Winter/Spring 2024 Activity Guide


SPLASH AROUND Looking for a great way to spend your Memorial Day holiday? Join us for our free community swim day at the Simpkins Family Swim Center and bring the entire family. Come cool off or just float about on a tube on Monday, May 27th from 12-4pm. FULL MOON HIKE Come join us for a quiet exploration at Quail Hollow Ranch, under the moonlight. On this one-hour guided hike on the lower trails, you will search for critters and meander thorough the forest. Hikes available on 4/23 and again on 5/23. TAKE A HIKE Many hiking opportunities can be found at Santa Cruz County Parks. For a more rustic hiking experience, head out to the Miller Family Park and enjoy the quiet majesty of the redwoods. Pinto Lake County Park and Anna Jean Cummings Park also boast beautiful hiking trails. SPECIAL EVENTS Check out special events including Spring Camp, Mad Hatter Tea Party. Glow Night and Pickleball classes on page 12. JOIN OUR TEAM We’re hiring Lifeguards, Parks Services Officers and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Service workers (Recreation Leaders). For more information and apply, visit THROW A PARTY Want to throw a unique party? You’ll find just the right venue with County Parks. Many picnic areas can be reserved for your exclusive use, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We have many locations throughout Santa Cruz County for different types of events. Visit us at to book your next event. CAPITOLA MALL WALKING CLUB Walking is the most popular aerobic activity. Stroll by and meet friendly and supportive participants while you walk in a safe and protected environment indoors at the Capitola Mall. Be part of the movement and drop by the entrance to the food court. Mon., Wed., Fri., beginning at 9am! Visit for more information about parks, programs, and activities. THINGS TO DO IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PARKS FUN • 1 General Information..............................................................2 Simpkins Family Swim Center ............................................3 Aquatics Programs............................................................4-7 Special Events..........................................................................8 Preschool: Kreative Kids............................................................9 Sports............................................................................................. 9 Interpretative Programs................................................10-11 Arts Programs and Activities.......................................12-13 County Parks Wedding Venues...................................14-15 Volunteer Opportunities.....................................................16 Adult & Senior Activities................................................17-19 Registration Information..............................................20-21 Picnic Areas............................................................................21 Contents... MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to provide safe well designed and maintained parks and a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities for our diverse community. VISION STATEMENT We envision a healthy and vibrant community where everyone is able to be active, explore, learn, play and connect, and where our diverse natural and cultural resources are celebrated and protected for generations to come. Please visit for current program offerings and office hours. Feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected] or by calling (831) 454-7901. Parks Rx Santa Cruz County Look for the Park Rx logo to find free/low-cost activities that support health!

2 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services The Mission of the County of Santa Cruz Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services is to provide safe, well-designed and maintained parks, and a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities for our diverse community. Aquatic Registrations – (831) 454-7953 — M-F, 9am-4pm Facility Reservations – (831) 454-7938 — M-F, 9am-4pm Recreation Registrations – (831) 454-7941 — M-F, 9am-4pm Simpkins Family Swim Center – (831) 454-7960 Swim Center Automated Information – (831) 454-7948 Non-discrimination Policy Santa Cruz County Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition (cancer related and genetic characteristics), marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age (over 18), veteran status, pregnancy, or any other non-merit factor. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in relationship to County Parks programs, activities, or facilities, a complaint may be filed with Equal Employment Opportunity Liaison, at (831) 454-7901 or email [email protected]. Americans with Disabilities Act Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires that the County of Santa Cruz ensures that its programs, services and facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Santa Cruz County supports the belief that a community with integrity is one in which people with and without disabilities recreate, learn and experience together. We request that you notify Parks staff two weeks prior to enrollment in order to facilitate the reasonable accommodation request. TDD/TTY-call 711. For information on the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Program, please visit http://ddtp.cpuc. County Board of Supervisors Manu Koenig District 1 Zach Friend District 2 Justin Cummings District 3 Felipe Hernandez District 4 Bruce McPherson District 5 Meets selected Tuesdays, 9AM Arts Commission Vacant, Karen Kroslowitz District 1 Vacant, Charlie Singer District 2 Taj Leahy, Valeria Miranda District 3 Herminia Borge, Judy Stabile District 4 Lynda Phillips, Margaret Niven (chair) District 5 Meets selected Mondays, 4:30PM Parks & Recreation Commission Katherine Lee District 1 Tricia Wiltshire District 2 Jeremy Sanford District 3 Martha Victoria Vega District 4 Monica Martinez District 5 Meets selected Mondays, 7PM Contact Parks & Recreation and Arts Commissioners via e-mail at: [email protected] COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, OPEN SPACE & CULTURAL SERVICES Like us on Facebook: Santa Cruz County Parks Department We’re on Instagram: Santa Cruz County Parks Follow us on Twitter @SCParksDept 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 454-7901; Fax (831) 454-7940 • 3 Simpkins Family Swim Center - Your County Pool Aquatic Registrations (831) 454-7953 • Swim Center (831) 454-7960 AQUATICS PROGRAMS We are open 7 days a week, year round. The center has multiple pools, all of which are open seasonally. The 78-degree 17-lane Lap Pool, which is the largest in Santa Cruz County, is used for lap swimming, swim lessons, swim teams, junior lifeguards, adult fitness and water aerobics. The Warm Water Pool is used for recreational swimming, swim lessons, and therapy, and is kept at 88 degrees. It features a zero-depth entry ramp for easy wheelchair access. The Spray Zone splash and spray has a 6-inch depth make it a perfect pool for tots: • Children who are non-swimmers must have direct adult supervision, at an arms reach, at all times. Age 8 and under must have direct adult supervision in the locker rooms and on the pool deck. • Admission is first-come, first-served. All persons entering the pool area are required to pay an admission fee. • For those not yet toilet trained, we adhere to a 2-layer policy. A swim diaper and plastic pants with elastic leg and waist bands must be worn. Both items are available for purchase at the swim center. • Glass containers are not allowed. • Please do not bring water toys or floatation devices for your children to the pool. • Swim program hours may vary from those listed in this pamphlet. • All fees are subject to change. • Programs may be cancelled for special events, unusual circumstances or severe weather. • Please visit