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    National and State Parks California

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  • Warning: Elk Calving Season, Elk Can Be Aggressive

    Female (cow) elk are defensive of their newly born calves. As people approach, a cow may charge and/or rear up and lash out with her front legs. For your safety, STAY 500 FEET AWAY from elk, at all times. More »

  • Davison Road Maintenance begins 7/7/2014. Expect delays.

    Beginning July 7, road crews will be grading sections of Davison Road between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm. Visitors to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon should expect 30 minute delays.

Plan A Field Trip

Old-growth forest field study at Wolf Creek Education Center
Deborah Savage NPS

If you are planning a field trip with your class or group and would like a ranger-led walk or talk contact (707) 465-7760 or (707) 465-7391 to schedule one. When available the park is happy to try and work with you to plan a special field trip for your class or group.

For Your Safety:

These parks are natural environments; the wild animals, plants, streams, and other natural features, as well as certain weather conditions that occur here can be hazardous. Coastal areas present hazards associated with cold ocean waters, heavy surf, strong currents, and tsunamis.

Be aware of the following while in the parks:

  • Ticks that carry Lyme disease occur in the area. Stay on trails, check clothing, wear light colors to easily spot a tick, tuck pant legs into socks and shirt into pants, inspect your head and body after a hike.
  • Poison oak can be identified with the saying "Leaves of three, let them be". Contact with poison oak leaves can cause an itchy skin rash, so wash thoroughly if you brush against it. Stay on trails!
  • Tides can be dangerous, so check a tide chart and keep an eye on the surf for "sneaker" waves. A sneaker wave is a wave that is larger than it appears.
  • Do not share your lunch with any wildlife including birds. Help keep the wildlife wild!

Can't leave the classroom? Consider a virtual, ranger-led field trip to Redwood National Parks with the PORTS program!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

You can travel by car to Gold Bluffs Beach to hike along a meandering stream through a hidden canyon with 30-foot walls covered by several species of ferns. Follow steps up to James Irvine Trail to a prairie that was once a small mining town above Fern Canyon.