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Upcoming Events at All Parks in May, 2018

Hike - Nature Hike

Where: Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use When: 9:00 a.m. (1 hour) Discover more about the natural resources found in the park on a hike along the Azalea Glen Trail. Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use.

Horse Encounters

Where: Stonewall Peak Trailhead When: 12:00 p.m. (1 hour) Meet & Greet with the park's volunteer Mounted Assistance Unit (MAU) and learn more about horses in the park. Meet at Stonewall P ...

Tour

Where: Check Event Boards When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join an Interpreter on a casual walk-and-talk exploring topics unique to our park. Check event boards for the topic and meeting place for th ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) Calling all Junior Rangers! Earn your California State Parks' Junior Rangers badge with us and develop your knowledge of the San Diego Moun ...

Kruzin Kritters

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use, Back Loop When: 6:00 p.m. (1 hour) Meet Sue Miller and all her scaled friends! Learn more about common species in the county and surprising facts about life as a r ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 26 at 4:30 pm Sunday, May 27 at 4:30 pm Monday, May 28 at 10 am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour progr ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 26 at 7pm Sunday, May 27 at 7pm Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the ...

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Saturday, May 26 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-mile, ...

Story Time Walk

Saturday, May 26 at 1pm Bring the whole family and join us for a thirty minute walking story time! Starting at Park Headquarters, we’ll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about ...

Nature’s Reading Room

Saturday, May 26 from 1:30pm to3pm Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods—nature’s reading room—and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 26 at 3pm Sunday, May 27 at 3pm Monday, May 28 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour ...

Skill and Luck

Saturday, May 26 at 1pm What kind of games did the Ohlone play? When the Spanish came did they bring games? Did the Ohlone still play their games during the missions? Come and find the answers to the ...

Birding for Beginners

Sunday, May 13 at 9:30am Saturday May 26 at 9:30am Discover the diversity of birds in Año Nuevo State Preserve on this 2-hour docent-led stroll. The tour is a one-way walk, ending in the pr ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 4 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 11 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 18 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 28 at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to ...

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 ...

Gold Panning

Seek your fortune the old-fashioned way at the Gold Panning troughs located by the Visitor Center at Bridgeport. This is a free-flowing docent-led program, from Noon-2:00 PM. One dollar donations ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays 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 t ...

Guided Dog Walk

Saturday, May 26 at 11am Enjoy a morning beach stroll with your dog, other canines and their companions. We will experience the sights and sounds (and, of course, smells!) of our local beach on th ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Campfire Center in the Doane Valley Campground When: 10:30 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the mountain environment. Sign up in the Ranger ...

Beach Front Cinema: Despicable Me 3

Beach Front Cinema presents Despicable Me 3 at Huntington State Beach's Tower 14. Despicable Me 3 will be on display on one of the largest inflatable screens in California. This movie night event off ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

T ime: 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, inves ...

Talk - Desert Mart

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 11:00 a.m. (45 minutes) Join Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker for a power point program in the Discovery Lab to discover how the ingenious Nati ...

Junior Rangers

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

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 a ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Campfire Center in the Doane Valley Campground When: 10:30 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the mountain environment. Sign up in the Ranger ...

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, May 13 from 1pm to 3:30pm Paper Poppies Sunday, May 27 from 1pm to 3:30pm Tule Mats Enjoy an informal afternoon creating and crafting at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Event is f ...

Gold Panning

Seek your fortune the old-fashioned way at the Gold Panning troughs located by the Visitor Center at Bridgeport. This is a free-flowing docent-led program, from Noon-2:00 PM. One dollar donations ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 4 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 11 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 18 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 28 at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 26 at 3pm Sunday, May 27 at 3pm Monday, May 28 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour ...

Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, May 19 at 1pm Sunday, May 27 at 1pm Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We’ll discover ...

Campfire Programs

Saturday, May 26 at 7pm Sunday, May 27 at 7pm Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 26 at 4:30 pm Sunday, May 27 at 4:30 pm Monday, May 28 at 10 am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour progr ...

Hike - Flower Hike

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use When: 8:00 a.m. (4 hours) Hike with Interpreters and learn more about wildflowers currently in bloom! Hikes range from 3-8 miles but are slow and steady so all can ...

Patio Talk

Where: Park Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Enjoy a casual presentation with an interpreter covering a variety of topics. Check event boards for the topic of the day. Meet at Park Vi ...

Tour

Where: TBA When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join an Interpreter on a casual walk-and-talk exploring topics unique to our park. Check event boards for the topic and meeting place for the day .

Pony Tales

Where: Paso Picacho Day Use Back Loop When: 6:00 p.m. (1 hour) Swing on down to Pony Tales - Sing-a-long with classic camp songs. Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use, back loop .

Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, May 26 at 4:30 pm Sunday, May 27 at 4:30 pm Monday, May 28 at 10 am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour progr ...

The Hidden Forest

Monday, May 28 at 10am Explore some of the more remote areas of Big Basin Redwood State Park on this challenging 9-mile, 5-hour hike that gains about 1000’ elevation. We’ll hike up Dool T ...

Snakes Alive!

Monday, May 28 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 Basin ...

Junior Rangers

Saturday, May 26 at 3pm Sunday, May 27 at 3pm Monday, May 28 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 4 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 11 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 18 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 28 at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to ...

Gold Panning

Seek your fortune the old-fashioned way at the Gold Panning troughs located by the Visitor Center at Bridgeport. This is a free-flowing docent-led program, from Noon-2:00 PM. One dollar donations ...

Mission Strategy Game

Monday, May 28 from 11am to 12:30pm Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of you ...

(Almost a) Century of the Concrete Ship

Saturday, May 19 at 11am Monday, May 28 at 11am Can you imagine our beach without the S.S. Palo Alto? When her concrete hull first entered the water 99 years ago this month, no one could have imag ...

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 each Wednesday from 10am-4pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Parrk (Park in the Los Trancos lot-PCH inland at st ...