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TriAVAC: A swim, bike, run, & fitness festival for the entire family!

February 9
Almaden Valley Athletic Club, 5400 Camden Ave
San Jose, 95124
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TriAVAC is the South Bay Area's greatest introduction to the sport of triathlon and racing. A family day filled with races, swim, food, and FUN! Featuring activities for children as young as 2 years old up to grandparents to enjoy. PURPOSE: To spread the importance of movement and health while raising funds for the Cambrian […]

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8:00 am

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

February 9 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

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 binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on […]

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8:30 am

Guided Elephant Seal Walks

February 9 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until March 31, 2019

$7

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These […]

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9:00 am

Wilder Ridge Loop

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Free

On this 6-mile 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 water, lunch, hiking shoes, and sun protection. Rain cancels. Meet in parking lot. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10.

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Water Budgets: How Do We Balance All Needs?

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
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Free

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency, formed in 2017 to comply with California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, will host a three-part educational series beginning in January to engage and inform all people who rely on the water supply from the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.The Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin is the major water source for communities […]

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10:00 am

McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach […]

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Ohlone Plant Use

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, 95006
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Free

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used. Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Visit our campfire center any time during this drop-in program. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event […]

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10:30 am

Drawing for the Love of Nature

February 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Rancho Del Oso, 3600 CA-1
Davenport, 95017
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Free

Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature – from leaf to watershed. No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a […]

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11:00 am

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Romance on the Rancho

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Free

Life in California before the Gold Rush wasn’t all-Zorro, all-the-time, but it did have its share of romantic charm and excitement. Step into the Pájaro Valley’s past with this sneak peek into our future state park. Bring your sweetheart, or meet somebody over traditional hot chocolate in our Mexican-era adobe’s restored kitchen; we’ll provide the […]

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Becoming a Super Internet Searcher!

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Branch Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

Join Google Search Scientist, Dan Russell, for this FREE hands-on class and learn the 10 key things you need to know to be a power Google searcher. Registration is not required to attend. Just drop-in and learn from the best!

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Castle Rock Loop

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until February 28, 2019

Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd
Los Gatos, 95033
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Free

Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls. During this trip, we will discuss Castle Rock’s unique geology, plant diversity, human impacts, and various important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Bring water, closed toe shoes, camera, and snacks. Meet at kiosk. […]

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32nd Annual Migration Festival

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 W. Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

A special event! Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike, or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids’ games, crafts, skits, live music by the nature-loving […]

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We Bring the Sandhills to You!

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until February 28, 2019

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 Big Trees Park
Felton, CA United States
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Free

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation—its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving this special habitat—at our Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center in the parking lot next to the Nature Store. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible […]

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11:30 am

Felling the Giants

February 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, 95006
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Free

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants—without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Meet at park […]

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12:00 pm

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until February 28, 2019

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 Big Trees Park
Felton, CA United States
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Free

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 slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents […]

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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on February 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm

One event on February 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, 95006
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Free

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. For […]

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1:00 pm

Hides and Tallow

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 19thcentury. We will look at some of the major products of the mission, leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Rain cancels. […]

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Ranch Tours

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until February 28, 2019

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Free

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-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Day use parking fee is $10.

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 28, 2019

One event on February 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, 95006
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Free

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans?Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair […]

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2:00 pm

Snake Park Saturday

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rancho Del Oso, 3600 CA-1
Davenport, 95017
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Free

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 of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed […]

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Photography Hike

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 Big Trees Park
Felton, CA United States
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Free

Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 5-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements. Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. Meet […]

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