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Upcoming Events at All Parks in September, 2014

Docent-Led Children's Program

Docent-Led Children’s Program: Offered September through May of the school year: first Tuesday of each month, and each Thursday and Friday, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day week ...

Docent-Led Children's Program

Docent-Led Children’s Program: Offered September through May of the school year: first Tuesday of each month, and each Thursday and Friday, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day week ...

Friday Night Done Right

Fridays in September at 5 pm Why join the party animals in the city when you can party with the animals in the mountains? There is some extremely wild nightlife going on up in Castle Rock, and th ...

Mission Living History Program

Saturdays from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Living history activities take place most Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Activities vary and may include mission cook ...

Way up to Westridge Hike

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center : Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017.Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturdays in September at Noon Join our park interpreter, Audrey, on a scenic and gentle 1 mile hike to the ancient and awe inspiring redwood tree known simply as “The Old Tree”. See the majestic ...

Tip Toe Tour

Saturdays in September at 4 pm Join our park interpreter Audrey for a leisurely 1.2 mile hike on varied terrain to the trickle we know as Tip-Toe Falls. See the creek-side riparian habitat, and h ...

Twilight Hike

Saturday, September 6 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 20 at 6:30 pm Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night ...

Discover Big Basin!

Monday, September 1 at 12 pm Saturday, September 6 at 12 pm Sunday, September 7 at 12 pm Sunday, September 14 at 12 pm Sunday, September 21 at 12 pm Sunday, September 28 at 12 pm On this 4-hour, 4-mil ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Coffee Talk and Crafts Saturday, September 6 from 9-12 AND Saturday, September 27 from 9-12 Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great wa ...

Redwood Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm (except only 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 27) AND Monday, September 1 at 11 am and 2 pm Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll th ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays at 1:30 pm (except for Special Event September 27) Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, ha ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturdays at 3 pm (except for Special Event September 27) This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce 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 ...

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 ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, September 6, 20 and 27 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 Ranc ...

Wildflower Walk

Sunday, September 7, from 11am to 3pm Walk along the trails of Butano State Park with Volunteer Naturalist Scott Peden. This is a slowly-paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flow ...

The Rockstars of Castle Rock State Park

Sundays in September at 1 pm What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Castle Rock? Come see the towering, cavernous tafoni, marvel in their beauty and savor their delicate splendor ...

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 ...

The Gardens of Castle Rock

Sundays in September at 9 am Castle Rock is home to many monuments. While the amazing and timeless rocks tower above, the unsung heros of this park dig their roots deep into the soil and gently s ...

Friday Night Done Right

Fridays in September at 5 pm Why join the party animals in the city when you can party with the animals in the mountains? There is some extremely wild nightlife going on up in Castle Rock, and th ...

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 ...

Volunteer with the Trail Crew!

Saturday, September 13 at 9 am (must be 18 years of age or older) 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 ...

Shadowbrook Stroll

Saturday, September 13 at 10:30 am 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 four ...

Twilight Hike

Saturday, September 6 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 20 at 6:30 pm Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays at 1:30 pm (except for Special Event September 27) Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, ha ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturdays at 3 pm (except for Special Event September 27) This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce you ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturdays in September at Noon Join our park interpreter, Audrey, on a scenic and gentle 1 mile hike to the ancient and awe inspiring redwood tree known simply as “The Old Tree”. See the majestic ...

Tip Toe Tour

Saturdays in September at 4 pm Join our park interpreter Audrey for a leisurely 1.2 mile hike on varied terrain to the trickle we know as Tip-Toe Falls. See the creek-side riparian habitat, and h ...

Mission Living History Program

Saturdays from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Living history activities take place most Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Activities vary and may include mission cook ...

Wildflower Hike

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10 am Take a hike among the wildflowers of Rancho del Oso’s Waddell Valley. Docent naturalist Scott Peden will lead an approximately 4-mile hike to view a variety ...

Ohlone Day

Time: 10am - 4pm Event features hands-on experiences to relate Ohlone cultural, social, and every-day life Celebrate the Ohlone People of the past with those of the present at Ohlone Day on S ...

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. ...

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 ...

Adamson House 150th Celebration

Time: 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. On September 14th the historic, Malibu beachfront Adamson House at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, invites you to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of California State Par ...

Adamson House 150th Celebration

Time: 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. On September 14th the historic, Malibu beachfront Adamson House at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, invites you to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of California State Par ...

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 ...

Fireside Stories

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

The Gardens of Castle Rock

Sundays in September at 9 am Castle Rock is home to many monuments. While the amazing and timeless rocks tower above, the unsung heros of this park dig their roots deep into the soil and gently s ...

