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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Seymour Marine
Discovery Center
Home School Day
10am -5pm
   
SC Science &
Engineering Fair 
Fairgrounds 5-7pm
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Mt. Madonna School
Campus Tour
9:30-11am
 
MAH Poetry & Book Arts
6-9pm
Live Earth Farm 
Sheep to Shawl
10am-2pm
 
Venezuelan Music Project
2pm Vets Bldg
 
Community Music School Kick Off Concert
1-4:30pm
@ Episcopal Church
125 Canterbury Dr. Aptos
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Beach CleanUp
Cowells Project
9-11AM
           
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Mt. Madonna School "Celebrating Cultures Assembly"
Thurs 30th & Fri31st
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Parents of Toddlers! Pre & K Art n' Play @ Mt. Madonna School
9:30-11am
 
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Mt. Madonna Campus Tour 9:30-11am
     
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Walk-a-thon & Eco Carnival Learning Expo 9AM ~ FREE 
Mt. Madonna School
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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 Classes

March 2017 

 

Triple P Workshop: Developing Good Bedtime Routines

Monday, Mar. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

La Manzana Community Resource

521 Main St., Suite E, Watsonville

http://first5scc.org/node/1516

 

Triple P Workshop: Developing Good Bedtime Routines

Monday, Mar. 20, 5-6:30 p.m.

United Way of Santa Cruz County, S.H. Cowell Conference Room

4450 Capitola Rd., Suite 106, Capitola

http://first5scc.org/workshop-developing-good-bedtime-routines-1

 

Stepping Stones Workshop for Families with Children with Special Needs: Preventing Tantrums and Whining

Monday, Mar. 20, 6-8 p.m.

Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us, Furniture Section

1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

http://first5scc.org/workshop-preventing-whining-tantrums-parenting-support-families-children-special-needs  

 

Triple P Workshop: Crying Infants

Friday, Mar. 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Dominican Rehab Solarium

610 Frederick St., Santa Cruz

This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP). To register, contact the PEP office at (831) 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep/
 

 
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March 2017 Adventures, Events & Activities,

Santa Cruz District, California State Parks

 

California State Parks Backpacking

Web: www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking | Email: Backpacking@parks.ca.gov | Phone: (831) 291-8273

 

Wildflower Special – Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park

Friday April 28 at 3pm, through Sunday April 30 at noonish

Cost: $225

Starting in Castle Rock State Park, this 2 night, 3 day trip takes you through oak woodland ridgelines and dips into towering ancient redwoods accompanied by California State Park Backcountry Naturalists. Experience panoramic views as you trek through sweeping fields of wildflowers along the backbone of the Santa Cruz Mountains. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

A Night Among the Ancients – Portola Redwoods State Park

Saturday June 3 at 2pm, through Sunday June 4 about 5pm

Cost: $125

Explore Portola Redwoods State Park and beautiful Slate Creek, one of the secret jewels of the Santa Cruz Mountains accompanied by California State Park Backcountry Naturalists. Just a few miles hike from the main parking lot, quiet Slate Creek campground will serve as a base of operations. From there adventurers will explore the remote Peters Creek Redwood Grove, discovering spectacular 1000-year-old giants towering over them. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

Butano & Beyond

Butano State Park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach

Thursday, June 16 at 9am through Sunday, June 18 about 3pm

Cost: $225

Starting in Butano State Park, this 2 night, 3 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cruz Mountains before touring the iconic, must see spots of Big Basin accompanied by California State Park Backcountry Naturalists. Adventurers will travel through chaparral-covered ridgelines, moss-lined waterfalls and lush old-growth redwood groves. Fewer people trek this route on their journey to the Pacific through the Santa Cruz Mountains. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

A Trek Through Time

Butano State Park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach

Thursday, September 14 at 9am through Sunday, September 17 about 3pm

Cost: $300

Starting in Butano State Park, this 3 night, 4 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cruz Mountains before touring the iconic, must see spots of Big Basin accompanied by California State Park Naturalists. Adventurers will travel through chaparral-covered ridgelines, moss-lined waterfalls and lush old-growth redwood groves.  An extra night at Sunset Trail Camp with a strenuous day hike to Mount McAbee rewards you with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

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Wilderness Patrol Volunteer Training

Santa Cruz District – California State Parks

 

Training begins Saturday, April 1 and runs through May 2017 for a total of 6 Saturdays.

Locations: Rancho del Oso – Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Email: rdopis@parks.ca.gov

Phone: (831) 427-2288

 

California State Parks is offering a Wilderness Patrol Volunteer Training in spring 2017. Wilderness Patrol Volunteers hike and/or mountain bike into scenic backcountry and contribute to the health and function of several Santa Cruz District – California State Parks. With a minimum commitment of six hours per month, you will join our active team of docents whose goal is to contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of visitors in our Parks. Space is limited. For more information, or to acquire an application please email rdopis@parks.ca.gov or call (831) 427-2288.

