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Meteor Trail Big Basin Redwoods State Park Entrance Sign Mule deer fawn, Black-tail fawn
Big Basin Merriam’s Chipmunk Big Basin Activities and Events Berry Creek Falls
The Big Basin activities calendar is comprised primarily of hikes led by Big Basin Redwoods State Park volunteer docents on the popular park trails. All docents undergo training in plant communities, animals, cultural and historically significant park events. Hiking with a docent as your guide gives you ready access to knowledge of the local environment.
                
Redwood Trail, Redwood Loop
Redwood Loop Walk

Saturday, July 9 at 11 am and 2 pm - Hal
Sunday, July 10 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry
Saturday, July 16 at 11 am and 2 pm - Hal
Sunday, July 17 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry
Saturday, July 23 at 11 am and 2 pm - Kathy
Sunday, July 24 at 11 am and 2 pm - Nan
Saturday, July 30 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry
Sunday, July 31 at 11 am and 2 pm - John
Saturday, August 6 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry
Sunday, August 7 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry
Saturday, August 13 at 11 am and 2 pm - Hal
Sunday, August 14 at 11 am and 2 pm - Michael
Friday, August 19 at 11 am - Hal
Saturday, August 20 at 11 am and 2 pm - Ashley
Sunday, August 21 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry
Saturday, August 27 at 11 am and 2 pm - Norm
Sunday, August 28 at 11 am and 2 pm - Mike

Sequoia sempervirens also known as Coast redwoods or California redwoods are the tallest trees on earth. Once the dominate tree of the northern hemisphere, their linage running back 200 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. Restricted to the California coast by the last ice age 20 million years ago, extensive logging beginning around 1850 cut down 95% of this primal forest. Join us for this fun and informative guided stroll on the Redwood Trail as it passes along Opal Creek and through an old-growth redwood forest.

Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest, the Animal Tree and the Chimney Tree on this 90 minute, level 0.6 mile walk. Trail guides are also available at the trailhead should you wish to do this as a self-guided loop. The “walk” is also available via Google Street View. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters next to the flag pole.
Steve Widmark
Here Comes the Sun

Saturday, July 9 from 11 to 1 pm

Join Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club 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. Meet Steve at the Campfire Center across Highway 236 from Park Headquarters.
Mill Creek Bridge, Middletons Fields
Discover Big Basin Redwoods

Saturday, July 9 at 12 pm
Saturday, July 23 at 12 pm
Sunday, July 31 at 12 pm
Saturday, August 13 at 12 pm
Sunday, August 14 at 12 pm
Saturday, August 27 at 12 pm
Sunday, August 28 at 12 pm

Explore some of the park’s less travelled backcountry with docent naturalist Barry Grimm, the author of the popular Hiker’s Guide to Big Basin. This hike will be tailored to your group from the many trails and destinations to the park’s most scenic areas. Distance varies from one half to eight miles and time from one to four hours.

The pace is moderate with an occasional short stop to view and discuss the park’s unique animals, plants and other features. Wear sturdy walking shoes, bring water and trail snacks. Meet Barry at Park Headquarters.
Black Tail Buck
Junior Rangers

Saturday, July 9 at 3 pm
Sunday, July 10 at 11 am
Monday, July 11, at 3 pm
Tuesday, July 12 at 3 pm
Wednesday, July 13 at 3 pm
Friday, July 15 at 3 pm
Saturday, July 16 at 3 pm
Sunday, July 17 at 11 am
Monday, July 18, at 3 pm
Tuesday, July 19 at 3 pm
Wednesday, July 20 at 3 pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest with Park Interpreter Susan Blake. Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, 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, next to the camp store, 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.
Black-tail fawn
Big Basin Nature Club

Saturday, July 9 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, July 10 at 10 am
Monday, July 11 at 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 12 at 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 13 at 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 14 at 1:30 pm
Friday, July 15 at 4:30 pm
Saturday, July 16 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, July 17 at 10 am
Monday, July 18 at 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 19 at 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 20 at 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 21 at 1:30 pm

This fun program is for children ages 3–6 and their families. Pretend, play, story telling, sing and explore. This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest and the animals that call it their home. Meet Park Interpreter Susan Blake at the Nature Lodge next to the camp store.
Evening Campfire Program
Campfire Program

