Basic Event Information
- All events and activities are free.
- Parking is $10 in the day use area and the campground.
- For more information, please call (831) 335-7077
- Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation & California State Parks.
- For a self-guided audio tour of the redwood loop trail, please click here.
Old-Growth Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am
Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.
Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, November 3 from 10am to noon
Saturday, November 17 from 10am to noon
Join docent Cheryl VanDeVeer for a marvelous, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. No experience necessary. Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.
Sunday, November 11 at 10am
Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest! Learn all about salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptations, and the current threats facing these astounding amphibians on a 2 mile excursion to Eagle Creek. This fantastic, educational, and free safari will meet at the visitor center. Make sure to bring water, proper hiking shoes, an immense sense of adventure, and enthusiasm! For more information, please call (831)335-7077. Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.
Birding for Beginners
Saturday, November 24 at 8am
Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Meet at the visitor center. Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, and a keen eye and/or ears! For more information, please call (831)335-7077.Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.
California State Parks Backpacking Adventures
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Full Moon Madness
Friday June 29; events start at 6pm
Friday July 27, events start at 6pm
Friday August 24, events start at 6pm
Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way… at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family. We will have kids’ crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.
Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday September 8, 2018 from 11am to 4pm
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 13, 2018 from 4:30pm to 8pm
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.
During peak summer months, between Memorial Day (late May) and Labor Day (early September), the Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground offers regularly schedule free ranger-led interpretive programs. Programs may include campfire, junior rangers, little rangers, guided hikes, and more. Please call the campground to confirm at (831) 438-2396.
Self-Guided Family Activities
Redwood EdVentures are fun for the entire family. Take a self-guided treasure hunt in many North Coast redwood state parks, including Humboldt Redwoods. Find the final clue and win a cool patch!
Before heading to the park, explore the Redwoods Learning Center set up by Save the Redwoods League. It offers fun, redwood-themed activities, classroom tools, and ways to get involved in redwood protection. Redwoods bingo, anyone?