to view the most current pool schedule, fees, pool closure dates, and other information. Accessibility Features Santa Cruz County Parks and the Santa Cruz County Commission on Disabilities are partnered in their commitment to inclusivity and accessibility for all County residents wanting to enjoy the Simpkins Family Swim Center in safety and comfort. In 2021, the Commission conducted a community survey to discover how best to enhance the Swim Center’s accessibility and provide a welcoming, supportive space for community members with disabilities to get the most out of it. Low Stimulation Hours Selected afternoons Simpkins will offer “low stimulation” hours for swimmers with disabilities that benefit from a quieter environment with less sensory stimulation to enjoy the pools. Warm Water Pool Simpkins features three pools at varying temperatures: 78 degrees Fahrenheit, 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and an unheated wading pool. Warm water pools are often credited with offering physical and mental benefits for swimmers with developmental, mobility and chronic pain disabilities, among others. Accessibility Equipment Several options are provided for people using wheelchairs to access the pools, including a water wheelchair, a stationary lift, and a mobile lift. Staff are on hand to provide verbal instruction on the use of accessibility equipment, though they will not be able to physically assist you. Zero Depth Entry People with mobility disabilities and those using the water wheelchair can easily enter the pool with a gently sloping entry point for gradual entry and increased control of the depth at which they are most comfortable. Free Entry for Caregivers All entry fees are waived for caregivers accompanying peoples with disabilities for the purpose of providing them with assistance as they use the facilities. Use of Flotation Devices Allowed People with disabilities who require flotation devices to use the pools safely are welcome to bring and use their own flotation devices. Private ADA-Compliant Shower, Changing Bed, Locker Room and Restroom The swim center provides a private accessible space for people with disabilities desiring privacy to shower and change before and after swimming.

4 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services AQUATICS PROGRAMS Like us on Facebook: Simpkins Family Swim Center We’re on Instagram: Simpkins Family Swim Center • Use the lesson descriptions to select the class level that best matches your child’s ability level. Refer to the charts to find out when your choice is offered. If after reading the class descriptions you are still unsure which class level would best meet your child’s needs, you may sign your child up for a swim lesson assessment. Review the swim lesson Q&A page in the lesson dropdown list at, or call (831) 454-7953 for assistance. • If your child has not had the opportunity to practice their swimming skills, staff recommend that they repeat the level completed last summer. • Children typically spend 2-4 sessions in the same group level before advancing to the next level. • Each lesson lasts for a 1/2 hour. Children receive 27-28 minutes of swim instruction; instructors will use the last 2 minutes of the lesson to provide feedback to swimmers’ parents/guardians. • Make-up swim lessons are not available if a participant is absent. In the event that a lesson is cancelled, a credit for the cancelled class will be applied to your account. • Classes fill quickly. Add all classes to the wish list prior to registration date to save time. Registration Tips & Lesson Information Swim Lesson Assessments If after reading the level descriptions you are unsure which level your child should be in, you can register (at least 24 hours in advance) for a FREE swim lesson assessment! Instructors will assess children one at a time, first-come, first-served. Test time: 5-10 min./child. A parent or guardian must accompany all swimmers under age 18. Private Swim Lessons County Parks offers year-round private swim lessons for ages 3 & up, taught by Swim Center staff. Your child will be given undivided attention from one of our experienced swim instructors. Lessons last 30 min. and take place during group lesson times. Please note that private staff lessons cannot be rescheduled or made-up. Private lessons may be cancelled only in the case of an emergency situation. Semi-Private Swim Lessons You may add (1) additional child and it is required that both children are the same level. The break down for the additional child is $20R/$22NR per class. This semi-private additional child must be enrolled in the whole session, and cannot be enrolled in individual classes. Lesson descriptions are at Visit us at, email us at [email protected] or call (831) 454-7953 for additional information. Swim Lessons Swim Center group swim lessons are designed for children ages 3-12 years old. Private swim lessons are designed for ages 3yrs-adults and any swim level. These lessons help children get comfortable in the water, develop swimming skills, and stroke refinement. We offer different levels for children with all different skill sets. Please review our website to get a full description of each level we offer. Fees for Sat, T Group: $47/$52 Private: $120/$132 Semi-Private: $200/$220 Fees M, W, F Group: $69/$76 Private: $180/$198 Semi-Private: $300/$330 Winter Session Sat 1/6-1/27 9am-12:30pm M/W/F 1/8-1/19 3:30-7:00pm Tu 1/9-1/30 4:30-7:30pm W 1/10-1/31 4:30-7:30pm M/W/F 1/22-2/2 3:30-7:00pm M/W/F 2/5-2/16 3:30-7:00pm Spring Session Sat 3/9-3/30 9am-12:30pm M/W/F 3/11-3/22 3:30-7:00pm M/W/F 4/8-4/19 3:30-7:00pm • 5 AQUATICS PROGRAMS For additional information please visit us at, through e-mail at [email protected] or by phone call at (831) 454-7960 or (831) 454-7953. Also Available at the Swim Center: Private Swim Lessons led by Contract Instructors Private lessons are also offered, taught by contracted instructors. All instructors have at least five years of experience teaching swimming and may hold a combination of certificates, such as Water Safety Instructor Certificate, a USA coaching certificate, a teaching credential, etc. Their varied teaching experience includes: working with children of all ages and abilities; all levels of swimmers including fearful adults; special needs; stroke refinement; and technical stroke instruction for triathletes. Youth & Adult Aquatics Water Aerobics Water aerobics classes provide high intensity workouts and are an excellent way to meet your fitness goals with less impact on your joints. Classes are designed to appeal to all levels of ability including pre-natal, seniors, and rehabilitation or cross-training enthusiasts. Adult Fitness Participate in an organized lap swim workout intended to increase muscular strength, aerobic endurance, stroke technique and build overall fitness level. A variety of workouts will be offered to meet your fitness goals. Qualified coaches offer in-depth analysis and feedback on your stroke and help direct you to a lane with swimmers of similar ability and experience. Workouts are scheduled to be 90 minutes long but may be modified based on your experience and fitness goals. Swim Teams The swim teams listed below regularly use the county pool, but are not affiliated with County Parks. Please call the numbers listed for information. Aptos Cabrillo Swim Club - (831) 688-3613 Quicksilver Swimming - (760) 521-0126 Santa Cruz Swimming - (831) 471-7887 Lap Swim Lane availability varies throughout the day. Circleswimming may be required during the busiest times, 6-7:30am, 12-1:30pm, and 4-6pm. Please follow posted lapswim etiquette and lifeguard direction. Ages 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult in the same lane and be able to swim 25 yards (1 length) without stopping. Kickboards, pull buoys, swim paddles and exercise equipment are available for lap swimming and warm-water pool exercise.

