Activities

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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.



Summer 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.

Kids Tie-Dye Workshop
Saturday-Thursday: 10am-11am

What would a vacation be with out making a Tie-dye? T-shirt provided or bring your own.

Kids Horse Rides
Monday-Thurs: 1-2pm, Sat 2-4, Sunday: 10am-12 Noon

Kids ages 4-12 can enjoy an introductory ocean view ride on Copper, Eagle Eye or Cappuccino $20 per rider. Advanced reservations required at the Activity Center. Meet at the Stables. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced reservations for Kids rides may be made by calling 650-879-7312, all advanced reservations for Kids Horse Rides are non-cancellable.

Kids Beach Exploration Hike
Saturdays: 1-3pm

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.


September

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday September 16th, 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 September 16th at 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 17th, 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 Moshe Vilozny
Saturday September 23rd, 5-8pm

Guided Kayak Tour out of the Santa Cruz Wharf
Saturday September 23rd, 10am
Just 30 minutes’ drive south of Costanoa the kelp protected waters of the northern Monterey Bay are home to Otters, Sea Lions, Harbor Seals and occasionally Whales and Dolphins!  These guided tours include paddling and safety instruction, Spray Skirts, Dry Bags as well as guide services.  Open to ages 8 and up in either single or double Kayaks. 65 per participant, call 650-879-7312 for reservations.

Live Music with the Apple City Slough Band
Saturday September 30th, 5-8pm

October

Trail Camera Footage of Local Wildlife presentation by Katharina Pierini
Saturday October 7th at 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
Saturday October 7th, 5-8pm

Complimentary Yoga Class with Kathryn Keller
Sunday October 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.

Guided Bird watching Hike with Scott Smithson
Saturday October 21st, 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 21st  at 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 22nd, 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

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.

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley

  • Friday, July 14th at 10am
    Friday, August 11th at 10am
    Friday, September 8th 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!

Snake Park Saturday

  • Saturday, July 8th at 2pm
    Saturday, August 12th at 2pm
    Saturday, September 9th 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, July 9th at 1pm
    Sunday, August 13th at 1pm
    Sunday, September 10th 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, July 8th at 8am
    Saturday, September 9th 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.

Grizzly Bear & Wildlife Day

September 2nd, 2017 from 12 noon – 4:00 pm
Join us for a day of crafts, activities, face painting, Ranger-led hike and an all-ages lecture by museum curator Lisa Robinson (at 1pm). Unravel the truth and natural history of the California Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos californicus) as Lisa illuminates the once prolific and eternally respected brown bear that roamed this land for centuries before its recent extirpation. Possibly California's most visible and enduring symbol, we pay tribute to its awesome size and strength here at Rancho del Oso's annual Grizzly Bear Day. Ranger-led hike (at 3pm) will depart from the Nature Center deck and follow the Hoover Nature Trail (¾ mile). Family friendly activities will be available from noon to 4pm at the Nature & History Center at Rancho del Oso located in Davenport.

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 
www.ranchodeloso.org


oallan@costanoa.com