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Upcoming Events at All Parks in July, 2018

Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour progr ...

Campfire Programs

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of ...

Junior Rangers - Mammals

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 10:30 a.m. (40 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's furry friends. Sign up at the Ranger St ...

Hike to Boucher Point

Where: Silvercrest Picnic Area Parking Lot When: 1:30 p.m. (1.5 hours) Join us for a hike on Boucher Trail, a pathway surrounded by large black oaks leading to one of the most impressive views ...

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.

Reading Rangers

Where: Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use When: 10:30 a.m. (1 hour) Gather round for Saturday morning storytelling and sharing! Suitable for all ages, Interpreters provide a unique sensory experienc ...

Horse Encounter

Where: Meet at 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.

Tour

Where: Check event boards for meeting place 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 mee ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Meet at 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 Di ...

Kruizin Kritters

Where: Meet at 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 lif ...

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 ...

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, invest ...

Junior Rangers

Fridays through Tuesdays at 10am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour p ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm Sundays at 1pm 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 ...

Evening Campfire Programs

Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8pm Saturdays at 7:30pm Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of ...

Little Rangers

Fridays through Tuesdays at 9am This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders ...

Star Strolls

Saturdays at 9pm Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Wednesday, July 4 at 11am and 2pm How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and in ...

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, July 7 at 11am Saturday, July 21 at 11am Saturday, July 28 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal ...

Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm Wednesdays at 1:30pm (except no program Wednesday, July 11) This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pret ...

Family Nature Program

Saturdays at 10am Join a Big Basin Interpreter for a 30-minute kids’ nature activity. Family friendly. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Nature Museum. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is ...

Junior Rangers

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm Wednesdays Special 2-hour Junior Ranger Programs at 10am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor sk ...

Archeology Demonstration

Saturday, July 21 at 1pm How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told ...

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 am 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-mil ...

Ongoing Activities

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours WALKING TOUR INTO THE PAST Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300 ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to noon Explore Butano State park with our Junior Ranger programs! Be a scientist and investigate the health of the stream ecosystem at Little Butano Creek, or lear ...

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 10:30am Learn about the redwoods and their inhabitants at Butano with Little Rangers! Discover the park through song, dance, games, and other activities in progr ...

Ancient Relicts of Hidden Valleys

Saturdays at 1pm Journey back in time with a guided nature walk amongst the redwood trees of Butano State Park. Observe fauna and flora that has remained virtually unchanged since the Jurassic per ...

Campfire Programs

Saturdays at 7pm Come join us at the Campfire Center and enjoy toasting some marshmallows, singing songs, and playing games like Park Jeopardy and others! Prizes for participants! Each campfire pr ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Visitor Center When: 12:00 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 Mountains ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to noon Explore Butano State park with our Junior Ranger programs! Be a scientist and investigate the health of the stream ecosystem at Little Butano Creek, or lear ...

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 10:30am Learn about the redwoods and their inhabitants at Butano with Little Rangers! Discover the park through song, dance, games, and other activities in progr ...

Twilight Adaptation Adventure

Sundays at 7:30pm Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1-hour, ...

Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm Sundays at 1pm 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cuyamaca Creative

Where: Meet at Park Visitor Center When: 10:00 a.m. (1 hour) Explore your creativity at our Sunday morning workshop. Whether it's arts and crafts or the photography seminar, you will experienc ...

Patio Talk

Where: Meet at 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.

Junior Rangers - Mammals

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 10:30 a.m. (40 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger St ...

Guided Walk

Sunday, July 22 at 10am Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parkin ...

Tour

Where: Check event boards for meeting place When: 10:00 a.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 me ...

Patio Talk

Where: Meet at Park Visitor Center When: 3:00 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.

Evening Art Program

Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from s ...

What's that Bird? Walk

Mondays at 8am This easy, 1-mile stroll introduces you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them–but they’re not required. Meet ...

Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest

Mondays at 11:30am Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk. We’ll use a free app called Seek to identify plants and animals here, and you can continue the adven ...

Exploring Big Basin Hike

Tuesdays at 9am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, 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 shine, but st ...

Evening Art Program

Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from s ...

Bird Watching for Beginners

Wednesday, July 25 at 9am On this one and a half hour walk, be prepared to hike a couple of miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants and scenery along the way. You ...

Nature’s Supermarket Campfire

Thursdays at 7pm How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans…. Join Ranger Alex Tabone to find out how as we take a lo ...

Junior Rangers

Thursday, July 5 from 11am to 12:15pm – Sailors: Ships & Scrimshaw Thursday, July 12 from 11am to 12:15pm – Explorers: Using a Compass Thursday, July 19 from 11am to 12:15pm &ndas ...

