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More parking added! Big Basin Redwoods State Park is now open for limited day-use access. Reservations are required. Visitors also can arrive by bus or bike.

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Welcome Back Monarchs returns! Join us for a family-friendly celebration of our favorite butterfly at Natural Bridges State Beach.

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Registration for State Parks field trips is now open! Both in-person and virtual options are available at 11 local state parks and beaches

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What?? Who knew all this about tiny little Davenport? And….it was even once the headquarters for Odwalla! 🧃🍊

⚓️ In the mid-1800s, Davenport Landing was developed around a wharf built at the mouth of the Agua Puerca Creek to load lumber brought down from the Santa Cruz Mountains

⚓️ Unfortunately, the creek brought down a ton of mud which filled the harbor making the wharf essentially unusable to steamers (Agua Puerca actually means “Muddy Water” so…maybe should have seen that one coming 🤷🏼‍♀️)

🏭 In the 20th century, a cement manufacturing plant was constructed in town and the population expanded again. Davenport Landing became known simply as Davenport

😵The cement plant was operational until 2010 when it was shut down after high levels of mercury & chromium-6 were detected. You can still see the buildings today.

🌲In 2011, postlandtrust, along with several other organizations, worked to acquire the 8500-acre parcel of land in order to restore & preserve it - this area is now known as the San Vincente Redwoods.

🔥However, in 2020 the CZU Lightening Complex Fire burned most of this area setting back the restoration plans, but creating the opportunity to study how the forest recovers and transforms after such a devastating fire.

🌲🌲🌲Earlier this year, POST planted 23,000 redwood trees to aid in the restoration. I can’t wait until this area is open to the public and I can explore it! I’ll enjoy it even more knowing the history behind it. I’m extremely grateful to those who help to protect and restore California’s amazing open spaces.

** Photo taken at nearby Butano State Park which was also affected by the CZU fire
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"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." — Henry David Thoreau

#ThatsMyPark #Quote #henrydavidthoreu #Forest #Trees #Nature
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🧑‍🎨 Enjoy a weekend of art with friends at artist John Flores' Open Studios this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 🎨

As part of the Open Studios Santa Cruz County tour, the event at Flores' home studio will feature a variety of art pieces for purchase including watercolors, tiles, note cards and prints. He will be donating 40% of the sale price of eight specific art pieces to @bigbasin_sp's recovery. 🌲

Flores' studio is located at 1214 King St. in Santa Cruz.

Learn more — Link in bio!

#art #artstudio #openstudios #watercolors #watercolor #BigBasin #BigBasinRedwoodsStatePark #castatepark #statepark #ThatsMyPark
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Pause at New Brighton State Beach during your commute home to enjoy the last light of the day as you walk the beach with a friend. 🧑‍🤝‍🧑🏖️

Parking is $10 and supports the park.

#ThatsMyBeach #ThatsMyPark #Beach #Friend #Surf #Sand #Ocean #Sunset
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