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Naturalist-led backpacking adventures are being offered summer 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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MAY ACTIVITIES

Redwood Grove Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 2
AND Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) at 11 and 2

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters. Heavy rain cancels.

Exploring Big Basin with Docents
EVERY Tuesday, leaving at 9 am SHARP

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Park Headquarters.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Saturday, May 28 at 10 am
Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with a Big Basin Docent. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

The Roof of Big Basin
Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 am

Enjoy the spring wildflowers, ferns and other plants while hiking with Docent Kathy Willott through a variety of habitats as you ascend 1100' to the top of Big Basin. This is a somewhat strenuous 5-mile hike expected to take around 4 hours and well worth the effort. Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, and wear good hiking shoes. We'll have lunch with a view atop Buzzard's Roost. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, May 28 from 12-3 pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge/Museum, and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane.

Meteor Trail Hike
Saturday, May 28 at noon

Join Docent Hal Anjo on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters. Rain cancels.

Coffee, Books and Crafts
Saturday, May 28 from 1-3

Come sit in our beautiful redwood Sempervirens Room (next to Park Headquarters), and choose a book or two to read with your family, while sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Drop by anytime between 1-3 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy, answer your questions about the park and provide a craft for your children.

Junior Rangers
Saturday, May 28 at 3 pm
Sunday, May 29 at 3 pm
Monday, May 30 at 11 am

Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

Big Basin Nature Club
Saturday, May 28 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 29 at 4:30 pm
Monday, May 30 at 10 am

This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.

Campfire Programs
Saturday, May 28 at 7 pm
Sunday, May 29 at 7 pm
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallow roasting (we provide the marshmallows and sticks!) starts at 7 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Meet at the Campfire Center.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
Sunday, May 29 at noon
Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Monday, May 30 from 9:30-12
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Big Basin Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft!

Family Discovery Walk
Monday, May 30 at 1 pm

Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We’ll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.

JUNE ACTIVITIES

Redwood Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Evening Campfire Programs (special guest campfires; see below!)
Friday, June 3 and Friday, June 10 at 7 pm
Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 11 at 7 pm
AND June 12-June 30—Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

Special Guest Campfire!
Nature’s Supermarket Campfire
Friday, June 3; Friday, June 10; and Friday, June 24 at 7 pm
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans…. Join Ranger Alex Tabone to find out how as we take a look at Nature’s Supermarket and make dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago! You even get to taste our creation!

Special Guest Campfire!
In the Company of Redwoods
Friday, June 17 at 7 pm
Come learn about the plants of the redwood forest and take home your own hand tinted notecard! Join David Casterson, naturalist and author of In the Company of Redwoods, a guide to redwood community plants. David will bring colored pencils and photocopies of plants from his book, and show you how to color them. And join David for a walk Saturday morning at 9:30 to get an up-close look at the plants he talks about at the campfire.

Drop-In Style Afternoon Apple Roasting
Thursday, June 16 from 3:30-4:30 pm
Thursday, June 30 from 3:30-4:30 pm
Drop by anytime between 3:30-4:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, listening to tunes and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.

Twilight Adaptation Adventure
Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 pm
Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Junior Rangers
June 4-June 12—Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 11 am
June 13-June 30—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 11 am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

Special Two-Hour Junior Rangers
Thursday, June 16 at 10 am
Thursday, June 30 at 10 am
This special Junior Rangers is for kids ages 7-12 only. We’ll be taking a hike, so make sure your Junior Ranger dresses appropriately, with closed-toe shoes. Please register your child 15 minutes before the program at the Nature Lodge.

Big Basin Nature Club
June 1-June 14—Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am
June 15-June 30—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm;
Thursday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am (except no program June 23)
This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.

ASK US!
Visitor Center Staffed
Saturdays 10-12; Sundays 12-2
Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the Visitor Center, next to Park Headquarters, to get answers!

Exploring Big Basin
EVERY Tuesday, leaving at 9 am SHARP

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, June 4 from 9:30-noon
Saturday, June 18 from 9-noon
Saturday, June 25 from 9:30-noon
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Big Basin Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity!

A Walk in the Past
Saturday, June 4 at 10 am
No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Tom Batley and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Felling the Giants
Saturday, June 4 at 11:30 am
How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join Docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants—without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
Saturday, June 4 at 12 pm
Sunday, June 12 at 12 pm
Sunday, June 19 at 12 pm
Sunday, June 26 at 12 pm
Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Nature’s Reading Room
Saturday, June 4 from 1-3 pm
Come sit under our ancient circle of redwoods—nature’s reading room—and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:00-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature’s Reading Room is in the circle of redwoods right next to the store.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Sunday, June 5 at 9:30 am
On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Can You Survive? (Part 1)
Sunday, June 5 from 10-3
If you hike, bike, camp or ride horses, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hands-on workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. These skills help you survive a short-term (1-3 days) survival situation. We cover the psychology of survival, risk assessment, the “Rule of 3s”, equipment and shelter. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, and snacks. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters. Can You Survive (Part 2) is on Sunday, June 12 from 10-3.

Meteor Trail Hike
Sunday, June 5 at noon
Saturday, June 18 at noon
Join Docent Hal Anjo on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

The Roof of Big Basin Hike
Saturday, June 11 at 9 am

Enjoy the spring wildflowers, ferns and other plants while hiking with Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy through a variety of habitats as you ascend 1100' to the top of Big Basin. This is a somewhat strenuous 5-mile hike expected to take around 4 hours and well worth the effort. Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, and wear good hiking shoes. We'll have lunch with a view atop Buzzard's Roost. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Volunteer with the Trail Crew
Saturday, June 11 at 9 am

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.

