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Upcoming Events at All Parks in October, 2014

Monarch Butterfly Docent Training!

Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, October 18 Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9pm; Saturdays are Half-day Sessions Natural Bridges State Park is looking for new volunteers to host the monarch butte ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Saturday, October 4 at 1pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-yea ...

1st Saturday Living History

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park 11 am until 4 pm Meet the people of early California as costumed docents bring the past to life. Talk with Mountain men, Civil War soldiers, mine ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities which include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art, and more! Kids can earn the Junior Ranger badge and o ...

Tule Elk SNR - Bed and Bugle

Come spend the night among the Elk at the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve! Once again California State Parks is opening the Tule Elk SNR to camping and night time programs! Guided tours of the Res ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, October 4, 18 and 25 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Inte ...

Big Basin 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 throu ...

Big Basin Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, October 4 from 9-12 AND Saturday, October 25 from 9-12 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 ...

Discover Big Basin!

Saturday, October 4 at 12 Sunday, October 5 at 12 Saturday, October 11 at 12 Sunday, October 26 at 12 On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with Docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth red ...

Big Basin Twilight Hike

Saturday, October 4 at 6 pm Join Docent Norm Beeson for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night in the forest, and learn about the critters that are just ...

Monterey SHP - History Fest

On Saturday & Sunday from 11-4 the Custom House Plaza in Monterey will be the center of the festival. Meet cultural groups from throughout Monterey County as they provide information, demonstrati ...

Discover Big Basin!

Saturday, October 4 at 12 Sunday, October 5 at 12 Saturday, October 11 at 12 Sunday, October 26 at 12 On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with Docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth red ...

Monterey SHP - History Fest

On Saturday & Sunday from 11-4 the Custom House Plaza in Monterey will be the center of the festival. Meet cultural groups from throughout Monterey County as they provide information, demonstrati ...

Big Basin Hike to Buzzard's Roost

Sunday, October 5 at 10 am Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile, 4-hour round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. We’ll gain 1,200 feet in elevation as we hike to a dramatic rock formatio ...

Big Basin Shadowbrook Stroll

Sunday, October 5 at 10:30 am Join Docent Peggy O’Shea as she guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is ...

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walks

Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday 3:00 to 4:00pm. Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail and view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this Reserve on their year ...

Tule Elk SNR - Bed and Bugle

Come spend the night among the Elk at the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve! Once again California State Parks is opening the Tule Elk SNR to camping and night time programs! Guided tours of the Res ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we’ll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We’ll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 1:00am to 12:00pm. The Tijuana Estuary protects a variety of plant communities and wildlife. Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center, be it u ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities which include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art, and more! Kids can earn the Junior Ranger badge and o ...

Coloma Gold Rush Live

Coloma Gold Rush Live and will be held the second weekend in October, Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th from 10:00am-4:00pm each day. During this weekend we turn our park back into an 1850's tent ...

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, October 11 from 1 to 2 pm 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 b ...

Discover Big Basin!

Saturday, October 4 at 12 Sunday, October 5 at 12 Saturday, October 11 at 12 Sunday, October 26 at 12 On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with Docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth red ...

Big Basin Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, Sunday, October 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 can ...

Rancho del Oso Fireside Stories

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 11 am Pretend, play, sing and explore! Bring the family and gather round the fireplace together at the Nature and History Center for a story followed by activities focused ...

Coloma Gold Rush Live

Coloma Gold Rush Live and will be held the second weekend in October, Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th from 10:00am-4:00pm each day. During this weekend we turn our park back into an 1850's tent ...

Welcome Back Monarchs Day!

Sunday, October 12 from 11am to 4pm Wing your way to Natural Bridges State Beach on Sunday, October 12 from 11am to 4pm and celebrate migrating monarch butterflies as they begin to return to their ov ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we’ll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We’ll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, October 4, 18 and 25 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Inte ...

Big Basin Wildflower Walk

Saturday, October 18 at 10 am AND Sunday, October 19 at 10 am Join Docent Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s flowering plants. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the ...

Fort Ross SHP - Harvest Festival

Apple harvesting in the historic orchard Grand Luncheon and Wine Tasting Song & dance with Kedry, Kitka and Su Nu Nu Shinal Delicious seasonal fare for sale Historic crafts, cannon firi ...

Tijuana Estuary Speaker Series

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Recurrence: every 3rd Saturday of the month Location: Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center Questions: 619-575-3613 Check to see who's the upcoming speaker: http://trnerr.org/ ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities which include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art, and more! Kids can earn the Junior Ranger badge and o ...

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walks

Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday 3:00 to 4:00pm. Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail and view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this Reserve on their year ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we’ll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We’ll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Rancho del Oso Critter Crafts

Sunday, October 19, 2014 from Noon to 4 pm Drop in for fun nature-themed craft time at the Nature and History Center. We will have a FREE make-and-take-activity most children can complete independent ...

Big Basin Wildflower Walk

Saturday, October 18 at 10 am AND Sunday, October 19 at 10 am Join Docent Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s flowering plants. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the ...

Big Basin Shadowbrook Stroll

Sunday, October 5 at 10:30 am Join Docent Peggy O’Shea as she guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is ...

Big Basin the Hidden Descent

Sunday, October 19 at 9:45 am Feel like the first person to explore a new forest! We hike upward on the Dool Trail and have a snack at Ocean View Summit. Continuing along Middle Ridge Road, we descend ...

Columbia SHP - Ghost Tours

Time: 3:00 pm Have you heard that there are ghosts in Columbia? Join us on the tour to find out where they lurk and the stories behind those who lived in Columbia during the Gold Rush. $10/person. ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 1:00am to 12:00pm. The Tijuana Estuary protects a variety of plant communities and wildlife. Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center, be it u ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities which include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art, and more! Kids can earn the Junior Ranger badge and o ...

Apple Festival

Silverwood Lake SRA will be hosting an Apple Festival from 10:00am-3:00pm. Learn how to harvest apples, work an apple press, make fresh apple cider and learn about our historic apple orchard. BBQ lunc ...

Big Basin Snakes Alive!

Saturday, October 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 f ...

Big Basin Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, October 4 from 9-12 AND Saturday, October 25 from 9-12 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 ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, October 4, 18 and 25 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Inte ...

Discover Big Basin!

Saturday, October 4 at 12 Sunday, October 5 at 12 Saturday, October 11 at 12 Sunday, October 26 at 12 On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with Docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth red ...

Pioneers of Big Basin

Sunday, October 26 at 11:30 am Join Docent Hal Anjo on an easy three-mile, three-hour round trip to the site of the Maddock Cabin. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the redwoods and hear stories of the e ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we’ll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We’ll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...