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Big Basin Redwoods State Park Founders’ Day
September 26, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 113 years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees! Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, history hikes and games for kids.
Timeline Tree: Changing Times among the Ageless Giants
9 am-5 pm (all day, walk by anytime)
Come walk along a downed 100-foot redwood tree and read about the stories of change in the forest where time appears to stop. The timeline describes events in words and pictures of Big Basin over the last century…and more. Some were grand occasions, others mundane details…together, the stops along this path tell a fascinating story of the oldest state park in California. The timeline is along the Redwood Loop Trail, across from Park Headquarters.
Coffee Talk and Crafts
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This room tells the story of the history of California’s oldest state park. Docent Kathy Willott will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And there’s a fun craft activity for the kids!
Old-Time Big Basin Resort Walk
Get in a time machine with Docent Scott Peden as he leads us on a history walk around Park Headquarters. Big Basin was a world-famous resort, with a swimming pool, dance hall, cabins, dining hall, and more! See photos from then, and compare them to what it looks like now. Scott has 80-100 year maps and photos of that era—we’ll stop by the exact spots those old photos were taken and learn something about the past! This is a one-mile, 90-minute walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Outlook from Mt. McAbee
Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We’ll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Come meet Bellarose the horse and learn about the important role horses played in early Big Basin history. Join Docent Peggy O’Shea as she shares stories of how horses were used by the Spanish explorers, early settlers and the lumber and tanning industries. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Old-Time Redwood Grove Loop Walk
Join Docent Scott Peden as he leads us on an old-fashioned redwood grove loop walk. Over the years, this walk meandered over a much longer distance and passed by many old buildings and even older trees. See photos from then, and compare them to what it looks like now. Scott has 80-100 year maps and photos of that era—we’ll stop by the exact spots those old photos were taken and learn something about the past! This is a one-mile, 90-minute walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Big Basin Melodrama!
Celebrate Big Basin’s history! Watch a strolling play into the past on this easy, family friendly redwood loop trail and meet colorful characters from Big Basin’s past. Listen to the stories of a pioneering homesteader, an early conservationist, the first female ranger at Big Basin and more! This walk is a half-mile, 1.5-hour and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Once Upon a Nest
Listen to tales of the history and lore of the endangered marbled murrelet as you follow the path of its discovery right here in the center of Big Basin with Docent Karen DeMello. You’ll also meet typical birds of the redwood forest along the way on this 1-1/2 mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Binoculars recommended (not required).
Old-Fashioned Children’s Games
Step back in time and play some old-fashioned children’s games. Stop by anytime during this two-hour program. The games are for kids of all ages. Meet at the Old Lodge.
6:30-7 pm marshmallow roasting; program 7 pm
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Tonight, hear stories from the past, from Native California’s history. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!