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Upcoming Events at All Parks in May, 2017

Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers Join us every Wednesday and Friday at 4:00pm for Junior Rangers at the South Carlsbad Campfire Center located next to the camp store. (May-September) facebook ...

Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers Join us every Thursday at 2:00pm and Saturday at 4:00pm for Junior Rangers at the San Elijo Campfire Center located at the southern end of the campground. (May-September) ...

What They Wore

Saturday, May 27 at 1pm Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn’t all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in the co ...

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, May 6 at 11am Saturday, May 13 at 11am Saturday, May 27 at 11am Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the coastal bluffs on a 2-hour natural history tour. Meet at the Wilder Ran ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 27 at 7pm Sunday, May 28 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 ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 27 at 4:30pm Sunday, May 28 at 4:30pm Monday, May 29 at 10am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour pr ...

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 ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

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, investigations ...

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, May 27 from 10am to 2pm 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 wit ...

Snakes Alive at Big Basin

Saturday, May 27 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? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Park H ...

Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, 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 what surprises the d ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 27 at 3pm Sunday, May 28 at 3pm Monday, May 29 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day) at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun ...

The Secrets of Castle Rock

Saturday, May 27 at 9:30am Castle Rock State Park is known for its expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities, yet there are many more secrets to share with yo ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturday, May 27 at 1pm Sunday, May 28 at 1pm Join Portola State Park Naturalist on this mellow, 1-mile stroll through the redwoods and discover one of the oldest trees in the park. We’ll ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturday, May 27 at 1pm Sunday, May 28 at 1pm Join Portola State Park Naturalist on this mellow, 1-mile stroll through the redwoods and discover one of the oldest trees in the park. We’ll ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturday, May 27 at 1pm Sunday, May 28 at 1pm Join Portola State Park Naturalist on this mellow, 1-mile stroll through the redwoods and discover one of the oldest trees in the park. We’ll ...

Old Tree Amble

Saturday, May 27 at 1pm Sunday, May 28 at 1pm Join Portola State Park Naturalist on this mellow, 1-mile stroll through the redwoods and discover one of the oldest trees in the park. We’ll ...

Castle Rock and Beyond

Sunday, May 28 at 9:30am Stroll from mixed evergreen forests spotted with beautiful rock formations to the sweeping views of the San Lorenzo Valley. This hike is 4 miles and will last up to 3 hours ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day) at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 27 at 3pm Sunday, May 28 at 3pm Monday, May 29 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

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 even ...

Hike - Flower Hike

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center by the Outdoor School. When: 9:00 a.m. Join us for a flower hike and see what's blooming as we show off the colors of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 27 at 4:30pm Sunday, May 28 at 4:30pm Monday, May 29 at 10am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour pr ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 27 at 7pm Sunday, May 28 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 ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Monday, May 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 who have called this 180-year- ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 27 at 4:30pm Sunday, May 28 at 4:30pm Monday, May 29 at 10am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour pr ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 27 at 3pm Sunday, May 28 at 3pm Monday, May 29 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day) at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun ...

Exploring Big Basin Hike

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. W ...

Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers Join us every Wednesday and Friday at 4:00pm for Junior Rangers at the South Carlsbad Campfire Center located next to the camp store. (May-September) facebook ...