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April 2019

Take the Bay Ridge Challenge

April 20 - December 15

Wherever you are, the Ridge Trail isn’t far away. This long-distance trail circumnavigates the Bay Area through all nine counties. And you can too! Walk, run, bike, or horseback ride your way through selected local adventures and explore the many beautiful miles of the Ridge Trail for 360 degrees of inspiration. For 30 years, the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and people like you have been building and taking care of the Bay Area’s very own long-distance trail. Celebrate our…

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May 2019

Nest: Creating Home

May 10, 10:00 am - November 10, 5:00 pm
Filoli, 86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062 United States
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$5

A three-part exhibition about the people, animals and plants that created a home on the Filoli estate. -Filoli is proud to announce its innovative new exhibition, Nest: Creating Home. The exhibition weaves together the formal and informal places in the estate, and explores the stories of the people who lived and worked at Filoli. The exhibition runs from May 10 to November 10, and integrates interpretive stories through an exhibit and guided tour: “The People of Filoli,” a mixed media…

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June 2019

NEW MID WEEK HIKE : Vernal and Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park

June 26, 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Wednesday Conditioning Hike

June 26, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch (HARVEY BEAR @ SAN MARTIN AVE entrance), 1935 E. San Martin Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046 us
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Let's stay fit in the middle of the week! We'll hike the Willow Springs trail. Elevation Gain: 925 ft. Difficulty: Moderate. Length/Duration: 3.2 Miles / 2 Hours Meeting Location: Harvey Bear Ranch parking lot in between the car and horse trailer lots. The Harvey Bear Ranch park is only 2 miles east of Highway 101 in San Martin. Take the San Martin Ave. exit and proceed east on San Martin Ave. for 2 miles; watch for the entrance to the…

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Wednesday After Work Conditioning Hike

June 26, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch (HARVEY BEAR @ SAN MARTIN AVE entrance), 1935 E. San Martin Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046 us
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Let's stay fit in the middle of the week! We'll hike the Willow Springs/Harvey Bear trail loop. Elevation Gain: 925 ft. Difficulty: Moderate. Length/Duration: 5.9 Miles / 2 Hours Meeting Location: Harvey Bear Ranch parking lot in between the car and horse trailer lots. The Harvey Bear Ranch park is only 2 miles east of Highway 101 in San Martin. Take the San Martin Ave. exit and proceed east on San Martin Ave. for 2 miles; watch for the entrance…

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Big Basin Nature Club

June 26, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 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 campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Midweek Pincushion Hike (SHORT/MODERATE)

June 26, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fort Washington/Bentleys Starbucks, 9423 N. Fort Washington #108
Fresno, CA 93730 us
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READ for LOCATION!! LOCATION: Parking lot in front of Starbucks of Fort Washington. HIKE DESCRIPTION: This is a short but strenuous hike of about 3-5 miles round trip depending on the exact route we take. This hike is good for trail runners, trail walkers and everyone in between who is prepared for several long heart-pounding inclines. DIFFICULTY: Moderate due to intensity and distance although we often break into multiple groups depending on how fast each of us want to walk.…

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Power Walk Woodward Park (6:30 pm)

June 26, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Starbucks, 1380 Pear Ave
Mountain View, CA 940431360 United States
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READ for LOCATION!! LOCATION: Parking lot in front of Starbucks of Fort Washington. TOTAL MILES: 5.1 miles or so . . . DIFFICULTY: Moderate due to intensity and distance although we often break into multiple groups depending on how fast each of us want to walk. WHO CAN GO: Adult hikers of all abilities and well-mannered trail dogs obedient to their owners HIKE DESCRIPTION: For many of us, this is a BRISK, NOT LEISURELY, walk/jog for fitness of about 5…

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Santana: Supernatural Now Tour at Shoreline Amphitheater (Mountain View)

June 26, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Conservation Committee Meeting

June 26, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Louden Nelson Community Center Room 2, 301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA us
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The Conservation Committee discusses and reviews conservation issues that are affecting Santa Cruz County, including conservation topics such as forestry, wildlife habitats, water, transportation, pollution, preservation of heritage trees, and more. This Committee provides recommended actions to the Executive Committee regarding how to address these issues, such as writing letters to officials stating the Sierra Club Group's position. Open to the public. Meeting agendas and notes posted here: https://www.sierraclub.org/ventana/santa-cruz/conservation-committee-meetings-agendas-and-minutes