Saturday, July 9 at 7 pm
Sunday, July 10 at 7 pm
Monday, July 11 at 7 pm
Tuesday, July 12 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 16 at 7 pm
Sunday, July 17 at 7 pm
Monday, July 18 at 7 pm
Tuesday, July 19 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 23 at 7 pm
Sunday, July 24 at 7 pm
Monday, July 25 at 7 pm
Tuesday, July 26 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 30 at 7 pm
Sunday, July 31 at 7 pm

Join Big Basin Interpreter Rhiannon or Emma at the historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest and listen to stories of the park while relaxing as twilight envelops the towering trees.

Fire lighting and marshmallow roasting (we provide the marshmallows and sticks) starts at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. The campfire amphitheater is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Good dogs on a leash are always welcome. Bring insect repellent and meet at the Campfire Center across Highway 236 from Park Headquarters.
Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin
Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, July 10 at 9:30 am
Sunday, August 14 at 9:30 am

Join Docent Bill Rhoades as he guides you on this seven-hour signature hike. Travel along the famed Skyline to the Sea Trail through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you experience a wide range of habitats on this strenuous 11 mile hike to 65′ Berry Creek Falls. Berry Creek was named after lumberman Tilford Berry who had a cabin near the base of the falls. He vanished only to reappear thirty years later the victim of sudden onset intercrainal lead poisoning and then vanished again, never to reappear.

Continue on the Berry Creek Trail to Silver Falls, Lower Cascades, Upper Cascades and Golden Falls see first hand the effects the March storms had on the redwood forest. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Meet Bill at Park Headquarters.
Peggy O’Shea
Meteor Trail Hike
Ocean View Summit Loop


Sunday, July 10 at 10:30 am
Sunday, August 28 at 10:30 am

Join docent, equestrian, certified California Naturalist and avid hiker Peggy O’Shea for one of our most diverse hikes. Travel along mountain streams, by oak woodlands, the Elephant Tree, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers, fires and early park settlers, on this 3.5 hour hike. This is a challenging 800 foot ascent on the Meteor Trail, home to some of Big Basin’s tallest redwoods to Middle Ridge Road and Ocean View Summit. It is rewarded with a view across the Waddell Valley to the Pacific Ocean.

From Ocean View Summit the abandoned fire lookout at Eagle Rock, Buzzard’s Roost, Mt. McAbee, Whitehouse Canyon Road and Chalk Mountain are visible while we enjoy lunch. Completing this loop, it’s downhill back to park headquarters on Dool Trail or Gazos Creek Road. Bring water, lunch, sun protection and good hiking shoes. Meet Peggy at Park Headquarters.
Diane Shaw, Eva Fewel, Paul Fewel on Chalk Mountain Big Basin
Tuesday Nature Hikes

Tuesday, July 12 at 9 am
Tuesday, July 19 at 9 am
Tuesday, July 26 at 9 am
Tuesday, August 2 at 9 am
Tuesday, August 9 at 9 am
Tuesday, August 16 at 9 am
Tuesday, August 23 at 9 am
Tuesday, August 30 at 9 am

Docents Diane Shaw, Paul and Eva Fewel lead these serendipitous, varied mid-week hikes. Learn about the animals, plants, talking trees, history and geology of Big Basin and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hikes are 5–8 miles and last up to 5 hours but you can wonder off and explore on your own at any time. We go rain or shine, rain brings out the sparkle in suspended water droplets, many small streams and creeks, tiny mushrooms, banana slugs and salamanders. To avoid being squished, strong winds cancel the hike. Mornings are still cool and the afternoons can get warm, so dress in layers. The group meets at Park Headquarters.
Susan Blake lighting the candle for the eyesight adaptation activity.
Twilight Adaptation Adventure

Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 pm

Twilight is the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon. Adventure is an exploration into the unknown. Put these together and venture into the evening with State Park Interpreter Susan Blake on a walk for the whole family and experience the adventure of the forest during the transition from day to night.

