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Rancho del Oso Events

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center,  is located on the south side of the Waddell Creek Bridge, 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport.

The Rancho del Oso Ranger Station is located on the north side of the Waddell Creek Bridge, ¼ mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking lot.

For more information, please call (831) 427-2288 or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by California State Parks Volunteers and Waddell Creek Association.

 

 

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February

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
Saturday, February 9 at 8am
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Meet at the deck in front of the nature center. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

Drawing for the Love of Nature
Saturday, February 9 at 10:30am
Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature – from leaf to watershed. No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground. Please RSVP to sears.judyarcata@gmail.com. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

Snake Park Saturday
Saturday, February 9 at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Park at Waddell Beach and walk 0.4 miles past the yellow gate along the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the ranger station. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Rain cancels. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

When Species Collide
Sunday, February 17 at 10am
Join docent Ken Koll for a 4-mile hike on the beautiful Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley and explore topics like native vs. non-native species, invasive species, and adaptations. Meet at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot). Bring water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 

January

FIRST DAY HIKE: Skyline to the Sea Bypass Trail
Tuesday, January 1 at 10am
Join State Parks naturalist Jeremy Lin on a 4-mile natural and cultural exploration of Rancho del Oso. We will begin at stunning Waddell Beach and make our way into the beautiful coastal valley. We will talk about native plants and look for birds, reptiles, and amphibians along the way. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov if you plan to attend this hike. Bring water, snacks, and sun protection. Meet at Waddell Beach. For more information, call 831-427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
Friday, January 11th at 10am
Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitat we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions, and curiosity! Please RSVP to brycestauble@gmail.com. Meet at Waddell Beach parking lot. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
Saturday, January 12th at 8am
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Meet at the deck in front of the nature center. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

Snake Park Saturday
Saturday, January 12th at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Park at Waddell Beach and walk 0.4 miles past the yellow gate along the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the ranger station. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Rain cancels. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.