Great Field Trips or just day trips to take with the family and you don't have to go very far!With the weather so nice it's hard to stay indoors! So I don't! These are some of the wonderful field trips I've had the pleasure of experiencing with my kids in the last few months.
We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place that has so much to offer right here in our own backyards!
They have had Saturday tours and workshops all spring (which I hope continue) to get people to come enjoy this wonderful treasure that is on the verge of being shut down due to state park closures. Please go enjoy our history and help to preserve it!
|I made a tortilla!|
|Big Basin Museum|
Also, they have a gift shop with photos and displays of the history of the park and the camp as well as the loggers who worked there before it became a camp.
My favorite part is hiking in the beautiful redwoods! That can be hard to do with little ones, but there is a wonderful wheelchair accessible Redwood Loop Trail that even includes a trail guide you can pick up at the start of the trail which gives you facts about points of interest that are marked along the way.
It's an easy walk and the perfect length for little legs. Plus you get to see the largest and tallest Redwood trees in the whole park on this one trail! The Mother and Father of the forest, as they're called. People used to (and still do?) travel very far to see these awesome giants!
Don't forget to bring a lunch and layers, it can be cold under the shady trees! Entrance into the park is $10 for the whole day.
There's a cafe and an additional gift shop with wonderful treasures! They have many docent led hikes (though I prefer to enjoy the forest in relative quiet) and events throughout the year as well.
My son can't wait to be old enough to be a junior ranger! And we've yet to get up there for an old fashioned family campground bonfire, but have heard great things about it. We have camped on our own up there, though, and it's one of my favorites for camping!
The Natural History Museum is another wonderful place to learn about our local animals and habitats.
They also have a room about the Ohlone Indians who were the first residents of our little paradise. My son was in his element since he's been obsessed with Native American Indians since our trip to the mission!
Also, everyone loves climbing on the big blue whale sculpture out front! They also have story times, and special event days. they periodically change themes, artwork on their walls, and have live animal shows throughout the year.
Natural Bridges State Beach also has a small museum with local animals, of course lots about Monarch butterflies, and the local habitat.
We went during the winter to Monarch Grove to see the butterflies clustered on the eucalyptus trees before they migrated on, a wonderful sight! But recently returned to venture out to the tide pools.
And we saw lots of amazing little creatures in their own little watery condos when we got to the tide pools. It was fascinating and so fun we never wanted to leave!
For more places I recommend that are close by, see: Great Field Trips Near Santa Cruz County
We have had such a great time exploring our world, and not having to go far to do it! So many local treasures are great to return to again and again!
I will be posting local parks and beaches that we love sometime soon, but please let me know if you have any other nearby field trip favorites!
Last year we had some great field trips, too, such as Pacific Crest Apiaries (a bee farm), police & fire stations, Whole Foods, the Museum of Art and History, Neary Lagoon, The Resource Recovery Facility (the dump), and the Scotts Valley Waste-water Treatment Plant; all were excellent!
Some you can just stop by, but it's always best to get a group together (if you don't go with a school) and call to schedule a field trip.