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Grunion Runs
Come explore the beach after hours as you hunt for the elusive grunion. Grunion Runs are a cherished part of Huntington Beach history and a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. We have 4 scheduled grunion runs this summer: June 7 at Huntington State Beach, June 23 at Bolsa Chica State Beach, July 7 at Huntington State Beach, and July 21 at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Space is limited as this is a popular event and you must RSVP in order to participate in the program. Please email NorthSector.Interp@parks.ca.gov to RSVP your group.

Junior Rangers
Become a Junior Ranger! These 45 minute programs are designed for rangers ages 7-12. Program topics include animal life, ecology, history, recycling, safety & survival and so much more! Enjoy crafts, games, and learn a few new facts. With every program your ranger attends, they earn their way to cool prizes. This program is completely FREE and a good excuse to spend your day at the beach. Junior Rangers are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am starting June 22nd in the Visitor Center at Bolsa Chica State Beach except on July 4th.  If you would like more information, please contact NorthSector.Interp@parks.ca.gov.

July Junior Ranger Programs

July 6, 11, 13: RAD RECYCLING! Join us as we go on a un-nature trail, talk trash, and make art from recycled materials.
July 18, 20: NATIVE PLANTERS. Explore Bolsa Chica State Beach’s garden to learn about native and non-native plants, win garden Bingo, and decorate a pot to house your very own native plant.
July 25, 27: SEA LIFE. Come learn about the animals of our ocean such as dolphins, whales, sea lions, and more!

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: MICROSCOPES AND PLANKTON: In the Microscopes and Plankton program, join the Amigos de Bolsa Chica as they collect plankton samples and analyze water quality. Data will be part of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Program for the California Department of Public Health. Become a citizen scientist with the beach as your lab!

Campfire Programs
Due to continued construction at our Bolsa Chica Campfire Center, we will be unable to hold any programs there this summer. If the schedule goes as planned, we will have a goergeous and refurbished Campfire Center after Labor Day! We will be working with our new concessionaire, Sea Legs, to provide amazing programming there year round, instead of purely during the summer months. Thank you for your patience during this time and keep an eye out for more information about our programs.

As for where to get your summer Campfire Program fix, we will be holding a special Campfire Program at Huntington State Beach near Newland on August 10th at 7 pm! The Orange County Historical Society will give a presentation on the story of the Pacific Beach Club located at Newland Blvd which was an attempt to create space for black families on the coast during the 1920’s. Join us around the campfire as we learn more about the history around Huntington State Beach and roast some s’mores. Bring the fixings and we will bring the fun!