Youth Programs

Play, Discover, Explore! Santa Cruz County Parks provides quality programs that engage and have a positive impact on youth in our community. Our staff of professionals provide programming that is safe, educational, and fun!

Youth Programs at County Parks

Learn about our youth programs and sign up to be the first to know about new programs by getting our seasonal e-newsletter!
Scroll down to learn how to register.

Before and Afterschool Programs

Children from TK-6th grade can enjoy County Parks' before and afterschool programs! Participants enjoy a fun, safe, and enriching time of games, arts & crafts, sports, cooking, field trips, classes, homework time, and more! Located at Mar Vista Elementary School or La Selva Beach Clubhouse!

Kreative Kids Preschool Program

Located at Wilder Hall in Ben Lomond Park, Kreative Kids is a year-round enrichment program for children ages 3-6. Participants enjoy art, music, creative play and a balance of individual and group activities. Nature crafts, outdoor fun and monthly field trips round out this popular program!

Agents of Discovery

READY, SET, EXPLORE! The FREE Agents of Discovery mobile app game gets kids outside, active and engaged with the natural world at Santa Cruz County Parks! Through the fun and interactive missions, kids and adults alike will be challenged and rewarded as they explore.

Classes for All Ages

Do you have a budding painter or baker? Santa Cruz County Parks offers classes for people of all ages including kids and adults! There are a variety of rich and exciting classes to choose from!

Day Camps

Santa Cruz County Parks offers day camps that every camper can enjoy! Our trained staff of professionals provide programming that is safe, high-quality, and fun! Camps include various themes and activities such as arts & culture, nature, science, aquatics and sports!

Outdoor Education

Santa Cruz County Park's outdoor education programs engage youth in Santa Cruz County's coastal redwood forests, meadows, and streams! Through the use of science inquiry, games, and other activities, participants learn ecological concepts and discover the interrelationships between plants and animals!


Santa Cruz County Parks offers year-round sports programs and activities for youth that help develop physical fitness, reduce stress, and promotes positive use of leisure time! These programs help develop appreciation for the environment and interpersonal skills. Join us on the court or on the field to learn and grow together!

Register for Youth Programs

Learn how to register for with County Parks!

How to Register Online
  • Create an account on ActiveNet.
  • Navigate to the Activities tab in the menu.
  • Select the Youth Age Category.
  • Register for your desired program and complete payment.
  • Thank you for choosing to participate in County Parks programs!

County Parks strives to make our programs accessible to all individuals and will make reasonable accommodations to ensure accessibility to individuals needing such assistance. If you have accessibility requests or concerns and would like more information and support, please contact us.

Contact Us


(831) 454-7901 (General)

(831) 454-7941 (Registrations)

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except holidays

Email: (General) (Registrations)

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited.