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Upcoming Events at All Parks in May, 2019

Guided Hike

First Day Hike Get out and breathe the fresh air, enjoy the views, and experience Lake Perris’ wild side. Join a trail guide naturalist on New Year’s Day and select Saturdays for a gui ...

Walk - Notice and Wonder

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 4:00 p.m. (1.5 hours) Join Park Interpreter Regina Reiter to explore Nature journaling. Indulge yourself in a quiet time of close observation w ...

Presentation: Climate Change

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 5:30 p.m. (30 minutes) California State Parks are in a unique position to care for and protect the state's most important natural resources; ...

Bird Walk

Bird Walk Friday, May 17 at 10:30am Friday, May 24 at 10:30am Friday, May 31 at 10:30am Join a park docent and Santa Cruz Bird Club member for a 1-mile, 1.5 hour walk through good bird viewing area ...

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Hike to Ocean View Summit Saturday, May 25 from 10am Escape the crowds on this 6-mile, 4.5-hour loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join docent Steve Stolper as we climb the ...

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Sempervirens Falls Hike Saturday, May 25 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 doce ...

Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers Saturday, May 25 at 3pm Sunday, May 26 at 3pm Monday, May 27 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and mor ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Big Basin Nature Club Saturday, May 25 at 4:30pm Sunday, May 26 at 4:30pm Monday, May 27 at 10am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore ...

Campfire Programs

Campfire Programs Saturday, May 25 at 7pm: All About Snakes Sunday, May 26 at 7pm: Animal Detectives Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glitt ...

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 ...

Tidepool Tour

Tidepool Tour Sunday, May 12 at 11:30am Saturday May 25 at 10:30am Sunday May 26 at 11am Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking sho ...

What They Wore

What They Wore Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 2pm Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by the people in the Mission was not all about style – it was about identity, status, and diffe ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 3 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 17 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 27 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 31 at 11am and 2pm How do these ...

Old Growth Redwood Tours

Old-Growth Redwood Tours Saturdays at 11am and 2pm Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth tre ...

Kruzin Kritters

Where: Paso Picacho Amphitheater When: 6:00 p.m. (1 hour) Meet Sue Miller and all her scaled friends! Discover more about common species in the county, reptile safety, and surprising facts abo ...

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 ...

Nature Hike

Where: Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use: Azalea Glen Trail When: 9:00 a.m. (1 hour) Join Interpreters for a casual walk and learn more about Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Scat & Tracks

Where: Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use When: 10:30 a.m. (1 hour) Interpreters and volunteers want you to help identify park wildlife by the signs and signals they leave behind in this family progr ...

Horse Encounter

Where: Stonewall Peak Trailhead (across from Paso Picacho entrance) When: 12:00 p.m. (1 hour) Meet the Mounted Assistance Unit and their horse partners! Discover more about trails, safety, and ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) We live in a Polli-nation! Wildflowers abound, as do their pollinators! Explore the unexpected world of pollinators and their cruc ...

Wildflower Hike

Where: Meet at paso Picacho day use parking When: 8 a.m. (4 hours) This hike is along the Azalea loop. The trail is 4 miles and moderate, with some elevation gain or loss. Wear proper footwea ...

Pony Tales

Where: Meet at Paso Picacho Day Use When: 6:00 p.m. (1 hour) Swing on down to Pony Tales! Sing a long with classic camp songs and discover some of the history behind them.

Walk - Panorama Overlook

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center When: 5:00 p.m. (2.5 hours) Meet Interpretive Guide Regina Reiter at the Visitor Center to walk across the desert and up the Panorama Overlook Trail for good v ...

Campfire Program

As darkness descends on Lake Perris, the campground is an ideal setting for an informative and inspiring nightcap. Programs are hosted May through August and may include narrated slide ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 3 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 17 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 27 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 31 at 11am and 2pm How do these ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Guided Adobe Tour Sunday, May 26 at 1pm Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their ho ...

Tidepool Tour

Tidepool Tour Sunday, May 12 at 11:30am Saturday May 25 at 10:30am Sunday May 26 at 11am Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking sho ...

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 ...

Campfire Programs

Campfire Programs Saturday, May 25 at 7pm: All About Snakes Sunday, May 26 at 7pm: Animal Detectives Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glitt ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Big Basin Nature Club Saturday, May 25 at 4:30pm Sunday, May 26 at 4:30pm Monday, May 27 at 10am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore ...

Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers Saturday, May 25 at 3pm Sunday, May 26 at 3pm Monday, May 27 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and mor ...

Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers Saturday, May 25 at 3pm Sunday, May 26 at 3pm Monday, May 27 at 11am Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and mor ...

Big Basin Nature Club

Big Basin Nature Club Saturday, May 25 at 4:30pm Sunday, May 26 at 4:30pm Monday, May 27 at 10am This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore ...

Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive! Monday, May 27 from noon to 3pm Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Semperviren ...

Mission Strategy Game

Mission Strategy Game Monday, May 27 from 11am to 12:30pm Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to de ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 3 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 17 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 27 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 31 at 11am and 2pm How do these ...

Memorial Day Tide Pool Discovery Walk

Celebrate Memorial Day with a Tide Pool Discovery Walk Asilomar State Beach! WHEN: Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 1:00 PM. FAMILY FRIENDLY - No RSVP needed. WHERE: Meet CA State Parks S ...

Talk/Walk - Beaks and Feet

Where: Visitor Center When: 7:00 a.m. (1.5 hours) 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 way of ap ...

Exploring Big Basin

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 hou ...

Presentation: Mountain Lions

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 5:30 p.m. (30 minutes) The Mountain Lion is Palomar's apex predator. Join us for an interpretive discussion about the life history of mount ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 3 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 17 at 11am and 2pm Monday, May 27 at 11am and 2pm Friday, May 31 at 11am and 2pm How do these ...

Bird Walk

Bird Walk Friday, May 17 at 10:30am Friday, May 24 at 10:30am Friday, May 31 at 10:30am Join a park docent and Santa Cruz Bird Club member for a 1-mile, 1.5 hour walk through good bird viewing area ...