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Events and Activities

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.

Annual Events

Monarch Tours
mid-October through January; Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Meet at the visitor center for a guided tour of the monarch grove.  Monarch migration is variable, to find out the current population, or to arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, call (831) 423-4609.

monarch grove
Migration Festival
Saturday February 11, 2017 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 8, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm

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 children's programs
 Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 am from Mid-June through Labor Day.

During the summer season, hour-long children's programs are offered in the Visitor Center. These nature programs are for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers. Weekly topics and themes vary. Previous themes have included: birds, frogs, secrets of sand, plant detectives, and many others!