Activities

Adventure Starts Here

To make reservations or sign up in advance for any of the following activities contact the activities department at (650) 879-7312 or at oallan@costanoa.com. 72 HR cancellation policy applies to all activities. Scheduled Activities are subject to change at the discretion of the Activities Department. Please see the most updated schedule upon check-in.



Winter 2017 Kids Camp Schedule

Kids Camp is a great opportunity for Costanoa Campers to play and explore.  Open to ages 6-12, $25 per participant per session.  We ask that participants dress in light layers and show up pre-sun screened with their own water or beverage and we will provide snacks.  Advanced reservations are required with at least 3 hours notice to secure your spot.  Call 650-879-7312 for additional reservations and information.

Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 11am-12pm Kids Tie-Dye Workshop
What would a vacation be with out making a Tie-dye? T-shirt provided or bring your own.
Saturdays: 1-3pm Kids Beach Exploration Hike
Come on an exciting hike to the beach and explore in the tide pools or up into the hills to learn about the native plants and animals. Destination depends on weather and tide.

January

Guided Mushroom Identification Hike with Phillip Carpenter
Sunday January 28th, 10am
Join local mushroom expert Phillip Carpenter for a leisurely hike around the Costanoa property for a look into the fascinating world of Fungi. Inspired in the 1970s by the book Mushrooms De-Mystified,  Phillip currently teaches identification classes through the FFSC, at UCSC through the Rec. Dept. and gives workshops on foraging and identification at a wide range of locations. He also serves as a consultant for the local hospitals and vets on mushroom poisoning cases.

Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday January 28th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per participant.

February

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday February 4th, 9am
Explore nearby Foothills, Creeks and Streams on a guided hour of Ornithological exploration.  Sign-Up upon check-in to reserve your spot.  Open to all ages, children must be accompanied.

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Saturday, February 11th at 8am
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. We will meet at the deck in front of the Nature Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Mountain LionTrail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday February 11th, 6pm
Take a candid look into lives of Foxes, Mountain Lions, Bobcats and more via footage taken with a motion sensor trail Camera. Katarina will show recent footage of our wild neighbors hiding in plain sight and offer suggestions on how to set up trail cameras on your own property. Presentation is complimentary and open to all Costanoa guests.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday February 12th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day. Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller. $20 per non guest participant.

Nature Wander at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Sunday February 12th, 1pm
Find out what's growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world. Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday February 25th, 9am
Explore nearby Foothills, Creeks and Streams on a guided hour of Ornithological exploration.  Sign-Up upon check-in to reserve your spot.  Open to all ages, children must be accompanied.

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series at Rancho Del Oso State
Saturday, February 18th at 10am
Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading this 4-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and almost intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Waddell Valley is an inspirational place to start your watercolor journey. You don't need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint! This is a 4-part series and registration is required, there is no fee. Please call (831-427-2288) or email (rdopis@parks.ca.gov) to reserve a spot. This is a small group class, space is limited.

Live Falconry Presentation with Kenny Elvin
Sunday February 19th, 10am
Outdoor flight presentation and ornithological history with local Falconer Kenny Elvin. Several live specimens will be displayed up close and personal. Bring your sense of curiosity and questions. Rain Cancels Event. Event is complimentary to all registered Costanoa guests.

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday February 25th, 9am
Explore nearby Foothills, Creeks and Streams on a guided hour of Ornithological exploration. Sign-Up upon check-in to reserve your spot. Open to all ages, children must be accompanied.

Guided Mushroom Identification Hike with Phillip Carpenter
Sunday February 26th, 10am
Join local mushroom expert Phillip Carpenter for a leisurely hike around the Costanoa property for a look into the fascinating world of Fungi. Inspired in the 1970s by the book Mushrooms De-Mystified, Phillip currently teaches identification classes through the FFSC, at UCSC through the Rec. Dept. and gives workshops on foraging and identification at a wide range of locations. He also serves as a consultant for the local hospitals and vets on mushroom poisoning cases.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday February 26th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day. Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller. $20 per non guest participant.

March

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Friday, March 10th at 10am
Join docent Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of flowering plants within Rancho del Oso's seven diverse habitats. This walk is a leisurely hike through Waddell Valley. This monthly hike is great for those interested in natural history and our local flora. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Meet at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Snake Park Saturday at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Saturday, March 11th at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Meet at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Mountain LionTrail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday March 11th, 6pm
Take a candid look into lives of Foxes, Mountain Lions, Bobcats and more via footage taken with a motion sensor trail Camera. Katarina will show recent footage of our wild neighbors hiding in plain sight and offer suggestions on how to set up trail cameras on your own property. Presentation is complimentary and open to all Costanoa guests.

Nature Wander at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Sunday, March 12th at 1pm
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Guided Mushroom Identification Hike with Phillip Carpenter
Sunday March 12th, 10am
Join local mushroom expert Phillip Carpenter for a leisurely hike around the Costanoa property for a look into the fascinating world of Fungi. Inspired in the 1970s by the book Mushrooms De-Mystified, Phillip currently teaches identification classes through the FFSC, at UCSC through the Rec. Dept. and gives workshops on foraging and identification at a wide range of locations. He also serves as a consultant for the local hospitals and vets on mushroom poisoning cases.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday March 12th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day. Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller. $20 per non guest participant.

Guided Whale Watching Kayak Tour
Saturday, March 18th at 7:30am
Meet our guides 15 minutes south of Costanoa for an adventurous open ocean experience to experience migrating Grey Whales up close and personal. This is a strenuous 2.5 hour tour open to participants 12 and up with Kayaking Experience. Tour includes all gear, safety instruction and guide services. In the case of large surf or high winds we will re-locate to the more protected waters off of the Santa Cruz Wharf. $90 per participant. Call 650-879-7312 for reservations.

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series at Rancho Del Oso State
Saturday, March 18th at 10am
Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading this 4-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and almost intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Waddell Valley is an inspirational place to start your watercolor journey. You don't need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint! This is a 4-part series and registration is required, there is no fee. Please call (831-427-2288) or email (rdopis@parks.ca.gov) to reserve a spot. This is a small group class, space is limited.

Live Falconry Presentation with Kenny Elvin
Sunday March 19th, 10am
Outdoor flight presentation and ornithological history with local Falconer Kenny Elvin.  Several live specimens will be displayed up close and personal. Bring your sense of curiosity and questions. Rain Cancels Event.  Event is complimentary to all registered Costanoa guests.

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday March 25th, 9am
Explore nearby Foothills, Creeks and Streams on a guided hour of Ornithological exploration.  Sign-Up upon check-in to reserve your spot.  Open to all ages, children must be accompanied.

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Friday, April 7th at 10am
Join docent Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of flowering plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. This walk is a leisurely hike through Waddell Valley. This monthly hike is great for those interested in natural history and our local flora. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Meet at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Snake Park Saturday at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Saturday, April 8th at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley!  Meet at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday April 8th at 6pm
Take a candid look into lives of Foxes, Mountain Lions, Bobcats and more via footage taken with a motion sensor trail Camera. Katarina will show recent footage of our wild neighbors hiding in plain sight and offer suggestions on how to set up trail cameras on your own property. Presentation is complimentary and open to all Costanoa guests.

Nature Wander at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Sunday, April 9th at 1pm
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday April 9th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series at Rancho Del Oso State Park and Nature Center
Saturday, April 15th at 10am
Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading this 4-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and almost intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Waddell Valley is an inspirational place to start your watercolor journey. You don’t need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint!
This is a 4-part series and registration is required, there is no fee. Please call (831-427-2288) or email (rdopis@parks.ca.gov) to reserve a spot. This is a small group class, space is limited.

Guided Whale Watching Kayak Tour
Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30am
Meet our guides 15 minutes south of Costanoa for an adventurous open ocean experience to experience migrating Grey Whales up close and personal.  This is a strenuous 2.5 hour tour open to participants 12 and up with Kayaking Experience.  Tour includes all gear, safety instruction and guide services. In the case of large surf or high winds we will re-locate to the more protected waters off of the Santa Cruz Wharf. $90 per participant.  Call 650-879-7312 for reservations.

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday April 22nd, 9am
Explore nearby Foothills, Creeks and Streams on a guided hour of Ornithological exploration.  Sign-Up upon check-in to reserve your spot.  Open to all ages, children must be accompanied.

Guided Whale Watching Kayak Tour
Sunday April 23rd at 7:30am
Meet our guides 15 minutes south of Costanoa for an adventurous open ocean experience to experience migrating Grey Whales up close and personal.  This is a strenuous 2.5 hour tour open to participants 12 and up with Kayaking Experience.  Tour includes all gear, safety instruction and guide services. In the case of large surf or high winds we will re-locate to the more protected waters off of the Santa Cruz Wharf. $90 per participant.  Call 650-879-7312 for reservations.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday April 23rd, 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant

Guided Whale Watching Kayak Tour
Saturday, April 29th at 7:30am
Meet our guides 15 minutes south of Costanoa for an adventurous open ocean experience to experience migrating Grey Whales up close and personal.  This is a strenuous 2.5 hour tour open to participants 12 and up with Kayaking Experience.  Tour includes all gear, safety instruction and guide services. In the case of large surf or high winds we will re-locate to the more protected waters off of the Santa Cruz Wharf. $90 per participant.  Call 650-879-7312 for reservations.

Guided Whale Watching Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 7th at 7:30am
Meet our guides 15 minutes south of Costanoa for an adventurous open ocean experience to experience migrating Grey Whales up close and personal.  This is a strenuous 2.5 hour tour open to participants 12 and up with Kayaking Experience.  Tour includes all gear, safety instruction and guide services. In the case of large surf or high winds we will re-locate to the more protected waters off of the Santa Cruz Wharf. $90 per participant.  Call 650-879-7312 for reservations.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday May 8th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Friday, May 12th at 10am
Join docent Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of flowering plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. This walk is a leisurely hike through Waddell Valley. This monthly hike is great for those interested in natural history and our local flora. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Meet at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Guided Whale Watching Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 13th at 7:30am
Meet our guides 15 minutes south of Costanoa for an adventurous open ocean experience to experience migrating Grey Whales up close and personal.  This is a strenuous 2.5 hour tour open to participants 12 and up with Kayaking Experience.  Tour includes all gear, safety instruction and guide services. In the case of large surf or high winds we will re-locate to the more protected waters off of the Santa Cruz Wharf. $90 per participant.  Call 650-879-7312 for reservations.

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday May 13th at 6pm
Take a candid look into lives of Foxes, Mountain Lions, Bobcats and more via footage taken with a motion sensor trail Camera. Katarina will show recent footage of our wild neighbors hiding in plain sight and offer suggestions on how to set up trail cameras on your own property. Presentation is complimentary and open to all Costanoa guests.

Snake Park Saturday at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Saturday, May 13th at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley!  Meet at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Nature Wander at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Sunday, May 14th at 1pm
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series at Rancho Del Oso State Park and Nature Center
Saturday, May 20 at 10am
Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading this 4-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and almost intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Waddell Valley is an inspirational place to start your watercolor journey. You don’t need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint!
This is a 4-part series and registration is required, there is no fee. Please call (831-427-2288) or email (rdopis@parks.ca.gov) to reserve a spot. This is a small
 group class, space is limited.

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday May 20th, 9am
Explore nearby Foothills, Creeks and Streams on a guided hour of Ornithological exploration.  Sign-Up upon check-in to reserve your spot.  Open to all ages, children must be accompanied.

