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Upcoming Events at All Parks in October, 2017

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 ...

Let's Be Crepuscular!

Where: Visitor Center When: 5:00 p.m. (1 hour) You probably know "Nocturnal", maybe "Diurnal". Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist for an easy walk near the Visitor Center at ...

Sonoma SHP - Twilight Nature Hike

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Vallejo Home Parking Lot, 363 3rd St West, Sonoma | Joleen Ossello (707) 938-9547 Come explore the trail at dusk. See how nature transforms in the early evening wit ...

Sunset Hike to Boucher Point

Where: Boucher Trail When: 5:15 p.m. (90 minutes) Boucher Point offers an unprecedented view of San Diego County and is a perfect spot to view sunsets. Join us for a brief hike along Boucher T ...

Welcome to Borrego Days

Paleontology and Archaeology Laboratories Open Houses Where: Tours begin at the Visitor Center When: Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 12 noon The Arch ...

Desert Inspiration

Where: Visitor Center When: 5:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for a sensory exploration of the desert in word and color that will nourish your connection with ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood fo ...

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, October 14 at 10am Saturday, October 21 at 9:30am Discover the diversity of birds visiting this fall on a 2-hour stroll into the Año Nuevo State Preserve. The tour is a one-way walk, ...

Archeology Demonstration

Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 2pm 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 the s ...

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 ...

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 ...

Redwood Tours

Saturday, October 7 at 11am and 2pm Saturday, October 14 at 11am and 2pm Saturday, October 21 at 11am and 2pm How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms ...

The Missing Arm

Saturday, October 21 at 6:30pm Experience a haunted tale of Big Basin’s last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky a ...

Heritage Harvest Festival

Saturday October 21, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-t ...

Saturday Speaker Series

Attend a wide variety of thought-provoking presentations on a broad scope of estuary-related topics. FREE. Click to see who's speaking: http://trnerr.org/walks-talks/ 3rd Saturday of the EVEN ...

Columbia SHP - GHOST TOURS

Time: 3:00pm Cost: $10 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 Rus ...

Doheny SB Halloween Haunt

Don’t miss out on Doheny’s most festive event of the year! Bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, a Fun Zon ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood fo ...

Welcome to Borrego Days

Paleontology and Archaeology Laboratories Open Houses Where: Tours begin at the Visitor Center When: Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 12 noon The Arch ...

Junior Rangers - Plants

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 trees and plants. Sign up in the Ranger ...

Junior Rangers - Plants

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 trees and plants. Sign up in the Ranger ...

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 ...

Notice and Wonder

Where: Visitor Center When: 10:00 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Park Interpreter Regina Reiter to explore Nature journaling. Indulge yourself in a quiet time of close observation with color, shape, an ...

Murders and Unkindnesses

Where: Visitor Center When: 10:00 a.m. (1 hour) Join State Park Volunteer Naturalist Jeff Salton to discover the remarkable differences between Crows and Ravens, and explore some of the mystery ...

Let's Be Crepuscular!

Where: Visitor Center When: 5:00 p.m. (1 hour) You probably know "Nocturnal", maybe "Diurnal". Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist for an easy walk near the Visitor Center at ...

Archaeology Weekend

Where: Visitor Center When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th, 2017 Colorado Desert Archaeology Society volunteers have been working with the Park for over ...

French Valley Trail

Where: Doane Valley Natural Preserve - meet at Doane Pond Parking Lot. When: 3:30 p.m. (90 minutes) The French Valley Trail meanders through Palomar Mountain State Park's most pristine habitats ...

Sing-along Songs

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 7:00 p.m. (45 minutes) Join Park Interpretive Specialist Will Meyst for an evening of singing classic campfire songs. You're sure to leave ...

Moon Features Come Alive

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 5:00 p.m. (45 minutes) Have you wondered what the "Man in the Moon" really is? Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for this interactive pr ...

Observe the Moon

Where: Visitor Center Roof When: 5:45 p.m. (45 minutes) Bring binoculars, if you have them, and join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter on the roof of the Visitor Center to observe the ...

Punk 'n Brew

Punk 'n Brew will be featuring variety of craft beer tasting and live music. You must be 21+ to attend. Event will be taking place in Lot 23 through 25. For more information please go to http://punk ...

Sonoma SHP - Costume Campfire Program

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm Where: Sonoma Barracks Courtyard, Spain St & First St East | Joleen Ossello (707) 938-9547 Bring the kids in costume for some fun and naturally spooky stories, songs, ...

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 ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood fo ...

Spooky or Not Spooky?

Saturday, October 14 at 11:30am Saturday, October 28 at 11:30am A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, October 28 from noon to 3pm 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? Visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park ...

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, October 7 at 11am Saturday, October 14 at 11am Saturday, October 28 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacul ...

Building Methods

Saturday, October 28 from 1pm to 2pm Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood fo ...

Bird Walk

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

Bird Walk

Where: Visitor Center Parking Lot When: 7:30 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our desert. All ...

Panorama Overlook

Where: Visitor Center When: 3:00 p.m. (2.5 hours) Meet Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter at the Visitor Center to walk across the desert and up the Panorama Overlook Trail for good vie ...

Junior 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 ...

Junior 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 ...

Archaeology Weekend

Where: Visitor Center When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th, 2017 Colorado Desert Archaeology Society volunteers have been working with the Park for over ...

Sunrise Over the Mescal Bajada

Where: Yaqui Pass Campground When: 6:30 a.m. (2 hours) Join State Park Volunteer Naturalist Terry Hunefeld for a slow 2-mile round-trip nature walk to the Bill Keyon Overlook to watch the sunri ...

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 ...