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December 13, 2017

Hike into the New Year with State Parks

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Kick-start the new year with an energizing First Day Hike through ancient towering redwoods, sandy coastal stretches, and along soothing mountain streams. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free-guided hikes for the sixth year in a row. Get outside, connect with nature, and expand your knowledge of the wildlife, plant life, and people who were here long before us. In order of easiest to most strenuous, we’ve narrowed the list down to a few of our favorites. Whichever one you choose, you’ll start the new year feeling healthy, recharged, and inspired to explore more state parks in Santa Cruz and beyond.

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November 30, 2017

DIY Holiday Gifts with Local Makers

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There’s always someone on your list who’s impossible to shop for. They’re either incredibly picky or the only great gifts you can think of are way out of your price range. This is where the DIY holiday gift comes in. If you’re ready to get crafty this holiday season, there a few Santa Cruz makers who can help you create one-of-a-kind gifts that are bound to impress. (Added bonus: You get to learn a new skill in the process!)

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November 17, 2017

Go Behind the Scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Do you ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? How do the rings in the Looff Carousel make it from the clown’s mouth back to the ring dispenser? Where do over 100 years of signage and old ride props end up? And who are the magic elves that keep the rides—including the nearly century-old Giant Dipper—operating smoothly and all those vibrant colors freshly painted?

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October 30, 2017

Monarch Butterflies in Santa Cruz: A "City in the Trees"

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This monarch season is proving to be yet another beauty! Be sure to plan a visit to the Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges State Beach anytime from now, until the end of the year (and possibly as late as mid-February.) Explore on your own or take a weekend tour with docents who will share loads of information about these amazing migrating creatures.

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September 27, 2017

How to Celebrate Fall in Santa Cruz County

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Though we’re never quite ready to bid adieu to summer, we’re always eager to welcome fall. The magical season sees life’s pace begin to slow, the air turn crisp, and sunlight bathe everything in golden hues. We love scouring pumpkin patches for the perfect jack-o-lantern, and watching masked, pint-sized ghouls wander streets with trick-or-treat bags held wide open. A noticeable uptick in baked goods doesn’t hurt either. Below we share some ideas for how to celebrate autumn in Santa Cruz County with plenty of frights, food, and fall color to last the season.

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