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Bird Watching for Beginners at Wilder Ranch

Wilder Ranch State Park 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Santa Cruz

On this 2-hour walk, be prepared to hike two miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if … Read more

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 3600 Highway One, Davenport, CA

Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring … Read more

Free

Back country Hike on the Wilder Ranch

Wilder Ranch State Park 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Santa Cruz

On this 7-mile, 3-hour challenging hike, we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Bring layered clothing, good walking shoes, water, snacks and lunch, and binoculars. Meet … Read more

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton

Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles.   No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet at the visitor center. Children 10 … Read more

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Hwy. 236, Boulder Creek, CA

Join us on a 4-mile hike to visit Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Bring water, snacks, and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day use fee is … Read more

Snake Park Saturday

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 3600 Highway One, Davenport, CA

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 Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world … Read more

Birding for Beginners

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton

Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell RSP birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Make sure to … Read more

Berry Creek Falls Hike

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Hwy. 236, Boulder Creek, CA

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big … Read more

Registration Opens – 2020 Portola to the Sea Backpacking Trip

Portola Redwoods State Park La Honda, CA

Portola to the Sea: Portola State Park to Waddell State Beach (June 11 - 14, 2020) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 1, 2020 Enjoy a naturalist-led hike to the top of the beloved Skyline to the Sea route … Read more

$300

Registration Opens – 2020 Skyline to the Sea Backpacking Trip

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach (July 16-19, 2020) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 1, 2020 This is the quintessential Santa Cruz Mountains backpacking experience. Find yourself on a legendary 3-night, 4-day … Read more

$325

Registration Opens – 2020 In Pursuit of Perseids Backpacking Trip

In Pursuit of Perseids: Castle Rock State Park (August 11 - 12, 2020) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 1, 2020 Enjoy a mesmerizing backpacking trip under the stars. Scheduled around the annual Perseids meteor shower, this journey through … Read more

$175

Virtual Tours of California Historic State Parks

You can tell the history of California through state parks. From the very beginning with Native Americans, up until modern times, California has grown and changed. Each park has a story to tell that fits into the greater history of … Read more

Juneteenth Virtual Tour: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States dating back to June 19th, 1865. In August 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers established a town founded, financed and governed by African … Read more

CA Biodiversity Week: Virtual Hike at Estero Bluffs State Park

Join State Park Environmental Scientists Jodi Isaacs and explore the biodiversity at Estero Bluffs State Park. Also, discover the wonders of the Black oystercatcher, a conspicuous black bird with an orange bill and pink legs!

Free

Sea Otter Fact vs. Fiction

Science Communication Director and Research Scientist for Sea Otter Savvy, Heather Barrett, helps to clarifying sea otter fact from fiction. Viewers will explore the southern sea otter life history, and its critical species information.

Free

Western snowy plover conservation at Morro Strand State Beach

Join a Snowy Plover Monitor and learn about this small shorebird that lives amongst the sand dunes. Discover the history of this shorebird and the steps being taken towards the conservation of this near threatened species. This program is geared … Read more

Free

Getting Wise to Sea Level Rise with California State Parks!

Facebook Live Event CA

California State Parks is teaming up with the California Coastal Commission for the fourth annual livestream event highlighting the winter king tides. Viewers will explore different coastal State Parks from San Diego to Eureka and learn about how king tides … Read more

Free

First Day Hike, Jack London State Park

Jack London State Historic Park 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA

Discover how great you will feel when you start the new year off on the right foot on the 2022 First Day Hike.  Our 9th Annual Hike to the Summit of the Park can be either a personal challenge to see … Read more

$10

California State Parks Week

Various Locations

The public is invited to celebrate the first annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and the California State Parks Foundation. Through special community events and in-person and virtual … Read more

Park admission, events are free