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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California
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Activities and Programs

Wings Over the Basin Returns!

Mark your calendar for August 2-3, 2014, Wings Over the Basin is back! This is a weekend celebrating the birds and butterflies at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Visit the Wings Over the Basin website here for details.

Little Basin

Weddings and other special events

Rancho Del Oso Activities

Teachers
and others interested in Redwood Forest ecology will want to check out these links

Volunteer
Interested in joining the docent team at Big Basin? Click here for information

Big Basin has a full schedule of activities during the summer and on weekends during the fall, winter, and spring as staff allows. See park activities flyers posted at park headquarters and around the park or call +1 (831) 338-8883 for additional information. Program times subject to change.

Year Round Activities

Be sure to visit our Nature Museum, located across the street from Headquarters (follow the crosswalk from Headquarters). It’s open year-round, from 8-5. Discover Big Basin’s amazing natural resources!

Redwood Loop Trail
Naturalist Guided Walk
March through November:
Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

On this easy, level, half-mile walk you will learn astonishing facts about the ancient redwood environment and see the tallest, most rare and most fascinating trees in Big Basin. Park docent-interpretive naturalists engage young and old alike with colorful park history, redwood reproduction and animal stories as you explore the mysteries of the forest. Meet the Mother of the Forest, the Father of the Forest, the Santa Clara, Animal and Chimney Trees, and more. Don't miss this informative walk on this historic trail! One hour. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. FREE

Docent Training
Join a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of volunteer naturalists and park staff dedicated to helping the environment through education at Big Basin Redwoods State Park . Become a Big Basin Docent and learn to educate and inspire others to appreciate and protect our parks.

Big Basin Docents will be trained in redwood ecology, local history, and the art of public speaking. Docents lead guided walks, host the museum, and share their own interests and skills with the park and its visitors.

Docent training will be held at Big Basin in spring of 2010. While training is conducted every other year, we are always interested in meeting potential docents and finding ways to incorporate them into our program. 

Minimum requirements: Must be at least 16 years of age and be able to volunteer a minimum of six hours per month. A curious spirit and open mind are plusses!

Please call Susan Blake for information and applications at (831) 338-8883.

Click here for more information about becoming a docent at Big Basin.

RANCHO DEL OSO NATURE AND HISTORY CENTER

Located 16 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway One, at the coastal side of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. (831) 427-2288

JULY ACTIVITIES

Redwood Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday 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 Park Headquarters.

Junior Rangers
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 11 am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, habitats, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

Special Two-Hour Junior Rangers
Wednesdays at 10 am
This special Junior Rangers is for kids ages 7-12 only. We’ll be taking a hike, so make sure your Junior Ranger dresses appropriately. Please register your child 15 minutes before the program at the Nature Lodge.

Big Basin Nature Club
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm; Wednesday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.

Evening Campfire Program
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm
SPECIAL EVENT CAMPFIRE ON JULY 19! (see below)
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

SPECIAL EVENT CAMPFIRE
Meet Galen Clark—California’s First State Park Ranger
Saturday, July 19 at 6:30 pm
Come meet Galen Clark, as portrayed by Ranger Miles Standish! Galen Clark was California’s first State Park Ranger, in Yosemite. Mr. Clark had to overcome many obstacles (like no salary!), yet he was dedicated to preserving Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove. He was loved and respected, yet today we know little about him. Come learn about this pioneer and hear some great stories of his life. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm.

Special Guest Campfire
Nature’s Supermarket Campfire
Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans…. Join Ranger Alex Takone to find out how as we take a look at Nature’s Supermarket and make dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago! You even get to taste our creation!

Afternoon Campfire Program
Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm
Drop by anytime between 4:30-5:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples, music and crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.

Twilight Hike
Mondays at 7:30 pm
Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night in the forest, and learn about the critters that are just becoming active as the sun goes down. This is a 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Bring a flashlight. Sorry, no dogs on the trail.

ASK US!
Visitor Center Staffed
Saturdays 9-11 am; Sundays 12-2 pm
Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the Visitor Center, next to Park Headquarters, to get answers!

Volunteer with the Trail Crew
Saturday, July 12 at 9 am (must be 18 years of age or older)
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 Park Headquarters. Check www.bigbasintrailcrew.org to confirm dates and time.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Saturday, July 12 at 10 am
On this dog-friendly walk, we travel on 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, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with docent Laurie Bergren and her dog Musa. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Pioneers of Big Basin
Saturday, July 12 at 1 pm
Join docent Hal Anjo on an easy three-mile, three-hour round trip to the site of the Maddock Cabin. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the redwoods and hear stories of the early settlers and their life deep in the forest. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, July 13 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 guides you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

