Interpretive Programs & Classes

Are you interested in learning more about the area's natural and cultural resources? Weekends and occasional Friday evenings are the times for the general public to enjoy interpretive programs at Quail Hollow Ranch. Topics range from stargazing, sandhills hikes, journaling, snake handling, and birding, to art classes, house tours, fiber arts demonstrations and history tours. Many programs are free or low-cost, and are offered to a variety of ages. Click here for the QHR June - Aug brochure, or click here for the Parks brochure (see pages 38 - 41) listing upcoming activities, times, dates and fees, or ...

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Enjoy over 5 miles of easy to moderate trails (to protect precious wildlife, no dogs on trails).  The trailhead is located just a hundred feet east of the visitor center (the opposite side of the center from the parking lot) near the old/collapsed blacksmith shed.  From there, you can take the easy 1-mile Discovery or shaded Italian/Chaparral loop trails, or the moderate 3-mile Woodrat/Sunset/Chaparral loop.  The Woodrat trail, with a lovely viewpoint in only .5 mile, is a hiker-only trail, while the others are shared by hikers and equestrians.  Interested in wildflowers?  Woodrat trail is your best bet. Click here for a description of each trail.

Quail Hollow Ranch Trail Map

Educational Birthday Parties

Are you looking for something new and different to do for your child's birthday? Try our unique and entertaining educational birthday parties for children ages 5 to 11. Groups of up to 15 children can learn about science, nature, or history while celebrating their birthday. Bring the food and beverages, presents, goodie bags, and the kids – we'll do the rest! Choose from nine themes. For specific party themes see the Birthday Parties brochure. The cost is $160 (resident) or $176 (non-resident) for a two-hour party. At least one adult must remain with the group. Call the park at least two weeks in advance at 831-335-9348 to sign up.

Field Trips

If you know a group of people who like to go on field trips, then this is the place for you! Special programs are offered to school and community groups Saturday and Sunday on any subject that has to do with the natural and/or cultural resources of the park, as well as Thursdays for school groups. Examples of topics include bug hunts, orienteering programs, bird walks, habitat hikes, and house tours. A minimum of two weeks notice is required to book a field trip. Call the park at 831-335-9348 to book a tour for your class, home school, scout troop, hiking organization or other group of 5 to 35 people. Fees vary by program, hours, and group size.  All ages are welcome.    

Summer Day Camps

These programs offer youth and teens a variety of summer camp experience, including science, nature adventure, backpacking, and even a Zombie camp. For more information, see the June - Aug QHR brochure, or see page 31 of the County Parks Programs and Activities 2019, or call the park at 831-335-9348 Wednesday through Sunday, 9AM-4PM. 





Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)