Outdoor Events Calendar

This Week in Santa Cruz County

Are you trying to find something to do this week outdoors? get a darn marker, a calendar, and put an "X" on the day you can go to one of these fun inducing events!

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Parks & Rec

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Scientists are unsure what drives humpback whales' exuberant displays.  NOAA photo.

Science Spotlight: Why Do Humpbacks Breach?

More than 40 feet long and weighing up to 40 tons, adult humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are formidable giants. But their immensity doesn’t hinder their athleticism.

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Gear Review

Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack

Dehydration is one way to ruin your day.


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Get Involved

Santa Cruz is bursting with organizations working for ecological causes and businesses striving to do the right thing. Take a look at our Green Org listings to learn more.
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CA State Parks Backpacking Adventures - Skyline Sojourn 2023


6/21/23 to 6/25/23

Just because Skyline to the Sea is closed doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix of ridges and redwoods! California State Parks Backpacking Adventures longest and arguably most epic adventure of the summer, The Skyline Sojourn 2023 will take us on a roughly 30-mile tour spanning four parks full of stunning skyline and rich redwood forest.

Bay Area Older Adults Russian Ridge Wildflower Trek



Join Midpen partner, Bay Area Older Adults, for a free hike at Russian Ridge. This easy-to-moderate 4.3-mile spring walk will be led by a wildflower expert and will take participants on a one-way journey on the best trails to find as many wildflowers as they can! Russian Ridge is known for its spectacular display of colors. Attendees will end the day with a social picnic lunch with a view. Transportation from Saratoga CA and picnic lunch are included. Get details and sign up here.

Volunteer Day at Castle Rock State Park



Join Sempervirens Fund in tending the native garden and learning about the local plants. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and maintenance cages used to protect the plants from browsing deer. Work will be moderately strenuous and may take place on sloped and uneven terrain. Tools and gloves will be provided, but if you have your own equipment, we suggest bringing it along. We recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and durable shoes.

DIG DAY: Soquel Demonstration State Forest Trail Maintenance



Love spending time outdoors and meeting cool people? Join Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship at our next Dig Day for a fun day volunteering on trails! Be sure to register sooner than later as these events "sell-out". Soquel Demonstration State Forest is still CLOSED, we are hosting this special event for volunteers only to help open the forest more quickly! Click here for all the details and to sign up.