How to Become Invisible
Sunday, July 13 at 10 am
As we barrel down the hiking trail, we cause disturbances that ripple through the forest like a stone dropped in a pond. If we can minimize our disturbance and “tune-in” to nature around us, we increase our chances of viewing Big Basin’s wonderful wildlife. Join us for a 3-mile, 5-hour hike to practice techniques to increase our nature awareness and reduce our disturbance. Please bring either soft-soled moccasins or an extra pair of socks that you will get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Discover Big Basin!
Sunday, July 13 at 12 pm
On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth redwood and Douglas-fir forest in some of the park’s most scenic backcountry. We’ll look at the forest in new ways and share our findings. Compact digital cameras are encouraged to help us share what we see. This hike is suitable for adults and young adults who are diligent hikers. Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and trail snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Wildflower Walk!
Saturday, July 19 at 10 am
Sunday, July 20 at 10 am
Join docent Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s flowering plants. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday’s walk is a leisurely four-mile, four-hour walk that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour walk that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Horse Tails
Saturday, July 19 at 11:30 am
Come meet Bellarose the horse and learn about the important role horses played in early Big Basin history. Join docents Peggy O’Shea and Maura McNamara as they share stories of how horses were used by the Spanish explorers, early settlers and the lumber and tanning industries. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Felling the Giants
Saturday, July 19 at 12 pm
Logging was the major industry in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 50 years. 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! Meet at Park Headquarters.

A Walk in the Past
Saturday, July 19 at 1 pm
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 Park Headquarters.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Sunday, July 20 at 10:30 am
On this dog-friendly walk, we travel on 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, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with docent Tom Batley. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Snakes Alive!
Sunday, July 20 from 12-3 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 Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge, and meet docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Diane will give a talk about snakes at 12:30, or stop by anytime to meet the snakes and talk to Diane. Snake crafts for the kids too!

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, July 26 from 9-12
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 Kathy Willott will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And there’s a fun craft activity for the kids!

Shadowbrook Stroll
Saturday, July 26 at 10:30 am
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 Park Headquarters.

SPECIAL EVENT!
Tales of the Basin: A Weekend of Storytelling
July 26-27
Events of this weekend will spotlight storytellers, park history, special children’s performers and the tradition of spinning a yarn beside the evening fire. South Bay Storytellers will present the campfire program on Saturday night.

Big Basin “Nature Tails”
Saturday, July 26 at 4:30 pm
A world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Storytellers’ Showcase Campfire!
Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 pm
Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Meet at the Campfire Center. The evening begins with fire lighting and marshmallow roasting at 6:30, and storytelling at 7:00.

Crafts in the Outdoors: Beginning Leatherwork in Big Basin
Sunday, July 27 from 10 am-1 pm
Doing crafts in the outdoors can be a wonderful experience! Make and decorate (tool) a small name tag for your backpack or luggage made from vegetable tanned leather. Learn to identify the tanoak tree and some of its properties. Hear about the history of tanoak logging and tanning in the Big Basin area. This will be a short (1/4 mile) stroll followed by the opportunity to craft your own leather item. Bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Discover Big Basin!
Sunday, July 27 at 12 pm
On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth redwood and Douglas-fir forest in some of the park’s most scenic backcountry. We’ll look at the forest in new ways and share our findings. Compact digital cameras are encouraged to help us share what we see. This hike is suitable for adults and young adults who are diligent hikers. Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and trail snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.

AUGUST ACTIVITIES

Redwood Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
AND every Friday at 1 pm
AND Saturday, August 30 at 4 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 Park Headquarters.

Junior Rangers
August 1-17: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 11 am
August 18-31: Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 11 (except no program August 23)
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, habitats, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

Special Two-Hour Junior Rangers
Wednesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 13 at 10 am
This special Junior Rangers is for kids ages 7-12 only. We’ll be taking a hike, so make sure your Junior Ranger dresses appropriately. Please register your child 15 minutes before the program at the Nature Lodge.

Big Basin Nature Club
August 1-17: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am
August 18-31: Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am (except no program August 23)
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.

Evening Campfire Program
August 1-16: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm
August 17-31: Saturday at 6:30 pm (except no program August 23)
SPECIAL EVENT/GUEST CAMPFIRES ON August 2, 5 and 12! (see below)
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

SPECIAL EVENT CAMPIRE
Saturday, August 2
Wings Over the Basin Special Event
Music and Marshmallows!
6:30 pm to 7 pm
Listen and sing-along with special musical guests “Mostly Mediocre Musical Monarch Mariposas” (a.k.a. the 5Ms) while roasting marshmallows before the campfire presentation. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!
"Jays and Murrelets" Campfire Program
7 pm to 8 pm
Have you noticed the Steller’s Jays with “bracelets” around their legs? Come hear Elena West, who is researching these birds, talk about why they’re banding the birds and what they’re learning about how their behavior changes around people, and the impact the Jays have on our endangered Marbled Murrelet. Meet at the Campfire Center near Park Headquarters. Afterwards, enjoy music by the 5Ms!