This is the time when crepuscular animals are active, the nocturnal animals awaken and the diurnal animals retire. Experience the heighten sense of hearing, smell and visual adaptations as the light fades. The walk is a 1.5 hours, level, half-mile and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Meet Susan at Park Headquarters.
Gray Squirrel
Special Junior Rangers

Thursday, July 14 at 10 am
Thursday, July 21 at 10 am
Thursday, July 28 at 10 am
Thursday, August 4 at 10 am
Thursday, August 11 at 10 am
Thursday, August 18 at 10 am
Thursday, August 25 at 10 am

This two hour special Junior Rangers is for kids ages 7–12 only. We'll be taking a hike, so make sure your Junior Ranger dresses appropriately, with closed-toe shoes. Please register your child 15 minutes before the program with Interpreter Susan Blake at the Nature Lodge.
Stripped Skunk Skull on rabbit pelt
Afternoon Campfire Program

Thursday, July 14 at 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 21 at 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 28 at 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 4 at 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 11 at 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 18 at 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 25 at 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Enjoy roasting Ranger Apples and marshmallows along with music and crafts at an early afternoon campfire program with Park Interpreter Susan Blake. Touch the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals. What can you tell about the lives of the animals from their bones, skulls and pelts? This is a rare opportunity, you would normally only see a lion pelt displayed in a glass case. Seldom would a curator allow you to pet a lion pelt.

Drop by anytime between 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the historic Campfire Center. It's best to arrive early if you plan to roast apples. The picture to the left is of a stripped skunk skull on a rabbit pelt. Courtesy of the Wednesday and Pugsley Addams nature collection.

Information on area mountains lions can be found at the Puma Project and Santa Cruz Pumas.
Alex Takone Ohlone Indian Food
Special Guest Campfire Program
Nature’s Supermarket


Friday, July 15 at 7 pm
Friday, July 22 at 7 pm
Friday, July 29 at 7 pm
Friday, August 5 at 7 pm
Friday, August 12 at 7 pm
Friday, August 26 at 7 pm

How would a Quiroste Ohlone mother make dinner Big Basin 500 years ago? No microwave, no Zojirushi rice cooker with fuzzy logic, not even an induction cook top. Lucky for the Ohlone moms these necessities weren’t necessary. Join Ranger Alex Takone as he takes a look at Nature’s Supermarket and makes dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago.

Following a song to the Tanoak Tree, an offering of a broad-leaved herb to the fire, you get to taste Ranger Takone’s creation. Meet Alex at the Campfire Center across Highway 236 from Park Headquarters and bring insect repellent.
Debris Stove and Coffee Pot for Coffee Talk
Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, July 16 from 9:30–12 - Norm
Saturday, July 23 from 9–12 - Kathy & Glenn
Saturday, July 30 from 9:30–12 - Norm
Saturday, August 6 from 9–12 - Norm
Saturday, August 20 from 9–12 - Norm

Come to the Sempervirens Room in the Park Headquarters building for complimentary morning cup of camp coffee or hot chocolate around the stone fireplace in the park’s historic visitor center. This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Big Basin docent baristas Kathy Willott, Glenn Joy or Norm Beeson will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail.

There’s a fun craft activity for the kids, nature and historical displays, information desk with handouts, a raised relief map of Big Basin showing trails and a multimedia kiosk that displays trail information, events calendar and park photography.

Manzanita Flower
Sequoia Trail Wildflower Walk

Saturday, July 16 at 10 am

Join photographer, docent, Walking Wildlife Encyclopedia, plant expert Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s species of native mosses, lichens, fungi, wildflowers and plants. Discuss the diverse terrain, natural ecosystems and human impact on this 4.5 mile, five hour walk. This is a slowly-paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flowers and animals in the park and allow for photography.

The Sequoia Trail ascends for a mile, past the largest by volume tree in the park, to the top of Slippery Rock. This scenic lunch location has your choice of either sunny or shady spots. It is the location of Founders Monument. After lunch it’s all down hill with the first stop at Sempervirens Falls, then a short stretch down Sky Meadow Road to the second chimney tree and through Wastahi Campground. Bring warm clothing, water and lunch. Meet Scott at Park Headquarters.
Bellarose the horse
Horse Tails

Saturday, July 16 at 1 pm

Join docent, equestrian and certified California Naturalist Peggy O’Shea and meet Bellarose the horse. Learn about the important role horses played in early Big Basin history. Peggy shares stories of how horses were used by the Spanish explorers, settlers and lumber and tanning industries. Meet Peggy at Park Headquarters.
North Escape Road Dog Walking
The Road Less Traveled
Dog-Friendly Walk


Sunday, July 17 at 9:30 am
Sunday, July 24 at 9:30 am
Sunday, August 7 at 10 am
Sunday, August 14 at 10 am

Travel on North Escape Road, a paved road the second half of which is closed to motor traffic as Diane Shaw guides you on a tour through stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek to the informational kiosk and picnic area. 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. You and your dog can continue to explore along the road if you wish or turn around at any point. You are not required to have a dog on this walk, but they are welcome. Bring water for both you and your dog, a doo bag and meet Diane at Park Headquarters.


Santa Cruz Sentinel Article
Big Basin Bigfoot
Can You Survive
Psychology, Equipment and Shelter


Sunday, July 17 at 10 am

If you hike, camp or live in a cave, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Join certified California Naturalist Steve Stolper for a hands-on, five hour workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. These skills help you survive a short-term (1–3 days) survival situation. Steve covers the psychology of survival, risk assessment, the “Rule of 3”, equipment and shelter. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, insect repellent and snacks. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters. Can You Survive (Part 2) will be held on Sunday, July 24 from 10–3.

How to Choose a Wilderness Survival Class
Banana Slugs Mating
North Escape Road Wildflower Walk

Sunday, July 17 at 10 am
Sunday, August 21 at 10 am

Join nature photographer, Big Basin historian and bug aficionado, Scott Peden and learn to identify and discuss Big Basin’s flora, pollinators, and ecosystems along the North Escape Road from Park Headquarters to the end at Highway 236. This slow five-mile, five to six hour amble, through some of the tallest trees in Big Basin, includes a chimney tree and lunch at a secluded picnic area along the banks of Opal Creek.

After lunch you travel through blooms of sugar scoop, chaparral pea, golden yarrow and a pigmy redwood forest. If you’re interested ask Scott to show you the little known, historical dynamite bunker, a great photo opportunity. Bring water, enthusiasm, camera and lunch. Meet Scott at Park Headquarters.

Scott also does a wildflower at Rancho del Oso the second Saturday and one at Butano the first Sunday of each month.
Twisted Madrone Tree
Creeping Forest Ramble

Sunday, July 17 at 12 pm
Saturday, August 6 at 2:30 pm
Friday, August 12 at 12 pm

Join docent and co-author of the Creeping Forest Interpretive Guide 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 Hal at Park Headquarters.
Madrone tree on Middle Ridge Road, Big Basin
Meteor Trail Hike
Ocean View Summit Loop


Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 am
Monday, August 22 at 11 am

Join Certified Naturalist Hal Anjo on one of our most diverse hikes by mountain streams, oak woodlands, the Elephant Tree, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers, fires, early park settlers, and why the uphill portion seems longer than the downhill portion on this six-mile, four hour hike.

This somewhat strenuous 700 foot ascent to Ocean View Summit, is rewarded on a clear day with a view across the Waddell Valley to the Pacific Ocean. A short 100 foot ascent to the ridge and then down along Rodgers Creek on the Meteor Trail, home to Big Basin’s two tallest redwood trees and interesting mushrooms. Bring water, lunch, good hiking shoes and sun protection. Meet Hal at Park Headquarters.
Water Purification on a Solo Stove
Can You Survive
Fire, Signaling and Water Purification


Sunday, July 24 at 10 am

If you bike, camp or rely on the Big Basin Trail Map, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Join certified California Naturalist Steve Stolper for a hands-on, five hour workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. These skills help you survive a short-term (1–3 days) survival situation. In this class Steve covers the fire, signaling and water purification. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, insect repellent and snacks. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.
South Bay Storytellers and Listeners
Tales of the Basin
A Storytelling Event


Friday, July 29 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 30 at Times Vary

The oral storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop. An evening campfire program on Friday and events throughout Saturday. Saturdays events include Junior Rangers at 3:00 pm, a one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7–12, register at 2:45. Big Basin “Nature Tails” storytelling program at 4:30 pm, animal stories presented for children of all ages and their families.

