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Upcoming Events at All Parks in December, 2017

Hike - Hornblende Canyon

Where: Meet at entrance to Blair Valley When: 9:00 a.m. (4 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalists Paul Larson and Mary Ekelund on a moderate hike in Hornblende Canyon. We will check out plants alon ...

Great Plein Air Art Experience

Celebrate over 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas as the Crystal Cove Conservancy hosts the Great Plein Air Art ...

HIstory Hikes

Please join us for a history hike, each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00am or 2:00pm. This 45-60 minute walk through the groves will give you a historical perspective on our region and how citr ...

Columbia SHP - A MINER’S CHRISTMAS

Time: 12pm - 3pm Cost: Free Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts. Children can make some favorite crafts of the 18 ...

Monarch Butterfly Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-N ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investi ...

Hikes and Campfire Programs

November/December 2017 Campfire Program & Nature Walk Schedule REMINDER: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT NOTICE Sat., November 4th: “A Walk through Time” - Meet at ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays in December at 1pm Friday, December 1 at 1pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guide ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays in December at 11am (except no tour December 23) How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-Nov ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm ( except December 23 & 24) History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ...

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, December 2 at 11am Saturday, December 16 at 11am Saturday, December 30 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spe ...

Tidepool Walk

Enjoy a -0.4 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturaday, Decemeber 16 at 1:30pm. A volunteer will help identify animals a ...

Donner SHP - Holiday Open House

Time: 12pm - 5pm Location: Donner Memorial State Park 12593 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161 Join us for a day of live Music, storytelling, jr. ranger programs, free gift wrapping, & ...

Junior Rangers - Hydrology

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 11:00 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's water resources. Sign up in the Ranger ...

Junior Rangers - Hydrology

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 11:45 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's water resources. Sign up in the Ranger ...

Drop In Family Craft

Saturday, December 2 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Luminaria Sunday, December 3 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Ramillettas Saturday, December 9 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Paper Roses Sunday, December 10 fr ...

Winter Wonderland

Join us December 16th and 17th from 10am to 5pm at the Discovery Center 4500 Carbon Canyon Road and celebrate all things Winter! Take a walk through our snow-covered trail Hide among the evergreens ...

Walk - Bird Walk

Where: Meet in the Visitor Center Parking Lot When: 7:30 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our ...

Walk - Desert Mart

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 11:00 a.m. (45 minutes) Come stroll down the aisles of Desert-Mart with Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker to discover how the ingenious N ...

Winter Wonderland

Join us December 16th and 17th from 10am to 5pm at the Discovery Center 4500 Carbon Canyon Road and celebrate all things Winter! Take a walk through our snow-covered trail Hide among the evergreens ...

Drop In Family Craft

Saturday, December 2 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Luminaria Sunday, December 3 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Ramillettas Saturday, December 9 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Paper Roses Sunday, December 10 fr ...

Family Nature Hike

Join a park naturalist on the last family nature hike of autumn at Crystal Cove State Park and learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, Decemeber 17 at 9am. Meet at the Be ...

Tidepool Walk

Enjoy a -0.5 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Sunday, Decemeber 17 at 2pm. A volunteer will help identify animals and des ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm ( except December 23 & 24) History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ...

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike

Sunday, November 19 at 1pm Sunday, December 3 at 10am Sunday, December 17 at 1pm Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Audub ...

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike

Sunday, November 19 at 1pm Sunday, December 3 at 10am Sunday, December 17 at 1pm Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Au ...

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Sunday, December 17 at 10am Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile, 4-hour round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation wit ...

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Sunday, December 17 at 10:30am This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mi ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we'll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We'll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Bird Walk

Every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday 3:00pm Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail to view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this Reserve on their year ...

Columbia SHP - A MINER’S CHRISTMAS

Time: 12pm - 3pm Cost: Free Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts. Children can make some favorite crafts of the 18 ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shin ...

Sea Glass Jewelry Activity

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesday, 12/20 from 10am-4pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH ...

HIke - Inside Truckhaven Rocks

Where: Meet at the half-circle parking area at Mile Marker 36.2 on Highway S-22 When: 9:00 a.m. (3 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson for a moderate 3-mile hike up a ...

Walk - Desert Mart

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 11:00 a.m. (45 minutes) Come stroll down the aisles of Desert-Mart with Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker to discover how the ingenious N ...

Winter Solstice Hike

Join Crystal Cove State Park naturalists for a Winter Solstice Hike on Thursday, Decemeber 21 at 4pm. Enjoy the shortest day of the year on this moderate one-hour hike. Meet at the Berns Ampitheath ...