The Rockstars of Castle Rock State Park

Sundays in September at 1 pm What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Castle Rock? Come see the towering, cavernous tafoni, marvel in their beauty and savor their delicate splendor ...

Volunteer Naturalist Training

Año Nuevo Volunteer Naturalist Training begins September 14! Año Nuevo State Park is currently looking for outdoor enthusiasts to join our volunteer family. A true jewel of the California coast a ...

Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, September 14 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 a ...

A Walk in the Past

Sunday, September 14 at 11:30 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 Ohlones used ...

Felling the Giants

Sunday, September 14 at 12:30 pm 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 logging c ...

Friday Night Done Right

Fridays in September at 5 pm Why join the party animals in the city when you can party with the animals in the mountains? There is some extremely wild nightlife going on up in Castle Rock, and th ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturdays in September at Noon Join our park interpreter, Audrey, on a scenic and gentle 1 mile hike to the ancient and awe inspiring redwood tree known simply as “The Old Tree”. See the majestic ...

Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

Waddell Beach at Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center September 20, 2014 from 9 am to Noon Join Save Our Shores for California's biggest volunteer effort, Coastal Cleanup Day 2014 at Wad ...

Mission Living History Program

Saturdays from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Living history activities take place most Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Activities vary and may include mission cook ...

Tip Toe Tour

Saturdays in September at 4 pm Join our park interpreter Audrey for a leisurely 1.2 mile hike on varied terrain to the trickle we know as Tip-Toe Falls. See the creek-side riparian habitat, and h ...

Twilight Hike

Saturday, September 6 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 20 at 6:30 pm Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night ...

Wildflower Walk!

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, September 20 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 s ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays at 1:30 pm (except for Special Event September 27) Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, ha ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturdays at 3 pm (except for Special Event September 27) This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce 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 ...

Coastal Geology Walk

Park : Año Nuevo State Park What: Coastal Geology Walk Where: Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd, Pescadero CA, 94060 When: Saturday September 10, 20 ...

Int’l Coastal Clean-up Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014 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 t ...

Int'l Coastal Clean-up Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014 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 t ...

Columbia SHP - Back to School Night 1861

Time: 4-7pm Join us for a beautiful evening at the historic schoolhouse. During this reminiscent event, take a tour of the upstairs, sit in on a lesson taught by a docent dressed as an 1860s schoo ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, September 6, 20 and 27 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 Ranc ...

Coastal Cleanup Day!

Come to Silverwood Lake State Rec Area to clean up the shore line between 9am-12pm. If you would like to volunteer please call the park office at 760-389-228. All ages are welcome.

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 ...

Wildflower Walk!

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

The Rockstars of Castle Rock State Park

Sundays in September at 1 pm What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Castle Rock? Come see the towering, cavernous tafoni, marvel in their beauty and savor their delicate splendor ...

The Gardens of Castle Rock

Sundays in September at 9 am Castle Rock is home to many monuments. While the amazing and timeless rocks tower above, the unsung heros of this park dig their roots deep into the soil and gently s ...

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 ...

Friday Night Done Right

Fridays in September at 5 pm Why join the party animals in the city when you can party with the animals in the mountains? There is some extremely wild nightlife going on up in Castle Rock, and th ...

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 ...

Bike and Hike the Waddell Valley

Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...

Tip Toe Tour

Saturdays in September at 4 pm Join our park interpreter Audrey for a leisurely 1.2 mile hike on varied terrain to the trickle we know as Tip-Toe Falls. See the creek-side riparian habitat, and h ...

Mission Living History Program

Saturdays from 1p.m. to 2p.m. Living history activities take place most Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Activities vary and may include mission cook ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturdays in September at Noon Join our park interpreter, Audrey, on a scenic and gentle 1 mile hike to the ancient and awe inspiring redwood tree known simply as “The Old Tree”. See the majestic ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, September 6 from 9-12 AND Saturday, September 27 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 ...

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

Saturdays, September 6, 20 and 27 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 Ranc ...

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 ...

BYOB Hike

Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 am Join docent Kathy Willott for a BYOB hike to Buzzard’s Roost. That’s Bring Your Own Breakfast. We’ll take an early hike in hopes of seeing things that might be hid ...

Pioneers of Big Basin

Sunday, September 28 at 1 pm 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 th ...

The Rockstars of Castle Rock State Park

Sundays in September at 1 pm What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Castle Rock? Come see the towering, cavernous tafoni, marvel in their beauty and savor their delicate splendor ...

The Gardens of Castle Rock

Sundays in September at 9 am Castle Rock is home to many monuments. While the amazing and timeless rocks tower above, the unsung heros of this park dig their roots deep into the soil and gently s ...

Critter Crafts

Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center : Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for mo ...