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Upcoming Events at All Parks in May, 2016

Anza-Borrego Desert SP - Talk

5/6/2016 @ 3:00 p.m. (45 Minutes) - Moon Features Come Alive Have you wondered what the “Man in the Moon” really is? Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for this interactiv ...

Equal Access Seal Tours

Available on Demand If you need mobility assistance, you can request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boa ...

Hendy Woods SP - River Life

Time: 10:30am Location: Meet at day use area Interpretive Programs May 2016 • Check out white board at visitor center for additional programs. • Ask about our Stargazing progr ...

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals! Visit the fema ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) at 11 am and 2 pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important ...

Earths Ever-Changing Forces

Saturday, May 7 at 1pm with volunteer Liz Colvard Saturday, May 29 at 11am with volunteer Jeff Phillips Join a State Parks Volunteer on a 1-mile, 1-hour adventure to observe t ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 am to noon Saturday, May 14 from 9 am to noon Monday, May 30 Memorial Day from 9:30 am to noon Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Headq ...

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 ...

Hendy Woods SP - Jr. Rangers

Time: 10:30pm Location: Campfire Center Interpretive Programs May 2016 • Jr. Ranger programs are for ages 7-12 years. • Check out white board at visitor center for additional ...

Fort Tejon SHP - Frontier Army Days

Come and take a step back in time and see California as it was in 1856. At Fort Tejon State Historic Park, visitors can witness life at This U.S. Army post of the Far West. Fort Tejon was a crossroad ...

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 disc ...

Hike Burleigh Murray State Park

Sunday, May 8 at 1 pm Sunday, May 22 at 1 pm Join us on a leisurely two and a half mile, two hour hike along Mills Creek at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. Enjoy one of o ...

Empire Mine SHP - 2016 Mother's Day

Springtime at the Empire Mine 11 am to 4pm. Enjoy the Empire Gardens in bloom and step back in time in the Cottage, Clubhouse and Mine Yard, You can visit with the costumes characters in many of t ...

Exploring Big Basin

Every Tuesday at 9 am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes can range from 5 to 8 ...

Anza-Borrego Desert SP - Hike

5/5/2016 @ 8:00am (4-5 Hours) - Little Surprise Canyon to Culp Valley This moderately strenuous 6-mile hike will take us from the desert floor to the chapparal at about 3,600 feet. Join volunteer ...

Annadel SP - Historic Quarry Hike #4

Time: 9 AM Hike Departure Location: North Burma Trailhead on Channel Drive Join our volunteer history collector for a hike to historical quarry sites. This hike is about 5 miles long and tr ...

Hendy Woods SP - River Life

Time: 10:30am Location: Meet at day use area Interpretive Programs May 2016 • Check out white board at visitor center for additional programs. • Ask about our Stargazing progr ...

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 ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, May 7 at 11 am Saturday, May 14 at 11 am Saturday, May 21 at 11 am On these two hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geolo ...

Mission Building Game

Saturday, May 14 from 2:30pm to 4pm Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18 th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the ...

Hike the Gray Whale Cove Trail

Saturday, May 14 at 10 am Join us for a moderate two mile, two hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at State Parks’ McNee Ranch at Montara. Enjoy ocean views, c ...

Hike the Gray Whale Cove Trail

Saturday, May 14 at 10 am Join us for a moderate two mile, two hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at State Parks’ McNee Ranch at Montara. Enjoy ocean views, c ...

Volunteer with the Trail Crew

Saturday, May 14 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 Sat ...

Shadowbrook Stroll

Saturday, May 14 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 ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 am to noon Saturday, May 14 from 9 am to noon Monday, May 30 Memorial Day from 9:30 am to noon Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Headq ...

Living History Day

Join us on the second Saturday of the month for living history activities and events. Enjoy the park filled with docents dressed in period clothing who discuss the 1850s and give demonstrations. You a ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11:00am 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, b ...

Int'l Migratory Bird Day

8:30 am to 2:00pm Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932 619-575-3613 Event Schedule can be found at: http://trnerr.org/imbd Free Family Event! An a ...

Anza-Borrego Desert SP - Hike

5/5/2016 @ 8:00am (4-5 Hours) - Little Surprise Canyon to Culp Valley This moderately strenuous 6-mile hike will take us from the desert floor to the chapparal at about 3,600 feet. Join volunteer ...

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walk

Every 1st, and 3rd 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 yearl ...

Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, May 15 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 ...

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 disc ...

Exploring Big Basin

Every Tuesday at 9 am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes can range from 5 to 8 ...

Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California will be starting in Morro Bay and travelling to Monterey County via Highway One. Please note that this will cause delays and traffic in the Big Sur area between 12:00 noon ...

