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March 01, 2017

NEW MOBILE VISITOR CENTER DEBUTS AT HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK

A new mobile visitor center at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is now open!  Featuring exhibits which focus on plants and animals living in the sandhills, a rotating map, and a diorama revealing some of the marine fossils found nearby are all included.  The unique, fragile and diverse Santa Cruz sandhills are home to a unique community of plants and animals found only on outcrops of Zayante sand soil, derived from sediment deposited over 15 million years ago when the region was underwater. As evidence of their origins, the inland sandhills contain a variety of marine fossils, including deep beds of sand dollars.  A deck outside the mobile unit provides a spot for visitors to empty their shoes following a day of hiking.  The mobile visitor center was made possible through the work of California State Parks in cooperation with Mountain Parks Foundation and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.