Walk - Desert Drug Store

Where: Visitor Center When: 11:00 a.m. (45 minutes) Join Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker to discover the Native American drugstore, the creosote bush. This is an easy walk around the ...

Walk - Gifts Under the Trees

Where: Meet outside the Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for a free-spirited search for many delightful surprises that Nature has left u ...

Walk - Let's Be Crepuscular

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) You probably know "Nocturnal", maybe "Diurnal". Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for an easy walk near ...

Mission Building Game

Friday, December 22 at 11am Friday, December 29 at 11am Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Spend Spanish real coins ...

Hymns & Chants

Saturday, December 23 from 1pm to 2pm From dawn until dusk music rang from the Santa Cruz Mission during the 19th century. Bells indicated daily events, congregations sang masses, and indigenous r ...

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, December 23 at 8am Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the winter time birds of Henry Cowell. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pe ...

Walk - Garden Walk

Where: Visitor Center When: 11:00 a.m. (45 minutes) Join Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker as she takes you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special ...

Junior Rangers for Families

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Families are welcome for this special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the deser environment. Bring water and hats for everyo ...

Campfire - Animal Songs

Where: Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center When: 7:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for a lighthearted look at the sounds some of the Park animals make. You'll ...

Beachside Chat

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Decemeber 23 from 12-3pm at the Historic District Education Commons where Park Naturalist Alex ...

Hikes and Campfire Programs

November/December 2017 Campfire Program & Nature Walk Schedule REMINDER: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT NOTICE Sat., November 4th: “A Walk through Time” - Meet at ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investi ...

Nature Walk

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, be it upland plant adaptations or the significance of our ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, December 9 at 10:30am Saturday, December 23 at 10:30am Join Docent Peggy O’Shea on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You& ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we'll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We'll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Walk - Rainbow Any Day

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 10:00 a.m. (1 hour) Even without rain, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, for ...

Drop In Family Craft

Saturday, December 2 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Luminaria Sunday, December 3 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Ramillettas Saturday, December 9 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Paper Roses Sunday, December 10 fr ...

Walk - Gifts Under the Trees

Where: Meet outside the Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for a free-spirited search for delightful surprises under the trees in the Visi ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shin ...

Sea Glass Jewelry Activity

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesday, 12/27 from 10am-4pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH i ...

Mission Building Game

Friday, December 22 at 11am Friday, December 29 at 11am Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Spend Spanish real coins ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Friday, December 29 at 1pm Sunday, December 31 at 1pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many famili ...

Tidepool Walk

Enjoy a -0.8 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, December 30 at 1pm. A volunteer will help to identify animals and ...

What They Wore

Saturday, December 30 at 1pm Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn’t all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in t ...

Talk/Walk - Beaks and Feet

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 9:30 a.m. (1 hour) If you've always wanted to learn about birds but thought it's too complicated and only for birding experts, you'll enjoy this simple ...

Walk - Garden Walk

Where: Visitor Center When: 1:00 p.m. (45 minutes) Join Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker as she takes you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover what is in bloom.

Junior Rangers

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Special program for children ages 7-12 only. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited.

Christmas Bird Count

Red Rock Canyon State Park is participating in the Audubon Society’s 118th Christmas Bird Count on Friday, December 30th! The annual count is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the w ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investi ...

Hikes and Campfire Programs

November/December 2017 Campfire Program & Nature Walk Schedule REMINDER: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT NOTICE Sat., November 4th: “A Walk through Time” - Meet at ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, December 30 from 12pm to 3pm Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Big ...

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, December 2 at 11am Saturday, December 16 at 11am Saturday, December 30 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spe ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm ( except December 23 & 24) History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays in December at 11am (except no tour December 23) How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm ( except December 23 & 24) History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we'll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We'll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Bird Walk

Every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday 3:00pm Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail to view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this Reserve on their year ...

Walk - Bird Walk

Where: Meet in the Visitor Center Parking Lot When: 7:30 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our ...

Walk - Rainbow Any Day

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 11:00 a.m. (1 hour) Even without rain, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, for ...

Walk - Desert Inspiration

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 3:30 p.m. (1 hour) Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for a sensory exploration of the desert in word and color that will nourish ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Friday, December 29 at 1pm Sunday, December 31 at 1pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many famili ...

Family Nature Hike

Spend the last day of 2017 at Crystal Cove State Park where a park naturalists will lead a family nature hike at 9am. Meet at the Berns Ampitheather (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, fo ...