Hendy Woods SP - River Life

Time: 10:30am Location: Meet at day use area Interpretive Programs May 2016 • Check out white board at visitor center for additional programs. • Ask about our Stargazing progr ...

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 the upcoming speaker is: http://tr ...

Wildflower Walk

Saturday, May 21 at 10 am Sunday, May 22 at 10 am Join Docent Scott Peden on this slow-paced walk with lots of stops to identify flowering plants and take photos. You ...

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 ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, May 7 at 11 am Saturday, May 14 at 11 am Saturday, May 21 at 11 am On these two hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geolo ...

Guided Redwood Walk

Saturday, May 21 from 1pm to 3pm with State Park Naturalist Rosanna Saturday, May 28 at 1 pm with State Park Naturalist Molly Join us for a 1 mile, 2 hour stroll along the ...

A Founding Family of California

Saturday, May 21 from 11 am to 12 pm Bring your family to California’s next state historic park for a 1 hour stroll through the eyes of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de An ...

Hike Burleigh Murray State Park

Sunday, May 8 at 1 pm Sunday, May 22 at 1 pm Join us on a leisurely two and a half mile, two hour hike along Mills Creek at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. Enjoy one of o ...

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 disc ...

Wildflower Walk

Saturday, May 21 at 10 am Sunday, May 22 at 10 am Join Docent Scott Peden on this slow-paced walk with lots of stops to identify flowering plants and take photos. You ...

The Hidden Descent

Sunday, May 22 at 10 am Feel like the first person to explore a new forest! We hike up the Dool Trail and have a snack at Ocean View Summit, then descend along Opal Creek on the Holl ...

Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Sunday, May 22 at noon Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We will stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest ...

Exploring Big Basin

Every Tuesday at 9 am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes can range from 5 to 8 ...

Tip Toe Trek

Thursday, May 26 at 1 pm Saturday, May 28 at 1 pm Join us and explore the great diversity that this short 2-mile-loop has to offer. From Pescadero Creek to the redwood forest, ...

Hendy Woods SP - River Life

Time: 10:30am Location: Meet at day use area Interpretive Programs May 2016 • Check out white board at visitor center for additional programs. • Ask about our Stargazing progr ...

Campfire Program: Forest Foods

Friday, May 27 at 8 pm Meet at the campfire center Friday night to experience some of the many uses that the local plants have to offer. Learn about how plants have been used for medicina ...

Junior Rangers: Are We Lost?

Saturday, May 28 at 10 am Enlist as a State Parks Junior Ranger to learn the basics of map reading and hiking! We will learn and practice the art of map reading as we head out on a scave ...

Tip Toe Trek

Thursday, May 26 at 1 pm Saturday, May 28 at 1 pm Join us and explore the great diversity that this short 2-mile-loop has to offer. From Pescadero Creek to the redwood forest, ...

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 to 6 and their whole families. Pretend, ...

Guided Redwood Walk

Saturday, May 21 from 1pm to 3pm with State Park Naturalist Rosanna Saturday, May 28 at 1 pm with State Park Naturalist Molly Join us for a 1 mile, 2 hour stroll along the ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 28 at 7 pm Sunday, May 29 at 7 pm Saturday, May 30 at 7 pm Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, May 28 from noon to 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 ...

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 will discuss forests, flowers and fires o ...

Coffee, Books and Crafts

Saturday, May 28 from 1 pm to 3 pm 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 cof ...

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 ab ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11:00am 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, b ...

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walk

Every 1st, and 3rd 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 yearl ...

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 ab ...

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 disc ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 28 at 7 pm Sunday, May 29 at 7 pm Saturday, May 30 at 7 pm Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the ...

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 to 6 and their whole families. Pretend, ...

Old Tree Amble

Sunday, May 29 at 1 pm Join Portola State Park Naturalist Erik Hylkema on this mellow, 1 mile stroll through the redwoods and discover one of the oldest trees in the park. We will be lo ...

Communities of Castle Rock

Sunday, May 29 at 10 am Explore the massive rock outcropping and expansive views that draws visitors from all over the world to Castle Rock State Park. Join us for an opportunity to exa ...

Earths Ever-Changing Forces

Saturday, May 7 at 1pm with volunteer Liz Colvard Saturday, May 29 at 11am with volunteer Jeff Phillips Join a State Parks Volunteer on a 1-mile, 1-hour adventure to observe t ...

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 to 6 and their whole families. Pretend, ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 28 at 7 pm Sunday, May 29 at 7 pm Saturday, May 30 at 7 pm Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the ...

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 Basins redwood forest! We will discover what surprises th ...

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 ab ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 am to noon Saturday, May 14 from 9 am to noon Monday, May 30 Memorial Day from 9:30 am to noon Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Headq ...

Exploring Big Basin

Every Tuesday at 9 am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes can range from 5 to 8 ...