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.

 January

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.

Bird Walk
Wednesday, January 1 at 8am
Join us for a morning avian stroll to hear and see some of the amazing birds that reside in our park, from hawks to songbirds and waterfowl, and maybe even a woodpecker or two. Bring water and binoculars if you have them. Meet at the main parking lot off Highway 9. Heavy rain cancels. No pets. 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.

Fall Creek Hike
Wednesday, January 1 at 9am
Hike through a young, 100 year old forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-mile, 4-hour hike. Join us at one of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park’s hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Bring water, warm clothing, and a snack. Meet at the Fall Creek parking lot, approximately 0.5 miles up Felton Empire Road from the Highway 9 Intersection in Felton. Rain cancels. No pets. Free event. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Sandhills, the New Acquisition
Wednesday, January 1 at 11am
Come explore the new Sandhills acquisition at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on this 3-mile, 2 hour hike. See the hidden treasures and unique geology, plants, and animals of an amazing and fragile ecosystem. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to see a relatively unknown part of this magnificent park. Bring water, snacks, and hiking shoes. Meet at the probation center parking lot at 3650 Graham Hill Road. Rain cancels. No pets. Free event. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Redwood Loop to Cable Car Beach
Wednesday, January 1 at noon
Come and walk through the majesty of an old growth redwood forest. Hear the story of the redwoods and learn what makes these tallest trees in the world so special on our way to Cable Car Beach and back. Bring layered clothing and water. 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.

Children’s Story Circle
Wednesday, January 1 from noon to 1:30pm
Join the Children's Story Circle under the Redwoods! Featuring three different books for different ages, all about the coastal redwood forest. Stories will be repeated. Drop in anytime and stay as long as you wish. An ideal introduction for children to stoke their enthusiasm and curiosity before you walk the loop through the grove of ancient trees. Bring warm layers and water. Meet at visitor center. If raining, program will move into visitor center. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Amphibian Adventure
Wednesday, January 1 at 2pm
Join us for a ramble along the San Lorenzo River and Eagle Creek Trail to search for amphibians! Learn about the native and non-native species found in our forest. Bring warm layers, hiking shoes, and water. Meet at visitor center. Heavy rain cancels. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use 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, January 5 at noon
Sunday, January 19 at noon
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 third 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, January 11 from 10am to noon
Saturday, January 25 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, January 12 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 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.

Salamander Safari
Sunday, January 26 at 10am
Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest on this 2-mile excursion to Eagle Creek! Learn all about salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptations, and the current threats facing these astounding amphibians. Make sure to bring water, proper hiking shoes, and a sense of adventure! 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.

 

February

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, February 2 at noon
Sunday, February 16 at noon
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 third 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, February 29 from 2 to 4pm
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, February 9 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! 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.

Community Science: Salamanders
Saturday, February 15 at 10am
Discover community science with this new program! Search for salamanders and make scientific observations that will help local scientists. Bring warm layers, boots, water, and a sense of wonder. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Meet in the Fall Creek Unit parking lot located off Felton Empire Road. Free event. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Events 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?