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Trivia night at New Jersey’s

June 26, 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Power Walk Woodward Park (7:00 pm)

June 26, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Evening Campfire Programs

June 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwoods and the creatures of the forest while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallow roasting (we provide the marshmallows and sticks!) starts at 7pm and the program begins at 7:30pm. Meet at the campfire center.Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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June 27 Clovis Dry Creek Park – 7:15am – Part 1 Easy, Part 2 Easy

June 27, 7:15 am - 9:15 am
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Junior Rangers – Ohlone Science: Botany

June 27, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Get to know three California native plants and how to use them. We’ll work with soap root, tule reeds, and oak trees to discover how to make food, tools, and toys to take home! Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849.

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PopUp Picnics in the Park

June 27, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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PopUp Picnics in the Park return to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for the fourth summer in a row, taking place Thursdays from June 13 through August 15 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. (except for July 4). Take a break to enjoy tacos on the terrazza, with food by Taquitos Gabriel available for purchase. The full menu includes tacos, plates, burritos, quesadillas and drinks with occasional specials, such as mole. Prices range from $2 to $10, and Taquitos…

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5 mile Rancho San Antonio hike

June 27, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
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Bay Club Courtside 5-day pass

June 28, 6:00 am - 8:00 am
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Variety Pack Guided Hike

June 28, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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Explore the many beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park! Each hike will offer visitors a greater sense of park history and a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the visitor center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For…

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

June 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Junior Rangers

June 28, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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This 1-hour, kids-only program for 7 to 12 year olds inspires the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and guided hikes. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help the forest! Bring water, backpack, and hiking shoes. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the visitor center and programs fill up fast! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

June 28, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Old Tree Trail Hike

June 28, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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Free

On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we’ll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug’s vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Big Basin Nature Club

June 28, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 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 campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Zumba at Sports Basement Santa Rosa

June 28, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pop-Up Campfire!

June 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Bring your camp chair—we’ll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories! Sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, sing some songs and hear stories about Big Basin. Meet at Campsite 73 in Huckleberry Campground. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338- 8883.

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Campfire Programs

June 28, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night’s program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods. After a long day of hiking, unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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20-mile Rose Peak hike (Sunol) #Whitney

June 29, 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Early Bird Horse Back Riding

June 29, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Sea-to-Skyline Trail Overnight Backpacking (~27 miles; ~5400 elevation)

June 29, 8:00 am - June 30, 6:00 pm

This is the classic Skyline-to-Sea Trail, but done reverse (uphill) and as an overnighter. Not for the faint of heart. https://www.backcountryemily.com/backpacking/skyline-to-sea Saturday, Jun 29- 8AM Uber from Big Basin Cafe (Saratoga) to Wadell Beach.- Hike 12 miles (~1500 ft elevation) to Jay Camp @ Big Basin Headquarter. Sunday, June 30- Hike 15 miles (~3900 ft elevation) to Saratoga Gap.- Uber to Big Basin Cafe Estimated costs depends on # of participants.. from ~$50 for 2 total participants to $30 for…

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Rancho del Oso/Big Basin State Park – McCrary Loop

June 29, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Rancho del Oso, 3640 Highway 1
Davenport, CA 95017 us
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This will be a strenuous lollipop loop hike from the ocean to the redwood forest. The trail will initially follow the Skyline to Sea Trail, paralleling Waddell Creek very gradually to Howard King trail and steeply uphill via the Howard King Trail where we will traverse nearly two miles with a climb of nearly 1,100 feet to the McAbee overlook for a great vista and lunch stop. After this, we will be downhill via the McCrary Ridge Trail back to…

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Point Reyes coast hike – 20 miles, 3000 ft.

June 29, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Big Basin Redwoods Day Hike

June 29, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters & Visitor Center, 21600 Big Basin Hwy
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Synopsis: Hike through giant redwoods, along babbling brooks, and around impressive falls. Good trail conditions. Optional 1/2 mile post-hike walk on interpretive trail to see mother and father of the forest and other redwood attractions. Worth the drive. If you wish to hike fast and get back early, this is not the hike for you. Mellow hikers welcomed. Estimated Distance: 11 milesEstimated Elevation Gain: Approximately 1400 feetPace: Leisurely to Moderate (average 2 mph) Leader: Steve Bakaley (slbakaley gmail com)Meet: 10…

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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

June 29, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018 United States
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Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet in the amphitheater of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Rd. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.

