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Concrete Ship History Walk

Seacliff State Beach 201 State Park Drive, Aptos

Learn about Seacliff State Beach’s fascinating history on this 1-mile, 1-hour stroll to the Aptos Creek Bridge and back. Get the lowdown on the Concrete Ship, the development of Aptos, “The Madman of Seacliff,” and much, much more. Bring water and layered clothing. Pre-registration required at www.santacruzstateparks.as.me. Meet at the shaded picnic tables next to […]

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Guided Coastal Walk

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

On this 2.5 mile family friendly walk, we’ll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet next to park map in Wilder Ranch main parking lot. Rain cancels. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Spaces […]

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Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park 101 Big Trees Park, Felton, CA

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? Learn the answer to these questions and more every Saturday when you take a walk through the wondrous old-growth forest with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent. Meet at […]

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Holiday Lights Train at Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton

A seasonal tradition returns to Santa Cruz with the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through city streets past homes of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Trains depart and return in front of Neptune’s Kingdom on the Boardwalk of Santa Cruz at 5:00pm, 6:30, and […]

Castro Adobe Open House

Castro Adobe State Historic Park 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, CA

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon touring Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe State Historic Property in Watsonville CA. This 60 minute in-person tour will be led by State Park docents who will share the history of the Mexican Rancho period of California, the Juan Jose Castro family and their two story adobe hacienda. Tours take place every […]

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Holiday Living History Event

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

Join us for a family-friendly event with holiday-themed old-fashioned activities, crafts, and living history demonstrations. Step back in time with costumed docents as we turn back the clock to over 100 years ago. Watch machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations or take a tour of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse and 1897 Victorian home and 1960’s […]

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Birding for Beginners

Henry Cowell Dirt Parking Lot 1800 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz

Join State Park Interpreter Dylan McManus for a tranquil morning filled with resident and migratory birds. Learn about the birds in our park and ways to participate in birding community science, receive a Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park birding brochure, and begin your hobby as an enthusiastic birder! Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, […]

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Tree Identification Walk

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park 101 Big Trees Park, Felton, CA

Learn all about the life histories and characteristics of up to 15 different tree species residing in the redwood forest or riparian ecosystems, practice the fundamentals of tree identification, and receive supporting materials and guides. Participants should be prepared to walk approximately 2 miles on level ground. Meet at visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use […]

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History Under the Trees

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park 600 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

Delve into forest history—and prehistory—with a 4-mile, 3-hour walk to ghost towns and fossils deep in a redwood forest. Bring water and snacks. Meet at George’s picnic area next to the steel bridge before the winter gate. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $8. For more information, call (831) 685-6444. Event made possible by Friends […]

Gray Whale Cove Trail Walk

McNee Ranch at Montara N Peak Access Rd, Montara

Join State Park Docents for a two-hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at State Parks’ McNee Ranch at Montara. Enjoy a moderate 2-mile hike overlooking the California coast. From the trail, you will be able to view the evidence in the landscape of the Ocean Shore Railroad and bunkers left over from […]

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Burleigh Murray Ranch Walk

Half Moon Bay State Beach 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA

Join State Park Docents on a leisurely two-hour walk. Take a journey back in time along Mills Creek at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. This walk will be a 2.5 miles round trip hike with only a small gain in elevation. Along the way you will learn about the lives of early pioneers and […]

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Pescadero Marsh Guided Walk

Pescadero State Park HWY 1, Pescadero

Join State Park Docents on an easy two-hour stroll on the mile-long Sequoia Audubon Trail through the Pescadero Marsh. Learn about the fascinating human history of the Marsh from the days of the Ohlone to the present. Discover the byways of the Pescadero and Butano Creeks as they flow through this restored marsh to meet […]

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