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Basic Event Information

  • All events and activities are free.
  • Day-use vehicle fee is $10.
  • 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.

September

Ohlone Day
Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 4 pm
Celebrate the Ohlone Peoples of the past, present and future at the 32nd Annual Ohlone Day on Saturday, September 9 at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. You will see traditional dances 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 were used to cook meals and much more!

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, September 16 from 10am to noon
Saturday, September 30 from 10am to noon
Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Class begins at 10am and fills on a first-come basis. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary.

Redwood Tours                                                                                    
Saturday, September 2 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, September 23 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, September 30 at 11am and 2pm
How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton.

Birding for Beginners
Saturday, September 23 at 4pm
Meet at the Campground (entrance located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley)
Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. Heavy rain cancels.

October

A special event!
Full Moon Madness
Friday, October 6 starting at 6pm
Experience Henry Cowell Redwoods in a completely new way… at night! This astronomy-based evening, held in the day-use area off Highway 9, 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.

A special event!
Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
Saturday, October 14 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm
General Tickets: $75
Online: www.mountainparks.org
By phone: (831) 335-3174
In person: Mountain Parks Foundation office (adjacent to the Nature Store in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park)
Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us for our annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, wine and beer, coffee, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One will add their own special magic to the evening. Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. For more information, please call (831) 335-3174, or email redwoods@mountainparks.org.

Redwood Tours                                       
Saturday, October 7 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 14 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 21 at 11am and 2pm
Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

Photography Tour
Sunday, October 1 at 1pm
Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 5-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, October 7 from 10am to noon
Saturday, October 21 from 10am to noon
Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Class begins at 10am and fills on a first-come basis. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary.

Birding for Beginners
Sunday, October 29 at 8am
Meet at the Campground (entrance located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley)
Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. Heavy rain cancels.

California State Parks Backpacking Adventures                     

Click here for more information.

 
 

Annual Events

Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm

 
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 14, 2017 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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.
 
Mountain Parks Foundation funds the nature education and enrichment programs offered at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.  We believe an informed public will ensure the preservation of the natural habitats and cultural history of our California State Parks.  Interpretive and educational programs funded by Mountain Parks Foundation serve more than 1.7 million park visitors annually, including more than 200 student classes who participate in park curriculum-based educational programs. 

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 set up by Save the Redwoods League. It offers fun, redwood-themed activities, classroom tools, and ways to get involved in redwood protection. Redwoods bingo, anyone?