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Junior Ranger Programs
August 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2020
Become a California State Parks Junior Ranger this summer, virtually! This fun Zoom webinar program is designed especially for 7 to 12 year olds. All you need to participate is a computer or tablet with an internet connection and any supplies listed below. Make sure to download a virtual logbook! For each program, you will earn a unique stamp to put in your logbook. Participate in multiple programs to earn some very cool rewards!
Monday, August 3 at 10am – Seacliff SB
Monterey Bay is a hot destination for more than tourists. See what keeps humans and animals alike coming back year after year.
Friday, August 7 at 10am – Big Basin RSP
Mountain Lions Don’t Make Good Pets!
You probably shouldn’t cuddle with these cats, but what can we learn about their importance to the Santa Cruz Mountains?
Saturday, August 8 at 10am – Henry Cowell RSP
Plants provide people and animals with many things that help us survive. Learn how plants at the park provide shelter, food, and oxygen for animals and people.
Sunday, August 9 at 10am – Portola RSP
Join us on an adventure through time as we learn about how these unique mountains and rocks were formed!
Monday, August 10am – Seacliff SB
California’s Underwater Parks
The wonders of California don’t stop at the water’s edge. Take a virtual dive into our coastal Marine Protected Areas, home to giant kelp forests, octopuses’ gardens, and BIG. OLD. FISH.
Friday, August 14 at 10am – Big Basin RSP
Where Do Sandwiches Come From?
Dig into an imaginary lunch as we trace it back to the beginning of the universe!
Saturday, August 15 at 10am – Rancho del Oso (a subunit of Big Basin Redwoods SP)
Slithery, Scary Snakes?
Meet Bandit, our sssweet and cuddly King Snake at Rancho del Oso. You’ll discover that snakes are friend, not foe!
Sunday, August 16 at 10am – Portola RSP
Survival and Safety in the Forest
Are you prepared if you get lost in the woods? Learn the essentials you need to pack and how be a good steward of the forest as you hike.
Monday, August 17 at 10am – Seacliff SB
Monterey’s Grand Submarine Canyon
Dive even deeper—two miles below the ocean’s surface!—into the wonders of Monterey Bay with our virtual exploration of a canyon as grand as any on Earth.
Friday, August 21 at 10am – Big Basin RSP
Who’s Awake When You’re Asleep?
Learn about all the amazing ways that animals survive at night!
Saturday, August 22 at 10am – Henry Cowell RSP
Take a close look at behaviors of acorn woodpeckers, Steller’s jays, and Anna’s hummingbirds in the Sandhills. Learn about feeding behaviors, why they skip, hop, and jump, and how they protect themselves and their young.
Sunday, August 23 at 10am – Portola RSP
Learn about a day in the life of the marbled murrelet, the challenges they face, and how you can help protect this marvelous bird!
Monday, August 24 at 10am – Seacliff SB
Whales of Monterey Bay
We get some amazing visitors around Monterey Bay—including the biggest animals that have ever lived! We’ll have a whale of a time as we get to know our super-sized cetaceans.
Friday, August 28 at 10am – Big Basin RSP
Skulls Tell It All!
Predator or prey? Herbivore or carnivore? Skulls give us clues to how an animal survives.
Saturday, August 29 at 10am – Rancho del Oso
Grizzly bears dominated life in the Santa Cruz Mountains less than 200 years ago. Now the grizzlies are gone and black bear sightings are rarer than Bigfoot. Why are bears so elusive these days and what can we learn about their disappearance?
Sunday, August 30 at 10am – Portola RSP
Stories of Portola
Travel back in time with us as we learn the unique history of Portola and all the communities which have shaped this weird and wonderful place.
Monday, August 31 at 10am – Seacliff SB
Sharks of Monterey Bay
Before dinosaurs stalked the earth, sharks ruled the seas. Sharks still reign their watery domains to this day. Let’s look at what’s kept them at the top of the food chain for millions of years.