Centennial Celebration Week

Centennial Celebration Week is October 7 - 14, 2018. Get ready for special events all week long to recognize the 100th anniversary of Save the Redwoods League and celebrate the conservation legacy to protect California’s incredible coast redwood and giant sequoia forests in the last century.

During Centennial Celebration Week, the League and our partners are hosting special events to commemorate the League’s Centennial Year and 100 years of protecting our redwood forests. Together, we will honor coast redwoods and giant sequoia, the tallest, largest, and arguably the most beautiful living things on Earth.

Celebrate with Us


Stand for the Redwoods Festival in Humboldt County

Centennial Celebration Week starts with the Stand for the Redwoods Festival in Humboldt County in the town of Orick, California on Sunday, October 7 from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This family-friendly festival is at the gateway to Redwood National and State Parks, home of the world’s tallest forest. The festival will honor the League’s Centennial and the 50th anniversary of Redwood National Park. It offers live music, children’s activities, local food trucks, a beer garden sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Brewery and a wine garden sponsored by Barefoot Cellars, and a variety of other features. The festival is free, and it is sponsored by Save the Redwoods League, the National Parks Service, and the Redwood Parks Conservancy. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Old Survivor Film Premiere

On Tuesday, attend the Old Survivor Film Premiere at the Chabot Space & Science Center’s Megadome Theater in Oakland, California from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Oakland’s young redwood forests and the only remaining old-growth redwood tree in the Oakland Hills are honored in this 20-minute documentary film by Emily Fraser and Nicholas Berger. Staffers from Save the Redwoods League, the City of Oakland, and the East Bay Regional Parks District are featured in the interviews. A reception follows this premiere screening, and admission is free. The event is hosted by Oakland Trails.


Centennial Celebration Annual Member Event

At the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California, join Save the Redwoods League for a Centennial Celebration Annual Member Event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This event is open to all League members in the Los Angeles area, and it celebrates our first 100 years of protecting, restoring, and connecting people to magnificent redwood forests. Meet other passionate redwood supporters, see the renowned African Mammal Hall, and experience a range of natural habitats, including a redwood forest.


Stand for the Redwoods, Reach for the Stars

Come to Stand for the Redwoods—giant sequoia in this case—and reach for the stars on Thursday, October 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. We will join our Centennial Partner, Calaveras Big Trees Association, for one of their free stargazing nights in one of the best night-sky viewing areas in the Sierra Nevada. Docents will share information and tell stories as everyone gazes at the night sky. Two telescopes and astronomical binoculars will give you a closer look at the moon, planets and deep sky objects. A telescope webcam will show images on a 40-inch monitor in real time.

Meet at the Calaveras Big Trees Overlook, 1170 East Highway 4, in Arnold, California, just a few miles past the Calaveras Big Trees State Park Visitor Center. Bring a chair if you’d like, but we will provide Save the Redwoods League blankets.


Free Second Saturdays: Special Birthday Edition

To celebrate its 100th birthday, Save the Redwoods League invites everyone to #Stand4Redwoods and visit one of the 100+ redwoods parks across California – for free! That’s 100 parks for 100 years. This expanded “birthday edition” of our Second Saturdays program will take place on Saturday, October 13 from 8 a.m. to sunset. Together with 25 park agencies, the League is offering a limited number of passes providing free day-use parking to those parks where there are usually parking fees.


Centennial Celebration Gala

Support the League’s Education and Parks Support programs by attending our Centennial Celebration Gala on Saturday, October 13 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Union Square and August Hall in San Francisco, California.

Save the Redwoods League is hosting a benefit for its Education and Parks Support programs, which serve more than 7,500 schoolchildren and millions of redwood park visitors annually. The party begins under a redwoods-inspired tented Union Square in San Francisco with a magical cocktail party featuring illusionist JB Benn, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner prepared by San Francisco’s top chefs at McCalls Catering and Events, and a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind redwood adventures that only the League can deliver. The party will culminate with a thrilling musical performance by, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and friends with special guest John Mayer at San Francisco’s newest performance venue August Hall, a short stroll from Union Square.


Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K

Run through one of the most scenic marathon courses in the country in the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K on Sunday, October 14, starting at 7:30 a.m.
Distance races for all runners of all ambitions and capabilities will be held at one of the most spectacular venues in the country: the towering redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The course follows the famed Avenue of the Giants, a byway winding through old-growth coast redwood groves protected by Save the Redwoods League in the 1920s.


Stand for the Redwoods Festival in San Francisco

Centennial Celebration Week ends with the capstone event, the Stand for the Redwoods Festival in San Francisco on Sunday, October 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, California.

This free family-friendly festival offers live music and other entertainment, activities provided by the League’s lead Centennial partners, and a Sierra Nevada Brewery beer garden. People from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond will gather to celebrate 100 years of redwoods conservation and take a stand for their future. The full line-up of artists and participating partners will be announced in September. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

OCT. 8 – OCT. 12

Giant Sequoia Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS®) K-12 Distance Learning Program

Experience the giant sequoia groves at Calaveras Big Trees State Park and engage directly with League scientists and State Park professionals through the Giant Sequoia PORTS Program. PORTS is a free distance learning program that uses interactive video conferencing to provide digital access to California State Parks. PORTS programs are designed for kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms and are aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The Giant Sequoia PORTS program, presented by California State Parks, will be offered for the first time during the Centennial Celebration Week, after which it will become a regular offering throughout the 2018/2019 school year. Supporting educational content for educators will be available online later this summer. Educators are also encouraged to participate in the long-standing coastal redwood ecology PORTS program from California’s redwood state parks on the north coast to extend learning opportunities about redwood forests.