Park Events

Basic Event Information

  • All events and activities are free.
  • Parking is $10 in the day use area and the campground.
  • For more information, please call (831) 335-7077
  • Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation & California State Parks.
  • For a self-guided audio tour of the redwood loop trail, please click here.

 November

Old-Growth Redwood Tour
Saturday, November 2 at noon
Saturday, November 9 at noon
Saturday, November 16 at noon
Saturday, November 23 at noon
Saturday, November 30 at noon
Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, November 2 from 10am to noon
Saturday, November 9 from 10am to noon
Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet at the visitor center. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Redwoods and the Changing Climate
Sunday, November 3 at 2pm
Sunday, November 24 at 2pm
How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can coast redwoods adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a saunter on the first and last Sunday of the month. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Birding for Beginners
Sunday, November 10 at 8am
Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell RSP birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, and a keen eye and/or ears! Meet in the main Henry Cowell RSP parking lot located off highway 9. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

December

Old-Growth Redwood Tour
Saturdays at noon
Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Redwoods and the Changing Climate
Sunday, December 1 at 2pm
Sunday, December 29 at 2pm
How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can coast redwoods adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a saunter on the first and last Sunday of the month. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, December 7 from 10am to noon
Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet at the visitor center. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Birding for Beginners
Sunday, December 15 at 8am
Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell RSP birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, and a keen eye and/or ears! Meet in the Henry Cowell Campground parking lot located off Graham Hill Road. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Annual Events

Full Moon Madness
Friday June 19, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm
Friday July 17, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm
Friday August 14, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm
Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way… at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family. We will have kids’ crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday September 12, 2020 from 11am to 5pm
Event features hands-on experiences to relate Ohlone cultural, social, and every-day life. Celebrate the Ohlone People of the past with those of the present. You will see traditional dancers and Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history. During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games and find out how rocks cook meals and bay trees cure headaches. For thousands of years, the native tribes we now collectively call the Ohlone thrived in this abundant region. They had plentiful sources of food and enjoyed a life rich in culture. Descendants of the Ohlone people present this event each year so that visitors make connections to Ohlone culture in a meaningful way. The event takes place in the group picnic area, one of the largest riparian forests along the San Lorenzo River. All activities are free; day-use parking is $10. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in downtown Felton. 


Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Sunday October 10, 2020 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Visit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales start date at www.mountainparks.org or call (831) 335-3174.
Twinkling lights under a canopy of trees and stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, beverages, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One add their own special magic to the evening. This annual fundraiser for Mountain Parks Foundation supports the educational and cultural programs in Big Basin and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks.

During peak summer months, between Memorial Day (late May) and Labor Day (early September), the Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground offers regularly schedule free ranger-led interpretive programs. Programs may include campfire, junior rangers, little rangers, guided hikes, and more. Please call the campground to confirm at (831) 438-2396.

 

 

 

Self-Guided Family Activities

For self-guided family activities, download an Adventure Guide, pick it up at the visitor center, or email interp@parks.ca.gov to order a copy.

Redwood EdVentures are fun for the entire family. Take a self-guided treasure hunt in many North Coast redwood state parks, including Humboldt Redwoods. Find the final clue and win a cool patch!

Before heading to the park, explore the Redwoods Learning Center created by Save the Redwoods League. It offers fun, redwood-themed activities, classroom tools, and ways to get involved in redwood protection. Redwoods bingo, anyone?