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All events and activities are free. Day-use parking is $10.
For more information please call (831) 423-4609.

Events are made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Park Docents, and California State Parks.


April & May Events


International Migratory Bird Day - A new special event!
Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 3pm
Guided Bird Walks on the hour starting at 8am

On Saturday, May 12, California State Parks and the Santa Cruz Bird Club invite you to fly, walk, bike, or drive to the first International Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. Celebrate the amazing journey of flying future mothers and their mates as they migrate across the country. Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kids crafts and activities. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Santa Cruz Bird Club, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

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, May 19 at 11:30am
Sunday, May 20 at 11:30am

Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5 hour guided tour. Meet at the Natural Bridges State Beach Visitor Center. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Annual Events

Monarch Butterfly Tours
mid-October through December
Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm
Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Monarch migration is variable, please contact the park to find out the current population at (831) 423-4609. To arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, please click here.

monarch grove
Migration Festival
Saturday February 10, 2018 from 11am to 4pm

Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to the park for a full day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel.  The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids' games, crafts, skits and live music.  

face painting
Welcome Back Monarchs Day
Sunday October 7, 2018 from 11am to 4pm

Join us for this joyful, monarch-filled day and welcome the monarchs back to this park, their over-wintering habitat.  Participate in numerous activities including arts & crafts, active games for kids, music by the 5M’s (the mostly mediocre musical monarch mariposas), hand-cranked ‘monarch’ ice cream (pumpkin), information and action booths as well as more about monarch butterflies and how-to’s for a butterfly garden. This event is appropriate for all ages. 

Little Rangers 
Mondays Mid-June through Labor Day at 10:30am

Join us during the summer season for a free 1-hour children's programs for kids ages 3-6 and their families. Weekly topics and themes vary. Previous themes have included: birds, frogs, secrets of sand, plant detectives, and many others!