Storyteller Showcase at the historic Campfire Center beginning at 7:00 pm. Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in oral tradition as our guest storytellers weave their yarns. Come early marshmallow roasting at 6:30. Presented in collaboration with:

South Bay Storytellers and Listeners
weaving our stories into the tapestry of life
Bellarose the horse
History of Horses at Big Basin

Saturday, July 30 at 10 am

Join docent Tom Batley and meet two of the rescued horses that Tom cares for from at Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation. Learn about the important role horses played in early Big Basin history. Tom shares stories of how horses were used by the Spanish explorers, settlers and lumber and tanning industries as well as the plight many face today. Meet Tom at Park Headquarters.
South American Boa Constrictor
Snakes Alive

Saturday, July 30 from 12 to 3 pm
Saturday, August 27 from 12 to 3 pm

Come to the Old Lodge, across the street from the nature museum, and meet herpetologist Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime between noon and 3 pm to meet the snakes and talk to Diane. She’ll let you know why are snakes important, how they see, smell, taste and hear. You can find out for yourself what a snake feels like and learn how they can be useful if you’re troubled by small ocelots and you happen to live in Bolivia. Otherwise, don’t get one. Meet Diane at the Old Lodge.
Mule deer fawn
Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, July 30 at 1 pm

Is that an Black-tail fawn or a Mule deer fawn and how do you tell the difference? That’s one of the many questions naturalist Norm Beeson will answer if you ask him on this fun-filled family walk. Investigate the mysteries, marvels and miracles of Big Basin’s phenomena as you walk through the redwood forest. Unearth hidden gems and realizations on this level, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and meet Norm at Park Headquarters.
Hal Anjo
Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Sunday, July 31 at 10:30 am
Monday, August 1 at 12 pm

Join docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook also known as the Wheat Overlook. We’ll follow the Howard King Trail gaining 750 feet in elevation in three miles, learning about the different habitats as the environment changes as we climb. At the top we stop to enjoy the ocean view down through the East Waddell Creek Valley and have a quick lunch before returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest along Hihn Hammond Road. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet Hal at Park Headquarters.
East Waddell Creek
Last Chance Trail
The Hills Have Eyes


Saturday, August 6 at 10 am

Join Docent and survival expert Steve Stolper as we hike the mysterious Last Chance Trail. We follow East Waddell Creek as it meanders through a deep forested canyon while dueling banjos serenade us from the hills. The highlight of our trip is our lunch spot: a sunny rock overlooking cascades that feed the creek below known as Little Yosemite.

After a relaxing lunch, we leave our tranquil spot and return to park headquarters. This 4.4-mile, 4.5 hour out-and-back is a moderate hike with 300 feet elevation gain. We cross the creek that requires hikers to rock-hop or wade the mid-calf deep water. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and tick repellant. Meet Steve at Park Headquarters and never venture to the end of Last Chance Trail.
Ohlone Native American Dancer
A Walk in the Past

Saturday, August 6 at 10 am

How did the Ohlone Indians flourish for thousands of years and who led to their destruction? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants and animals the Ohlone used for food. How they made tool of stones, bones, shells and how they were used. Learn of their illnesses and medical treatments on this 4 mile, 2.5 hour walk along on the Skyline to the Sea Trail, along Opal Creek to the site of the former homestead of Alice and Tom Maddock. Meet Eva at Park Headquarters.

A brief introduction on Ohlone culture can be found at Monterey County Historical Society.
Paul Fewel, Logging Demonstration
Felling the Giants

Saturday, August 6 at 11:30 am

Logging was the major industry in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 50 years. What tools did lumbermen cut down these tall trees and what was life like in a logging camp? Join Docent lumberjack Paul Fewel as he tells tall tales of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants without chainsaws. Meet Paul at the Old Lodge just off Skid Row.


“Fire, however, is not the worst enemy of the redwood; a greater enemy, and more dangerous, is the greed, the rapacity, the vandalism that would hack and cut and mutilate the grandest, the most magnificent forest that can be found on the face of the globe, the Redwood Forest of the Big Basin.”
—Josephine McCrackin
 The Overland Monthly 1900
Merriam Chipmunk
Story Time Walk

Saturday, August 6 from 1–1:30 pm

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time. Starting at Park Headquarters, walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about an animal, forest, bird or insect. 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 Norm at Park Headquarters.
Gray squirrel reading a book about squirrels
Nature’s Reading Room

Saturday, August 6 from 1:30–3:30 pm

Come sit in the circle of ancient redwoods, nature’s reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between one and three in the afternoon and literary critic and docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. With a little cajoling he’ll even read it to you. Nature’s Reading Room is a favorite playground for chipmunks and is located in the circle of redwoods next to the Nature Lodge and camp store.

