Nighttime Magic and Fall Forest Festivities

Crescent Meadow, Sequoia National Park. Photo Ming-yen Hsu at Flickr Creative Commons
Crescent Meadow, Sequoia National Park. Photo Ming-yen Hsu at Flickr Creative Commons
Now that the sun is setting earlier, it’s great time to experience the sights and sounds of the redwood forest after dark. Not a night owl? Celebrate fall with a birdwatching walk or a trip to an autumn festival. Here’s a sample of fall fun throughout the redwood regions.

Owl Prowl
Saturday, Oct 14, 6-7:30 pm
Crescent Meadow, Sequoia National Park

As the sun sets, Crescent Meadow begins to bustle with animal activity. Join us for a quiet walk alongside the meadow on the prowl for signs of the native owls. You’ll learn their habits and what role they play in a meadow John Muir describes as a Gem of the Sierra! This is event is free to join and requires no prior registration.

Spooky or Not Spooky?
Saturdays, Oct 14, 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Bring the young kids in your life to Big Basin Redwoods State Park for a special Halloween walk through the redwood forest. This easy one-hour walk explores the mysteries of the redwoods, identifying what’s “spooky or not spooky.” The event is free.

Audubon Birdwalk, Hikshari’ Trail Walk
Sundays, Oct 15, Nov 19, 9-11 am
Hikshari’ Trail, Eureka

Join Ralph Bucher, for a 1.5-mile walk along the Hikshari’ Trail and learn about the birds that surround you. The trail winds along Elk River and through the Elk River Wildlife River Sanctuary, with interpretive signs addressing cultural and ecological history.

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct 21, 11 am – 4 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See historic tractors, draft horses, living history demonstrations, live music, crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities. This event is free.

The Missing Arm
Saturday, Oct 21, 6:30 – 9 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Experience a tale of Big Basin’s last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Ranger apples cooked around the campfire round out this festive family event. The trail is wheelchair-accessible. Registration begins at 6:30 pm at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. This event is free.

Check out more events in the redwood forest.

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Emily is currently a student at UC Berkeley studying environmental policy and english and an Outreach Intern for Save the Redwoods League. Emily grew up in Humboldt County, California right next door to Redwood National Park.

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