Monthly Calendar of Family Events

California State Parks and Positive Parenting Weekly updates listed below!
If you'd like to share an even on this calendar, 
please email us at contact@santacruzkids.com with details!

 
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Presidents Day! 
       
Mt. Madonna School
Winter Open House
K-12th Welcome!
11AM- 2PM 
 
Tandy Beal KA-HON
Latin Precussion
Veterans Bldg 2PM

 

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UCSC Arboretum's Humming Bird Day
10am -4pm *FREE*
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Live Earth Farm 
Sheep to Shawl
10am-2pm
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Positive Parenting Program Classes  

 
All Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.




 
Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 to March 28, 6-8 p.m.
Boulder Creek Elementary School Library
400 W. Lomond St., Boulder Creek
 
Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Teenagers
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 to March 28, 6-8 p.m.
Ceiba College Prep Academy
260 W. Riverside Drive, Watsonville
 
Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting
Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
Nueva Vista Community Resources
711 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
 
Triple P Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children
Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Nueva Vista Community Resources
711 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
 
Triple P Workshop: Preventing and Managing Tantrums
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5-6:30 p.m.
La Manzana Community Resources
521 Main St., Suite E, Watsonville
 
Triple P Seminar: Raising Resilient Children
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Nueva Vista Community Resources
711 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
 
Triple P Workshop: Preparing Your Child for a New Baby
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m.
Dominican Rehab Lifestyle Ed Room
610 Frederick St., Santa Cruz
 
Triple P Workshop: Developing Good Bedtime Routines
Saturday, Feb. 25, 3-4:30 p.m.
Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us (Furniture Section)
1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz
 
Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Tantrums
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5-6:30 p.m.
Community Bridges
236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos

 

 

 
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Weekly Activities Update

February 13-19, in area California State Parks

 

Discover the wild- locally!

California State Parks Backpacking 2017

Register at www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking

 

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Six backpacking trips are offered from April through September 2017 ranging from one to three nights offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories and jokes are added bonuses!

 

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. Events made possible by California State Parks, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, and Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Day Use Area located off Hwy 9 in Felton (831) 335-7077

Fall Creek Unit is located off Felton Empire Road near downtown Felton.

Campground entrance located at 2591 Graham Hill Road

www.facebook.com/HenryCowellRSP/ | Instagram: @Henry.Cowell.Redwoods.SP

 

Guided Redwood Grove Walks                                                                                     

Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell located off of Hwy 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Bird Walk

Sunday, February 19 at 3 pm

Meet in the main parking lot in the day-use area for a stroll to discover the wintering birds of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The day-use entrance is located off Highway 9 in Felton. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Please no pets. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Rancho del Oso

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, CA 95017

Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm.  Call (831) 427-2288.

www.facebook.com/RDOSP/

 

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series

4-part series – registration is required; classes are free

To reserve a space, please call (831) 427-2288 or email rdopis@parks.ca.gov

 

Saturday, February 18 at 10 am

Saturday, March 18 at 10 am

Saturday, April 15 at 10 am

Saturday, May 20 at 10 am

 

Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading a 4-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Learn to assemble a 6’ x 9’ sketch & paint travel kit for summer adventures. From Rancho del Oso to the Grand Canyon, capturing the essence of unique landscapes through your art will stay with you for many years, often more profoundly than a photograph.

 

This is a hands-on learning class. We will look at a scene together, then figure out a number of ways to sketch it out, and to mix the colors best needed to capture it on paper. You don’t need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint!

 

This is a 4-part series and registration is required, there is no fee. Please call (831-427-2288) or email (rdopis@parks.ca.gov) to reserve a spot. This is a small group class, space is limited.

