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Upcoming Events at All Parks in September, 2017

Native American Creation Stories

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 7:15 p.m. (45 minutes) Join Park Interpretive Specialist Will Meyst for an evening of sharing creation stories. These stories are sure to i ...

Nature Hike

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use Area When: 9:00 a.m. Hike the Azalea Trail and find out more about some of the natural resources in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Horses 101

Where: Green Valley Day Use Area When: 12:00 p.m. Meet and greet horses in the Park! This encouter hosted by our Mounted Assistance Unit gets you up close and personal to learn about and intera ...

Star Party

Where: Paso Picacho Group Camp When: 8:00 p.m. (2 hours) San Diego Astronomy Association joins us with their amazing telescopes to teach us about astronomy utilizing Cuyamaca's stellar dark ski ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investi ...

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, September 23 at 4pm Sunday, October 29 at 8am Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and ...

Celebrate the Coast!

Sept. 23rd, 10am-4pm, Heart's Desire Beach. A great day of activities, walks and hikes, Junior Ranger programs, kayaking demos and more. Don't miss the youth poetry "Spoken Word" performance at 3pm. ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm Monday, September 4 at 11 am and 2 pm Friday, September 8 at 11am and 2pm Friday, September 22 at 11am and 2pm Thursday, September 28 at 11am and 2pm How do t ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm Step back in time to the late 1800's on this 1-hour tour of an early dairy ranch. Explore California's early ranching history by visiting an 1897 Victorian home, o ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 2 at 11am Saturday, September 16 at 11am Saturday, September 23 at 11am Saturday, September 30 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use Area When: 10:30 a.m. For children ages 7 to 12. Junior Ragners provides an opportunity for children to participate in a fun, hands-on activity desgined especially ...

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Saturday, September 23 at 10:30am This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, September 23 from noon to 3pm Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across ...

Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, September 23 at 1pm Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We will discover what surprises the ...

Nature Walk

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, be it upland plant adaptations or the significance of our ...

Coastal Country Jam

Coastal Country Jam – Summer Edition is the largest 21+ Country Beach Bash in the Country! This unique event takes place right on beautiful beaches of Huntington State Beach in sunny Orange Cou ...

Redwood Tours

Saturday, September 2 at 11am and 2pm Saturday, September 23 at 11am and 2pm Saturday, September 30 at 11am and 2pm How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important ...

Coastal Country Jam

Coastal Country Jam – Summer Edition is the largest 21+ Country Beach Bash in the Country! This unique event takes place right on beautiful beaches of Huntington State Beach in sunny Orange Cou ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm Step back in time to the late 1800's on this 1-hour tour of an early dairy ranch. Explore California's early ranching history by visiting an 1897 Victorian home, o ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm Monday, September 4 at 11 am and 2 pm Friday, September 8 at 11am and 2pm Friday, September 22 at 11am and 2pm Thursday, September 28 at 11am and 2pm How do t ...

City of Carpinteria Triathlon

This athletic event is a community tradition, celebrating it's 20th year in 2017. Special event information can be found at http://www.carpinteriatriathlon.com/.

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 ...

Jr. Rangers: Mammals

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 9:00 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger Sta ...

Jr. Rangers: Mammals

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 9:45 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger Sta ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Wednesday, September 6 at 10:30am Monday, September 25 at 10:30am Join Docent Hal Anjo on a varied hike—you see mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You will discuss fores ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9am 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 ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm Monday, September 4 at 11 am and 2 pm Friday, September 8 at 11am and 2pm Friday, September 22 at 11am and 2pm Thursday, September 28 at 11am and 2pm How do t ...

Columbia SHP - STORIES IN STONE

Time: Evenings Cost: $25 Visitors are led through Columbia’s historic cemetery by costumed volunteers carrying lanterns where they will visit 13 grave sites. The dead ...

Pacific Paddle Games

Come compete or cheer for your favorite paddler at the Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life with this 3-day competition. There are a variety of Technical and Distance races offered for both pr ...

Don't take Parks for Granite!

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 5:30 p.m. (45 minutes) Palomar Mountain is located right in the middle of an amazing geologic drama. Step outside the bounds of time to dis ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investi ...

Horses 101

Where: Green Valley Day Use Area When: 12:00 p.m. Meet and greet horses in the Park! This encouter hosted by our Mounted Assistance Unit gets you up close and personal to learn about and intera ...

Sing-Along-Songs

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 7:15 p.m. (45 minutes) Join Park Interpretive Specialist Will Meyst for an evening of singing classic campfire songs. You're sure to leave ...

Pacific Paddle Games

Come compete or cheer for your favorite paddler at the Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life with this 3-day competition. There are a variety of Technical and Distance races offered for both pr ...

Redwood Tours

Saturday, September 2 at 11am and 2pm Saturday, September 23 at 11am and 2pm Saturday, September 30 at 11am and 2pm How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important ...

Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, September 16 from 10am to noon Saturday, September 30 from 10am to noon Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to ma ...

BeachFront Cinema

BeachFront Cinema is the premier outdoor movie experience, which takes place on the beautiful sandy beaches of Southern California. This one of a kind event consists of a reserved, premium area on th ...

Columbia SHP - STORIES IN STONE

Time: Evenings Cost: $25 Visitors are led through Columbia’s historic cemetery by costumed volunteers carrying lanterns where they will visit 13 grave sites. The dead ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm Monday, September 4 at 11 am and 2 pm Friday, September 8 at 11am and 2pm Friday, September 22 at 11am and 2pm Thursday, September 28 at 11am and 2pm How do t ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, September 2 at 3pm Sunday, September 3 at 3pm Monday, September 4 at 11am Saturday, September 30 at 3pm Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and ...

Little Rangers

Saturday, September 2 at 4:30pm Sunday, September 3 at 4:30pm Monday, September 4 at 10am Saturday, September 30 at 4:30pm This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm Step back in time to the late 1800's on this 1-hour tour of an early dairy ranch. Explore California's early ranching history by visiting an 1897 Victorian home, o ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 2 at 11am Saturday, September 16 at 11am Saturday, September 23 at 11am Saturday, September 30 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the ...

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, September 30 at 1pm 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 be a ...

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Wednesday, September 20 at 10:30am Saturday, September 30 at 10:30am 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 b ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use Area When: 10:30 a.m. For children ages 7 to 12. Junior Ragners provides an opportunity for children to participate in a fun, hands-on activity desgined especially ...

Nature Hike

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use Area When: 9:00 a.m. Hike the Azalea Trail and find out more about some of the natural resources in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Founders’ Day Special Event

Saturday, September 30 from 9am to 5pm Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 115 years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old ...