6 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services AQUATICS PROGRAMS Junior Guards Spring Clinic This clinic is to designed to help prepare children specifically for the junior guard swim test, and improve their swimming skills for summer. Each clinic will consist of one hour of swimming each week for three weeks; and will include working on skills such as freestyle, treading water, stroke development and comfortability in the water. Requirements - children must already know how to swim. This is not a swimming lesson; this will be a clinic to help children improve their swimming skills and prepare for the Junior Guard swim test requirement. Junior Guard clinic dates will be visible online: Monday, January 8th at 9am Registration Date: Monday, January 15th at 9am Fees: $40.00 Resident/ $45.00 Non- Resident (per session) Ages: 6 yrs- 13yrs (Children must be 7 years of age by the start of their Junior Guard Session date) Clinic 1: February 11th – February 25th • Group 1: 10-11am • Group 2: 11am-12pm • Group 3: 12-1pm Clinic 2: March 3rd – March 17th • Group 1: 10-11am • Group 2: 11am-12pm • Group 3: 12-1pm Clinic 3: March 24th – April 14th (no class March 31) • Group 1: 10-11am • Group 2: 11am-12pm • Group 3: 12-1pm JUNIOR GUARD - Ages 7-13 M-F 6/3-6/21 9am-1pm $480/$528 M-F 6/24-7/12 9am-1pm $448/$493 M-F 7/15-8/2 9am-1pm $480/$528 M-F 6/3-6/21 2pm-5pm $360/$396 M-F 6/24-7/12 2pm-5pm $336/$370 M-F 7/15-8/2 2pm-5pm $360/$396 Junior Guard and Little Guard Program 2024 We will be offering our Junior Guard and Little Guard Program this Summer 2024. The activities will be live on Active Net to add to your wish list Monday, April 1st at 9am. Registration will be Monday, April 8th at 9am, there will be no in person registration. For more information or questions on program details please visit our website at or call us at 831454-7953. SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER LITTLE GUARDS – Ages 5-6 M-F 6/3-6/21 9am-1pm $480/$528 M-F 6/24-7/12 9am-1pm $448/$493 M-F 7/15-8/2 9am-1pm $480/$528 M-F 6/3-6/21 2pm-5pm $360/$396 M-F 6/24-7/12 2pm-5pm $336/$370 M-F 7/15-8/2 2pm-5pm $360/$396 • 7 AQUATICS PROGRAMS Lifeguard Training Courses Ages 15+ can learn the skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies, and earn the certification to be employed as a lifeguard in a pool environment. For more information about American Red Cross (ARC) courses, please visit or call (831) 454-7960. All activities are available for registration Online at Fees: $65 Winter Break/January: 12/29–1/7 Pre-course date: Fri. 12/29, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 1/4 3:30-7:30pm Sa 1/6 9:30am–3:30pm Su 1/7 10am-2pm January: 1/19–1/28 Pre-course date: Fri. 1/19, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 1/25 3:30-7:30pm Sa 1/27 9:30am–3:30pm Su 1/28 10am-2pm February: 2/2–2/11 Pre-course date: Fri. 2/2, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 2/8 3:30-7:30pm Sa 2/10 9:30am–3:30pm Su 2/11 10am-2pm February: 2/16–2/25 Pre-course date: F, 2/16, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 2/22 3:30-7:30pm Sa 2/24 9:30am–3:30pm Su 2/25 10am-2pm March Course: 3/1–3/10 Pre-course date: F, 3/1, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 3/7 3:30-7:30pm Sa 3/9 9:30am–3:30pm Su 3/10 10am-2pm March Course: 3/15 – 3/24 Pre-course date: F, 3/15, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 3/21 3:30-7:30pm Sa 3/23 9:30am–3:30pm Su 3/24 10am-2pm Spring Break: 3/29 – 4/7 Pre-course date: F, 3/29, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 4/4 3:30-7:30pm Sa 4/6 9:30am–3:30pm Su 4/7 10am-2pm April: 4/12 – 4/21 Pre-course date: F, 4/12, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 4/18 3:30- 7:30pm Sa 4/20 9:30am – 3:30pm Su 4/21 10am-2pm May: “Last chance to get certified before Summer Hire”: 5/3 – 5/12 Pre-course date: F, 5/3, 4-5pm Training Dates: Th 5/9 3:30- 7:30pm Sa 5/11 9:30am–3:30pm Su 5/12 10am-2pm

8 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services SPECIAL EVENTS Spring Camp Let your child explore the wilderness of the parks at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park in this nature-based camp packed with fun and educational activities. Please send your child with a snack, lunch, water and water appropriate shoes & clothing each day. Wilderness Explorers M–F 4/1–4/5 9am – 3pm Ages: 6-12 $200/$220 Mad Hatter Tea Party Are you looking for a great opportunity for your young one to dress eccentric and participate in FUN down the rabbit hole games? Have your imaginative child come bring a favorite stuffed animal to share craft time, a high tea party with finger foods and “Mad” characters such as Alice and dreamscape friends. Location: Aptos Village Park Th 5/16 3:30-5:50pm Ages: 5-12 $15/$17 Glow Night SC County Parks participants currently attending one of our summer camps are invited to participate in our late-night event. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own glow-in-the-dark paint design and participate in fun glow activities and games. Location: Aptos Village Park F 4/26 7-10pm Ages: 5-12 $10/$11 F 5/24 7-10pm Ages: 5-12 $10/$11 Pickleball Classes In response to the high demand for pickleball learning opportunities in Fall 2023, we’re excited to announce the continuation of Pickleball classes in Santa Cruz County! All classes are 16+ unless they have “Youth” in the title. Classes are generally 4-week sessions, and will continue to be posted throughout the year, generally 4wk+ in advance. Classes use the roll-on community nets at Willowbrook and Brommer. Register at: Location: Brommer Th 1/11-2/1 1:30-3pm $90NR/$75R Th 1/11-2/1 3-4:30pm $90NR/$75R Location: Willowbrook Sun 1/7-1/28 1-2:30pm $90NR/$75R Sun 1/7-1/28 2:30-4pm $90NR/$75R • 9 YEAR-ROUND ENRICHMENT SPORTS Kreative Kids Kreative Kids offers children a year-round enrichment program where participants enjoy art, music, creative play and a balance of individual and group activities. Nature crafts, outdoor fun and monthly field trips round out this