 

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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/

 

A Special Event!

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. Herpetologist Amy Patten will be presenting a talk on “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” at 1 pm. 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.

 

“Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains”

The diverse habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a number of spectacular salamander species. Colorful newts, minute slender salamanders, or the impressive California Giant Salamander are just a few of the salamanders that you might see on a walk through the woods or even in your own backyard. Each species has special adaptations to meet the challenges of escaping predators, finding food, breeding and surviving harsh weather conditions. This presentation covers the natural history and behavior of these salamanders and highlights their importance in our local ecosystems.

 

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley

Friday, March 10 at 10 am

Join docent Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of flowering plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. This walk is a leisurely hike through Waddell Valley. This monthly hike is great for those interested in natural history and our local flora. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity!  Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288 or email RDOPIS@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.

 

Snake Park Saturday

Saturday, March 11 at 2 pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley!

Ranger Station is located ¼ mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking lot. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288 or email RDOPIS@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.

 

Nature Wander

Sunday, March 12 at 1 pm

Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288 or email RDOPIS@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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

Choose Your Own Adventure Tour

Saturdays at 1 pm

Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same! Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 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 Redwood Grove Walks                                                                                     

Saturdays at 11 am

Sundays at 1 pm

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.

 

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, March 4 from 10 am to noon

Saturday, March 11 from 10 am to noon

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Children should be accompanied by an adult. 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, March 26 at 8 am

Meet in the campground for an approximately 1 mile stroll to discover the wintering birds of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The campground is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. 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.

 

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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 Nature Walk

Saturday, March 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.

 

Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area

Saturday, March 4 at 11 am

Saturday, March 25 at 9 am

On this challenging 6-7.5 mile hike we will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking area. Bring a snack, lunch, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. 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 Coast Nature Walk

Saturday, March 11 at 9 am

On these two to three hour, 6-7.5 mile natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, plenty of water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Rain cancels hike. 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 March – 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.

 

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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 11 am and 2 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.

 

A Walk in the Past

Saturday, March 4 at 10 am

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. 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.

 

Felling the Giants

Saturday, March 4 at 11:30 am

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join Docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants—without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! 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.

 

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, March 4 at noon

Sunday, March 12 at noon

Sunday, March 19 at noon

Saturday, March 25 at noon

Sunday, March 26 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore our most scenic areas. 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.

 

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Saturday, March 4 at 1 pm

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. 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.

 

Volunteer with the Trail Crew

Saturday, March 11 at 9 am

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236.

 

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, March 11 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.

 

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk

Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 am

Sunday, March 26 at 10 am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with a Big Basin Docent. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. 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.

 

Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, March 12 at 9:30 am

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin—65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. 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.

 

Meteor Trail Hike

Sunday, March 12 at 10:30 am

Join Docent Hal Anjo on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. 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, March 18 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Saturday, March 25 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! Big Basin Park Headquarters is 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, March 18 at 10 am

Fall rains bring a whole new flowering season upon us! Lichens, mosses, fungus and many chaparral plants bloom this time of year. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy 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.

 

Shadowbrook Stroll

Saturday, March 18 at noon

Join Docent Hal Anjo as he guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is a four-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring water and good hiking shoes. 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.

 

Story Time Walk

Saturday, March 18 from 1 pm to 1:30 pm

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at Park Headquarters, we’ll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about an animal, forest, bird, insect–who knows? We’ll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We’ll end up at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature’s Reading Room, where you can choose from a wide variety of books about trees, animals, birds, bugs and more for the whole family to read together. 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.

 

Nature’s Reading Room

Saturday, March 18 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm

Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods—nature’s reading room—and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:00-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature’s Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Park Headquarters. Big Basin Park Headquarters is 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.

 

What's that Bird?

Sunday, March 19 at 9:30 am

This easy, one-mile stroll with Docent Karen DeMello will introduce you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them–but they’re not required. 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.

 

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, March 25 from noon to 3 pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane. 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.

 

Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, March 25 at 1 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! 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.

 

Creeping Forest Ramble

Sunday, March 26 at 1 pm

Explore the natural history of this less-visited trail with Docent Hal Anjo on a 3-hour, 3.5-mile hike up and down the “creeping” terrain, along creeks, through fire-scarred redwoods and over log bridges. Bring water and good hiking shoes. 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.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Located on School Street off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10am-4pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm.

 

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, March 12 at 1 pm

Sunday, March 26 at 1 pm

 

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Discover the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is free. Tours are conducted rain or shine. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.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
,
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