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Click on park name below for park information, including hours, features, directions, and park brochures. Please note that a limited number of free parking passes are available on first-come first-served basis.
Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area
Andrew Molera State Park
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

APRIL 14 at 10am
Join a Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods docent for a free hike on Second Saturdays in Armstrong Redwoods State Park. Tour starts at 10 am. Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods will also have a roving docent in the park to answers questions you may have about the park and the redwood forest. For more information, visit the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Facebook page. (external link)

Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Benbow State Recreation Area
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

APRIL 14 at 10am
Birds of Bothe
Join us to learn about the birds of Bothe park. Did you know there are two kinds of “jays” in the park? Or that there are six different species of woodpecker, including the largest in North America? This will be an easy stroll; bring your binoculars.
Meet at: Redwood Trailhead, 10am

Athletic Hike
Interested in redwoods and birds of Bothe Park, but hope to still get a workout? Join us for our second athletic hike, where we’ll see redwoods and birds, but at a faster pace!
Meet at: Redwood Trailhead, 10am


MAY 12 at 10am
Blooms of Bothe
May is a great time to be in our park as the spice bush and California buckeye are usually on display in tandem. Come explore these magnificent blooms as well as learn about other flowering plants in Bothe park during a leisurely walk along Ritchey Creek.
Meet at: Redwood Trailhead, 10am

Athletic Hike
Want to learn about redwoods, birds, and the flowering plants of Bothe? Come see the beautiful tandem of California buckeye and spice bush in bloom, but at a faster pace!
Meet at: Redwood Trailhead, 10am


NOVEMBER 10 at 10am
Mushrooms of Bothe
Join us on a leisurely hike as we explore the lives of mushrooms in Bothe Park.
Meet at: Redwood Trail, 10am

Athletic Hike
Interested in redwoods and all of Bothe’s life forms, but still want to move at a fast pace? Then join our last athletic hike of the year!
Meet at: Redwood Trailhead, 10am

Butano State Park

April 14 at 10am
Candelabra Tree Hike
Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail located in the less visited Gazos Canyon. This 2 mile, 1.5 hour hike will take you through oak and redwood habitats and includes the trails namesake, the Candelabra Tree. The hike is free and is considered moderate uphill. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and good hiking shoes. Check in at the Butano entrance station for directions to the trailhead along Gazos Creek Road just past the Cloverdale Road intersection.
Time: 10am – Noon
Where: Meet at the unsigned road pulloff along Gazos Creek Road near the Candelabra Trailhead. This is located past the intersection of Gazos Creek Road and Cloverdale Road.


May 12 at 10am
Candelabra Tree Hike
Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail located in the less visited Gazos Canyon. This 2 mile, 1.5 hour hike will take you through oak and redwood habitats and includes the trails namesake, the Candelabra Tree. The hike is free and is considered moderate uphill. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and good hiking shoes. Check in at the Butano entrance station for directions to the trailhead along Gazos Creek Road just past the Cloverdale Road intersection.
Time: 10am – Noon
Where: Meet at the unsigned road pulloff along Gazos Creek Road near the Candelabra Trailhead. This is located past the intersection of Gazos Creek Road and Cloverdale Road.


August 11 at 10am
Latino Outdoors Hike
Come on a hike at Butano State Park with Latino Outdoors and explore the coast redwoods.
Time: 10am – 1pm
Where: Meet at the parking lot at Butano State Park.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Castle Rock State Park
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Garrapata State Park
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

APRIL 14 at 11 am
“Meet the Flora” Nature Walk
Join Senior Park Aide Ashley Disney and meet the many plants that live under the redwoods, including many that are still flowering.
Meeting Location: Grizzly Creek Visitor Center
Contact: Thomas Valterria, 707-946-1801

Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area
Hendy Woods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

OCTOBER 13
Save the Redwoods League Guided Hike – Happy Birthday League
Hiking Trail:
Duration/Distance:
Starting Time/Location:
RSVP: COMING SOON (Space is limited, please sign up)
Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Humboldt Redwoods State Park

APRIL 14 at 11 am
“Burls” Nature Walk
Senior Park Aide Sylvia Ramos will do an interpretive program titled “Burls” Nature Walk that meets at the Rockefeller Forest at 11 am. It’s about burls.
Meeting Location: Rockefeller Forest
Contact: Thomas Valterria, 707-946-1801

Jack London State Historic Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

JULY 14, 8 am – 11 am
Tidepool Exploration
Duration: While there is no formal start time and visitors may come and go as they please, park rangers will be on site for 3 hours
Meet at: Wilson Creek Picnic Area near False Klamath Cove: ~14 miles south of Crescent City, CA or ~7 miles north of Klamath, CA on U.S. 101.
Join park rangers on the beach to explore tidepools and learn about life under the sea. Wear sturdy shoes that strap on to your feet (no flip-flops or crocs) and be prepared to get sandy and wet!
Contact: Melissa_Lockwood@nps.gov, 707-465-7390


JULY 14 at 1pm
Tolowa Nation Honoring and Sharing Dance
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Meet at: Jedediah Smith Day Use Area (marked parking located just east of the Jedediah Smith Campground on U.S. 199 near Hiouchi, CA)
The Tolowa Nation will demonstrate the Ne’-dosh, or world renewal dance, to honor the elders and share Tolowa culture with the community. Dance is an important part of Tolowa culture, meant to renew, balance, and reestablish positive relationships between humans and the earth. It is also one way that traditions are passed on to younger generations. Come share in this celebration of local cultural diversity! Bring blankets or folding camp chairs, as seating is limited. Photography is prohibited during the performance, although dancers may voluntarily pose for photos afterward.
Contact: Brad_Maggetti@nps.gov, 707-465-7399