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
          Groucho Marx
Creek
Creeping Forest Ramble

Sunday, August 7 at 12 pm

Join docent and co-author of the Creeping Forest Interpretive Guide Peggy O’Shea 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 Peggy at Park Headquarters.
Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew, Mike Peasland
Volunteer with the Trail Crew

Saturday, August 13 at 9 am
Saturday, September 10 at 9 am
Saturday, October 8 at 9 am

Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew makes it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park by clearing fallen trees and making other repairs to the trails. Join leader Mike Peasland and a dedicated group of volunteers for a unique perspective of Big Basin, in a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests.

A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon, rain or shine. The tasks are diverse and the locations are sometimes far flung. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch, snacks and water, tools will be provided. Planning for the day takes place at nine, this is the time to have all your questions answered. Children are welcome, but must have a responsible adult or parent attending them at all times. Meet Mike in the parking area in front of the bathrooms adjoining Park Headquarters.
Albino Redwood Tree
Special Guest Campfire Program
Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin


Friday, August 19 at 7 pm

Join extreme tree-trekker Zane Moore, botany undergraduate student at Colorado State University and redwood researcher as he discusses Big Basin's Redwoods from seed to tall tree. Hear Zane speak about the tallest tree in the world south of San Francisco which happens to be located in Big Basin. He will also discuss the extremely rare albino redwoods, pictured to the left, what we do and don't know about this genetic expression. Meet Zane at the Campfire Center.

Zane will be giving a walk on Saturday, August 20 at 12:30 showing how scientists measure these tall trees.
Arch Tree
Measuring Tall Trees

Saturday, August 20 at 12:30 pm

How do you measure the tallest trees in the world? Join Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, to learn about measuring these tall trees. Zane will show you how scientists determine the height, diameter, volume, and ages of these trees. We will look at the history and then at the future direction of tree measurement including direct tape drop, camera and 3D imaging, laser rangefinders, and drones.

If you're looking to clear cut a forest, apply for research grants, or just want to discuss the benefits of the "sine top/sine bottom method" at parties, then this walk is for you. One mile, 90-minute walk will take us to where technology and trees intertwine, because that's where the fun is. Meet Zane at Park Headquarters.
Chipmunks prefer Android Tablets
Big Basin Founders’ Day
Redwood Jubilee


Saturday, September 24 at 9 am

Celebrate the wild heritage of Big Basin Redwoods State Park with a day of special events. A melodrama with the forest as our theater, a historic Redwood Loop Walk, a timeline tree, games for kids and a special evening campfire program as we honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that have shaped the character of the Big Basin over the past 114+ years.

Exhilarate in the beauty of the majestic old growth forest that inspired men and women to Save the Redwoods. There will be events throughout the day with the schedule posted in front of the Sempervirens’ Room at Park Headquarters.
Missing Arm of William W. Waddell Raccoon
The Missing Arm of William Waddell

Saturday, October 22 at 6:30 pm

History plays out along the Redwood Trail as the true tale of the missing arm of William Waddell unfolds. Enjoy the redwoods on a fall night with music, storytelling and roasted apples with sugar and cinnamon, known in Big Basin as Ranger Apples, around the campfire. Ever loose something while hiking or camping in Big Basin. Find out the real story and who’s had a hand in it’s disappearance in this, fair and balanced, completely nutty, slightly haunting tour around the redwood loop trail. Registration opens at 6:30 pm with CSI fact finding beginning at 7:00 pm.

Please register at Park Headquarters to receive your departure time and as an aid to search and rescue. Small groups depart every 15 minutes into the cryptic primeval forest accompanied by two highly trained and experienced wilderness guides. Once you cross over to the other side of the spooky Redwood Trail sign post you’ll be entering the land of the paranormal, of Fairy Rings, the headless Iron Ranger, and the side of the Redwood Loop where the light doesn’t shine. This is the home of the no longer missing Arm of William W. Waddell and the California Grizzly who took it.


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