Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Santa Cruz State Parks: 3 Family Fun Fall Events to Visit

Here's a sampling of what's happening in Santa Cruz County, California, at some of our finest state parks! Take family and friends or go solo, and enjoy!

Sunday, October 10
10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Monarchs Day  at Natural Bridges State Beach
Come celebrate the homecoming of our over-wintering, migratory monarch butterflies.   It’s a special day to welcome back these winged-travelers—it’s the 30th anniversary of this event. (Plus it takes place on 10-10-10 starting at 10am!)  The park is located at the northern end of West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz.  For more information, call (831) 423-4609.  Guided walks of the Monarch Grove take place weekends at 11 AM and 2PM beginning October 11 until the monarchs migrate, (Jan/Feb).

Saturday, October 23
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Harvest Festival at Wilder Ranch State Park
Choose and decorate a pumpkin, take a wagon ride, try your hand at harvest activities, learn to square dance, listen to live bluegrass music, apple tasting, play cow-pie bingo, and much more!   The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1.  For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

Saturday, October 30
Sign ups begin at 6:30 p.m.  Walks start every 10 min. beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Missing Arm of William Waddell at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Bring a flashlight and see this slightly silly, slightly spooky, slightly true story unfold along the trail.   Register at Park Headquarters.  The park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236.  For more information, please call (831) 338-8861.
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