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Little Rangers

June 29, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Story Time Walk

June 29, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

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. We’ll stop and read one page, walk a bit, then read the next page until we finish the story. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Outlook from Mt. McAbee

June 29, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a 6-mile, 3.5 hour moderate 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. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters.Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.  

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Castle Rock Loop Hike

June 29, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Castle Rock State Park, 1500 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033 United States
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Free

On this 1-mile, 1-hour interactive journey we will discuss the various park ecosystems, Ohlone history, Black Oak ecology, wildfire, and more. Bring water, closed toe shoes, snacks, and a camera. Meet at kiosk. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $8. Parking is limited so please try to arrive early. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Old Cove Landing Trail

June 29, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we’ll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

June 29, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Variety Pack Guided Hike

June 29, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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Explore the many beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park! Each hike will offer visitors a greater sense of park history and a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the visitor center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For…

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Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

June 29, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Tidepool Tours

June 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060 us
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Free

Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8.

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Skill and Luck

June 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

What kind of games did the Ohlone play? When the Spanish came did they bring games? Did the Ohlone still play their games during the missions? Come and find the answers to these questions about games at the mission. Make a game to take home! Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849.

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Sunol RW: Little Yosemite 6.9 mi Moderate Hike

June 29, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunol Regional Wilderness, 1895 Geary Road
Sunol, CA 94539 us
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CARPOOL REQUEST COMMENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO THE LARGE SIZE OF THE GROUP. Please read below how to carpool. Level: Moderate Total Distance: 6.9 mile, loop Hiking Time: 4 hours Elevation Change: 1338 feet. Parking fee: $5 per vehicle DOGS: Not permitted due to single track route. Shade: Don't forget your sunhat for your own personal shade. Shade does not matter if you have your sunhat. I never leave home without it. Facilities: Restrooms located off the parking lot.…

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Ranch Tours

June 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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Free

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Junior Rangers

June 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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This 1-hour, kids-only program for 7 to 12 year olds inspires the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and guided hikes. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help the forest! Bring water, backpack, and hiking shoes. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the visitor center and programs fill up fast! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Pt. Reyes NS: Bear Valley – Mt. Wittenberg – Coastal Trail Loop – 11 miles

June 29, 1:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Pt Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd,
Point Reyes Station, CA us
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CARPOOL REQUEST COMMENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO THE LARGE SIZE OF THE GROUP. Please read below how to carpool. Level: Moderate. Total Distance: 11 miles, loop Meet Time: 1:30 pm, by the visitor center. We will start the hike about 1:45 pm. Hiking Time: 5 hours Elevation Change: 1400 feet. What to Bring: food, 2L water, layered clothing. Parking fee: None Official Trail Use: Dogs are not allowed. Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 68. Plan accordingly. See…

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

June 29, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Old Tree Trail Hike

June 29, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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Free

On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we’ll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug’s vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Big Basin Nature Club

June 29, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 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 campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Evening Campfire Programs

June 29, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwoods and the creatures of the forest while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallow roasting (we provide the marshmallows and sticks!) starts at 7pm and the program begins at 7:30pm. Meet at the campfire center.Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Campfire Programs

June 29, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night’s program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods. After a long day of hiking, unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Birding for Beginners

June 30, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018 United States
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Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell RSP birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, and a keen eye and/or ears! Meet in the parking lot of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park campground, located off Graham Hill Road. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.

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12.5-mile walk along San Francisco Waterfront & GG Bridge to Sausalito

June 30, 9:15 am - 6:45 pm
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The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

June 30, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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On this dog-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 and easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Beginner Unicycling in Mountain View

June 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Little Rangers

June 30, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Let’s Paddle! Kayak or SUP @ Vasona

June 30, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Seacliff History Walk

June 30, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive
Aptos, CA 95003 United States
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Free

Learn the history of Seacliff and surrounding Aptos in this one-hour, half-mile history walk. Led by docent Pete Wang, the tour focuses on the Ohlone, Raphael Castro, Claus Spreckels, Aptos Landing Wharf, the development of Seacliff Park — including Paul Woodside, “the Madman of Seacliff” — and the Concrete Ship. Tours are free; parking at Seacliff State Beach is $10 and supports the park. Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain cancels.