Special Guest Campfire
Nature’s Supermarket Campfire
Tuesday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans…. Join Ranger Alex Takone to find out how as we take a look at Nature’s Supermarket and make dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago! You even get to taste our creation!

Drop-In Style Afternoon Campfire Program
Wednesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 13 from 4:30-5:30 pm
Drop by anytime between 4:30-5:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples, music and crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.

Twilight Hike
Monday, August 4 and Monday, August 11 at 7 pm
Friday, August 1 at 8 pm
Saturday, August 9 at 8 pm
Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night in the forest, and learn about the critters that are just becoming active as the sun goes down. This is a 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Bring a flashlight. Sorry, no dogs on the trail.

ASK US!
Visitor Center Staffed
Saturdays 9-11 am; Sundays 12-2 pm
Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the Visitor Center, next to Park Headquarters, to get answers!

WINGS OVER THE BASIN SPECIAL EVENT
August 1-3, 2014
Celebrating the 40-Year Anniversary of the Historic Marbled Murrelet Nest Discovery
Big Basin Redwoods State Park invites those who love birds and butterflies to attend Wings Over the Basin. Experience the park's varied winged life on field trips, guided bird and butterfly walks, and at an evening campfire presentation.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Owls of the Redwood Forest
7:15 pm to 10 pm
Join Jan Hintermeister on a two-mile hike to learn about the rarely seen but sometimes heard owls at Big Basin. Experience the nocturnal world of owls while listening for our local species. Whooooo knows, maybe we'll get lucky and hear one! Be prepared to stand quietly and patiently in cold weather. Dress in layers of quiet clothing, wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring a flashlight and binoculars (if you have them). Meet at Park Headquarters.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Birds of the Redwood Forest
9:30 am to 11 am
On this 1-1/2 mile walk you’ll learn about common birds of the redwood forest. Meet at Park Headquarters. Binoculars recommended (but not required).

Hermit Thrush Migration
12 pm to 1:15 pm
Learn about research being done at Big Basin Redwoods State Park by Allison Nelson to discover the fascinating migratory patterns of the Hermit Thrush. Meet at Park HQ at noon; we’ll walk to nearby Old Lodge for the presentation.

Once Upon a Nest
2:30 pm to 4 pm
Listen to tales of the history and lore of the endangered marbled murrelet as you follow the path of its discovery right here in the center of Big Basin with special guests Steve and Stephanie Singer and Docent Karen DeMello. You’ll also meet typical birds of the redwood forest along the way on this 1-1/2 mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Binoculars recommended (not required).

Music and Marshmallows!
6:30 pm to 7 pm
Listen and sing-along with special musical guests “Mostly Mediocre Musical Monarch Mariposas” (a.k.a. the 5Ms) while roasting marshmallows before the campfire presentation. The 5Ms will also provide post-campfire presentation entertainment. Meet at the Campfire Center.

"Jays and Murrelets" Campfire Program
7 pm to 8 pm
Have you noticed the Steller’s Jays with “bracelets” around their legs? Come hear Elena West, who is researching these birds, talk about why they’re banding the birds and what they’re learning about how their behavior changes around people, and the impact the Jays have on our endangered Marbled Murrelet. Meet at the Campfire Center near Park Headquarters. Afterwards, enjoy music by the 5Ms!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Dawn Marbled Murrelet Survey
5:15 am to 6:30 am
It’s a bit late in the season to hear and see Marbled Murrelets flying over, but Docent Karen DeMello will be up just in case this remarkable bird happens to be circling over the old growth forest nesting area before heading out to sea. Feel free to bring a folding chair or blankets to be comfy. Meet at Park Headquarters at 5:15 am sharp.

Jays and Murrelets Walk
8:30 am to 9:30 am

Birds with bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to study the Steller’s Jays. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Butterflies and Other Wings
10 am to 3 pm
National Park Service Biologist Paul Johnson returns to search for butterflies, beetles, dragonflies and other fascinating insects. We'll hike 1-1/2 miles to explore a sunnier section of Big Basin (4 miles total). Meet at Park Headquarters. Bring lunch/snacks, water and binoculars (if you have them).

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, August 2 from 9-12
AND Saturday, August 9 from 9-12
AND Saturday, August 31 from 9:30-12:30
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. A Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And there’s a fun craft activity for the kids!

Shadowbrook Stroll
Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 am
AND Sunday, August 24 at 10 am
Join Docent Peggy O’Shea as she 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 Park Headquarters.

Here Comes the Sun!
Saturday, August 2 from 11 am to 1 pm
Come to the Campfire Center and look through a solar telescope at the Sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the Sun and how it shines. There will be Sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club.

