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State Parks this October

Autumn, also known as Santa Cruz’s “secret summer” is here, and along with it comes two great events at local State Parks and Beaches: Welcome Back Monarchs Day at Natural Bridges State Beach and the Heritage Harvest Festival at Wilder Ranch State Park.

monarchsWelcome Back Monarchs Day will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at Natural Bridges State Beach. Learn more about the event on the Natural Bridges State Beach webpage, and you can join the event here on Facebook.

This year’s Heritage Harvest Festival at Wilder Ranch State Park will mark the 40th anniversary of the acquisition the park. Learn more about the festival and the founding of the park on the Wilder Ranch webpage. You also can join the Heritage Harvest Festival 40th Anniversary event here on Facebook.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 11th

Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

4:30PM to 8:30PM

Sunday, October 12th

Welcome Back Monarchs Day!

Natural Bridges State Beach

11:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25th

Heritage Harvest

Wilder Ranch State Park

11:00am to 4:00pm