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FULL 8/14 Exploring the Burn Zone: Rancho Del Oso

While the majority of Big Basin State Park remains closed to the public after intense impacts suffered from the CZU Lightning Complex fires of August 2020, its coastal portion, Rancho Del Oso, has reopened.

Explore the edges of Big Basin’s burn zone with State Park Interpreter Richard Fletcher, learn about the massive efforts underwent to restore Rancho Del Oso and its Nature Center, and contribute to the CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science Project by uploading your observations to iNaturalist.

Saturday, August 14 | 10 a.m. to noon

THIS PROGRAM HAS REACHED CAPACITY | Email events@santacruzmuseum.org to be added to a waitlist or join us for one of our other upcoming events.

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 | FULL

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

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

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