popular program. Parents assist the staff and provide snacks for the class once each month for each child. Instructor: Sandy O’Connell brings several years of preschool teaching expertise to the program. Call (831) 336-1504 for more information. Note: A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor at the first class of each session. WILDER HALL IN BEN LOMOND – AGES 3-6 M-Th 1/6-2/1 9:30am-1:30pm $360/$396 *No program 1/15 M-Th 2/5-2/29 9:30am-1:30pm $360/$396 *No program 2/19 M-Th 3/4-3/28 9:30am-1:30pm $360/$396 M-Th 4/8-5/2 9:30am-1:30pm $360/$396 *No program 4/1-4/5 M-Th 5/6-5/30 9:30am-1:30pm $360/$396 *No Program 5/27 M-Th 5/6-5/30 9:30am-1:30pm $360/$396 Super Tots Sports Children can have fun and learn the fundamentals of sports in a structured environment. Super Tots Sports includes four* 45-minute sessions consisting of organized practices and games. Participants will build confidence, develop teamwork and learn social skills in a positive, fun environment. Super Tots Sports will include a variety of sports, skills and activities. Instructor: Recreation Team Location: Highlands County Park - Ages 3-5 yrs. Gymnastics M 1/8–1/29 3–4pm $56/$62 Th 1/4–1/25 3–4pm $56/$62 M 2/5 – 2/26 4–4:45pm $56/$62 Th 2/8 – 2/29 3–3:45pm $56/$62 M 3/4 – 3/25 4–4:45pm $56/$62 Th 3/7 – 3/25 3–3:45pm $56/$62 M 4/8 – 4/29 4–4:45pm $56/$62 Th 4/4 - 4/25 3–3:45pm $56/$62 M 5/6 – 5/27 4–4:45pm $56/$62 M 6/3 – 6/24 4–4:45pm $56/$62 T – Ball Th 5/2 – 5/23 3–3:45pm $56/$62 Soccer Th 6/6 – 6/27 3–3:45pm $56/$62 Strength Development - 12 Week Challenge Whether you’re a regular lifter or you’re just starting out, this Strength Development challenge will take your training to a whole new level. You will progress. Instructor: Scott Farmer and Natalia Rivera-Espana Location: GOAT Santa Cruz, 1055 17th Ave (rear lot) Tu/Th 1/16 – 4/4 6:15-7am $199/$218 (optional additional session Saturday mornings 8am)

10 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services INTERPRETIVE & OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS Reptile & Amphibian Walk Join Park Docent James Maughn for a saunter along park trails in search of herps: reptiles and amphibians, that is. Peruse the pond and muse over the meadow as we learn about the favorite hang-outs and resting places of these fascinating animals. *Open to ages 6 & up; an adult must accompany ages 12 & under. Space is limited for this free activity.. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 6 & UP* Su 2/11 10am-12pm Free Su 3/24 10am-12pm Free Full Moon Hike Come join us for a quiet exploration of Quail Hollow Ranch, under the moonlight. On this one-hour guided hike on the lower trails, you can search for critters and meander through the forest. Bring flashlights and/or a headlamp (though we may try to hike without them), and some drinking water. Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. *Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet up outside the ranch house before heading out. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 8 & UP* Tu 4/23 8:30-9:30pm Free Th 5/23 9-10pm Free Within These Walls: Ranch House Tour Join Park Docent Richard James on a tour of the Ranch house. Learn about its history from the Watermelon King to Sun-Kissed Ranch, Sunset Magazine, and beyond. This informative tour will give you the opportunity to find out about four of the families who made the ranch their business, home, and haven. Space is limited for this free activity. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 16 & UP Su 1/21 1-3pm Free Su 3/3 1-3pm Free Su 6/2 1-3pm Free For Goodness Snakes! In this exciting and interactive presentation, you’ll get a chance to see and hold (only if you want to!) a bluetongued skink, black and white Tegu, four different kinds of ball pythons, and a 9-ft. albino Burmese python! Brian will discuss snake senses and how these animals live and These fantastic offerings take place at Quail Hollow Ranch located at 800 Quail Hollow Rd., just two miles up Zayante Rd. in Felton or 2 miles from Ben Lomond via Glen Arbor Rd. There are approximately four miles of hiking trails which traverse a variety of habitats, including the rare Santa Cruz Sandhills. These habitats provide home for many species of rare and endangered plants and animals, including the Ben Lomond Spineflower and Mount Hermon June Beetle. Activities meet first at the Visitor Center, former home of the Lane family of Sunset Magazine fame You may register in advance for most Interpretive and Outdoor Education Programs. Create your ActiveNet account and register online at For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator via email at [email protected] or call (831) 454-7941. • 11 INTERPRETIVE & OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS Plant a Great Garden from Seed - It’s not too late! No matter where you live in Santa Cruz County, there's still plenty of time to plant and enjoy a big and bountiful garden! Learn which easy-care and versatile vegetables, culinary herbs and colorful flowers can be planted from seed now that will both feed the pollinators and sustain your family throughout summer and fall. Instructor Renee Shepherd is the founder of local seed company Renee's Garden. She seeks out the very best seeds from around the world, tests them in her own local trial garden, and shares them with other gardeners in the company's colorful seed packets. Her gardening values, enthusiasm and discerning taste have made Renee Shepherd a household name in the gardening world. Space is limited for this free activity. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 12 & UP Su 5/19 11am-1pm Free NEW CLASS Springtime Pests Few things are more frustrating than planting new spring seedlings, then finding them eaten or missing in a couple days. What or Who happened? Come learn about the most voracious spring pests in our gardens - snails, slugs, earwigs, birds, and gophers. UC Master Gardeners Delise Weir and Trink Praxel will take an Integrated Pest Management approach to this discussion. We will learn to identify the problem and then focus on natural control techniques that are minimally disruptive to your garden’s ecosystem. The class will include hands-on instruction in setting traps for gophers. Enrollment is limited. Sign up in advance to secure your space at QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 16 & UP Su 4/7 10am-12pm Free interact with the wild. For over 15 years Brian Gundy of For Goodness Snakes has been educating and entertaining children and adults with his reptile friends. He has worked with exotic animals such as birds of prey, African lions, Cheetahs, and domesticated animals of all kinds. Space is limited for this free activity. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 7 & UP Su 5/5 12-1pm Free Habitat Restoration French Broom is an invasive, exotic plant that takes over natural habitats. Join the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and park volunteers for a broom bash, removing these (and other unwanted plants) from the park trails. Your help with this project will improve the natural system of the park as well as its beauty. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we’ll call it a day. Tools will be provided. Bring work gloves and water. For ages 16 & up. Chapter web site: Trek to the Forbidden Sandhills Join a guided hike with Park Docent Sean Wharton to see and learn about the many rare species that make this special place their home: this is the only time to visit the flower-covered hills of the sandhills habitat. Wear good walking shoes, and bring a hat, and water. Due to the sensitive nature of the area, group size is limited to 10. This is a slow hike open to ages 8 and up. *Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be able to hike up to two hours. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 8 & UP* Su 4/7 10am-12:30pm Free Su 4/7 1:30-4pm Free Su 4/14 10am-12:30pm Free Su 4/14 1:30-4pm Free Su 4/21 10am-12:30pm Free Su 4/21 1:30-4pm Free Su 4/28 10am-12:30pm Free Su 4/28 1:30-4pm Free For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator via email at [email protected] or call (831) 454-7941.

12 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services ARTS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES Santa Cruz County Arts Commission The Mission of the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission is to promote, expand, and plan for the cultural life of Santa Cruz County and to bring artists and arts organizations together with government for the benefit of all county residents. Percent For Art Program: Building A More Beautiful Community In April of 1991, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors took action to establish a Percent for Art Program applicable to County construction projects. Up to 2% of the cost of construction of buildings and parks can be designated to fund the inclusion of public artwork. Projects currently in the works include the Live Oak Library Annex, the Aptos library, the Heart of Soquel Parkway, and Green Valley Rd. Multi-use Pathway. Public art opportunities for artists are listed on the Parks website: AboutUs/WorkWithUs/CalltoArtists.aspx Art Exhibitions Paintings, prints, crafts, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, and mixed-media works by local artists and crafts people are exhibited year-round at the County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. Exhibits typically run for 2-3 months on the first and fifth floors. Artists interested in showing their work at a County facility (Government Center, Simpkins Swim Center, Health Services Agency, and others) can visit the Arts Council website at for more information about the application process. Recognizing Local Emerging Artists Through the Spotlight Award, the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission publicly recognizes individuals who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work, but who have not received widespread acknowledgment of their talent. This award recognizes younger artists as well as those who are discovering their artistic voice later in life. Nominations are due March 3, 2024. More information about the award, the application process for nominated artists, and a list of 2023 recipients can be found at Artist: Anastasiya Bachmanova Poetry & Music in the Park Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while listening to live music and hearing local poets read from their work. This free series is hosted by County Parks and 2023/24 Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate Farnaz Fatemi. Time: 1:30-3:30pm. Upcoming dates are April 28 and June 9 at Mesa Village Park, and May 19 at Brommer Park. Visit for more information about the poets and the musicians. • 13 artistOF THE YEAR Tammi Brown Tammi Brown, vocalist, has been named 2024 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission. The Artist of the Year award is presented to local artists for outstanding achievement in the discipline of performing, visual, or literary arts who have also made a substantial contribution to the cultural enrichment of Santa Cruz County. Drenched in the uplifting and sultry sounds of Gospel and Jazz music, Tammi’s voice is filled with rich tones, elegant phrasing, and vocal versatility, giving it a unique flavor. Influenced at the tender age of 4, Tammi quickly found her musical roots in the soulfulness of Gospel music while singing, playing organ, and directing the choir in church. Her musical roots blossomed when she discovered the vocal gracefulness of Ella Fitzgerald, the rawness of Aretha Franklin, and the power of Chaka Khan. In 2008 Tammi received an invitation by renowned Jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan, to sing background vocals for the tune Steppin’ Out on his record State of Nature, which received a 51st Grammy Award nomination. In addition, she was selected to perform in the tribute to Quincy Jones at the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival and at the Hollywood Bowl backing the legendary Valerie Simpson. Tammi had the honor of singing an ‘Opening Song’ for the legendary Renaissance Poet, Dr. Maya Angelou at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in 2011. She was asked to be the opening act for prominent folk singer Joan Baez at Esalen’s 50th Celebration concert. That same year, she provided vocals for Blues great, Eric Bibb’s Jericho Road. To add to her impressive musical accomplishments, Tammi co-produced her single That’s How it Goes with 13-time Grammy nominated Jazz Fusion artist, Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Tammi’s music journey has placed her on several stages in more than ten countries worldwide including the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, The Monterey Jazz and Blues Festivals, and various prestigious venues throughout Europe and abroad. She has performed with some of the world’s most notable music industry icons, including Quincy Jones, Alan Parsons, Bobby McFerrin, Stanley Jordan, Dr. Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Spyro Gyra, and Eric Bibb. She is currently a vocalist in the two-time Grammy Award nominated Vocal Ensemble, The Cultural Heritage Choir, led by the legendary musicologist Linda Tillery. Recently, her performance on the award-winning Lost American JazzBook won the Best Jazz with Vocals album in the 18th Independent Music Awards. As a panelist for ‘Career Day’ at local schools, Tammi has shared with hundreds of students a pathway to obtaining a successful career in the music industry. She is the vocal instructor at the Music School owned and operated by former Doobie Brother’s keyboardist, Dale Ockerman, as well as founder and Director of the Santa Cruz Gospel Choir which consisted of 50 singers who frequently sang uplifting music in Convalescent homes and on Pacific Avenue to the general public. She has performed for many benefits, including the annual Prostate Cancer Benefit, the NAACP Gospel Night, The Youth Resource Bank, Red Cross’s Heroes Breakfast, as well as several benefits presented by the Resource Center for NonViolence. In addition, she’s supported and performed for every Martin Luther King and Women’s Marches held within our county. ARTS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

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16 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES County Parks Among the groups and individuals who have made a difference in their community through their volunteer work with us are K&D Landscaping, Santa Cruz Warriors staff, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, SLV Rotary, Friends of Quail Hollow, Felton Library Friends, Department of Rehabilitation and families and individuals who pitch in to help maintain our Pinto Lake Disc Golf course, Anna Jean Cummings Park, and Jose Ave. Park. Adopt a Park – Volunteer groups may adopt one of our parks, natural areas, or facilities. Responsibilities include park beautification, reporting park needs, installing and monitoring bird nest boxes and other fun projects. Adopt a Trail – Volunteer groups adopt sections of paved or natural trails, report trail needs and perform small projects. Adopt a Project - Assist with special events, a project you are passionate about, or a new park! Volunteers receive project coordination, safety orientation, and materials and tools needed for specific projects from the Parks Department. Quail Hollow Ranch Volunteers may lead interpretive programs, remove invasive non-native plants, assist with children's programs, maintain trails or garden, among other things. In return for your time you will gain a greater understanding of one of the more well-kept secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains and feel good about giving back to your community. For more information, please call Margaret Ingraham at (831) 454-7927. Junior Volunteer Program - Spring Camps Teens ages 13-17 can spend their spare time this summer helping recreation staff lead games, art and crafts, sports, and more for children ages 5-12. Gain valuable work experience and learn useful job skills. There is a $50 fee to participate in this program. Volunteer Opportunities - Parks, Trails, Beaches, Programs, and more! How can volunteers help? Individuals and groups can volunteer for a one-day project or dedicate themselves to an on-going or long-term project. Anyone can become a volunteer, whether you are an individual, family, or part of a group! Why Volunteer? • Give back to the community • Improve the quality of life in your community • Gain valuable skills and experience • Practice and strengthen leadership skills • Meet new people • Help the Department extend services to more people • Have fun and utilize your unique skills and talents! What can you volunteer for? • Youth Programs • Beach & Park Clean-Ups • Park Docent • Neighborhood Park Projects • Park Maintenance • Senior Programs • Special Events Contact County Parks Volunteer Coordinator via e-mail: [email protected] or call (831) 454-7927 Felton Discovery Park The Felton Discovery Park, adjacent to the Felton Library, promotes environmental literacy through its design and programs. Volunteers meet monthly to maintain the native plant gardens and remove invasives. Docents help develop and implement programs and activities for people to learn about and interact with the natural world. See more about the park features at If interested in volunteering, fill out the Volunteer Interest Form at • 17 ADULT & SENIOR ACTIVITIES Our heartiest welcome goes to you! Thank you for being part of our recreation family in our unique and ever-expanding line of programs! We’re honored to have you with us on this FUN journey! Please check in the weeks to or email us to let us know you’re ready to join us this Fall in organized activities. We want to ensure you are on our email newsletter list. We can’t wait to see you! In the meantime, feel free to explore the great opportunities we