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7/22 Exploring the Burn Zone: Butano State Park with Amy Patten

Butano State Park is located in San Mateo County and features a quiet canyon filled with towering second- and third growth-redwood trees, babbling creeks, and more. While 85% of the park was within the fire perimeter of the CZU Lightning Complex, State Parks environmental scientists describe the event as a “healthy burn” that will improve forest health.

Parts of the park have reopened and we’ll explore the impacts of the fire alongside Amy Patten of the California Native Plant Society, while collecting data using iNaturalist to support the CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science Project.

Thursday, July 22 | 10 a.m. to noon
Free (donations appreciated) | Register

CZU AND YOU: Exploring the Burn Zone Walks

Witness the impacts of the CZU Lightning Complex fires with your own eyes through this series of walks exploring different habitats that burned last August. Throughout the series, naturalists from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, California Native Plant Society, and California State Parks will guide you through your explorations and provide resources to help you contribute data through the Museum’s CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science Project.

Butano State Park
Thursday, July 22 | 10 a.m. to noon

Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve
Saturday, August 7 | 10 a.m. to noon | Register

Rancho Del Oso (coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods SP)
Saturday, August 14 | 10 a.m. to noon | Register

Location TBD
Saturday, August 21 | 10 a.m. to noon | Registration not yet open


This program is part of the series CZU AND YOU: Resources for Recovery, Preparedness, and Ecological Understanding from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Santa Cruz Public Libraries | August 2021

Photo by Amy Patten.