Live Falconry Presentation with Kenny Elvin
Sunday May 21st, 10am
Outdoor flight presentation and ornithological history with local Falconer Kenny Elvin.  Several live specimens will be displayed up close and personal. Bring your sense of curiosity and questions. Rain Cancels Event.  Event is complimentary to all registered Costanoa guests.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday May 29th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Saturday, June 10th at 8am
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. We will meet at the deck in front of the Nature Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday June 10th at 6pm
Take a candid look into lives of Foxes, Mountain Lions, Bobcats and more via footage taken with a motion sensor trail Camera. Katarina will show recent footage of our wild neighbors hiding in plain sight and offer suggestions on how to set up trail cameras on your own property. Presentation is complimentary and open to all Costanoa guests.

Nature Wander at Rancho Del Oso State Park
Sunday, June 11th at 1pm
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center 7 miles south of Costanoa just past the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday June 11th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant

Live Falconry Presentation with Kenny Elvin
Sunday June 18th, 10am
Outdoor flight presentation and ornithological history with local Falconer Kenny Elvin.  Several live specimens will be displayed up close and personal. Bring your sense of curiosity and questions. Rain Cancels Event.  Event is complimentary to all registered Costanoa guests.

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday June 24th, 9am
Explore nearby Foothills, Creeks and Streams on a guided hour of Ornithological exploration.  Sign-Up upon check-in to reserve your spot.  Open to all ages, children must be accompanied.

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday June 25th, 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant.

Highlights at Nearby State Parks

Año Nuevo State Park – Elephant Seals!
The Park offers naturalist-guided walks between December 15 and March 31, which feature the seals in their natural habitat. To view the seals during this period, you must be on a Guided Walk. These popular three-mile walks, over rolling sand dunes, last about two and a half hours and are considered moderately strenuous. They operate daily from early morning to mid-afternoon rain or shine. Reservations can be made starting October 20 up to 56 days in advance, and must be made at least one day in advance. ReserveAmerica handles all reservations either by phone (800) 444-4445 or online (anonuevo.reserveamerica.com). Any unreserved tickets, no-shows or other available spots are sold directly at the park daily on a first-come first-served basis, starting at 8:30am. If you are unable to get reservations ahead of time, your best bet is to arrive at the park at 8:30am and put yourself or your group on a waitlist. If you arrive anytime after 1pm without a reservation your chances of getting on a tour are pretty low. Tickets cost $7 per person over 3years, parking rates $10 per car. Año Nuevo is about 3 miles Sou of Costanoa on Highway 1.

Natural Bridges State Park-Tours of the Monarch Grove!
October through January Saturdays & Sundays at 11:00 & 2:00
Join a Docent Naturalist for a tour of the state designated monarch butterfly preserve at Natural Bridges State Beach.  Monarch butterflies are returning this fall to their winter home along our coast.  Learn the story of this beautiful creature and its fascinating seasonal migration. Public tours are offered on weekends and no reservations are necessary, or you may call 423-4609 to arrange a tour for a group of 10 or more.  Fall walks begin October 21 and continue through January.  Monarch numbers vary; usually the highest numbers are visible in November/December.  Meet at the Visitor Center for the hour-long program.  The walk is wheelchair accessible. Natural Bridges is 25 miles Sou of Costanoa off of Highway 1 .

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
Weekends from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Tour of the ranch houses at 1:00p.m.

Visit an early day dairy ranch and step back in time to the late 1800’s at Wilder Ranch State Park. Weekends at 1:00p.m., join the 1-hour tour of the 1897 Victorian home, 1896 water-powered machine shop, and other historic buildings. You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend; You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing, or learn about other innovative early-day ranch operations. Call (831) 426-0505 for all activities and dates.
Wilder Ranch is 22 miles Sou of Costanoa off of Highway 1.

All Scheduled Events are subject to Change, Please see the most updated schedule upon Check-In
Advance Reservations are required for all Kids Camp Programs, Horseback Riding and Spa Services. 
72 Cancellation policy strictly enforced for all Activities and Services.

For Reservations and additional information on any of these activities, please contact:
J. Oscar Allan
Activities and Spa Manager
Costanoa Lodge & Camp
2001 Rossi Road
Pescadero CA, 94060
650-879-7312
oallan@costanoa.com