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Upcoming Events at All Parks in November, 2017

Hikes and Campfire Programs

November/December 2017 Campfire Program & Nature Walk Schedule REMINDER: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT NOTICE Sat., November 4th: “A Walk through Time” - Meet at ...

Sonoma SHP - Campfire Program

Time: 5:30pm–6:30-pm Location: Sonoma Barracks Courtyard, Spain St & First St East Emily Walski (707) 938-9560 Gather ‘round the warm campfire in the historic Barracks Court ...

Scott's Cabin to Silvercrest

Where: Silvercrest Picnic Area When: 3:30 p.m. (2 hours) Gain perspective on Palomar Mountain State Park's dense forests and dramatic vistas as we explore the wooded areas along Scott's Cabin T ...

Monarch Butterfly Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-N ...

Garden Walk

Where: Visitor Center When: 11:00 a.m. (45 minutes) Join a Visitor Center Interpreter who will take you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special desert plan ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Special Program for children ages 7-12 only. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited.

Campfire - Animal Songs

Where: Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center When: 7:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for a lighthearted look at the sounds some of the Park animals make. You'll ...

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Friday, November 10 Veteran’s Day at 11am and 2pm Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving at 1pm Friday, November 24 Green Friday at 11am and 2pm How do these ...

Skill and Luck

Saturday, November 18 at 1pm Learn and play traditional games of the California Indians and Spanish that required skill and luck. Make a game to take home. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Missi ...

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, November 4 at 11am Saturday, November 18 at 11am Saturday, November 25, at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spec ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parkin ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parkin ...

Drop In Family Crafts

Sunday, November 5 from 1pm to 3:30pm Luminaria Sunday, November 19 from 1pm to 3:30pm Ramillettas Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin l ...

Discover Big Basin Redwoods

Saturday, November 4 at noon Sunday, November 5 at noon Saturday, November 11 at noon Sunday, November 12 at noon Sunday, November 19 at noon Saturday, November 25 at noon Sunday, November 26 at noon ...

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 ...

Garden Walk

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (45 minutes) Join a Visitor Center Interpreter who will take you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special desert plant ...

Let's Be Crepuscular

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) You probably know "Nocturnal", maybe "Diurnal". Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist for an easy walk near ...

Monarch Butterfly Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-N ...

Junior Rangers - Birds

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 9:00 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's avian allies. Sign up in the Ranger Stat ...

Junior Rangers - Birds

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 9:45 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's avian allies. Sign up in the Ranger Stat ...

Historic District Tour

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park from 12pm to 2pm on Sunday, November 19 . Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the c ...

Family Nature Hike

Autumn is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunda ...

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike

Sunday, November 19 at 1pm Sunday, December 3 at 10am Sunday, December 17 at 1pm Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Au ...

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike

Sunday, November 19 at 1pm Sunday, December 3 at 10am Sunday, December 17 at 1pm Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Audub ...

Family Nature Hike

Autumn is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday ...

ABF - Weekly Members Hike

When: 8:30 a.m. (3.5 hours) Meet at the State Park Store in the Mall. Join ABF for our weekly member hikes. Led by Park Rangers, retired Park Rangers, and various Park enthusiasts, these hikes t ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesday 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 hours. We go rain or shin ...

Sea Glass Activity

Join Crystal Cove Conservancy for sea glass wrapping on Wednesdays, 11/22 Learn the art of wire-wrapping sea glass from 10am- 4pm in the Education Commons in Crystal Cove State Park Historic Dist ...

Dana Point Turkey Trot

Located in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is celebrating 40 years! Bring your family and friends to wobble before you gobble. Our flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and ...

Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Friday, November 3 at 10:30am Sunday, November 12 at 10:30am Friday, November 24 at 10:30am Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, ...

Mission Building Game

Friday, November 10 at 11am Friday, November 24 at 11am 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 deter ...

Murders and Unkindnesses

Where: Visitor Center When: 10:00 a.m. (1 hour) Join State Park Volunteer Naturalist Jeff Salton to discover the remarkable differences between Crows and Ravens, and explore some of the mystery ...

Panorama Overlook

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 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 for good vie ...

Observation Deck Hike

Friday, November 24 at 1pm Join us for an approximately 5-mile loop through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits, discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring water, layered ...

#OptOutside Hike for Green Friday

"Will you go out with us?" REI is bringing back #OptOutside to give Americans an alternative to stress and consumerism on Black Friday, November 24th. The outdoor co-op is asking every lover of the o ...

Beachside Chat

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, November 25 from 12pm-3 at the Historic District Education Commons where Park Naturalist Alex w ...

Sonoma SHP - Nature Hike

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm Location: Vallejo Home Parking Lot, 363 3rd St West, Sonoma Emily Walski (707) 938-9560 Join this casual hike through portions of the park and the Montini Trail. This on ...

Hikes and Campfire Programs

November/December 2017 Campfire Program & Nature Walk Schedule REMINDER: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT NOTICE Sat., November 4th: “A Walk through Time” - Meet at ...

Monarch Butterfly Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-N ...

Botany Society Lecture

Where: Visitor Center Discovery Lab When: 1:30 p.m. (1 hour) The Anza-Borrego Botany Society speaker for the Plant Festival is Dr. Gordon Pratt, a lepidopterist, who will talk about which butte ...

Junior Rangers

Where: Visitor Center When: 2:00 p.m. (1 hour) Special program for children ages 7-12 only. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited.

Desert Inspiration

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for a sensory exploration of the desert in word and color that will nourish ...

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3pm Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room/Park ...

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Saturday November 25 at 1pm Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a pr ...

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, November 4 at 11am Saturday, November 18 at 11am Saturday, November 25, at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spec ...

Discover Big Basin Redwoods

Saturday, November 4 at noon Sunday, November 5 at noon Saturday, November 11 at noon Sunday, November 12 at noon Sunday, November 19 at noon Saturday, November 25 at noon Sunday, November 26 at noon ...

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, investi ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parkin ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parkin ...

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 ...

Culp Valley Wander

Where: Culp Valley Campground When: 1:00 p.m. (3 hours) Take a walk in one of the favorite areas of Anza-Borrego that features a historic spring, an awesome scenic overlook, and beautiful bould ...

Junior Rangers - Mammals

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 9:00 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger Sta ...

Junior Rangers - Mammals

Where: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center When: 9:45 a.m. (30 minutes) Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of our mountain's furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger Sta ...

Monarch Butterfly Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-N ...

Birding for Beginners

Sunday, November 26 at 8am Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the winter time birds of Henry Cowell. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. H ...

Family Nature Hike

Autumn is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday ...

ABF - Weekly Members Hike

When: 8:30 a.m. (3.5 hours) Meet at the State Park Store in the Mall. Join ABF for our weekly member hikes. Led by Park Rangers, retired Park Rangers, and various Park enthusiasts, these hikes t ...

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesday 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 hours. We go rain or shin ...

Notice and Wonder

Where: Visitor Center When: 11:00 a.m. (1.5 hours) Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter to explore Nature journaling. We'll observe the desert closely and record what we experience ...

Let's Be Crepuscular

Where: Meet in front of the Visitor Center When: 4:00 p.m. (1 hour) You probably know "Nocturnal", maybe "Diurnal". Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist for an easy walk near ...