 

Año Nuevo State Park

Located off Hwy1, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz

1 New Year’s Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 | (650) 879- 2025

https://www.facebook.com/anonuevostatepark | Instagram: @anonuevostatepark

 

Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Every day through Friday March 31, 2017

Walks begin from 8:45 am to 2:45 pm

Ticket: $7 per person

Reservations recommended: ReserveAmerica 1-800-444-4445 or www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

Stroll over sand dunes guided by a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seal, or bulls, arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks are 3 miles round trip and last 2.5 hours. They take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Año Nuevo State Park is located off Highway 1, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. Day-use parking is $10 per car. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info, email Año.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov, or call (650) 879-2033. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.coastsidestateparks.org/ and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park

Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505

www.facebook.com/wilderranchstatepark

 

Wilder Ranch Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walk

Saturday, February 18 at 11 am

On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are now available to borrow. This is a family-friendly walk. Rain cancels. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays & Sundays in February – tour at 1 pm

Discover what life was like a century or more ago on this innovative dairy ranch.  The hour-long tour at 1 pm includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1856 Gothic Revival farm house, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend. You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing or wood stove baking techniques. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505 for more details. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way.

(831) 338-8883 www.parks.ca.gov/bigbasin/activities

https://www.facebook.com/bigbasin

 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1 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 Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9 am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, February 18 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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 bring the kids for a fun craft activity! Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Winter Wildflower Walk!

Saturday, February 18 at 10 am

Winter rains bring a whole new flowering season upon us! Lichens, mosses, fungus and many chaparral plants bloom this time of year. Join Docent Kathy Willott on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the less-famous, but still beautiful, plants of the redwood forest! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, February 18 at 10 am

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Upcoming Special Events

 

Rancho del Oso

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, CA 95017

Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm.  Call (831) 427-2288.

www.facebook.com/RDOSP/

 

Salamander Saturday

Saturday, March 4 from Noon to 4 pm

“Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” talk by herpetologist Amy Patten at 1 pm

Ranger-led hike at 3 pm

Join us as the “Ranch of the Bear” becomes “Ranch of the Newt,” and participate in our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked, but well adapted amphibians. Live amphibians will be available for viewing. Ranger led salamander hike will start at 3 pm on the mile long Marsh Trail. This free event is appropriate for all ages. The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Sensational Snakes


Parenting Younger & School Age Children

All Together Now!
Ongoing group for parents and children  9 to 30 months old, Wednesdays, 9-11 AM, $3-7 sliding scale 
(no one turned away) at Live Oak CR, 831-476-7284 x105   

Saturday Topicals on Positive Discipline
10AM-noon,  $20, at Live Oak CR, 831-476-7284 x 107  or pdcrsantacruz.org. Scholarships/Childcare available
 
Musical Me! "New Mommy Musical Meet Up"
Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:00pm in our Santa Cruz classroom - 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
 
Call:  831-438-3514  or Text:  831-332-9002  registrar@musicalme.com

   


Parenting Teens


Cabrillo Teen Saturday Series 
Cabrillo Extension has teamed up with Positive Discipline Community Resources to provide specialized parenting classes geared towards building relationships that foster energetic and values-based approaches to helping our young teenagers pursue successful career paths.These classes offer parents the opportunity to learn about the child's world so as to better understand thoughts, feelings and the decisions children make.
$28/class or $75 for all three Register www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/parenting.html
  
SPANISH SPEAKING CLASSES
Saturday Topicals 10AM-noon, every other Saturday at
Live Oak CR, and $20/each, scholarships and childcare available. Register at 831-476-2784 x107 or pdcrsantacruz.org

¡El Patio de mi Casa!
ongoing group for parents and kids
0-5 years old, Wednesdays, 11AM-1PM, $3-7 sliding scale, no one turned away, at Live Oak CR, 831-476-7284 x105
  
 



Recurring Weekly Activities
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)


Monday:
Monday & Thursday nights Beginner Line Dancing 6 pm at the Boulder Creek Rec Center, ultra beginner starts at 6 pm, and the advanced beginner starts at 7:00 pm for ages 8-90, 831-338-8990, donation or register 5 claases for $20

