ParkStore Holiday Sale
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Shop the Santa Cruz Mission ParkStore for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks members receive 30% off — iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other merchandise that represents the special cultural history and environment of each park. //READ MORE
Holidays on the Ranch
Wilder Ranch State Park
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wilder Ranch State Park creates the perfect atmosphere for friends, family and visitors to come together to celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate the Winter Holidays as folks did in Californio, Victorian, and early 20th Century Santa Cruz with crafts to make, games to play, cookies to decorate, wagon rides, wreath and candle making, view living history demonstrations inside historic houses. Holiday music sing-along. hot drinks and baked goods for sale. //READ MORE
In the Company of Redwoods
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Come learn about the plants of the redwood community with David Casterson, naturalist and author of In the Company of Redwoods, a book designed as a guide to learning the features, natural history, and botany of redwood community plants. //READ MORE
Seal Adventure Weekend
Ano Nuevo State Park, Parks and Beaches
8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30-5 p.m.
The nonprofit Coastside State Parks Association (CSPA) and California State Parks will host Seal Adventure Weekend, a special fundraising event to support educational and interpretive programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other California State Parks along the San Mateo coast.
For one weekend only, visitors will have extraordinary access to linger for an entire morning (8:30 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (1:30-5 p.m.) to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. This is a rare opportunity, one that can be enjoyed by everyone, from families to avid wildlife photographers. //READ MORE