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The parks and their programs give us all the chance to experience the outdoors and all that lives there.

Want to go backpacking in our local State Parks?

Wish you could do it with an expert guide from California State Parks? Good news! Visit our Guided Backpacking Tours page today to sign up for a slot on one of two upcoming tours. Space is extremely limited!

Visit the Castro Adobe during
Open House Days!

Castro open house

Chefs, Artists and Sponsors needed for 2015 Mole & Mariachi Festival

We are now accepting applications for mole chefs, local artists and food vendors who would like to participate in the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival, Sept. 19, 2015 at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Visit the Mole & Mariachi page for more information, including how to contact us and how to apply.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 2nd

Junior Rangers: Whalers & Sailors

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 2nd

Star Stroll

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

8:30 p.m. every Thursday in July

Thursday, July 2nd

Junior Rangers

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

4-5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in July