Wednesday:
    Free Movies on the Beach Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 9pm. view schedule at beachboardwalk.com
    Story Yoga for Kids
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1:30 to 2:30, ages 6 and up at the Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave. in SC, $10, 737-7038
   
Capitola Summer Twilight Concerts FREE. Esplanade Park, Capitola. 475.7300 ci.capitola.ca.us
1st Wednesday of every month
    4-H Club 6:30pm. FREE. All ages. Felton. 566-1178. cesantacruz.ucdavis.edu

Thursday:
    Monday & Thursday nights Beginner Line Dancing 6 pm at the Boulder Creek Rec Center, ultra beginner starts at 6 pm, and the advanced beginner starts at 7:00 pm for ages 8-90, 831-338-8990, donation or register 5 claases for $20
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month:
    Storytime at Kaleidoscope,
4:00-4:30, at 828 Bay Avenue, Capittola, 800-357-6219 kaleidoscopetoystore.com

Friday:
    Game Day at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, SC 420-6177, play board games and eat popcorn from 1-2:30 pm
    Free Bands on the Beach Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, view lineup at www.beachboardwalk.com 
    Community Free Fridays at the Seymour Center:
January 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, 2013, 459-3800, ucsc.edu

1st Friday of the month:
    Museum of Art and History,
Free First Friday 11 to 9pm, no-host bar and live music from 5-9 pm. The McPherson Center in downtown Santa Cruz, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (corner of Front and Cooper Streets) 831-429-1964
3rd Friday of the month:
    Museum of Art and History
5 - 9 pm, A new monthly evening event with rotating themes, featuring performances, demonstration, and workshops. The McPherson Center in downtown Santa Cruz, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (corner of Front and Cooper Streets) 831-429-1964

Saturday:
    Boulder Creek Open Air Market 12-4pm. Forest & Pine St, Boulder Creek facebook page
    Saturday Storytime: 10:30am-11:00am, ages 3-6, $4 adults, $2 senior, FREE for kids, Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr, SC, 420-6115, santacruzmuseums.org
Variable Saturdays:
    Star and Moon Gazing 335-2423, astronomy.santa-cruz.ca.us
1st Saturday of the Month:
   
Acoustic Jam Session 7pm - 9pm at the Boulder Creek Rec Center, all ages, abilities and instruments, 831-338-4144
    10 am til 2 pm, for ages 8-17 yrs, KIDS FLY FREE with a parent or guardian by a pilot from the Experimental Pilots Ass'n, 831-688-2809 May thru November
    Play and Pray at Gateway Church, 9:00 - 11:00am, 5000 Granite Creek Rd., SV Dana, 438-0646, or Hannah 566-2312.
   
Fun activity at Kaleidoscope 10:30-12:20 pm, 828 Bay Avenue, Capittola, 475-0210 kaleidoscopetoystore.com
    Arboretum Tours, 1156 High Street, UCSC Campus, Meet at Arboretum Gift Shop, Santa Cruz, 831.427.2998  arboretum.ucsc.edu Come see what's in bloom in the Gardens this month. Free tour with paid admission, $2-$5.00, 11am
2nd Saturday of the month:
    Family Art Second SATURDAY at the Museum of Art and History
call for hours, 705 Front St., SC 831.429.1964 santacruzmah.org Enjoy family-oriented art-making activities every second Saturday of the month. Call to register.