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

June 30, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Variety Pack Guided Hike

June 30, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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Explore the many beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park! Each hike will offer visitors a greater sense of park history and a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the visitor center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For…

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Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

June 30, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Discover Big Basin Redwoods

June 30, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Ranch Tours

June 30, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Junior Rangers

June 30, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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This 1-hour, kids-only program for 7 to 12 year olds inspires the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and guided hikes. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help the forest! Bring water, backpack, and hiking shoes. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the visitor center and programs fill up fast! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.

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Tidepool Tours

June 30, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060 us
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Free

Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8.

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

June 30, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Big Basin Nature Club

June 30, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 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 campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Twilight Adaptation Adventure

June 30, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, half-mile, 1.5 hour walk. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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July 2019

Power Walk Woodward Park (6:30 pm)

July 1, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Starbucks, 1380 Pear Ave
Mountain View, CA 940431360 United States
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READ for LOCATION!! LOCATION: Parking lot in front of Starbucks of Fort Washington. TOTAL MILES: 5.1 miles or so . . . DIFFICULTY: Moderate due to intensity and distance although we often break into multiple groups depending on how fast each of us want to walk. WHO CAN GO: Adult hikers of all abilities and well-mannered trail dogs obedient to their owners HIKE DESCRIPTION: For many of us, this is a BRISK, NOT LEISURELY, walk/jog for fitness of about 5…

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Power Walk Woodward Park (7:00 pm)

July 1, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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“Rock N Glow” Bowl at Homestead Bowl

July 1, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Run-walk workouts at Cupertino HS track

July 2, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
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Wildcat Campground

July 3, 12:00 pm - July 4, 4:00 pm
Wildcat Campground, Coast Trail
Bolinas, CA 94924 us
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Take the 3rd off work (or leave early) and join us for 4th of July in Point Reyes! We reserved a large group site at Wildcat campground for the night of the 3rd. The campground is near the coast in Point Reyes National Seashore. We will be hiking in from Palomarin trailhead (6 miles, fairly flat). You are welcome to join us for the hike in, or come and go at your leisure. We plan on chilling at bass lake…

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Ride with Sports Basement Campbell

July 3, 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
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Midweek Pincushion Hike (SHORT/MODERATE)

July 3, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fort Washington/Bentleys Starbucks, 9423 N. Fort Washington #108
Fresno, CA 93730 us
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READ for LOCATION!! LOCATION: Parking lot in front of Starbucks of Fort Washington. HIKE DESCRIPTION: This is a short but strenuous hike of about 3-5 miles round trip depending on the exact route we take. This hike is good for trail runners, trail walkers and everyone in between who is prepared for several long heart-pounding inclines. DIFFICULTY: Moderate due to intensity and distance although we often break into multiple groups depending on how fast each of us want to walk.…

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Power Walk Woodward Park (6:30 pm)

July 3, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Starbucks, 1380 Pear Ave
Mountain View, CA 940431360 United States
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READ for LOCATION!! LOCATION: Parking lot in front of Starbucks of Fort Washington. TOTAL MILES: 5.1 miles or so . . . DIFFICULTY: Moderate due to intensity and distance although we often break into multiple groups depending on how fast each of us want to walk. WHO CAN GO: Adult hikers of all abilities and well-mannered trail dogs obedient to their owners HIKE DESCRIPTION: For many of us, this is a BRISK, NOT LEISURELY, walk/jog for fitness of about 5…

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Trivia night at New Jersey’s

July 3, 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Power Walk Woodward Park (7:00 pm)

July 3, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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July 4th:Zion Park Camping Vegas Firework,HorseshoeBend,GrandCanyon,HooverDam

July 3, 8:00 pm - July 8, 5:00 am
4112 Grafton St, 4112 Grafton St
Dublin, CA 94568 us
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Plz fill this questionnaire,so that I can move you in confirmed RSVP list. :https://forms.gle/XrSAsUrA8UDsDWhGA .If I don't see your details in this form,you'll always remain in wait list. I'm organizing a car camping trip to Zion National Park,Utah.On the way we'll go to HooverDam/Grand Canyon and stay overnight in Las Vegas for July 4th Fireworks celebration.As campsite is limited to only 10X12 size,A big group tent is being rented.In addition Sleeping bag for every one is being rented.4th July accommodation…

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4th of July Run San Ramon 10K & 5K race

July 4, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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Visit Wilder Ranch’s historic cultural preserve and step back 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games, children’s crafts area, live big-band music, horse-drawn wagon rides, living history demonstrations, historic speeches, and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. This free event is appropriate for all ages. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.

