Park Events

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.

 

May

A special event!

World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday May 11 from 10am to 3pm

Fly, walk, bike, or drive to World 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 hourly guided bird walks starting at 8am, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid’s crafts and activities. You can even make a Mother’s Day card! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8. Event made possible by Santa Cruz Bird Club, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

Tidepool Tour
Sunday, May 12 at 11:30am
Saturday May 25 at 10:30am
Sunday May 26 at 11am
Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee 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.

Park Restoration Work Day
Saturday, May 4 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, May 18 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Help dig and pull invasive plants to make a big difference! Bring gloves and trowels or borrow ours. Be ready to get a bit dirty and wear closed toed shoes, socks, long sleeves, and long pants. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee 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.

Bird Walk
Friday, May 17 at 10:30am
Friday, May 24 at 10:30am
Friday, May 31 at 10:30am
Join a park docent and Santa Cruz Bird Club member for a 1-mile, 1.5 hour walk through good bird viewing areas and practice birding by ear too! Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee 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 9, 2019 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 13, 2019 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!