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Migration Festival highlights creatures on the move
Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for the annual Migration Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, a full day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. 

The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids’ games, crafts, skits, live music by the nature-loving 5Ms Band, educational booths and displays, and cake. You can purchase a picnic at the park or bring your own. 

The event will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. Natural Bridges is at 2531 W. Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Parking is $10 and supports the park.
Visit Castro Adobe State Historic Park this weekend
Join us for "Romance on the Rancho," the second Castro open house of 2017, Saturday, Feb. 11. The open house will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted.

Castro Adobe State Historic Park is open to the public only for monthly open houses, school field trips and other special events. The phased opening of the park allows for occasional public access but the site remains an active construction zone.

Two special events are planned for the spring and early summer: Vaqueros on the Rancho on Saturday, May 16, and the Stewardship Party on Saturday, June 10. These ticketed events will highlight aspects of the Castro Adobe's history while raising funds to support the opening of the new state historic park.  

The Castro Adobe is at 184 Old Adobe Road in Watsonville. Parking is limited; please carpool.
Volunteer with State Parks
Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods State Parks are recruiting volunteers to share the natural and human history of these parks with visitors. Volunteers will walk the trails, provide a State Parks presence, share information with visitors, report issues and help keep the parks pristine. Volunteers may also assist with the new school field trip program at Castle Rock and serve as hosts at the Portola Redwoods Visitor Center.

Please call (831)291-8273 or email for more information. Volunteer training will be Saturdays in April.

Explore additional volunteer opportunities with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and State Parks by visiting our website or joining our Meetup group.
Twin Lakes beachfront improvements begin, beach remains open
The beachfront improvements planned for the Twin Lakes area, including the State Beach, started in late December. The Santa Cruz County-led project will provide improved access to Twin Lakes State Beach, the Harbor and the Marine Sanctuary in the area adjacent to East Cliff Drive.

The work includes stabilization of the roadside edge, and pedestrian, bicycle and parking improvements, while at the same time designing these changes to protect the beachfront character and natural surroundings.

Construction is taking place on East Cliff Drive from the Yacht Harbor to 12th Avenue. Twin Lakes State Beach remains accessible to the public during construction, though parking in the area is limited and there may be travel delays due to construction. 
State Parks hires seasonal Park Interpreters 
California State Parks is hiring Seasonal Park Interpreters to promote high quality educational experiences for the public. Interpreters lead nature walks, campfire programs, AV presentations, Junior Ranger programs, living history presentations, roving interpretation and outreach presentations.

Flexible part-time and full-time schedules are available. Positions are open in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Butano State Park, New Brighton State Beach and Sunset State Beach. Apply today! 
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