saturday at noon
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.
Saturday, May 14 12 from 10 am to noon
Saturday, May 28 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 Park Visitor Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods, located off of Hwy 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Children should be accompanied by an adult. $10 parking fee.
Birding for Beginners
Sunday, March 20 at 8 am
Henry Cowell is home to many beautiful and fascinating birds. Join our Docent Jim Williams for a leisurely bird walk. Please bring your own binoculars and dress in layers. We will meet in front of the Mountain Parks Nature Store on the Day-Use side of the Park, off of Hwy 9 in Felton. The program is free, parking is $10.
Saturday, May 7 at 8:30 pm
The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will be hosting a star gazing and night observation evening on Saturday May 7 at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Meet at the main parking lot located in the day-use of Henry Cowell located off of Hwy 9 in Felton. Please arrive before 9 pm park with your headlights facing away from the crowd. Telescopes will be set up in the first row of the parking lot, so please park in the 2nd row or beyond. The program is free, parking is $10. This event is after standard park operating hours, and the $10 parking fee still applies (have a state park pass or use the self-pay at the entrance kiosk).
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