Ranger-led Programs

Ranger-led tidepool program
Tidepool Walk: Find volcano-shaped limpets, orange and purple ochre sea stars, and the "flower of the sea"—a giant green anemone!

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Be part of a national and state parks tradition! Park rangers and other staff lead a variety of seasonally available programs and activities throughout the parks that are free, informative, and fun for all ages and backgrounds.

General Program Information

Programs & Activities Schedule
Programs and activities are available from mid-May to mid-September. Activity schedules are posted on the parks' Calendar feature, at information centers, and on campground bulletin boards.

Junior Ranger Programs (1 hour)
Children ages 7-12 have fun while learning about the people, plants, animals, and life systems of the redwood region. Allow one hour for scheduled programs at the Jedediah Smith Campground, Mill Creek Campground, or Prairie Creek Visitor Center; self-paced junior ranger activities are available at all information centers.

Guided Kayak Tours
For a limited time in summer, Redwood National and State Parks conducts kayak tours of the Smith River—a crown jewel of the National Wild & Scenic River System and the largest free-flowing river system in California. Led by experienced park rangers, visitors will explore a variety of topics, including the unique geology of the Smith River watershed and how it contributes to the growth of the world’s largest trees, all while paddling pristine waters and enjoying unparalleled scenery. More »

Tidepool Walks (2 hours, as tides permit)
Get your hands (and feet!) wet while discovering delicate tidepool creatures. A park ranger-naturalist leads this investigation into the hidden world beneath the waves. Come prepared: dress for the weather; bring drinking water and a snack; wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots (no sandals!) with non-slip soles-they will get wet!

Campfire Programs (1 hour)
As darkness descends on the North Coast, the Jedediah Smith, Mill Creek, and Elk Prairie campgrounds are ideal settings for an informative and inspiring night cap. Programs may include narrated slide shows, storytelling, music, and/or games. Campfire circles and outdoor amphitheaters are wheelchair accessible. Dress for cool summer evenings.

Nature Walks (1/2 to 1 hour)
Immerse yourself in the forest, shore, or prairielands. Join a park ranger-naturalist for a down-to-earth exploration of the natural communities that contribute to one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Come prepared: dress for the weather; bring drinking water and a snack; wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots with non-slip soles.

 

Ranger-Led Program Schedule

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  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Art is in the Details

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Join a park ranger along the banks of the Smith River to express your creativity, appreciate details of the natural world, and take home your own work of art. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Jedediah Smith Day Use Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Forest Walk (3 pm): Meet at Stout Grove Trailhead

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Join a park ranger for a nature walk (45 minutes to 1-hour long); meet at Stout Grove Trailhead. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Stout Grove Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Junior Ranger Program (5 pm) at Jedediah Smith Campground

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Join a park ranger for an hour-long Junior Ranger Program at Jedediah Smith Campground. Earn your official Junior Ranger badge! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Jedediah Smith Campground
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Junior Ranger Program (5 pm): Mill Creek Campground

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Join a park ranger for an hour-long Junior Ranger Program at Mill Creek Campground. Earn your official Redwood Jr. Ranger badge! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Mill Creek Campground
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Nature Walk (10am): Meet at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trailhead

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Join a park ranger for a nature walk (45 minutes to 1-hour long); meet at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trailhead. Program subject to change. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Nature Walk (3 pm): Meet at Prairie Creek Visitor Center

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Join a park ranger for a nature walk (45 minutes to 1-hour long); meet at Prairie Creek Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Prairie Creek Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Join a park ranger for a nature walk (45 minutes to 1-hour long); meet at Walker Road Day Use Area (Simpson-Reed Discovery Trailhead). More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Walker Road Day Use Area (Simpson-Reed Discovery Trailhead)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Nature Walk (3pm): Meet at Big Tree Wayside

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Join a park ranger for an hour-long walk to learn about forest ecology as you walk under giant redwoods. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Prairie Creek State Park
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Evening Campfire Program (8 pm): Elk Prairie Campground

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Join a park ranger for an hour-long evening program at Elk Prairie Campground. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Elk Prairie Campground
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Tidepool Program: It's a Small World!

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Join a ranger on the beach to explore the tidepools and learn about life under the sea! More

    Time:
    8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
    Location:
    Pebble Beach Drive, Crescent City
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Smith River Kayak Tour

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Join park rangers for a kayak tour of the Smith River—a crown jewel of the National Wild & Scenic River System. Explore the unique geology of the Smith River watershed and how it contributes to the growth of the world’s largest trees. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Hiouchi Visitor Center
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Ancient Trees Lit By Ancient Stars

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    Ranger-led evening program in the Bald Hills. More

    Location:
    Dolason Trail.
    Fees:
    Free
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Hike & Paddle Program

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Join park rangers for a ½-mile walk and ¾-mile paddle along the Smith River—a crown jewel of the National Wild & Scenic River System. Explore the unique geology of the watershed and how it contributes to the growth of the world’s largest trees. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 1:00 PM,3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Jedediah Smith Day Use Area
    Fees:
    Free

Last updated: October 19, 2016

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Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone:

(707) 465-7335

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