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Hidden Park Gems, Valentine’s Redwoods Gifts

Waddell Creek, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Michael Carl, Save the Redwoods League Photo Contest
Waddell Creek, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Michael Carl, Save the Redwoods League Photo Contest

In the deep folds of the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’ll find the largest stand of ancient redwoods south of San Francisco at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the perfect place for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and more.

Tent cabins and camping supplies are available for rent year-round.

One remarkable sight is the Chimney Tree, a living, growing redwood entirely hollow from top to bottom. Another gem is the Native American grinding rocks near Sempervirens Falls.

For a Valentine’s-themed outing, you can join Big Basin’s Romance in the Redwoods Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014. On this easy, 2-hour walk, you’ll learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park’s most fascinating plants and animals. Discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild! Meet at the park’s main entrance 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

See what else to see and do at Big Basin

Valentine’s Redwoods Gifts

Give the gift that grows this Valentine’s Day! Make a donation of $5 or more in honor of your loved ones and send them a beautiful redwoods ecard. For just $25 you can give the gift of a League membership, and for $75 you can have a seedling planted. With these unique gifts, you will honor your loved ones and help us restore and protect redwood forests.

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New California State Parks Director, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), left, continues his organization's 90-year relationship with the League. He's pictured here with Jim Larson, League Board of Directors President.

New Parks Leader Committed to State’s Treasures

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Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks have worked together to protect parklands for some 90 years. So it’s not too surprising that the new California State Parks Director, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), lunched with the Save the Redwoods League Council on his third week on the job. In our exclusive profile, he said he’s committed to preserving the state’s natural resources. These resources include the redwood forests, in which you have invested through your generous League gifts.


Beautiful Bothe-Napa Valley State Park near Calistoga offers hikes through a redwood canyon along a creek. Photo by Life in a Yurt, Flickr Creative Commons

Trip Ideas, Earth Day Redwoods Gifts

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In the heart of wine country, you’ll find an inviting place to camp in a yurt, hike, picnic and swim among towering redwoods. Here you can celebrate Earth Day by joining an April 19 weeding event.

Trip ideas, Earth Day Redwoods Gifts


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