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Upcoming Events at All Parks in April, 2018

Birding for Beginners

Thursday, April 19 from 9am to 10:30am Meet outside the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring your binoculars if you have them, clothes for variable weather, and comfortable walking shoes. Be pr ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm Friday, April 6 at 11am and 2pm Friday, April 20 at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? J ...

Boy Scout Camporee

Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America, Sespe and Channel Islands District Annual Camporee. The park will be closed to the public for this event.

Talk - Archaeology Lecture

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 11:00 a.m. (1 hour) Join the Archaeology Society for their monthly talk - speaker to be announced. Meet in the Discovery Lab at the Visitor Center. T ...

Hike - Pinyon Ridge

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot When: 8:00 a.m. (7 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Paul Larson for a moderately strenuous (approx. 6-9 miles) in the the highe ...

Boy Scout Camporee

Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America, Sespe and Channel Islands District Annual Camporee. The park will be closed to the public for this event.

Wildflower Walk

Enjoy a two hour guided hike with a knowledgeable docent and the springtime splendor of the South Yuba River canyon. Tour begins at 11:00 AM at the North Parking lot. Bring water or purchase it at th ...

Tidepool Tours

Saturday, April 21 at 11:30am Sunday, April 22 at 11:30am Saturday, April 28 at 1:30pm Sunday, April 29 at 2pm Saturday, May 5 at 11:30am Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am Sunday, May 13 at 2pm Saturday, M ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited. Bring a ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, April 7 at 10:30am Saturday, April 21 at 10:30am Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral a ...

Earth Day

When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. What: Mountain Lion Preservation Park Admission: $10.00 Weenie Roast: $5.00 - 2 Hot Dogs, Chips, and Lemonade. Come join us at Palomar Mountain State Park to ...

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, April 21 at 10am 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 a comma ...

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

Saturday, April 21 at 1pm How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of w ...

Pacheco SP - NATURE HIKE & WALKS

Time: 10 a.m. – noon Pacheco State Park Join Naturalist Jennifer for a lovely 2 mile springtime hike out to a beautiful view of San Luis Reservoir and the Central Valley. ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answe ...

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 7 at 11am Saturday, April 21 at 11am Saturday, April 28 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular c ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 wa ...

Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day by Restoring our Parks! Please accept this invitation to join us! Saturday, April 21, 2018 California State Parks Foundation’s 20TH Annual Earth Day Restoration ...

Tijuana Estuary Speaker Series

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Recurrence: 3rd Saturday of the EVEN Months Questions: 619-575-3613 Check to see who the upcoming speaker is: http://trnerr.org/walks-talks/ Come meet est ...

Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup Project

Earth Day Native Planting Project We will be planting an assortement of native plants, shrubs, and trees in the campground. Doheny wishes to warmly thank the California State Parks Foundatio ...

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 ...

Pacheco SP - NATURE HIKE & WALKS

Time: 10 a.m. – noon Pacheco State Park Join Naturalist Jennifer for an informative 1+ mile walk up to the site of the original adobe house built by Francisco Pacheco and his so ...

Volunteer Training

Training begins Saturday, April 22 from 10am-2pm Do you enjoy the beach and spending time outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is you ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 wa ...

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, April 8 from 1pm to 3:30pm Papal Picado Sunday, April 22 from 1pm to 3:30pm Paper Poppies Enjoy an informal afternoon creating and crafting at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. E ...

Earth Day Nature Hike

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Guided Earth Day Nature Hike. 9:00am-10:30am. Participants meet at the Visitor Center. Moderate Hike, 2.5 miles. Interested hikers should bring water and wear g ...

Tidepool Tours

Saturday, April 21 at 11:30am Sunday, April 22 at 11:30am Saturday, April 28 at 1:30pm Sunday, April 29 at 2pm Saturday, May 5 at 11:30am Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am Sunday, May 13 at 2pm Saturday, M ...

Wildflower Walk

Enjoy a two hour guided hike with a knowledgeable docent and the springtime splendor of the South Yuba River canyon. Tour begins at 11:00 AM at the North Parking lot. Bring water or purchase it at th ...

Boy Scout Camporee

Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America, Sespe and Channel Islands District Annual Camporee. The park will be closed to the public for this event.

Geology Walk

Coastal Geology Walk Sunday April 22 at 1:00pm Join a docent-led walk along scenic Cove Beach for an interactive introduction to the geological make-up of our ever-changing shoreline. Along ...

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 Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot-PCH inland at sto ...

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Friday, April 13 at 10:30 am Friday, April 27 at 10:30 am Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy lovely ocean views. Learn about the different habitats as ...

Sonoma SHP - Fireside Chat

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm Grab your boots and saddle! Learn about the vaqueros and cowboys who made their living in early California in the cattle trade. Join us for this exciting campfire pr ...

Wildflower Walk

Enjoy a two hour guided hike with a knowledgeable docent and the springtime splendor of the South Yuba River canyon. Tour begins at 11:00 AM at the North Parking lot. Bring water or purchase it at th ...

Tidepool Tours

Saturday, April 21 at 11:30am Sunday, April 22 at 11:30am Saturday, April 28 at 1:30pm Sunday, April 29 at 2pm Saturday, May 5 at 11:30am Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am Sunday, May 13 at 2pm Saturday, M ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited. Bring a ...

Sonoma SHP - Children’s Day

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Experience the historic trades of the Mission Era at Children’s Day. Weave baskets; card, spin, and weave wool; use the cattle brand and leather tools; try ro ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answe ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 wa ...

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 7 at 11am Saturday, April 21 at 11am Saturday, April 28 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular c ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, April 7 at 10:30am Saturday, April 21 at 10:30am Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral a ...

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 ...

Southern California Woodie Club and Car Show

Start your springtime Southern California style by visiting the annual Woodie Club and Car Show at Doheny State Beach! Woodies start lining up the south day-use area at dawn and begin departing in th ...

Garden Planting and Wool Day

Saturday April 28 from 11am to 3pm Celebrate spring and help us plant the organic heirloom vegetable garden at Wilder Ranch State Park. The garden helps bring the c.1900 dairy ranch atmosphere to ...

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 ...

Pacheco SP - NATURE HIKE & WALKS

Time: 10 a.m. – noon Pacheco State Park Join Naturalist Jennifer for a lovely 2 mile springtime hike out to a beautiful view of San Luis Reservoir and the Central Valley. ...

Pacheco SP - NATURE HIKE & WALKS

Time: 10 a.m. – noon Pacheco State Park Join Naturalist Jennifer for an informative 1+ mile walk up to the site of the original adobe house built by Francisco Pacheco and his so ...

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 ...

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 ...

Adobe Tour

Sunday, April 15 at 1pm Sunday, April 29 at 1pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families wh ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 wa ...

Tidepool Tours

Saturday, April 21 at 11:30am Sunday, April 22 at 11:30am Saturday, April 28 at 1:30pm Sunday, April 29 at 2pm Saturday, May 5 at 11:30am Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am Sunday, May 13 at 2pm Saturday, M ...

Wildflower Walk

Enjoy a two hour guided hike with a knowledgeable docent and the springtime splendor of the South Yuba River canyon. Tour begins at 11:00 AM at the North Parking lot. Bring water or purchase it at th ...

Talk - Garden Walk

Where: Visitor Center When: 1:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Park Interpreter Sally Theriault who will take you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special desert plant ...

Talk - The Moon Rises

Where: Visitor Center roof, "The Bridge" When: 7:00 p.m. (1 hour) Watch the sky during the hour of the Moon's rising. Join us on the Visitor Center roof, "The Bridge" to watch the full moon ri ...