Rancho del Oso Guided Hikes, Talks, & Events
Rancho del Oso is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway One. Directions to the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: follow the dirt road in from the south side of Waddell Creek Bridge where you see the sign for Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center. The ranger station is about a mile in from the green gate directly across the street from the Waddell Beach parking lot.
ACTIVITIES AT RANCHO DEL OSO NATURE AND HISTORY CENTER
Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center
Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, California 95017
Open noon to 4pm on weekends in March. For more information or to schedule a group call (831) 427-2288.
For our most up to date information, check out www.ranchodeloso.org or www.facebook.com/RDOSP
ACTIVITIES FOR MARCH
Salamander Saturday featuring Newt Night!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Salamander Story time at 11 am
Drop-in FREE Salamander Critter Craft from noon to 4 pm
Salamander Scavenger Hunt at 1 pm
Newt Night! at 5 pm
Join us as the Ranch of the Bear becomes “Ranch of the Newt,” celebrating our amphibian friends that make their way from beneath rocks and under logs to the creeks, wetlands and puddles of the park. Start out your day with Salamander Story time at 11:00, where children will learn all about salamanders and their habitats around the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center fireplace! Drop in at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center from 12:00 – 4:00 pm for a FREE family-friendly Salamander craft. At 1:00 pm, meet at the gate across Highway One from Waddell Beach for a 3-mile guided Salamander Scavenger Hunt on the trail! Later, join us for “Newt Night” at 5:00 pm to hear tales and songs of toes growing back, barking salamanders and poison so deadly it could kill you (!!) in a campfire-style program held at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10 am
Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso gate located along Highway 1, across from the Waddell Beach parking lot. Take a hike among the wildflowers of Rancho del Oso’s Waddell Valley. Docent Scott Peden will lead a 4-mile hike to view a variety of wildflowers – there’s always something exciting in bloom! Photographers are easily accommodated. Show up with lunch, water and energy to hike!
Sunday, March 16, 2014 from noon to 4 pm
Drop in for fun nature-themed craft time at the Nature and History Center. We will have a FREE make-and-take-activity most children can complete independently, although parents may need to assist preschool-aged children. Any age child is welcome to participate!
Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 10 am
Join in the fun for an all-day hike to Berry Creek Falls. Hiking from the Ranger Station to the three gorgeous waterfalls is an all-day affair so bring lunch, water and energy. The hike is 7 miles each way over moderately easy trail except for the uphill around the 3 sets of gorgeous waterfalls. Please wear good hiking shoes for the 14-mile trek. Arrive early at the Hwy 1 gate across from Waddell Beach, and then walk in approximately 1 mile to the ranger station to meet your guide at 10:00a.m. at the Ranger Station. Call to RSVP - (831) 427-2288 or just show up!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
11 am and 2 pm
Come enjoy a day devoted to bugs at Rancho del Oso as we look for different colorful insects near the Nature and History Center. Search for pollinators, parasitic flies, butterflies and dragonflies as they hop, crawl, hide and fly on the trail! Meet at the Nature and History Center at 11 am or 2 pm for your guided hunt for the six-legged friends of Rancho del Oso!
Rancho del Oso Needs YOU to Volunteer in the park!
Training Classes begins in April 2014
Have you ever dreamt of afternoons spent in the company of a Grizzly Bear? Wondered what it would have been like as logger in the Waddell Valley? Planned to ride your bike to see a nearly 70 foot tall waterfall? Join our family of naturalists and enjoy the many benefits of being a volunteer at Rancho del Oso – Big Basin Redwoods State Park! As a volunteer at Rancho del Oso, participants attend a multiple-week training session to become docent naturalists skilled in interpreting the natural and cultural history of the area. Rancho del Oso docents lead guided walks, provide roving naturalist duty and host the Nature and History Center and Ranger Station. Training will be held for four Saturdays, starting April 19.
To participate, please contact Morgan at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center at (831) 427-2288 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Waddell Creek Association
ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS AT RANCHO DEL OSO
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Join us as Ranch of the Bear becomes “Ranch of the Newt,” celebrating our amphibian friends that make their way from beneath rocks and under logs to the creeks, wetlands and puddles of the park. We’ll learn about newts and salamanders, sing songs, make crafts and even go out searching for newts!
Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Winter rains promise a profusion of spring wildflowers in the Waddell Valley. Come see them on display in the Rancho del Oso Nature Center and visit them on the park's trails during the Rancho del Oso Wildflower Weekend. You’ll see buttercups, shooting stars and western wake robin included in this annual exhibit of over fifty native plants in flower and several non-native species that are found in the western portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The assortment of shapes, sizes, colors and forms are a delight to the senses.
Grizzly Bear Festival
August 16, 2014 from 12 noon to 4:00 pm
Come to Rancho del Oso for a day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this "Ranch of the Bear." Discover what they ate, how they lived, and what made this area famous for its grizzly population. Throughout the day there will be crafts and activities for all ages. Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway One, at Waddell Creek This event is appropriate for all ages.