Experience the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park
Winter is breeding season at Año Nuevo State Park. Stroll over sand dunes guided by a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of northern elephant seals.  These very popular guided walks take place rain or shine. The hike is three miles round trip and takes 2.5 hours. 

Año Nuevo State Park is the site of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. People who hope to see the seals during the winter breeding season are urged to get their reservations early. Contact Reserve America at 1-800-444-4445 or make a reservation online. Some drop-in spots also are available on tours, especially for those with a flexible schedule who arrive early on the day they would like a tour.

Equal access seal tours also are available for those who need mobility assistance. Call the park at 650-879-2033 or email to make a reservation.

All tours cost $7 per person. Parking in the park is $10 and supports the park. Learn more on our website.
Order a Parks Plate
A middle school teacher won a statewide contest to design a new California license plate. for California State Parks. The design, by Wyn Ericson, features redwood trees. 

Cost for the new sequential plate is $50, or $98 for a personalized plate. Proceeds from the new plate will fund restoration projects within the state park system. There must be 7,500 prepaid orders before the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin implementing the special license plate program.

Show your support for California's state parks and order a Parks Plate online.
Save the date: 2016 Mole & Mariachi Festival
The fourth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2015, at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St. in Santa Cruz.

Interested in participating as a sponsor, chef or volunteer? Email for more.
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