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Upcoming Events at All Parks in September, 2015

Funky Fridays at Sugarloaf Ridge SP

Bring your family and friends out to enjoy each Friday with us while listening (and dancing) to the music of Sonoma County's top bands. Bring your own food and wine, or purchase food at event. You c ...

Kids' Activities

We want children to get the most out of their park visit. Join us on weekends for one, or all, of our various park activities. All programs are free with park admission . Kids's Activ ...

Protect Our C.O.A.S.T. at San Elijo SB

Protect Our Clean Oceans And Shorelines Today! We explore how waste and recycling move through the watershed, talk about what is commonly found on the beach and discuss ways to keep our beaches clean ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Saturday, September 5 at 1 pm Monday, September 7 at 1 pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 5 at 11 am Saturday, September 19 at 11 am Saturday, September 26 at 11 am On this 2 hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, anim ...

Redwood Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday in September at 11 am and 2 pm Monday, September 7 Labor Day at 11 am and 2 pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they imp ...

Evening Campfire Program

Every Saturday in September at 6:30 pm Sunday, September 6 at 6:30 pm Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday at 4:30 pm (except for a special event on Saturday, September 26) Sunday, September 6 at 4:30 pm Monday, September 7 at 10 am This fun program is designed for ...

Junior Rangers

Every Saturday at 3 pm (except for a special event on Saturday, September 26) Sunday, September 6 at 3 pm Monday, September 7 at 11 am Discover the fascinating secrets ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday , September 5 at 10:30 am "Creek Detectives" Sunday, September 6 at 10 am “Animal Tracks and Signs” Monday, September 7 at 10 am “Give Plants a Chance ...

Campfires Program: “Banana Slugs”

Saturday, September 5 at 8 pm Come join us for an evening under the stars, roasting marshmallows and enjoy games like Park Jeopardy. Afterward we will have a short slideshow on our char ...

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

Nature’s Reading Room

Saturday, September 5 from 1 to 3 pm Come sit under our redwoods in the Campfire Center, nature’s reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by and Docent Norm B ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, September 5 at 10:30 am with Peggy OShea Saturday, September 12 at noon with Hal Anjo Join one of our knowledgeable docents on a diverse hikes, by mountain strea ...

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Sunday, September 6 at 10 am Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5 mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with ...

Guided Walk: “Nocturnal Animals”

Sunday, September 6 at 8 pm Join Interpreter Specialist Andrea for a 1 hour long stroll along the Goat Hill trail to discover the nocturnal animals of Butano. All ages ar ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday , September 5 at 10:30 am "Creek Detectives" Sunday, September 6 at 10 am “Animal Tracks and Signs” Monday, September 7 at 10 am “Give Plants a Chance ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...

Family Discovery Walk

Sunday, September 6 at 1 pm Saturday, September 19 at 1 pm Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basins redwood ...

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 yearly m ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Saturday, September 5 at 1 pm Monday, September 7 at 1 pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn ...

A Walk in the Past

Monday, September 7 at 10 am No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Oh ...

Felling the Giants

Monday, September 7 at Noon Logging was the major industry in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 50 years. How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday , September 5 at 10:30 am "Creek Detectives" Sunday, September 6 at 10 am “Animal Tracks and Signs” Monday, September 7 at 10 am “Give Plants a Chance ...

Woodland Weeding Party - 1:00pm

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm Lead volunteers will guide you in removing non-native plants from the park. Bring water, snacks, and dress for outdoor work. Park for free at the west end of Azalea Picnic ...

Archeology Demonstration

Saturday, September 12 at 1 pm How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover ...

Volunteer with the Trail Crew

Saturday, September 12 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 ...

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

A Year in the Life of the Quiroste

Saturday, September 12 at 1pm For thousands of years before European explorers came to California, the Quiroste people lived a lifestyle rooted in the abundant resources around present-day ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, September 5 at 10:30 am with Peggy OShea Saturday, September 12 at noon with Hal Anjo Join one of our knowledgeable docents on a diverse hikes, by mountain strea ...

Kids' Activities

We want children to get the most out of their park visit. Join us on weekends for one, or all, of our various park activities. All programs are free with park admission . Kids's Activ ...

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, be i ...

Columbia SHP-Ghost Tours

Ghost Tours - Saturdays, July 25, August 8, August 29, September 12, September 26, and October 24, Time: 3pm Walk through town with a costumed guide and hear stories of people from the pa ...

Columbia SHP - Gold Rush Days

Time: 1 to 4pm Occurs the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4pm. Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon. ...

Fiestas Patrias

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a festival to commemorate and experience the rich and diverse culture of Mexican California. There will be music, dancing, a parade, games, and activities for t ...

