Friday Field Trips

Optional Friday Field Trips for March 2, 2018.  You can sign up via the workshop registration form.

Año Nuevo: Elephant Seals! And the People Who Love Them, 3:15pm-6pm, Free

Elephant Seals! What more do you need to know? Join Park Interpreter Mike Merritt to look for pups hauled out on the beach and learning to swim in the intertidal zone, along with adults lingering before returning to the sea. Along the way, Mike will describe the top-notch volunteer program he maintains and the extensive training his docents receive. The walk is 1 1⁄2 – 2 hours long and covers a walking distance of 3 miles over varied terrain, including sand dunes. Weather at Año Nuevo can be cold, wet and windy. We advise that you dress warmly and wear sturdy walking shoes and bring rain gear and a hat. Bring your binoculars and camera too! No food or drink may be consumed on the trail, but you can bring snacks to eat before or after the walk. The meeting location for this hike is at the picnic tables located in front of the Marine Education Building (the big white barn).

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Grounds Tour and Tidepooling, 2pm-5pm, Free

Tour the grounds of the historic and picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse and view the 16-foot high Fresnel lens which guided mariners to safety beginning in 1872. Then, explore the rich diversity of intertidal life along the rocky shore during an excellent low tide. While you are studying the anemones, crabs and sea stars, remember to look up from time to time—Pigeon Point in March is a prime spot to watch grey whales in migration! Access to the tide pools requires descending stairs and traversing uneven, slippery terrain. The meeting location for this event is at the flagpole inside the park.

Whitehouse Ridge Trail Hike, 1pm-4pm, Free

People don’t usually think of redwoods when they think of Año Nuevo State Park, but this park is full of surprises, and you will walk among redwoods on this trail. This 2 1⁄2 mile out-and-back trail climbs steeply through redwood forest, gaining 800 feet in elevation in a little over a mile to achieve spectacular viewpoints looking west over Año Nuevo Point, Franklin Point, and Pigeon Point, and east into deep, forested canyons. Feel the burn—then enjoy the Tastes of the Region at the Workshop guilt-free.

Harley Farms Goat Dairy, 10am-12pm, Free

Learn how a working farmstead dairy ticks–and get in some goat time! Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm with 200 alpine goats on 9 acres of pasture. Visit the edible garden, goat pasture, loafing barn and milking parlor, and enjoy goat cheese tasting in the hayloft. And…did we mention that there will be baby goats?!

Facebook HQ, 9:30am-12:30pm, Free, Complementary lunch included, Max capacity: 9

You’ve always wanted to know what goes on in there, haven’t you? Join us for an inside peek at the workings of the social media behemoth and gain insights into maximizing the effectiveness and reach of your posts and creating an online presence for your site, as well as best practices for internet security.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 2:30pm-5pm, Free

We all remember our fourth grade mission projects, but times have changed. How do you go about interpreting a challenging and sensitive topic like the history of the California missions in a culturally appropriate, inclusive, AND engaging fashion? Join the staff and docents of the Santa Cruz Mission for a living history demonstration and a thought-provoking conversation, and prepare to share and learn best practices and new approaches to cultural history interpretation.

You may register for more than one field trip provided that the times do not conflict.  You can sign up via the workshop registration form.