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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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June

Redwood Walks                                     
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.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, June 24 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. Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free and all materials supplied.

Fall Creek Hike
Wednesday, June 21 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.

Guided Bird Walk
Sunday, June 25 at 8am
Meet at the Campground (entrance to the campground 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. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes.

Star Strolls
Every Saturday in June at 9pm
Meet at the Campfire Center in the Campground (entrance to the campground is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley)
Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky.

Photography Tour
Saturday, June17 at 3pm
Saturday, June 24 at 3pm
Meet at the Campfire Center in the Campground (entrance to the campground is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley)
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.

 

July

Photography Tour
Saturday, July 8 at 1pm
Saturday, July 22 at 1pm
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 Campfire Center in theCampground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

Fall Creek Hike
Wednesday, July 19 at 9am
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. Meet at the Fall Creek parking lot, approximately 0.5 miles up Felton Empire Road, from the Highway 9 intersection.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, July 8 from 10am to noon
Saturday, July 15 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.

Guided Redwood Walks                                                                                    
Saturdays at 11am
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.

Beginning Bird Walk
Sunday, July 23 at 8am
Join us for a 2-mile morning stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Meet at the Mountain Parks Foundation Nature Store located off Highway 9 in Felton. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes.

Sunset Strolls
Mondays in July at 8pm
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile evening hike to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

Campfire Programs
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in July at 8pm (except July 22, and July 29)
Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Campground entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

Guided Hikes
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 1pm
This moderately paced hike is tailored to the group’s interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at the Campfire Center in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

Star Strolls
Saturday, July 1 at 9pm
Saturday, July 8 at 9pm
Saturday, July 15 at 9pm
Saturday, July 22 at 8:30pm
Saturday, July 29 at 8:30pm
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.

Junior Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 10:30am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

Little Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 9:30am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at 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.