have in store for you at scparks. com. If you need assistance or additional support on our programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 831-454-7941 e-mail us at [email protected]. Capitola Mall Walking Join the Mall Walkers for health, fitness, and FUN! Meet friendly and supportive participants while you walk in a safe and protected environment. Walking is a wonderful way to be physically active! It’s easy, and it’s relatively risk-free. Walking is the most popular aerobic activity. We have monthly events and social gatherings at local eateries (lunch is not included). Come join us and be part of the movement. Drop by the entrance to the food court. *Stretch class at 9:30am. Location: Capitola Mall M/W/F 50 + 2024 Annual fee $25 Bridge Club Join us for a Bridge Club session. Everyone is welcomed from beginners to social players. Make new friends and sharpen your mind. If you’re interested in playing Bridge, a table is waiting for you. Location: Aptos Branch Library M Starting TBD 10:30am Everyone is welcomed from beginners to social players. Make new friends and sharpen your mind. Tai Chi Tai Chi is an ancient art form that has developed over centuries, and it covers concepts that are designed to improve our quality of life. This beginner’s program is exactly what you may be looking for if you are seeking a gentle form of mindful, relaxing exercise and stretching involving movements performed in a slow, focused manner. This class can be taken standing, sitting, or a combination of both. Come join the fun! Wear comfortable closes, bring water and sturdy, supportive footwear. Location: Aptos Village Park Session 1: W/F 1/10-3/8* 1-2pm *No class 1/17, Session 2: W/F 3/13–5/17* 1-2pm *No class 4/3, 4/5, 5/10 Location: Heart of Soquel Session 1: W/F 5/22 – 7/19 1-2pm Fitness at the Park A kinder, gentler aerobic workout appropriate for active adults who would like to include a low-intensity, lowimpact workout in their fitness plans. Each class includes anaerobic conditioning and stretching segments. Get ready to stretch, exercise your upper body with resistant bands and lower body exercises to build strength and balance. We will recover with relaxation breathing techniques. *Please consult with your physician before participating in this class. Location: Aptos Village Park Tu Through Feb 27 9:30am 50 + Free Location: Anna Jean Cummings County Park Tu Starting Apr 9 9:30am 50 + Free High Tea Party Fancy Hats, Pearls and Tea! Join us for afternoon tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Assorted teas will be brewed and delicious pastries shall be enjoyed. We will have instrumental music, assorted teas, pastries, cheese & cracker platters to enjoy. Location: Aptos Village Park F 5/10 3-4:30pm $25

18 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services ADULT & SENIOR ACTIVITIES Local Tips Chicago Musical A universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Location: Broadway San Jose Sat 2/24 Depart: 10am Show Begins: 2pm San Francisco Golden Gate Park Enjoy the day at Golden Gate Park by packing a picnic lunch or ride the Golden Gate Park Shuttle to visit various locations the Stow Lake Boathouse, Rose Garden, CAL Academy of Sciences, Tea Garden and more. Th May 2, 2024 Depart 8:30am Dance Classes East Coast Swing Dance Class Location: Aptos Village Park Tu 10:30-11:30am $108/$118 Session 1: 1/16 - 3/5 *No class 1/23, 2/20 Session II: 3/13-4/23 *No class 4/2 Line Dancing NEW Calling Line Dance Beginners! Location: Aptos Village Park W 10:30-11:30am $65/$72 Session 1: 1/24-2/28 Session 2: 3/6-4/17 *no class 4/3 Session 3: 4/24-5/29 Like us on Facebook: Santa Cruz County Parks Department We’re on Instagram: Santa Cruz County Parks Follow us on Twitter @SCParksDept • 19 Italian Vistas Experience It! Monteverde Cloud Forest Highlights: Rome, Colosseum, Ruins of Pompeii Choice on Tour: Iconic Pompeii Walking Tour or Leisurely Pompeii Walking Tour, Sorrento, Florence, Statue of David, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscan Winery, Venice, Murano Island, Verona, Lake Maggiore, Stresa, Choice on Tour: Isola Bella & Palazzo Borromeo Tour or Simplon Pass Day Trip. September 21 – October 3, 2024 Single: $7,599/ Double: $6,299 /Triple: $6,199 ADULT & SENIOR ACTIVITIES Extended Tips For details on our extended trips program please visits us online at or call us at 831-454-7941 Discover the Best of Eastern Canada Experience It! The Northern Lights Highlights: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Niagara -on-the-Lake, Thousand Islands National Park, Ottawa, Quebec City, Choice on Tour: Quebec City by Bus or Walking Tour of Old Quebec City, Montmorency Falls, Maple Sugar Shack, Montreal. September 27 – October 5, 2024 Single: $4,599/Double: $3,599/ Triple: $3,569 Discover Historic Greenbrier Highlights: Smithsonian Museums, Twilight Monument Tour, Arlington National Cemetery, Greenbrier Bunker Tour, Monticello, Tavern Lunch Choice on Tour: American History or Black History Tour of Richmond, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon October 18- 25, 2024 Single: $5,149/Double: $4,099/ Triple: $4,049