Discover Big Basin!
Saturday, August 2 at 12 pm
AND Sunday, August 3 at 12 pm
AND Sunday, August 24 at 12 pm
On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with Docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth redwood and Douglas-fir forest in some of the park’s most scenic backcountry. We’ll look at the forest in new ways and share our findings. Compact digital cameras are encouraged to help us share what we see. This hike is suitable for adults and young adults who are diligent hikers. Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and trail snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Navigating Big Basin
Sunday, August 3 at 1 pm
AND Sunday, August 10 at 2:30 pm
Where are we again? Oh yeah, Navigating Big Basin! Develop and hone your navigational skills as you join Interpreter Kelsey Killoran on a 2-hour laid-back, family friendly “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style hike. We’ll provide the maps, you tell us which way you think we should go, and YOU will help lead the group using the sun, maps and compasses. No GPS? No problem! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Volunteer with the Trail Crew
Saturday, August 9 at 9 am (must be 18 years of age or older)
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 Park Headquarters. Check www.bigbasintrailcrew.org to confirm dates and time.

Sense-O-Rama Hike!
Saturday, August 9 at 10 am
AND Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 am
Sense-O-Rama is a one and a half hour hike traveling along the lovely Creeping Forest and Dool trails. We will appreciate the sights, sounds, smells, feel and even taste of Big Basin, enhancing your experience of the forest. Docent Maura McNamara will guide you on this 3.5-mile hike. Come and open your senses! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Felling the Giants
Saturday, August 9 at 12 pm
Logging was the major industry in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 50 years. 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! Meet at Park Headquarters.

A Walk in the Past
Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm
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 Park Headquarters.

Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, August 10 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 guides you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Sunday, August 10 at 10 am
Escape the crowds on this six-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. We’ll climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Docent Steve Stolper leads this 4.5-hour hike. Bring *at least* one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Park Headquarters.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Sunday, August 10 at 10:30 am
AND Friday, August 29 at 2 pm

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel on 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, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with a Docent and her dog. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Wildflower Walk!
Saturday, August 16 at 10 am
AND Sunday, August 17 at 10 am
Join Docent Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s flowering plants. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday’s walk is a leisurely four-mile, four-hour walk that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour walk that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

In the Shadows of the Ancients
Sunday, August 17 at 9 am
Meander along North Escape Road with Docent Kathy Willott and discover the ancient redwoods and the flowers, ferns and other plants that exist around the corners and within the hidden crevices of the redwood forest. This hike will be about 5.5 miles roundtrip and last four hours. Please bring lunch and water. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Family Walk in the Redwood Forest

Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 am
Docent Catherine Stewart leads you on a slow, one-mile roundtrip walk into the redwood forest. While stopping to discover what makes a redwood tree so special, we’ll try some simple sketches of the trees and the forest. This tour is geared towards families, so bring water and snacks. The walk lasts about 1 1/4 hours. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Star Gazing at Big Basin Redwoods
Friday, August 22 at 7:30 pm
Experience awesome night skies in the wilderness, far from city lights. Using binoculars, we’ll explore our galaxy the Milky Way–including our moon, other bright planets and cosmic “faint fuzzies.” You’ll also hear the latest news from NASA’s current space program. There is very limited parking, so we’ll arrange carpools to accommodate the maximum number of participants. The program will last 1.5 hours. Suitable for adults (and young adults accompanied by parents). Binoculars will be available to share–or bring your own binoculars or compact spotting scope. We'll walk about 1/8 mile over uneven trail surfaces in the dark. Bring at least one flashlight for your group. Dress in layers for cooler night-time temperatures and wear sturdy walking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, August 23 from 12-3 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 Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge, and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Diane will give a talk about snakes at 12:30, or stop by anytime to meet the snakes and talk to Diane. Snake crafts for the kids too!

Pioneers of Big Basin
Saturday, August 23 at 12:30 pm
Join Docent Hal Anjo on an easy three-mile, three-hour round trip to the site of the Maddock Cabin. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the redwoods and hear stories of the early settlers and their life deep in the forest. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Early Riser Walk
Saturday, August 30 at 8 am
Enjoy the quiet of the morning and see sights that one might not see in the middle of the day. We’ll focus on the redwoods and other plants. The walk will be between 4-6 miles, so bring food and water. The walk, led by Docent Kathy Willott, will last between 2-3 hours. Meet at Park Headquarters.

How to Become Invisible
Sunday, August 31 at 10 am
As we barrel down the hiking trail, we cause disturbances that ripple through the forest like a stone dropped in a pond. If we can minimize our disturbance and “tune-in” to nature around us, we increase our chances of viewing Big Basin’s wonderful wildlife. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a 3-mile, 5-hour hike to practice techniques to increase our nature awareness and reduce our disturbance. Please bring either soft-soled moccasins or an extra pair of socks that you will get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Family Discovery Walk
Sunday, August 31 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! Meet at Park Headquarters.