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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Upcoming Events

August 2020
Free

Mountain Lions Don’t Make Good Pets! (Virtual)

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States

You probably shouldn't cuddle with these cats, but what can we learn about their importance to the Santa Cruz Mountains? This interactive program will be broadcast as a…

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Free

Plant Powered! (Virtual)

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018 United States

Plants provide people and animals with many things that help us survive. Learn how plants at the park provide shelter, food, and oxygen for animals and people. This…

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Free

Rocks Rock! (Virtual)

August 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Portola Redwoods State Park, 9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, CA 94020 United States

Join us on an adventure through time as we learn about how these unique mountains and rocks were formed! This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom…

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Free

California’s Underwater Parks (Virtual)

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive
Aptos, CA 95003 United States

The wonders of California don’t stop at the water’s edge. Take a virtual dive into our coastal Marine Protected Areas, home to giant kelp forests, octopuses’ gardens, and…

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Free

Where Do Sandwiches Come From? (Virtual)

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States

Dig into an imaginary lunch as we trace it back to the beginning of the universe! This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required.…

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Free

Slithery, Scary Snakes? (virtual)

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rancho del Oso Unit, 3600 Highway 1
Davenport, CA 95017 United States

Meet Bandit, our sssweet and cuddly King Snake at Rancho del Oso. You’ll discover that snakes are friend, not foe! This interactive program will be broadcast as a…

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Free

Supersized Felines (Virtual)

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States

Explore the world of mountain lions, California's largest cat, with an evening of songs, games, and trivia. Learn safety tips for visiting cougar country and why these elusive…

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Free

Safety and Survival in the Forest (Virtual)

August 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Portola Redwoods State Park, 9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, CA 94020 United States

Are you prepared if you get lost in the woods? Learn the essentials you need to pack and how be a good steward of the forest as you…

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Free

Monterey’s Grand Submarine Canyon (Virtual)

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive
Aptos, CA 95003 United States

Dive even deeper—two miles below the ocean’s surface!—into the wonders of Monterey Bay with our virtual exploration of a canyon as grand as any on Earth. This interactive…

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Free

Who’s Awake When You’re Asleep? (Virtual)

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States

Learn about all the amazing ways that animals survive at night! This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/SantaCruzJuniorRangers.…

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Free

Bird Behaviors (Virtual)

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018 United States

Take a close look at behaviors of acorn woodpeckers, Steller’s jays, and Anna’s hummingbirds in the Sandhills. Learn about feeding behaviors, why they skip, hop, and jump, and…

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Free

Marvelous Murrelets (Virtual)

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Portola Redwoods State Park, 9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, CA 94020 United States

Learn about a day in the life of the marbled murrelet, the challenges they face, and how you can help protect this marvelous bird! This interactive program will…

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Free

Whales of Monterey Bay (Virtual)

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive
Aptos, CA 95003 United States

We get some amazing visitors around Monterey Bay—including the biggest animals that have ever lived! We’ll have a whale of a time as we get to know our…

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Free

Skulls Tell It All! (virtual)

August 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States

Predator or prey? Herbivore or carnivore? Skulls give us clues to how an animal survives. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required.…

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Free

The Rock Show (Virtual)

August 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033 United States

Castle Rock meets Classic Rock! Learn a little about the park's geology the fun way—with plenty of rock puns and musical tributes to some of the legends of…

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Beary Rare (Virtual)

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rancho del Oso Unit, 3600 Highway 1
Davenport, CA 95017 United States

Grizzly bears dominated life in the Santa Cruz Mountains less than 200 years ago. Now the grizzlies are gone and black bear sightings are rarer than Bigfoot. Why…

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Free

To Infinity and Beyond (Virtual)

August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States

From the tallest trees on Earth to the most distant planets, join us for a walk through the solar system to compare size on a cosmic scale. Like our…

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Free

Stories of Portola (Virtual)

August 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Portola Redwoods State Park, 9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, CA 94020 United States

Travel back in time with us as we learn the unique history of Portola and all the communities which have shaped this weird and wonderful place. This interactive…

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Free

Sharks of Monterey Bay (virtual)

August 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive
Aptos, CA 95003 United States

Before dinosaurs stalked the earth, sharks ruled the seas. Sharks still reign their watery domains to this day. Let’s look at what’s kept them at the top of…

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September 2020
FREE

Big Basin Founders’ Day Melodrama (CANCELLED)

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States

Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama as we honor the visionaries, valued workers, and visitors that have shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 100+…

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