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Upcoming Events at All Parks in January, 2018

Coachwhip Canyon Hike

9 am - 12 noon Hike: Coachwhip Canyon Experience a natural desert setting to a vista of the valley with Volunteer Naturalists Marie & Lee Holly and Dan Jellis. Meet at the trailhead of Coachwh ...

Cool Canyon Hike

9 am - 1 pm Hike: Notice and Wonder Join Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson on a cool trip up Cool Canyon. We’ll hike up many dry falls in the higher country where the flora is different from that ...

Roving Naturalist

10 am - 12 noon Roving Naturalist in Borrego Palm Canyon This is not a guided hike. Volunteer Naturalist Aleese Golding will be roaming the Borrego Palm Canyon Alternate Trail searching for bighor ...

Notice and Wonder

10 - 11:30 am Walk: Notice and Wonder Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter to explore Nature journaling. We’ll explore the desert using very basic techniques of writing, drawing, ...

ABF Lecture: High and Dry

7:30 - 8:30 pm ABF Lecture: High and Dry--Aquatic Invertebrate Adaptations to Life in the Desert Desert-dwelling aquatic organisms have a wide range of adaptations that allow them to survive in a ...

New Volunteer Orientation

We will be holding a new vounteer orientation session on Friday January 19th from 5-7 pm at the Discovery Center. Anyone interested in attending please email Ian Bernstein at ian.bernstein@parks. ...

Cool Canyon Hike

9 - 11:30 am Hike: Cool Canyon Join Brian and Susie Jones on a strenuous 3-mile round trip hike up Cool Canyon. We’ll hike up some dry waterfalls in the higher country where the flora is dif ...

High and Dry ABF Field Class

9 am - 4 pm ABF Field Class: High and Dry: Aquatic Invertebrate Adaptations to Life in the Desert Desert-dwelling aquatic organisms have a wide range of adaptations that allow them to survive in a ...

Beaks and Feet

9 - 10 am Walk/Talk: Beaks and Feet If you’ve always wanted to learn about birds but thought it’s too complicated and only for birding experts, you’ll enjoy this simple way of ap ...

Junior Rangers

2-3 pm Junior Rangers Special California State Parks program for children only, ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited. Bring a su ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am 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 qu ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, January 6 at 11am Saturday, January 20 at 11am Saturday, January 27 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacu ...

Trione-Annadel SP - January Events

Photography & iNaturalist with Volunteer John Lynch Sunday, January 7: 10 AM Focus on aesthetic appreciation of Trione-Annadel State Park with Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist and Hike Lead ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investi ...

Sonoma SHP - January Events

“Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview ~ Tuesday, January 2, 9:40am Listen in as Park Interpretive Specialist Dave shares information about the park’s upcoming programs and ...

Historic District Tour

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the his ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we'll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We'll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Bird Walk

Every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday 3:00pm Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail to view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this Reserve on their year ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike

Sunday, January 7 at 10 am Sunday, January 21 at 1 pm Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Audubon Trail. Please bring walk ...

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, January 7 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Ramillettas at the Santa Cruz Mission Sunday, January 21 from 1pm to 3:30pm – Yarn Baskets Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near do ...

Goat Canyon Trestle Hike

7 am - 3 pm Strenuous Hike to View of Goat Canyon Trestle via Mortero Palms This hike is a 5.5-mile, strenuous off-trail adventure that includes a significant amount of boulder hopping and 2,000 f ...

Bird Walk

7:30 - 9:00 am Bird Walk Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our desert. All birding levels welcome. Meet in the Visi ...

Those Amazing Desert Plants!

1-2 pm Those Amazing Desert Plants! Explore the Visitor Center garden with Park Interpreter Sally Theriault and discover some of the unique strategies that help plants survive here. Meet in front ...

Rainbow Any Day

10 - 11 am Walk: Rainbow Any Day Even when it’s not raining, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, for a unique view of the des ...

ABF Member Hike

8:30 am - 12 noon ABF Weekly Members' Hike Meet at the State Park Store in the Mall. Join ABF for our weekly member hikes. Led by ABF staff, retired Park Rangers, and various Park enthusiasts, the ...

Stone Bridge #5 Wash Hike

9 am - 1 pm Hike: Stone Bridge #5 Wash Join Susie and Brian Jones and explore a wash with towering water-carved walls, walk through a mini-slot canyon, and end up at a magnificent dry waterfall. ...

Lower Willows Hike

9 am - 3 pm Hike: Lower Willows Join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Paul Larson for a moderately strenuous hike in lower Coyote Canyon, including Coyote Creek, the rocky Bypass Road, and ...

Sea Glass Jewelry Activity

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday from 10am-4pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot-PCH inland at sto ...

Pictographs Hike

9 - 11:30 am Hike: Pictographs--What Were They Trying to Say? Join Volunteer Naturalists Paul Larson and Mary Ekelund on a moderate 3-mile roundtrip hike through a beautiful desert valley to a pan ...

Desert Inspiration

10 - 11 am Walk: Desert Inspiration Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for a sensory exploration of the desert in word and color that will nourish your connection with the rugged be ...

Murders and Unkindnesses

10 - 11 am Talk: Murders and Unkindnesses Join State Park Volunteer Naturalist Jeff Salton to discover the remarkable differences between Crows and Ravens, and explore some of the mystery and intr ...

