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All events and activities are FREE, and are made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

For more information about events and activities please call the Santa Cruz Mission at (831) 425-5849. All programs meet at the Santa Cruz Mission, located on School Street off of Mission Street and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.

July

Junior Rangers – Music of Early California
Thursday, July 20 at 11am to 12:15pm
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 – 12 year olds. From clapper sticks to bells, listen to the melodies of the past. Learn a song in the Mutsun language, and make an instrument to take home!  Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849.

Old Fashioned Campfire for the Whole Family at the Mission
Friday, July 21 5:30 – 8:00pm
Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs.  Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music. Then we’ll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories. What a great way to relax into summer with the best views of Santa Cruz! The event is FREE. 

Drop In Family Craft – Baskets
Saturday, July 22 1-3:30pm
Learn the basics of basket weaving using non-traditional craft materials. Take home a one of a kind basket to hold your treasures. This event is FREE.  Rain or Shine.

Junior Rangers – Strands of Early California
Thursday, July 27 at 11am
Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 – 12 year olds. Practice the skills of making cordage from natural fibers, and learn the uses of ropes & lanyards for sailors and vaqueros.  Space is limited. Register by calling 831 425-5849.

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, July 29 at 1pm
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. Rain cancels.

August

Old Fashioned Campfire
Friday, August 11 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music. Then we’ll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories. What a great way to relax into summer with the best views of Santa Cruz!

Hymns & Chants
Saturday, August 5 from 1pm to 2pm
Discover how people have expressed their beliefs, culture, and identity through music at the Santa Cruz Mission.

Adobe Tours
Sunday, August 6 at 1pm
Sunday, August 27 at 1pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home.

Drop In Family Craft
Saturday, August 12 from 1pm to 3:30pm Candle Dipping
Sunday, August 20 from 1pm to 3:30pm Papel Picado
Enjoy an informal afternoon of crafts at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
Saturday, August 19 from 1pm to 2pm
How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in-depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool.

Junior Rangers
Thursday, August 3 at 11am Clothing of Early California
Thursday, August 10 at 11am California Trade Network
Discover California’s history during these 1.15-hour programs at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Junior Rangers is a free California State Parks statewide program for kids ages 7 to 12. Receive your logbook and badge, and begin your Junior Ranger journey. Space is limited. To register, or for more information, please call (831) 425-5849.