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June 2020

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Summer at San Andres

June 7 @ 4:00 am - 8:00 am
184 Old Adobe Road Watsonville, CA United States + Google Map

Summer really brings out the beauty of the Rancho, and is a great chance to explore a historic local treasure, whether it’s June gloom or full California sun. Kids out of school? No problem—bring the whole family! Active construction site, open only during scheduled events. Free event. Limited parking; carpooling encouraged. For more information, call (831) 226-9669. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.  

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Life on the Ranch Day

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA United States + Google Map

Come experience firsthand the early days of life on a dairy ranch with our costumed docents, living history demonstrations, and old-time activities. Draft horse wagon rides available. Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. 

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Full Moon Madness

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
101 N Big Trees Park Road Felton, CA United States + Google Map

Come spend an evening of astronomy and galactic greatness at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy live jazz music, arts and crafts, special astronomer guest speaker, moonlit guided walk, and stargazing with telescopes! Event held at visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.

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Father’s Day Walk: Men of Big Basin

June 21 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
21600 Big Basin Way Boulder Creek, CA United States + Google Map

Celebrate Father’s Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in, and fought for Big Basin. Living history re-enactments bring you back in time to meet pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders, and early park rangers. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this 0.5 mile, 1.5-hour guided walk. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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July 2020

Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

July 4 @ 4:00 am - 9:00 am
1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA United States + Google Map

Visit Wilder Ranch’s historic cultural preserve and step back over 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games, children’s crafts area, live music, living history demonstrations, and draft horse wagon rides. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Fourth of July Talent Show Campfire!

July 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
21600 Big Basin Way Boulder Creek, CA United States + Google Map

Come and celebrate Independence Day with a campfire, sing-a-long, and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song, or a talent you would like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance. All 3 to 5 minute presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.  For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: The Castro Adobe in the American Era

July 11 @ 4:00 am - 8:00 am
184 Old Adobe Road Watsonville, CA United States + Google Map

Come join us at our historic hacienda to commemorate the Castro family’s fascinating and prominent stories in the American Era of local history, particularly the Gold Rush, when the adobe house was built! Active construction site, open only during scheduled events. Free event. Limited parking; carpooling encouraged. For more information, call (831) 226-9669.

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Full Moon Madness

July 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
101 N Big Trees Park Road Felton, CA United States + Google Map

Come spend an evening of astronomy and galactic greatness at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy live jazz music, arts and crafts, special astronomer guest speaker, moonlit guided walk, and stargazing with telescopes! Event held at visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.

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Tales of the Basin: A Storytelling Weekend Event (Canceled)

July 24 - July 25
21600 Big Basin Way Boulder Creek, CA United States + Google Map

The oral storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop. Events include Big Basin Nature Tails for children of all ages, guided walks that spin a yarn along the trail, and a Storyteller Showcase in the historic campfire center. Appropriate for all ages. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.  

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