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Upcoming Events at All Parks in July, 2018

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: Enjoy a casual presentation with an interpreter covering a variety of topics. Check event boards for the topic of the day.

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.

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 ...

Fall Creek Hike

Wednesday, July 18 at 9am Hike through a 100 years young forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-hour, 4-mile hike. Join us at one of Henry ...

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 ...

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 ...

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am Friday, July 20 at 10:30am Join a Docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, ...

Old Fashioned Campfire

Friday, July 20 from 5:30pm to 8pm Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music. Then we’ll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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- ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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- ...

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 ...

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 - 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...