What's that Bird?
Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 am

This easy, one-mile stroll with Docent Karen DeMello will introduce you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them–but they’re not required. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Here Comes the Sun! Sun Telescope!
Saturday, June 11 from 11 am to 1 pm

Come to the Campfire Center and look through a solar telescope at the Sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the Sun and how it shines. There will be Sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club.

Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, June 12 at 9:30 am

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin—65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Can You Survive? (Part 2)
Sunday, June 12 from 10-3

If you hike, bike, camp or ride horses, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hands-on workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. These skills help you survive a short-term (1-3 days) survival situation. In Part 2 we cover fire, signaling and water purification. You may take Parts 1 and 2 in any order. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, and snacks. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Shadowbrook Stroll
Sunday, June 12 at 1 pm

Join Docent Hal Anjo as he guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is a 4-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

In the Company of Redwoods
Saturday, June 18 at 9:30 am

Take a walk, color a notecard and learn about the plants of the redwood community with David Casterson, naturalist and author of In the Company of Redwoods. David will bring colored pencils and photocopies of plants from his book. In addition to learning more about these plants, participants will take home their own hand tinted notecards! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Wildflower Walk!
Saturday, June 18 at 10 am
Sunday, June 19 at 10 am

Join Docent Scott Peden on this slow-paced walk with lots of stops to identify flowering plants and take photos. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday’s walk is a leisurely four-mile, four-hour amble that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour amble that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

The Men of Big Basin—A Father’s Day Special Event
Sunday, June 19 at 1 pm

Celebrate Father’s Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in and fought for Big Basin. Living history re-enactments bring you back in time where you’ll meet pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders and early park rangers. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half-mile, 1.5-hour walking play. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, June 25 from 12-3 pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge/Museum, and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane.

Family Discovery Walk
Saturday, June 25 at 1 pm

Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We’ll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Outlook from Mt. McAbee
Sunday, June 26 at 1 pm

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Annual Events for 2016

Romance in the Redwoods at Big Basin
Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 11:30 am
On this easy two-hour walk you'll learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park's most fascinating plants and animals. Join us and discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild! Meet at Park Headquarters. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 338-8883.  

Salamander Saturday at Rancho del Oso
Saturday, March 5, 2016 from Noon to 4 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.  Participate in our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked, but heroically well -adapted amphibian native to the Santa Cruz Mountains and other moist habitats. Live amphibians will be available for viewing. Ranger-led salamander hike will start at 3 pm to search for these regal creatures on the mile long Marsh Trail. All age crafts and activities will be available at the Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center. 
Rancho del Oso is the coastal section of Big Basin located along Highway One. The Nature Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway One, at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017.  Free. For more information, call (831) 427-2288.  

Wildflower Weekend at Rancho del Oso
Saturday April 23, 2016 from Noon to 4 pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 from Noon to 4 pm
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 will 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.
Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center is the coastal portion of Big Basin along Highway One. The Nature Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway One, at Waddell Creek For more information, please call (831) 427-2288.  3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017

Mother’s Day Walk: Women of Big Basin
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day in the park by honoring the spirited women who lived in, worked in, and fought for the Basin throughout its history.  Living history reenactments bring you back in time where you will meet pioneer homemaker Alice Maddock; Josephine McCrackin, the “Savior of the Redwoods,” and Harriet “Petey” Weaver, the first female Ranger. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half-mile, one-hour guided walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. This walk is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. The park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 338-8883.
 
The Men of Big Basin—A Father’s Day Special Event
Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 1 pm

Celebrate Father’s Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in, and fought for Big Basin. Living history re-enactments bring you back in time where you’ll meet pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders and early park rangers. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half-mile, 1.5-hour guided walk. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 338-8883.

Big Basin’s Fourth of July Weekend Celebration and Talent Show!
Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7 pm

Come and celebrate Independence Day with a campfire, sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song, or a talent you’d like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance. All presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Acts should be only 3-5 minutes in length. Participants need to arrive promptly at 6:30 p.m. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm. 
 
Tales of the Basin—A Storytelling Weekend Event

July 29 to 30, 2016 at Various times and locations throughout the weekend.
The oral storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop. Events throughout the weekend include Big Basin Nature Tails for children of all ages, guided walks that spin a yarn along the trail, and a Storyteller Showcase in the historic Campfire Center. Presented in collaboration with South Bay Storytellers and Listeners. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 338-8883.

Grizzly Bear Festival at Rancho del Oso
Saturday, August 13, 2016 from Noon to 4 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. Come visit the Nature and History Center to hear stories about this powerful animal. 
Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center located is the coastal side of Big Basin along Highway One. The Nature Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway One, at Waddell Creek This event is appropriate for all ages.  Free.  For more information, call (831) 427-2288.  3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017.

Big Basin Founders’ Day and Redwood Jubilee
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9 am to 8 pm
Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, historic hikes, and games for kids as we honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers, and Visitors that have shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 100+ years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old-growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees! Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 338-8883.
 
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
The Missing Arm of William Waddell
Saturday, October 22, 2016; Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pioneer unfolds. The silly, slightly haunting tours around the redwood loop trail begin at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy the redwoods on a fall night with music, storytelling, and “Ranger Apples” around the campfire. All participants must register at Park Headquarters (registration opens at 6:30 p.m.). Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 338-8883.

Redwood Loop Walks at Big Basin
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm (reduced winter schedule, call park for details)

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest, and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller- and wheelchair-accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.  Self-guided trail brochures also available.

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks, and the Mountain Parks Foundation