August 14-18, 2013 in Area California State Parks
It’s almost time for the kids to return to school, so seize the day and head out to your favorite parks for one last summertime hurrah! Every summer calls for a good stargazing session, and on Friday, August 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park holds its Moonlight Madness Astronomy Night.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Located Off Hwy 9 in Felton (831) 335-7077 (Scroll down for Big Basin listings)
Hike Fall Creek Wednesday, August 14 at 10:00a.m.
Discover a redwood shaded trout stream while visiting the sites of a historic barrel mill and lime kilns with Park Docent Dennis Allen. This is a 5-hour, 5-mile, leisurely paced hike with a 400 ft. ascent/descent. There are a few creek crossings with bridges and perhaps some very shallow wading. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, bring water and snacks. Meet at 10:00a.m. at the Fall Creek parking lot located about a quarter mile up Felton-Empire Grade from the Hwy 9 traffic light in Felton, CA. Meet at the Fall Creek Entrance off Felton-Empire Grade
Full Moon Madness Astronomy Night Friday, August 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join an evening walk and moonlit guided tour of the coast redwoods and moon gaze through telescopes. Activities include music, crafts for kids, and an engaging presentation by NASA Moon Researcher Brian Day, sharing the latest information on the moon. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in Felton at 101 Big Trees Park Rd Felton, CA 95018. Day-use parking fee is $10. This event is appropriate for all ages and no reservations are needed. Meet at the Visitor Center via the Park’s main entrance off Hwy 9
Living History in the Redwood Grove Sunday, August 18 from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
There were some dedicated women that made the preservation of the Big Trees Grove in Henry Cowell Redwoods SP possible. Come walk through the old-growth forest with the docents re-enacting these women in a living history presentation. Day-use parking fee is $10. This free event is appropriate for all ages and no reservations are needed.
Little One’s Nature Club ages 4-7 accompanied by an adult Every Friday in August at 11:00a.m. through August 23
Learn about nature, make a craft, listen to a story, play with puppets and much more in this hour long program! Meet at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campfire Center. Program is free. Park entrance/parking fee is $10. Meet at the Campfire Center off Graham Hill Road
Old-Growth Redwood Walks Every Saturday and Sunday in August at 11:30a.m. and 2:00p.m.
Come experience a forest adventure on a docent-led walk through the magnificent old-growth coast redwood forest. Be prepared to be amazed! Guided walks begin at 11:30a.m. and 2:00p.m, meet at the Park Visitor Center and last about an hour. Day-use parking fee is $10. Meet at the Visitor Center via the Park’s main entrance off Hwy 9
Campground Programs Thursdays through Sundays in August
Junior Ranger Programs, Guided Walks, Campfire Programs, Star Gazing on the Observation Deck, there are many exciting campground programs happening at Henry Cowell Redwoods.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 (831) 338-8883
Redwood Loop Walk Every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm AND Wednesday, August 14 at 1:00 pm
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Junior Rangers August 1-19: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3:00 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, habitats, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.
Special Two-Hour Junior Rangers Wednesday, August 14 at 10:00 am
This special Junior Rangers is for kids ages 7-12 only. We’ll be taking a hike, so make sure your Junior Ranger dresses appropriately. Please register your child 15 minutes before the program at the Nature Lodge.
Big Basin Nature Club August 1-19: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.
Evening Campfire Program August 1-18: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!
Afternoon Campfire Program Wednesday, August 14 from 4:30-5:30 pm
Drop by anytime between 4:30-5:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples, music and crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.
Pioneers of Big Basin Friday, August 16 at 1:00 pm
Join docent Hal Anjo on an easy three-mile, three-hour round trip to the site of the Maddock Cabin. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the redwoods and hear stories of the early settlers and their life deep in the forest. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Coffee Talk and Crafts Saturday, August 17 from 9:00am-12:00noon
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docent Norm Beeson will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And there’s a fun craft activity for the kids!
Wildflower Walk! Saturday, August 17 at 10:00 am and Sunday, August 18 at 10:00 am
Join docent Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s flowering plants. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday’s walk is a leisurely four-mile, four-hour walk that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour walk that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Family Discovery Walk Saturday, August 17 at 1:00 pm
Join docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We’ll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.
Crafts in the Outdoors: Beginning Leatherwork in Big Basin Sunday, August 18 at 9:30 am
Doing crafts in the outdoors can be a wonderful experience! Make and decorate (tool) a small name tag for your backpack or luggage made from vegetable tanned leather. Docent Steve Stolper will help you learn to identify the tanoak tree and some of its properties. Hear about the history of tanoak logging and tanning in the Big Basin area during this 3.5-hour program. This will be a short (1/4 mile) stroll followed by the opportunity to craft your own leather item. Bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation