Interpretive Programs

Are you interested in learning more about the area's natural and cultural resources? Sundays and occasional Friday evenings are the times for the general public to enjoy interpretive programs at Quail Hollow Ranch. Topics range from stargazing, sandhills hikes, snake handling, and bat programs, to art classes, house tours, fiber arts demonstrations and history hikes. Many programs are free or low-cost, and are offered to a variety of ages.  Clink below for a brochure which lists upcoming activities, times, dates and fees:   

January & February Activity Brochure

Educational Birthday Parties

Are you looking for something new and different to do for your child's birthday? Try our unique and entertaining educational birthday parties for children ages 5 to 11. Groups of up to 15 children can learn about science, nature, or history while celebrating their birthday. Bring the food and beverages, presents, goodie bags, and the kids – we'll do the rest! Choose from nine themes. For specific party themes see the Birthday Parties brochure. The cost is $160 (resident) or $176 (non-resident) for a two-hour party. At least one adult must remain with the group. Call the park at least two weeks in advance at 831-335-9348 to sign up.

Field Trips

If you know a group of people who like to go on field trips, then this is the place for you. Special programs are offered to school and community groups Saturday and Sunday on any subject that has to do with the natural and/or cultural resources of the park. Examples of topics include bug hunts, orienteering programs, bird walks, habitat hikes, and house tours. A minimum of two weeks notice is required for these free programs. Call the park at 831-335-9348 to book a tour for your class, home school, scout troop, hiking organization or other group of 5 to 35 people. All ages are welcome.  For more information, please click here to read more in the brochure!

Time Traveler & Science Sleuths Summer Day Camps

These programs offer children ages 6 to 11 a chance to learn about California history, life science, and visual arts using hands-on, fun-filled, educational activities. Each two-week program runs Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Exciting field trips are planned for each week to sites such as the Peralta Adobe in San Jose and the Elkhorn Slough. Guest speakers, a culminating overnight, and visits to portions of the park that are normally closed to the public round out the activities. The program fee includes field trip transportation and admission to out-of-county destinations, guest speakers, and a camp t-shirt.

For more information, click HERE to check out the DAY CAMPS or call the park at 831-335-9348 Saturday and Sunday.  To register, please call 454-7941.

Classes at Quail Hollow Ranch

Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow Ranch - Free! Registration required.

Other classes for adults - Spanish and Beginning Tap  


Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •