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Upcoming Events at All Parks in November, 2018

Junior Rangers - Mammals

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 3:30 p.m. (40 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger Sta ...

Ranch 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 wate ...

Old Cove Landing Trail Walk

Saturday, November 17 at 11am On this two-hour natural history excursion, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the interpretive center. Brin ...

Old Tree Trail Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we’ll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug’s vit ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve to view the butterflies in the trees they overwinter i ...

Gardens of Time

Saturday, November 17 from 1 to 2pm 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 explo ...

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am 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 trees left? How important are banana ...

Public Open House

Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired ...

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 ...

Walk - Bird Walk

Where: Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot When: 7:30 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our ...

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 ...

Talk/Walk - Beaks and Feet

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) 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 ...

Sonoma SHP - Campfire Program

5:00pm - 6:00pm Fall is here and our campfire fun continues. Join us for this fall warm up at our pre-Thanksgiving campfire in the historic Sonoma Barracks Courtyard next to the mission. Join ...

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 ...

Walk - Rainbow Any Day

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 3:00 p.m. (1 hour) Even when it's not raining, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reit ...

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 ...

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, November 18 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 home. For more in ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve to view the butterflies in the trees they overwinter i ...

Ranch 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 wate ...

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 ...

Holidays at Empire Mine

Holiday decorations and docents in period attire provide a glimpse of Christmas past. Visit Santa in the Empire Mine Clubhouse and enjoy Holiday treats in the beautifully decorated Cottage!

Walk - Panorama Overlook

Where: Meet at the Visitor Center When: 3:30 p.m. (2.5 hours) Meet Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter at the Visitor Center to walk across the desert and up the Panorama Overlook Trail ...

Presentation: Animal Foresters

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 6:00 p.m. (30 minutes) Presentation about the peculiar ways in which small critters inadvertently promote forest health and help plants and ...

Mission Building Game

Friday, November 23 from 3 to 4:30pm Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18 th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of ...

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, November 24 at 8am 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 Redwoods ...

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am 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 trees left? How important are banana ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve to view the butterflies in the trees they overwinter i ...

Old Tree Trail Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we’ll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug’s vit ...

Junior Rangers: Geology

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 3:30 p.m. (40 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's rocky past. Sign up in the Ranger Statio ...

Ranch 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 wate ...

Old Cove Landing Trail Walk

Saturday, November 24 at 11am On this two-hour natural history excursion, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the interpretive center. Bring ...

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 ...

Sonoma SHP - Nature Hike

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Hike off your Thanksgiving Day meal with us along the lower Montini Preserve Trail and experience history, nature and good times. This slow-paced hike is just over ...

Holidays at Empire Mine

Holiday decorations and docents in period attire provide a glimpse of Christmas past. Visit Santa in the Empire Mine Clubhouse and enjoy Holiday treats in the beautifully decorated Cottage!

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Walk - Desert Inspiration

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 3:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist for a sensory exploration of the desert in word and color that will nourish ...

Ranch 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 wate ...

Junior Rangers: Plants

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 trees and plants. Sign up in the Range ...

Monarch Butterfly Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve to view the butterflies in the trees they overwinter i ...

p1440 Beach Volleyball Invitational

p1440 presents the Beach Volleyball Top Guns and Young Guns Invitational hosted by Tower 7! The Top Guns Invitational features 16 of the best players from around the world while the Young Guns Invita ...