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July 4th CAMPING: LASSEN VOLCANIC National Park: Hot Springs! Weird Stuff!

July 4, 1:00 pm - July 7, 1:00 pm

Celebrate the 4th of July at LASSEN VOLCANIC National Park We're going to Northern California to a lesser-known, but incredible National Park: Lassen Volcanic is dominated by the snow-capped, volcanic, 10,500 ft Mt Lassen. This is the southern end of the Cascade Range -- so it's very different terrain than what you see in the Sierras -- its sort of a Mt Rainier/mini-Yellowstone mashup. Like Yellowstone, there's gurgling sulfur hot springs that boil and steam. There's also an otherworldly grey…

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4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza (Santa Clara)

July 4, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Valley Spokesmen Friendly Friday Ride with Sports Basement San Ramon

July 5, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Chilnualna Falls (Moderately Strenuous)

July 6, 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Fort Washington/Bentleys Starbucks, 9423 N. Fort Washington #108
Fresno, CA 93730 us
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Chilnualna Fall is a series of cascades totaling hundreds of feet, separated by level stretches where the stream glides over granite slabs. It is a beautiful hike starting near the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park. It is a 8.2 mile round trip. One gains 2,200 feet over four miles to reach the falls. It is a steady climb through only partial shade. Level: Moderately Strenuous Distance: 8.2 miles round trip (5 hours) Elevation: Starts 4,200 feet, total change 2,200…

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9.5-mile Purisima Creek Redwoods hike

July 6, 7:15 am - 2:00 pm
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Butano State Park 3B Day Hike

July 6, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Butano State Park, 1500 Cloverdale Road
Pescadero, CA us
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Leader: Steve Bakaley - Level: Strenuous (3B)Cost: $10 Parking fee Distance: 11 miles Elevation Gain: Approximately 1500+ Feet. Location: Butano State Park Entrance by the entry kiosk Synopsis: Take a leisurely - moderately paced day hike through varied terrain(giant redwoods, pines, oak, and manzanita) in this lovely coastal park. Return to cars approximately 6:00 pm If you wish to hike fast and return early, this is probably not the hike for you. Mellow hikers welcomed. Bring: Lunch and plenty of…

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Tidepool Tours

July 6, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060 us
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Free

Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8.

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Old Cove Landing Trail

July 6, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we’ll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Skyline to Russian Ridge OSP: 6.6 Mi Moderate Hike

July 6, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, Skyline Rd Hwy 35
Los Altos, CA 90755 United States
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CARPOOL REQUEST COMMENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO THE LARGE SIZE OF THE GROUP. Please read below how to carpool. Level: Moderate Total Distance: 6.6 mile, loop Hiking Time: 3.5 hours Elevation Change: 509 feet. Parking fee: Free. Official Trail Use: No dogs. Shade: Don't forget your sunhat for your own personal shade. Shade does not matter if you have your sunhat. I never leave home without it. Facilities None PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO GO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE SO…

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Hides and Tallow

July 6, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 19th century. We will look at some of the major products of the mission, leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849.

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SJ Skate Night – Downtown Street Skate

July 6, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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14.5 mile Black Mountain hike (Los Altos) #Whitney #PAC12

July 7, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tidepool Tours

July 7, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060 us
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Free

Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8.

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Redwoods and Climate Change

July 7, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018 United States
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How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can they adapt to a human-altered environment? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a Sunday saunter. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.

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Drop-In Family Craft – Candle Dipping

July 7, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can hand-dip a wax candle in our garden courtyard. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849.

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Power Walk Woodward Park (6:30 pm)

July 8, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Starbucks, 1380 Pear Ave
Mountain View, CA 940431360 United States
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READ for LOCATION!! LOCATION: Parking lot in front of Starbucks of Fort Washington. TOTAL MILES: 5.1 miles or so . . . DIFFICULTY: Moderate due to intensity and distance although we often break into multiple groups depending on how fast each of us want to walk. WHO CAN GO: Adult hikers of all abilities and well-mannered trail dogs obedient to their owners HIKE DESCRIPTION: For many of us, this is a BRISK, NOT LEISURELY, walk/jog for fitness of about 5…

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Power Walk Woodward Park (7:00 pm)

July 8, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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