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Santa Cruz County Virtual Tours + Activities

Whether you’re in need of some homeschooling resources, new activities for the household, or are just desperately missing Santa Cruz County, let these virtual tours and activities help bring some joy and entertainment to your home! From virtual explorations into the Monterey Bay, art exhibit tours at the Santa Cruz MAH, front row rides on

Work It: Rhiannon Sims, California State Parks Interpreter

As a California State Parks Interpreter, a redwood forest serves as Rhiannon Sims’ office.  She manages interpretive projects, such as special event planning and wayside panel design, and media outreach for state parks in Santa Cruz County.  Rhiannon brings the unique and extraordinary nature of local state parks and cultural history to visitors and locals

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Santa Cruz County

It’s a gorgeous Saturday morning and you’re craving a vigorous mountaintop trek, but the kiddos only want to stroll a virtual landscape of pixelated zombies. Sound familiar? We’ve got the solution: easy, scenic hikes with fun surprises and engaging activities that your kids will love. With quality time outdoors and away from the screens, these five outings are your new weekend ace in the hole.

Hit Your Reset Button in Santa Cruz County

By Rachel Endsley

The hustle, bustle, and continual hum of the workweek has everyone craving a weekend reprieve. A time where you can unplug, let go of the usual daily to-dos, relax your mind, and get a change of scenery. Hit your reset button and let the self-care begin with these perfectly peaceful and rejuvenating locales in Santa Cruz County.

Hike the Glenwood Open Space Preserve!

By Garrick Ramirez

The newly opened trails at Glenwood Open Space Preserve offer the latest reason to get outside in Santa Cruz County. Situated in Scotts Valley, the preserve recently unveiled five miles of trails, marking the culmination of an 18-year effort. Managed by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, the 166-acre property brims with diverse habitats such as redwood groves, lush wetlands, and evergreen forests. Plus, there are more trails on the way! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting this scenic new preserve.

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