Earth Day Ocean Fest at Bolsa Chica State Beach!
Join State Park staff and the Amigos de Bolsa Chica in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 25 from 10 am – 2 pm. We will have educational booths & activities, beach clean-up, native plant restoration, water quality testing, crafts and more! We hope that you will be able to join us for this free community event!
Summer Events at the Beach!
Check out our Summer Events Brochure! What better way to spend your summer than hanging out and learning about the beach.
Email Elizabeth.Bailey@parks.ca.gov for more information about any of our educational / interpretive events.
Junior Ranger Programs
Become a Junior Ranger! Rotating programs every Monday. Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am starting June 24th. These educational and interactive programs are specifically designed with 7-12 year olds in mind and help foster a love of the great outdoors. Join parks staff as they teach about a variety of topics including animal adaptations, marine mammals, water quality, beach survival, and more! Programs are free and are an excellent excuse to spend the day at the beach!
Starting in July, join the Amigos de Bolsa Chica every Wednesday at 7 pm for their Shorebirds program. Have you wondered why is there such a raucous commotion above the camping area throughout the summer? Why are large birds constantly diving in the ocean and wetlands? These and other birds topics will be addressed in the program. Besides a short talk on the birds of Bolsa Chica, they will play an interactive game, Birds and Beaks, which matches beak shape with their favorite food. Come join the Amigos for 45 minutes and leave with an renewed appreciation of our avian friends.
Grunion Run Events at Bolsa Chica & Huntington State Beach!
Join State Park staff for another year of Grunion Runs! Times and dates are listed on the flyer. You must RSVP to attend the events as we have limited availability.
What are Grunion?
Grunion are a small silvery fish that spawns on the sandy beaches of California. Similar in appearance to anchovies, grunion are unique in that they are the only species of fish to swim out of the water and lay their eggs in the sand. Grunion fishing is a popular recreational activity on Southern California beaches.
Grunion can only be caught by hand – no fishing poles or holes in the sand to entrap them. Spawning occurs from March through August; however, April and May are closed seasons for fishing. In open season, a valid California fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 16.
More information on the grunion can be found at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/grunion.asp