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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.  


Newt Night
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!  

Wildflower Weekend
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 thSaveem 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.