A Hands-on Education Experience for Students

Students will learn about one of the many facets of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in a student-centered field trip. Programs involve the five senses, bridge connections to park resources, inspire ideas of conservation, and encourage students to make observations and draw conclusions. Overall, programs offer to facilitate a connection between the students and nature.

Tour Options

*School tours are free with a reservation at least 1 month in advance. A minimum donation of $1/person is suggested.

Old-growth Redwood Forest Tour
Description: Walk the Old-growth Redwood Loop with an interpreter and learn about coast redwood life history, physiology, adaptations, ecosystems, and more!
Grades: Programs differ depending on age group (grades K-2, 3-6, 7-12), but adjustments can be made to meet class needs.
Duration: 60-90 minutes.
Standards: K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-PS1-2, 2LS2-1, 2-LS4-1, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS4-4, HS-LS2-7


Kids2Parks is an innovative park-equity program to bring students from Title 1 schools to State Park field trips for free. The program, a partnership between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, increases the number of students who have visited a state park or beach by reducing barriers to access. The program offers transportation funding for field trips to select Title 1 schools in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, and to apply please visit www.thatsmypark.org/visit/k2p/.

Basic Tour Information

• All tours with students (K-12th grade) require a ratio of at least one adult chaperone per seven children. If this is a hardship for your school please call (831) 335-7077 to discuss with the staff.
• Adult chaperones and teachers are in charge of discipline and first aid on tours.
• Up to 2 tours can be scheduled per day from Monday through Friday with the start times between 9:00am and 3:00pm.
• There is no charge for school tours. School groups grades K-12 who have made a reservation at least 14 days in advance will receive free parking passes in a confirmation packet. A minimum donation of $1/person to our non-profit association is requested. The donation provides funding for future educational tours and special events. Other groups (senior citizens, scouts, etc) and individuals pay parking fees as follows: $10 per automobile, $50 per 10-24 passenger bus, $100 per 25-or-more-passenger bus.

How to Make a Reservation

Please click here to request an in-person Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park school program.

Bring the Park to Your School

California State Parks offers a free distance-learning program that uses live video conferencing with a park interpreter to help schools teach academic content standards.

Click here to learn more about the Parks Online Resources for Teachers & Students program (PORTS).