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

Saturday, January 27 from 1pm to 2pm How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow th ...

Redwood Tours

Saturdays at 11am 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 qu ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, January 6 at 11am Saturday, January 20 at 11am Saturday, January 27 at 11am On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacu ...

Elephant Knees Hike

9 am - 2 pm Hike: Elephant Knees Join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Paul Larson for a strenuous hike up to a remarkable outcrop of marine fossils about 4 million years old and a great v ...

Garden Walk

1 - 2 pm Walk: Garden Walk Join a Visitor Center Interpreter who will take you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special desert plants.

Junior Rangers

2 - 3 pm Junior Rangers Special California State Parks program for children only, ages 7-12.Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited. Bring a s ...

Eclipse! Campfire Program

7 - 8 pm Campfire Program: Eclipse! Be prepared for Wednesday morning’s Lunar Eclipse, and learn more about Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon—why are there moon phases and eclip ...

Nature Walk

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, be it upland plant adaptations or the significance of our ...

Trione-Annadel SP - January Events

Photography & iNaturalist with Volunteer John Lynch Sunday, January 7: 10 AM Focus on aesthetic appreciation of Trione-Annadel State Park with Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist and Hike Lead ...

Wilder Ranch Volunteer Training

Training begins Saturday, January 27 Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join o ...

Silver Strand SB – Junior Rangers

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investi ...

Seal Adventure Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28, 2018 Tickets: $60 www.CoastsideStateParks.org The nonprofit Coastside State Parks Association (CSPA) and California State Parks are hosting Seal Adven ...

Mormon Battalion Day

Learn about the Mormon Battalion's unique contributions to early San diego's history and enjoy historic children's crafts, a Dutch oven bake–off, and other activities. For more information, ple ...

Photography Tour

Sunday, January 28 at 1pm Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 5-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panorami ...

Seal Adventure Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28, 2018 Tickets: $60 www.CoastsideStateParks.org The nonprofit Coastside State Parks Association (CSPA) and California State Parks are hosting Seal Adven ...

Silver Strand SB – Nature Walk

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm During this 1-hour walking tour, we'll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We'll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. This ...

Yaqui Ridge Hike

9 - 11 am Hike: Yaqui Ridge Revealed Join Volunteer Naturalist Kathy Bussey for a top of the world view on this moderate 2-mile hike leading to an unnamed trail running cross-country along a rocky ...

Hike: Morteros Trail

12 - 2 pm HIke: Discovering the Archaeological History of the 'Ehmuu Morteros Discover the hidden secrets of an ancient Kumeyaay Native American village site. Join Volunteer Archaeologist and N ...

Those Amazing Desert Plants!

1 - 2 pm Walk: Those Amazing Desert Plants! Explore the Visitor Center garden with Park Interpreter Sally Theriault and discover some of the unique strategies that help plants survive here. Meet i ...

Let's Be Crepuscular

4:30 - 5:30 pm Walk: Let's Be Crepuscular! You probably know “Nocturnal”, maybe “Diurnal”. Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, for an easy walk near the ...

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water- ...

Guided Walk

Sunday, January 28 at 10 am Join us for a leisurely 2.5-mile, 2-hour hike along Mills Creek at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. Enjoy one of our area’s hidden treasures as you learn about ...

Adobe Tour

Friday, January 5 at 2pm Sunday, January 14 at 1pm Sunday, January 28 at 1pm Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a free guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Learn ...

Eclipse!

3 - 4 pm Talk: Eclipse! Be prepared for Wednesday morning’s Lunar Eclipse, and learn more about Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon. Why are there are moon phases and eclipses? Meet in ...

Sunset/Moonlight Hike

3 - 9 pm Hike: Sunset/Moonlight Hike Join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Paul Larson for a desert hike to enjoy the sunset over the mountains and return under the nearly full moon to get ...

ABF Member Hike

8:30 am - 12 noon Hike: ABF Weekly Members' Hike Meet at the State Park Store in the Mall. Join ABF for our weekly member hikes. Led by ABF staff, retired Park Rangers, and various Park enthusiast ...

Lute Fault Hike

2 - 5 pm Hike: Lute Fault Earthquake geology, local history and desert plant life will be the focus of this hike. Meet Volunteer Naturalist Ted Caragozian at the call box across from Thimble Trai ...

Calcite Canyon Spectacular

8:30 am - 2:30 pm Hike: Calcite Canyon Spectacular Join Volunteer Naturalist Ted Caragozian and explore the sandstone canyon country around the Calcite Mine. You will follow the MiddleFork of Palm ...

Moon Features Come Alive

5 - 5:45 pm Talk: Moon Features Come Alive/Supermoon! Have you wondered what the “Man in the Moon” really is? Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for this interactive progr ...

The Moon Rises

5:45 - 6: 15 pm Watch the Supermoon Rise Watch the spectacular Full Moon rise. Bring out your lawn chair and binoculars and meet on the Visitor Center Roof, the “Bridge.”

Trione-Annadel SP - January Events

Photography & iNaturalist with Volunteer John Lynch Sunday, January 7: 10 AM Focus on aesthetic appreciation of Trione-Annadel State Park with Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist and Hike Lead ...

Sea Glass Jewelry Activity

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity each Wednesday from 10am-4pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot- PCH inland at st ...