Sumner Garden of Rhododendrons

The Sumner Garden of Rhododendrons is located within the Monte Toyon Camp and Conference Center, up Cathedral Drive in Aptos, adjacent to the Forest of Nisene Marks. The garden is only open a couple of times per year to the general public, usually in the spring, or with an appointment. It is truly an Aptos […]

Help Dust Off the Nisene Marks Fire Road

The Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks have announced that they are working with the Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks and California State Parks to help keep the dust off the Nisene Marks fire road. Last year the Forest of Nisene Marks Advisory Committee, comprised of the three organizations, worked to fund the […]

Aptos Village Meeting on April 22

The Aptos Village Meeting on April 22 was held at the Rio Sands Hotel by the Rio del Mar Beach.  It was standing room only, with the room full to its limit, an estimated 150 people. The meeting was headed by 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend and Mary Gourlay with Barry Swenson Builder. Extensive information was […]

Sandman Triathlon Returns for Its 30th Year

The Sandman Triathlon returns for its 30th year this summer! The Sandman Triathlon is a fundraiser for the Santa Cruz State Parks Lifeguard Association held at Seacliff State Beach.  This year, the race will be held on Sunday, August 2nd at 8:00 AM. The Sandman Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event.  It begins with a […]

Run For Pie Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Fleet Feet Sports is once again hosting the 3rd Annual Run For Pie Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. The race begins on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27th at 9:00 AM at Aptos Village Park, and goes through the Forest of Nisene Marks. As is the tradition, registered runners will be served mini pumpkin pies at the […]

Nisene Marks Trail Work Day on October 12

The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks invite you to a special trail work day Sunday October 12, 9:30-12:30. Volunteers should meet at the park entrance kiosk at 9:30 for coffee and treats. Each year State Parks requires the Advocates who build and install the bridges each spring to remove them by October 15, […]

Loma Prieta Earthquake Commemoration

Esteemed local historian Sandy Lydon and UCSC Professor Gary Griggs will be commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake this October with three events: Event #1: Friday, October 17 @ 10 AM: An Expedition Back to the Epicenter in Nisene Marks Park. Participants will be driven by van through Nisene Marks Park to […]

Nisene Marks Marathon 2014

The Nisene Marks Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, June 7th 2014. The Nisene Marks Marathon first got started in 1999, and has gone on almost every year since then. It’s actually three races in one – a half marathon, a full marathon, and a 5K race. The full marathon starts at 8:00 AM, the half […]

Cabrillo Connector Trail Opens Today

There’s good news today for residents of Mar Vista, Vienna Woods, and Cabrillo College Students! The Cabrillo Connector trail opens today for public use and enjoyment. The creation of the trail has been in the works for 15 years, with Santa Cruz county approving $40,000 for the creation of the trail back in 2012. The […]