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May 2017
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The Secrets of Castle Rock

May 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033-8291 United States
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Castle Rock State Park is known for its expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities, yet there are many more secrets to share with you! Meet at the kiosk at 9:30 AM to explore the many sides of Castle Rock. This 2.5-mile hike will last about two hours, so bring plenty of water and dress in layers. Contact (831) 291-8273 for more information. Program is free, parking is $8. Rain cancels. Event made possible by Portola and…

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Coffee Talk and Crafts

May 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Basin: Park Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States
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Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Big Basin docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! Parking is $10 and supports the park.

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Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Big Basin: Park Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States
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Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek…

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Guided Redwood Walks

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 31, 2017

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Rd
Felton, CA 95018 United States
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How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of the knowledgeable docents will lead you through the magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. There are two walk times offered: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm Meet at the Visitors Center in the…

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Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until June 1, 2017

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Discover what life was like a century or more ago on this innovative dairy ranch. The hour-long tour at 1 pm includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1856 Gothic Revival farm house, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend. You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing…

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until May 28, 2017

An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 27, 2017

Big Basin: Park Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States
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How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is…

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Coast Nature Walks

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the coastal bluffs on a 2-hour natural history tour. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Rain cancels. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org

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Big Basin Snakes Alive!

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9064 United States
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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 at Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane. Big Basin Park Headquarters is located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.…

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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until May 29, 2017

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Rd
Felton, CA 95018 United States
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Join the California State Parks on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With their ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same! Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event…

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Family Discovery Walk

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Big Basin: Park Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States
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Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We’ll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on…

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