Full Moon Madness

Friday June 29; events start at 6pm Friday July 27, events start at 6pm Friday August 24, events start at 6pm Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way… at night! This astronomy-based ev ...

Tour

Where: Check event boards for meeting place When: 11:00 a.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 me ...

Patio Talk

Where: Meet at 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.

Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour progr ...

Campfire Programs

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of ...

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 10:30am Learn about the redwoods and their inhabitants at Butano with Little Rangers! Discover the park through song, dance, games, and other activities in progr ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to noon Explore Butano State park with our Junior Ranger programs! Be a scientist and investigate the health of the stream ecosystem at Little Butano Creek, or lear ...

Campfire Programs

Saturdays at 7pm Come join us at the Campfire Center and enjoy toasting some marshmallows, singing songs, and playing games like Park Jeopardy and others! Prizes for participants! Each campfire pr ...

Ancient Relicts of Hidden Valleys

Saturdays at 1pm Journey back in time with a guided nature walk amongst the redwood trees of Butano State Park. Observe fauna and flora that has remained virtually unchanged since the Jurassic per ...

Copa Cabana Soccer

Copa Cabana is a sand soccer tournament, games are 5 v. 5 with three twelve minute periods. This event will take place by Tower 6 to 8. For more information, please click here.

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Saturday, July 7 at 10:30am Saturday, July 28 at 10:30am Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-gr ...

Big Basin Snakes Alive!

Saturday, July 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 Bas ...

Gardens of Time

Saturday, July 28 at 1pm Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plan ...

Family Nature Program

Saturdays at 10am Join a Big Basin Interpreter for a 30-minute kids’ nature activity. Family friendly. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Nature Museum. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is ...

Campfire Programs

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of ...

Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour progr ...

Junior Rangers - Birds

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 10:30 a.m. (40 minutes) Speical program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's feathered friends. Sign up in the Range ...

Hike at Thunder Spring Trail

Where: Doane Pond Parking Lot When: 1:30 p.m. (1 hour) Thunder Spring Trail traverses an area where several habitats converge, making it one of the most diverse areas in the park. Learn some o ...

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.

Reading Rangers

Where: Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use When: 10:30 a.m. (1 hour) Gather round for Saturday morning storytelling and sharing! Suitable for all ages, Interpreters provide a unique sensory experienc ...

Horse Encounter

Where: Meet at 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.

Tour

Where: Check event boards for meeting place 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 mee ...

Junior Rangers

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

Kumeyaay Culture

When: 6:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Kristie Orosco for an exploration of Kumeyaay culture from the San Diego region. Learn more about some of their most used resources from the area and some of their c ...

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 ...

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, invest ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm Sundays at 1pm 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 ...

Star Strolls

Saturdays at 9pm Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods ...

Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, July 7 at 11am Saturday, July 21 at 11am Saturday, July 28 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal ...

Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, July 15 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Yarn Baskets Sunday, July 29 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Candle Dipping Spend an informal afternoon at one of Santa Cruz’s hidden jems. Event is ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm Sundays at 1pm 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cuyamaca Creative

Where: Meet at Park Visitor Center When: 10:00 a.m. (1 hour) Explore your creativity at our Sunday morning workshop. Whether it's arts and crafts or the photography seminar, you will experienc ...

Patio Talk

Where: Meet at 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.

Junior Rangers - Birds

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 10:30 a.m. (40 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's feathered friends. Sign up in the Range ...

Twilight Adaptation Adventure

Sundays at 7:30pm Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1-hour, ...

Copa Cabana Soccer

Copa Cabana is a sand soccer tournament, games are 5 v. 5 with three twelve minute periods. This event will take place by Tower 6 to 8. For more information, please click here.

Junior Rangers

Where: Visitor Center When: 12:00 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 Mountains ...

Junior Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to noon Explore Butano State park with our Junior Ranger programs! Be a scientist and investigate the health of the stream ecosystem at Little Butano Creek, or lear ...

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 10:30am Learn about the redwoods and their inhabitants at Butano with Little Rangers! Discover the park through song, dance, games, and other activities in progr ...

What's that Bird? Walk

Mondays at 8am This easy, 1-mile stroll introduces you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them–but they’re not required. Meet ...

Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest

Mondays at 11:30am Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk. We’ll use a free app called Seek to identify plants and animals here, and you can continue the adven ...

Tour

Where: Check event boards for meeting place When: 10:00 a.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 me ...

Patio Talk

Where: Meet at Park Visitor Center When: 3:00 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.

Evening Art Program

Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from s ...

Evening Art Program

Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from s ...

Exploring Big Basin Hike

Tuesdays at 9am Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, 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 shine, but st ...