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Upcoming Events at All Parks in December, 2016

Holiday in the Park

All of the State Park stores, restaurants, and museums will be festively decorated for the holidays. There will be a tree lighting ceremony and bonfire each night from dusk to 9:00 p.m., sponsored by ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9 am 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 hour ...

Crystal Cove - Autumn bird walk

Saturday, December 3 at 8:00am Love birds, but need help with identification? Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided autumn bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park. Mee ...

Nature Walk with Beverly

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

Christmas in the Adobes 2016

Return to the days of Alta California and see Monterey’s historic adobes splendidly decorated for the season with welcoming, candle-lit luminarias at each entrance! Enjoy festive music, living ...

Crystal Cove - Field Science Saturday

December 10 from 11am-2pm Help us learn more about the tidepools at Crystal Cove State Park and participate in an intertidal bioblitz at Field Science Saturday. Meet at the Historic District Educati ...

Christmas in the Adobes 2016

Return to the days of Alta California and see Monterey’s historic adobes splendidly decorated for the season with welcoming, candle-lit luminarias at each entrance! Enjoy festive music, living ...

Historic Holiday Houses

Historic Holiday Houses will be held on Saturday & Sunday December 10th-11th from 10am until 4pm. We invite the public to come out and see thirteen historic buildings in Coloma that will be open ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm Every day from Saturday, December 17 through Saturday, December 31 at 11 am & 2 pm Meet at the Natural Bridges Visitor Center located at the en ...

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walk

Saturday, November 19 at 9 am Saturday, December 10 at 9 am On this 2.5-hour, 6 mile difficult hike we will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilde ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a mag ...

Drop In Family Craft

Saturday, December 3 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Ramillettas Saturday, December 10 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Candle Dipping Sunday, December 11 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Paper Roses Sat ...

Guided Hike on Gray Whale Cove Trail

Saturday, December 10 at 10 am Join us for a moderate two mile, two hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at State Parks’ McNee Ranch at Montara. Enjoy ocean views, coastal plan ...

Volunteer with the Trail Crew

Saturday, December 10 at 9 am 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 Crew meets the second Saturda ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, December 10 from 9 am to noon Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 24 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 31 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Come to the Semp ...

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, December 10 from 10 am to 2 pm 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 for ...

Kayak Tour

When: 10:00 a.m. Please Call the Visitor Center for more information at 760-393-3810. Sign ups for kayak tours are required 24 hours in advance (children must be 13 with an adult). Visitor Cente ...

Sonoma SHP - “Christmas at the Mission”

Saturday, December 10, 5:00pm-8:00pm Sonoma State Historic Park, Downtown Sonoma | Joleen Ossello (707) 939-2149 Experience the park at night in its festive holiday regalia! There will be many free a ...

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 ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11:00am 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, b ...

Las Posadas

Based on the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph, this event has been a part of Old Town San Diego's celebration of Christmas for many years. This event is sponsored by the Park Merchants' Association ...

Bird Watching with Karen

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, December 11 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 cany ...

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 ...

Rancho del Oso Nature Wander

Sunday, December 11 at 1 pm Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She wil ...

Drop In Family Craft

Saturday, December 3 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Ramillettas Saturday, December 10 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Candle Dipping Sunday, December 11 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Paper Roses Sat ...

Historic Holiday Houses

Historic Holiday Houses will be held on Saturday & Sunday December 10th-11th from 10am until 4pm. We invite the public to come out and see thirteen historic buildings in Coloma that will be open ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9 am 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 hour ...

Sonoma SHP - Campfire Program

Friday, December 16, 5:00pm-6:00pm Sonoma Barracks Courtyard, Spain St & First St East | Dave Duplantier (707) 938-2141 Gather ‘round a campfire in this historic setting. Join in the fun wi ...

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 ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

Big Basin Wildflower Walk

Saturday, December 17 at 10 am Sunday, December 18 at 10 am Join Docent Scott Peden on this slow-paced walk with lots of stops to identify flowering plants and take photos. You’ll also v ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, December 10 from 9 am to noon Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 24 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 31 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Come to the Semp ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, December 17 at 11 am Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers an ...

Holidays on the Ranch

Saturday, December 17 from 11 am to 3 pm Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century. We’ll busy your hands with holiday ...

Drop In Family Craft

Saturday, December 3 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Ramillettas Saturday, December 10 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Candle Dipping Sunday, December 11 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Paper Roses Sat ...

Crystal Cove - Evening Hike

Saturday, December 17 at 6:30pm. Crystal Cove State Park naturalists will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, four mile Evening Hike. Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/lo ...

Crystal Cove SP - Family Nature Hike

Autumn is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunda ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, December 4 at 1pm Sunday, December 18 at 1 pm Monday, December 26 at 11 am Thursday, December 29 at 2 pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of ...

Mushroom Hunt!

Sunday, December 4 at 11 am Sunday, December 18 at 11 am Big Basin is home to many different species of fungi. Some look like our traditional pizza mushrooms, but others are wildly colored, st ...

Big Basin Wildflower Walk

Saturday, December 17 at 10 am Sunday, December 18 at 10 am Join Docent Scott Peden on this slow-paced walk with lots of stops to identify flowering plants and take photos. You’ll also v ...

Bird Watching Walk

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

Sonoma SHP - Nature Day Hike

Sunday, December 18, 11:00am-Noon Vallejo Home Parking Lot, 363 3rd St West | Dave Duplantier (707) 938-2141 Join this casual hike through portions of the park and the Montini Trail. This one mil ...

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 ...

Tijuana Estuary - Bird Walk

Every 1st, and 3rd 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 yearl ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9 am 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 hour ...

Coffee with a Ranger

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, December 10 from 9 am to noon Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 24 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 31 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Come to the Semp ...

Bird Watching Walk with Karen

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

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 ...

Tijuana Estuary - Nature Walk

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11:00am 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, b ...

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 ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, December 4 at 1pm Sunday, December 18 at 1 pm Monday, December 26 at 11 am Thursday, December 29 at 2 pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of ...

Mission Strategy Game

Monday, December 26 at 2:30 pm Thursday, December 29 at 11 am Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knuckle ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9 am 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 hour ...

Mission Strategy Game

Monday, December 26 at 2:30 pm Thursday, December 29 at 11 am Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knuckle ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, December 4 at 1pm Sunday, December 18 at 1 pm Monday, December 26 at 11 am Thursday, December 29 at 2 pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of ...

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Friday, December 30 at 1 pm 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 ...

Bird Watching with Jose

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

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 ...

Nature Walk with Beverly

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center. When: 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and sign up for all activities. Fee of $7 to enter park applies to all visitors - $5 Seniors.

Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Saturday, December 31 at 11 am Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, December 31 from noon to 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 Sempervirens Room ...

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, December 10 from 9 am to noon Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 24 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Saturday, December 31 from 9:30 am 12:30 pm Come to the Semp ...

Drop In Family Craft

Saturday, December 3 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Ramillettas Saturday, December 10 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Candle Dipping Sunday, December 11 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Paper Roses Sat ...