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.



September

Live Music with Geoff Allen and Friends at the Pescadero Deck
Saturday September 1st 5-8pm

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday September 1st 8pm
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.

Live Music with the Crooked Branches at the Pine Tent                       
Sunday September 2nd 5-8pm

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday September 2nd 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 Music with the Apple City Slough Band at the Pescadero Deck
Saturday September 8th 5-8pm

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday September 15th 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 Music with Geoff Allen and Friends at the Pescadero Deck
Saturday September 15th 5-8pm

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday September 15th 8pm
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 September 16th 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 Music with Eurotrash at the Pine Tent
Saturday September 22nd 5-8pm

Live Music with Moshe Vilonzy at the Pine Tent
Saturday September 29th 5-8pm

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday September 29th 8pm
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 September 30th 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant.

October

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday October 13th 8pm
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.

Live Music with the Apple City Slough Band at the Pescadero Deck
Saturday October 13th 5-8pm

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday October 14th 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 Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday October 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.

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday October 27th 8pm
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 October 28th 10am
The perfect way to start the day.  Register upon arrival for this one hour class with Kathryn Keller.  $20 per non guest participant.

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

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. 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.

State Park Events at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center

Rancho Del Oso Nature Center is located 7 miles south of Costanoa on the left hand side just past Waddell Creek Bridge
Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm.  Call (831) 427-2288.

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center
Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, CA 95017
Open Weekends Noon to 4pm.  Contact - (831) 427-2288, jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov

Special Event: Salamander Saturday
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, 12-4pm

Join us for our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked but heroically well adapted amphibian native to the Santa Cruz Mountains and other moist habitats. Real live amphibians will be available for viewing. Herpetologist Amy Patten will be presenting “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” (all ages) at 1:00pm. Naturalist-led salamander hike will start at 3:00pm to search for these regal creatures on the Marsh Trail (approximately 1 mile long). Come learn about salamanders and their ecosystems! All age crafts and activities will be available at the Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway One, at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. Free. For more information, call (831) 427-2288.

“Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains”
The diverse habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a number of spectacular salamander species. Colorful newts, minute slender salamanders, or the impressive California Giant Salamander are just a few of the salamanders that you might see on a walk through the woods or even in your own backyard. Each species has special adaptations to meet the challenges of escaping predators, finding food, breeding and surviving harsh weather conditions. This presentation covers the natural history and behavior of these salamanders and highlights their importance in our local ecosystems.

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
Friday, March 9th at 10am
Friday, April 13th at 10am
Friday, June 8th at 10am
Friday, July 13th at 10am
Friday, August 10th at 10am
Friday, September 14th at 10am
Friday, October 10th at 10am

Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitat we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity!
*Hike will start across from Waddell Beach at the yellow gate.

Snake Park Saturday
Saturday, April 14th at 2pm
Saturday, May 12th at 2pm
Saturday, June 9th at 2pm
Saturday, July 14th at 2pm
Saturday, August 11th at 2pm
Saturday, September 8th at 2pm
Saturday, October 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!
Ranger Station is located ¼ mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot.

Nature Wander
Sunday, March 11th at 1pm
Sunday, April 8th at 1pm
Sunday, May 13th at 1pm
Sunday, June 10th at 1pm
Sunday, July 8th at 1pm
Sunday, August 12th at 1pm
Sunday, September 9th at 1pm
Sunday, October 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.

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
Saturday, March 10th at 8am
Saturday, April 14th at 8am
Saturday, May 12th at 8am
Saturday, June 16th at 8am
Saturday, July 14th at 8am
Saturday, August 11th at 8am
Saturday, September 15th at 8am
Saturday, October 13th 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.

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series
Saturday, April 28th at 10am
Saturday, May 26th at 10am
Saturday, June 23rd at 10am
Saturday, July 28th 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. Learn to assemble a 6’ x 9’ sketch & paint travel kit for summer adventures. From Rancho del Oso to the Grand Canyon, capturing the essence of unique landscapes through your art will stay with you for many years, often more profoundly than a photograph. If you always wanted to try your hand at painting, there is no time like the present to learn!
This will be a hands-on learning class. We will look at a scene together, then figure out a number of ways to sketch it out, and to mix the colors best needed to capture it on paper. 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!
Special Event: Wildflower Weekend
Saturday, May 5th,  2018, 10-4pm
Sunday, May 6th, 2018, 10-4pm

Rancho del Oso’s elegant annual Wildflower Weekend event displays an impressive collection of vibrant wildflowers growing in the northern Santa Cruz coast region. Enjoy flourishing buttercups, exuberant shooting stars, blushing western wake robins and an array of other natural beauties.

This botanically captivating exhibit includes over 80 plants in bloom, including native and non-native species that are found in the western portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The assortment of shapes, sizes, colors and forms are a delight to the senses.

Botanist-led Wildflower Walks will be offered at 10:00am and 1:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. See below for walk descriptions.

*Wildflower Walks will depart from Nature Center deck at Rancho del Oso (3600 Highway One in Davenport, CA). Follow signs from Highway One.
10am: Approximately 4.5-miles, this moderately-paced hike will begin along the Marsh Trail and climb into our scenic Skyline to the Sea Bypass Trail. We will experience diverse ecosystems and take time to enjoy the views.
1pm: This 1-mile wildflower excursion will traverse several habitats along the Hoover Nature Trail. Beginning with a slight incline into gorgeous Monterey Pine habitat, this loop-trail offers stunning views of the ocean.

.For more information regarding events at Rancho Del Oso please contact :
Jeremy Lin
Program Coordinator
Rancho del Oso - Big Basin Redwoods State Park
(831) 427-2288