John B. Dewitt Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Jug Handle State Natural Reserve
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve
Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Mendocino Headlands State Park
Mendocino Woodlands State Park
Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve
Mount Tamalpais State Park

Docent-led Hike at Mt. Tamalpais SP
APRIL 14 at 9:30am
Mindfulness in nature will be explored, especially in relationship to the sounds, and silences, on the trail. Meet in Stinson parking lot, near bathrooms. Dark green Camry, will have a sign indicating Mount Tam State Park/Friends of Mt Tam hike.
Where: Meet at Stinson Beach parking lot at Mount Tamalpais State Park
Topic: Silence and sounds of nature
Docent: Rosalind Gottfried
Difficulty: [M] – Moderate, 7 to 10 miles, quicker paced hike. Over hilly, rocky terrain. With up to a 2,200′ elevation gain.
Hikes are for up to 20 participants, first come-first serve. Heavy rain and/or 30mph wind will cancel.


Docent-led Hike at Mt. Tamalpais SP
MAY 12 at 9:30am
We all need strength and balance to live a good life. We can find some great examples in nature. Let’s walk and find some of these meaningful connections between us and the surrounding trees.
Where: Meet at Pantoll parking lot at Mount Tamalpais State Park
Topic: Redwood Trees
Docent: Maria de La Fuente
Difficulty: [R] – Regular, moderately paced, about 5 to 7 miles, may have up to 1500’ elevation gain.
Hikes are for up to 20 participants, first come-first serve. Heavy rain and/or 30mph wind will cancel.


Docent-led Hike at Mt. Tamalpais SP
JUNE 9 at 9:30am
Enjoy a good exercise while appreciating the sound of the forest, the water. Experience the smells, the colors while your body cruises through the trail as your mind finds meditation. Share your thoughts with your hiking companions. Or not. From Rock Spring to Alpine Lake and back, 1n hour and half each way.
Where: Meet at Rock Spring parking lot at Mount Tamalpais State Park
Topic: The Sounds of Meditation
Docent: Santi Abascal
Difficulty: [M] – Moderate, 7 to 10 miles, quicker paced hike. Over hilly, rocky terrain. With up to a 2,200′ elevation gain.
Hikes are for up to 20 participants, first come-first serve. Heavy rain and/or 30mph wind will cancel.

Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Patrick’s Point State Park

JUNE 9 at 12pm

SEPTEMBER 8 at 12pm

What’s the Point?
Duration: 12-4pm; ~3.5-mile walk/hike
Meet at: Patrick’s Point Visitor Center deck at 12 pm noon, just inside the park entrance station. Parking fees will be waived for participants.
Join Park Interpretive Specialist Nancy Jo Martin for a walking tour of Patrick’s Point State Park highlighting the great variety of recreational, educational, and inspirational opportunities available to visitors, including Sumeg Village, amazing vistas, and camping and day use facilities. All ages are welcome for this ~3.5-mile walk/hike, though portions are considered moderately strenuous and strollers are not advised. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water and a packed lunch to enjoy in the park! Meet at the Patrick’s Point Visitor Center deck at 12 pm noon. No RSVP necessary
Contact: nancy.martin@parks.ca.gov, 707-677-3110

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

APRIL 14
Save the Redwoods League Guided Hike
The hike and talk will focus on Restoration and the new Redwoods Rising partnership with state and national parks and other partners.
Hiking Trail: West Ridge trail to Friendship Ridge trail (out and back)
Duration/Distance: 5 miles, 3-4 hours. Difficult at beginning for short stretch (1/2 mile), then moderate. Bring snacks.
Starting Time/Location: 9 am. Meet at Zig Zag Trail 2 and Rhododendron trail head. Drury Parkway Mile marker: 130.5
 
RSVP: Registration (Space is limited, please sign up)


APRIL 14 at 12pm
Upcycling for Redwoods
Duration: 12 pm – 4 pm (noon); approx. 3 hours
Meet at: Prairie Creek Visitor Center
Join Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park volunteer naturalists Jenni Morris and Jennifer Wagner for a creative look into upcycling to reduce your footprint and help the redwoods. Learn about recycling, composting, and more! Create your own redwood seedling planter. Please meet in front of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park visitor center between noon and 4 pm to participate. This is a fun activity for all ages. All materials provided. First 50 participants will get to take home a redwood seedling.
Contact: Leslie.Reyes@parks.ca.gov, 707-488-2231


MAY 12 at 4pm
Flowering Plants of Redwood National and State Parks
Duration: approx. 45 minutes
Meet at: Prairie Creek Visitor Center
Each spring brings a beautiful display of wildflowers to the Parks, especially in mid to late spring. This talk by California State Parks volunteer naturalist Jim Webb will cover many of the most common and noticeable flowering plants that decorate our landscape as well as a few of the lesser known but lovely specimens that most people do not notice because they are inconspicuous or well hidden.
Contact: Leslie.Reyes@parks.ca.gov, 707-488-2231


SEPTEMBER 8 at 4pm
Fungal Fruiting Bodies of the North Coast of California
Duration: approx. 45 minutes
Meet at: Prairie Creek Visitor Center
From colorful waxy caps to spectacular arrays of shelf fungi, our local redwood and other forests are rife with mushrooms and other fungal reproductive structures known as fruiting bodies. This talk by California State Parks volunteer naturalist Jim Webb will cover the fruiting bodies that are most commonly seen along trails in Redwood National and State Parks. Fall is the season to enjoy the show! Contact: Leslie.Reyes@parks.ca.gov, 707-488-2231

Richardson Grove State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
Salt Point State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Sonoma Coast State Park
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Van Damme State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park

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