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Upcoming Events at All Parks in May, 2018

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 a ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Campfire Center in the Doane Valley Campground When: 10:30 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the mountain environment. Sign up in the Ranger ...

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, May 13 from 1pm to 3:30pm Paper Poppies Sunday, May 27 from 1pm to 3:30pm Tule Mats Enjoy an informal afternoon creating and crafting at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Event is f ...

Gold Panning

Seek your fortune the old-fashioned way at the Gold Panning troughs located by the Visitor Center at Bridgeport. This is a free-flowing docent-led program, from Noon-2:00 PM. One dollar donations ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 4 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 11 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 18 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 28 at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 26 at 7pm Sunday, May 27 at 7pm Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 26 at 4:30 pm Sunday, May 27 at 4:30 pm Monday, May 28 at 10 am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour progr ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 26 at 3pm Sunday, May 27 at 3pm Monday, May 28 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour ...

Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, May 19 at 1pm Sunday, May 27 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’ll discover ...

Hike - Flower Hike

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use When: 8:00 a.m. (4 hours) Hike with Interpreters and learn more about wildflowers currently in bloom! Hikes range from 3-8 miles but are slow and steady so all can ...

Patio Talk

Where: Park Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Enjoy a casual presentation with an interpreter covering a variety of topics. Check event boards for the topic of the day. Meet at Park Vi ...

Tour

Where: TBA When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join an Interpreter on a casual walk-and-talk exploring topics unique to our park. Check event boards for the topic and meeting place for the day .

Pony Tales

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use Back Loop When: 6:00 p.m. (1 hour) Swing on down to Pony Tales - Sing-a-long with classic camp songs. Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use, back loop .

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 26 at 3pm Sunday, May 27 at 3pm Monday, May 28 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 26 at 4:30 pm Sunday, May 27 at 4:30 pm Monday, May 28 at 10 am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour progr ...

The Hidden Forest

Monday, May 28 at 10am Explore some of the more remote areas of Big Basin Redwood State Park on this challenging 9-mile, 5-hour hike that gains about 1000’ elevation. We’ll hike up Dool T ...

Snakes Alive!

Monday, May 28 from 12pm 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? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Big Basin ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 4 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 11 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 18 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 28 at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to ...

Gold Panning

Seek your fortune the old-fashioned way at the Gold Panning troughs located by the Visitor Center at Bridgeport. This is a free-flowing docent-led program, from Noon-2:00 PM. One dollar donations ...

Mission Strategy Game

Monday, May 28 from 11am to 12:30pm Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of you ...

(Almost a) Century of the Concrete Ship

Saturday, May 19 at 11am Monday, May 28 at 11am Can you imagine our beach without the S.S. Palo Alto? When her concrete hull first entered the water 99 years ago this month, no one could have imag ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shin ...

Sea Glass Jewelry Activity

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday from 10am-4pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Parrk (Park in the Los Trancos lot-PCH inland at st ...