State Parks Summer Programs – 2009

Docent Led Hikes at Jug Handle State Reserve Presented Through August 27, 2009
Join California State Parks for guided Ecological Staircase hikes every other Thursday this summer.  Hikes are scheduled for June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13 and August 27.  All hikes start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.  Meet at the Jug Handle State Natural Reserve parking lot on the west side of Highway 1, about 3 miles south of Fort Bragg.

This will be a moderately strenuous 5 mile roundtrip hike.  Learn about the different geologic terraces that have been formed over hundreds of thousands of years along the Mendocino Coast.  The docent will talk about many of the trees and plants seen on the trail. Walk through the Pygmy Forest, a natural area where trees and plants are stunted because of unique geologic conditions.  Bring a lunch, water and a hat for the hike.  There is no cost to attend these guided hikes.

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve is open every day for day use from sunrise to sunset.  Admission is free.  For more information about the hike call (707) 961-0471.

Summer Programs at MacKerricher State Park Presented Through September 6, 2009

California State Parks announces free, guided interpretive programs at MacKerricher State Park.  These programs will be presented every week through September 6, 2009. All programs are led by park staff or volunteers.

Nature Walk around Lake Cleone every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., beginning at the Lake Cleone parking lot.  Look at the diverse bird, tree and plant life in and around the lake.  There is no cost to attend the nature walk.

Glass Beach Nature Walks every Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive in Fort Bragg.  Learn about the fascinating story of how the glass came to be at this beach.  Also learn about the plants and birds of the area.  These walks will last one hour.  This walk is free of charge.

Bird Walks are presented every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., beginning in the Lake Cleone parking lot.  Walk around Lake Cleone to see many different bird species.  Binoculars are provided.  The Bird Walks will last about 2 hours.  This walk is great for beginning birders.  There is no fee to attend this walk.

Junior Ranger programs meet every Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  These programs will meet at various locations in the park. Children ages 7 to 12 participate in fun activities to learn about nature.  Find out about the Junior Ranger’s location at the park entrance station, or call (707) 961-0471.  There is no cost to attend the Junior Ranger Programs.

Campfire Programs presented every Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 8:15 p.m. at the Campfire Center at MacKerricher State Park.  Various topics will relate to the natural and cultural history of the area.  There is no cost to attend the campfire programs.

Laguna Point Guided Walk every Saturday at 4:00 p.m., beginning at the Laguna Point parking lot in MacKerricher State Park.  Discover the fascinating plants, animals and people that have called this place home and how they adapted to life by the restless sea.  There is no cost to attend this program

Special Tide Pool Explorations at MacKerricher State Park.  Meet the docent at the Laguna Point parking lot.  Look at tide pool animals and plants when the tide is very low.  These programs start at 8:00 a.m. June 25, July 10 and July 24.  There is no cost to attend these tide pool explorations.

MacKerricher State Park is located along California’s north coast on Highway 1, north of the city of Fort Bragg.  Day use admission is free.  The park is open 7 days a week for day use from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  More than 140 campsites are available for overnight camping.  Call (707) 961-0471 for more information.

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