Beach Cleanup at South Carlsbad SB

Give back to your beautiful beach by joining parks staff in cleaning up some post weekend waste and recycling on the beach. Bags, gloves and tally sheets provided. Meet at the main staircase ...

Woodland Weeding Party - 1:00pm

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm Lead volunteers will guide you in removing non-native plants from the park. Bring water, snacks, and dress for outdoor work. Park for free at the west end of Azalea Picnic ...

Biking Big Basin

Sunday, September 6 at Noon Thursday, September 17 at Noon Tuesday, September 22 at Noon Pedal some of the Parks easier gravel fire roads with Docent Barry Grimm. Fam ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...

Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, September 13 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 redwo ...

Silver Strand SB - Campfire Program

6:00pm-7:00pm Join us around a campfire to celebrate a special aspect of Silver Strand State Beach at these evening programs for all ages. Sing songs, play games, listen to a story, participate in a ...

Biking Big Basin

Sunday, September 6 at Noon Thursday, September 17 at Noon Tuesday, September 22 at Noon Pedal some of the Parks easier gravel fire roads with Docent Barry Grimm. Fam ...

Int’l Coastal Clean-up Day

9am - 12pm Celebrated the third Saturday in September, it is the largest beach and waterway cleanup program with data collection in the world. Volunteers from around the world parti ...

Kids' Activities

We want children to get the most out of their park visit. Join us on weekends for one, or all, of our various park activities. All programs are free with park admission . Kids's Activ ...

Coastal Cleanup Day at San Elijo SB

Come join parks staff at Seaside Reef Day Use Parking (morning fee waived) for the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Bags, gloves and tally sheets provided. Bring your sunscreen and smiles. Signup at cleanu ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 5 at 11 am Saturday, September 19 at 11 am Saturday, September 26 at 11 am On this 2 hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, anim ...

Shadowbrook Stroll

Saturday, September 19 at Noon 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 i ...

Family Days at Ranco del Oso

Saturday, September 19 at 2 pm Children of all ages welcome! Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, creative crafts and an adventurous nature hike. One of our talented docents will ...

California Coastal Cleanup Day

Join staff and volunteers at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, September 19 from 9am-12pm as we celebrate coastal conservation by cleaning the beach. Meet at either the Reef Point parking lot ...

Family Discovery Walk

Sunday, September 6 at 1 pm Saturday, September 19 at 1 pm Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basins redwood ...

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Sunday, September 20 at 10 am Escape the crowds on this 6 mile, 4.5 hour loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join Docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail t ...

Snakes Alive!

Sunday, September 20 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 Lod ...

Beach Cleanup at South Carlsbad SB

Give back to your beautiful beach by joining parks staff in cleaning up some post weekend waste and recycling on the beach. Bags, gloves and tally sheets provided. Meet at the main staircase ...

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 yearly m ...

Biking Big Basin

Sunday, September 6 at Noon Thursday, September 17 at Noon Tuesday, September 22 at Noon Pedal some of the Parks easier gravel fire roads with Docent Barry Grimm. Fam ...

One Tribe Festival (Concert)

Lake Perris SRA, including camping and day use, will be closed to the public on September 25th and 26th! The Lake Perris State Recreation Area will be the home to the One Tribe Festival on Sep ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 5 at 11 am Saturday, September 19 at 11 am Saturday, September 26 at 11 am On this 2 hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, anim ...

Silver Strand SB - Junior Rangers

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 other awa ...

One Tribe Festival (Concert)

Lake Perris SRA, including camping and day use, will be closed to the public on September 25th and 26th! The Lake Perris State Recreation Area will be the home to the One Tribe Festival on Sep ...

Seaside Reef Tide Pool Exploration

Join parks staff for the first afternoon extreme low tide of the season! Explore the tide pools of Seaside Reef to find crabs, anenomes, sea stars and more! Meet at Tower #11 at @ 2:00pm or catch us w ...

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, be i ...

Columbia SHP-Ghost Tours

Ghost Tours - Saturdays, July 25, August 8, August 29, September 12, September 26, and October 24, Time: 3pm Walk through town with a costumed guide and hear stories of people from the pa ...

Beach Cleanup at South Carlsbad SB

Give back to your beautiful beach by joining parks staff in cleaning up some post weekend waste and recycling on the beach. Bags, gloves and tally sheets provided. Meet at the main staircase ...

Tide Pool Exploration at Carlsbad SB

Join parks staff for the first extreme afternoon low tide of the season at Terra Mar Reef. Located just north of Cerezo Dr and Carlsbad Blvd. Meet at the top of the staircase at 3:00pm to look for cra ...

Silver Strand SB - Nature Walk

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 activity ...