Sunday:
    Seaside Crafts from 1 to 3 pm, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, end of Delaware Ave. Santa Cruz. Crafts created from materials at the Center and learn about ocean creatures, call first to confirm. 831.459.3800. seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/calendar
     Chess at the downtown Library 224 Church Street, SC 425-7835, FREE
    Lolly Tree Toys
has a craft day , all day from 10am-6pm, call for specfic age groups, usually over age 3 up to age 10, at 240 Cathcart, SC, 713-5136 or lollytreetoys.com

    City of Watsonville Nature Walks
1:30 pm, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville
wetlandsofwatsonville.org
3rd Sunday of the month:
    Children's Clothing Swap Third SUNDAY of the Month 6-10 pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Bring clothing to exchange from birth to size 5, or come pick up what you need, 101 Riverside, Ben Lomond, 408-875-3450
    Bluegrass at Oceanview Park 1-5 pm, FREE, listen to or play bluegrass music

NEW! PLAYGROUPS: SEE http://www.santacruzkids.com/cms/index.php/resources/parenting/playgroups

 

 

Recurring Sports Activities
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)

 

Tuesdays:
    Tiny Tots Skating Session
11:15am-12:30pm. $3.50 for kids ages 8 and under. Includes skates, warm up, instruction and games. $3-skater. SC Roller Palladium. 423-0844


Wednesdays:

    Families in Motion
9:30am. An outdoor fitness class for parents with children ages 0-17. Class focuses on strength training and jogging intervals. $8-10. Seacliff Beach, Aptos. 818-8423
    Family Skating: 7:30 til 10:00, SC Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright Ave, SC, 423-0844
    Tumbling Tykes 12-1pm. Ages 2-5yrs. Activities include circle time, parachute activities, obstacle courses and more. Parents stay with children under 4yrs. RSVP. Drop-in ok, if space allows. $8-members; $10-non-members. Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center, 2750-B Soquel Ave, SC. 462-0655

Saturdays:
     Santa Cruz Public Skating Sessions 2-4 pm and 7:30-10pm. Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright Ave, SC. 423-0844
    
Aikido Santa Cruz Free Visitor Days, call for info, 306 Mission St., SC. 831/423-8326 aikidosantacruz.org
4th of the month:
    Slow Ride with Mere Mortals, 10 am, meet at Wilder Ranch, all levels welcome, mbosc.org, president@mbosc.org


Farmer's Markets
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)

http://events.santacruzsentinel.com/search?when=future&q=farmers+market

 




Other Activities around the County
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)


Watsonville Library lots of events for kids, 831.768.3400, Freedom Branch, 768-3420 watsonville.lib.ca.us

Santa Cruz Public Libraries santacruzpl.org/kids  / santacruzpl.org/events/

SC Teen Center has special summer hours, 125 Laurel, SC, 420-6235, call for hours, pool, ping pong, air hockey, X-Box 360, Wii, movies, internet, music, chill space, dances, band nights, overnight trips, sports, ongoing drop-in classes, computer lab with high-speed internet connection, homeowrk help

COUNTY PARKS http://www.scparks.com/county_parks_list.html
    Quail Hollow Ranch County Park has weekend activities, mostly FREE and drop-in at 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Ben Lomond, 831-335-9348, www.scparks.com/quail_hollow.html

CITY PARKS
     Watsonville Wetlands Walking Tours,
1:30 every Sunday, 30 Harkins Slough Rd. Watsonville, 768-1622, www.wetlandsofwatsonville.org

OTHER LOCAL PARKS
     Ano Nuevo State Reserve Guided Elephant Seal Walk,
Reservations req. 800-444-4445. Dec 15-March 31. This is the mating and birthing season
    
Elkhorn Slough Guided Tours, Guided Tours Sat and Sun 10am and 1pm. First Saturday of the month: 8:30 am tour. Call to check times at 831-728-2822 Binoculars provided. http://elkhornslough.org/
    Elkhorn Slough Self Tours Elkorn Slough Foundation, Wednesday - Sunday 9am - 5pm The 1400-acre Reserve is a hub of activity and hosts programs that promote education, research, and conservation in Elkhorn Slough. The Visitor Center has award-winning exhibits that invite everyone to explore the Unseen Slough. There are five miles of trails that meander through beautiful oak woodlands, calm tidal creeks, and freshwater marshes. We offer tours on the weekends and special events throughout the year.1700 Elkhorn Rd., Watsonville, (831) 728-2822 elkhornslough.org