20 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services FEES & CANCELLATIONS Resident/Non-resident Fees Where two registration fees are listed (e.g. $40/$44), the first is for Residents (R), the second for Non-residents (NR). You are a Non-resident (NR) if: you live outside Santa Cruz County; or in one of the 4 cities (Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville, Scotts Valley); or in one of these Special Recreation Districts: Alba, Opal Cliffs, or La Selva Beach. Waiting Lists If your original class choice is full, you will be placed on the waiting list for your original choice and contacted if space becomes available. Sibling Discount There is a discount of 15% for each additional sibling who is registered for the same session of the same youth activity, EXCEPT for swim lessons. The sibling discount only applies to online registrations when two or more siblings are registered for the same program option. You must mailin, fax-in, walk-in or call (831) 454-7941 when registering to receive a sibling discount if siblings are using different program options during the same session. Cancellation & Refund Policy – Youth Programs and Adult/Senior Programs Requests for transfers, credits or refunds must be submitted in writing, and are subject to the following guidelines: 4 or more business days prior to activity start date: • Transfer to another Parks activity. • Withdraw and receive a full credit to the account with Parks; credits are valid for one year. • Refund will be issued, less a $5.00 processing fee. 3 or fewer business days prior to activity start date: • Refunds, credits or transfers will not be issued. • If the space can be filled from a waitlist, the account with Parks may be credited, or one can receive a refund (less a $5.00 processing fee). If the activity has already started: If the participant has attended only one or two class meetings and concerns cannot be resolved, a pro- rated refund may be issued. Refunds are not available if the class has met three times, or if a participant fails to attend. Course Cancellations: If a program is cancelled by Parks, a full refund will be issued within 4 weeks. Swim Lesson Cancellation & Refund Policy Please plan your schedule carefully in order to keep transfers and cancellations to a minimum. A $5.00 fee will be charged when withdrawing from an aquatics activity. Make-up lessons are not available if your child is absent. When withdrawing, the following options are available: 3 or more business days prior to the activity start date: • Transfer to another aquatics activity, plus a $5.00 transfer fee. • Withdraw and receive a credit to your account, or receive a refund, less a $5.00 processing fee. • Account credits are valid for one year. 2 or fewer business days prior to the activity start date: • Transfer to another activity, plus a $5.00 transfer fee. • If the space can be filled from a waitlist, the account with Parks may receive a credit; or one can receive a refund, less a $5.00 processing fee. • If the space cannot be filled from a waitlist, credits or refunds will be given on a pro-rated basis, charging for the first class. If the activity has already started: If the participant has attended only one or two class meetings and concerns cannot be resolved, a pro-rated refund may be issued. Credits and refunds are not available once a class has met three times, or if a participant fails to attend. Make-up lessons are not available for missed classes. Course Cancellations: If a program is cancelled by Parks, a full refund will be issued within 4 weeks. Junior & Little Guards Refund/ Cancellation Policy • More than 3 weeks prior to start of the program a $50.00 cancellation fee • Less than 3 weeks prior to start of program 50% cancellation fee. After the 2nd day of the program refunds or credits will not be given. • 21 REGISTRATION - Register with Active Network @ Online registration is now open. An Active Network account is required. Jr. Guard and Little Guard registrations open on Monday, April 8 at 9am. Mail registration to: Santa Cruz County Parks, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Walk-in registration: 979 17th Avenue: M-F, 9am-4pm. Phone-in registration: Aquatic Programs: (831) 454-7953. All other programs: (831) 454-7941. Please have your credit/debit card info. including CVC/CVV, and program numbers ready. Registration and a signed release of liability are required prior to program participation. Payment is required at the time of registration; fees are not pro-rated for late registration. You may pay using cash, check, credit card, debit card or e-check. There is a $40 service charge for returned checks and credit card charge backs. Activities, dates, and fees are subject to change.


VEN A CHAPOTEAR EN LA PICINA ¿Está buscando una excelente manera de pasar tus vacaciones este 27 de mayo? Acompañanos nuestro día de natación comunitario gratuito en el Centro de Natación Familiar Simpkins. Invita a toda la familia y refrescate en la alberca o simplemente ven a flotar. Lunes 27 de mayo de las 12 a 4pm. CAMINATA DE LUNA LLENA Únete a nosotros para una exploración nocturna en el Rancho Quail Hollow bajo la luz de la luna. Esta caminata guiada por los senderos inferiores tomara una hora. Ven y busca bichos y deambula por el bosque. Caminatas disponibles en 23 de abril y el 23 de mayo. HAZ UNA CAMINATA Los parques del Condado de Santa Cruz ofrecen muchas opciones de senderismo. Para una experiencia de senderismo más rustica, visita Miller Family Park y disfruta de la tranquila majestuosidad de las secoyas. El Parque del Condado de Pinto Lake y el Parque Anna Jean Cummings también cuentan con hermosas rutas de senderismo. EVENTOS ESPECIALES No te olvides de nuestros eventos especiales como el campamento de la primavera, un tesito estilo Mad Hatter, una noche de diversion iluminante para jovenes o participa en una clase de pickleball. ÚNETE A NUESTRO EQUIPO Estamos contratando salvavidas, y líderes de Recreación. Para obtener más información o llenar una solicitud, visita ORGANIZA UNA FIESTA ¿Quieres hacer una fiesta única? Encontrará el lugar adecuado con Parques del Condado. Se pueden reservar muchas áreas de picnic para su exclusivo uso, mientras que otros están disponibles por orden de llegada. Tenemos muchas ubicaciones en todo el condado de Santa Cruz para diferentes tipos de eventos. Visítenos en para reservar su próximo evento. CLUB DE CAMINATA "MALL WALKERS" Caminar es la actividad aeróbica más popular. Pasea y conoce participantes amistosos y solidarios mientras caminas en un lugar seguro y ambiente protegido en el interior del Capitola Mall. Sé parte de la movimiento. Te esperamos en la entrada del patio de comidas. Lunes, miércoles, viernes, a partir de las 9 a.m. Visita para obtener mas información sobre parques, programas y actividades. DIVERSIÓNEN LOS PARQUES DEL CONDADO DE SANTA CRUZ

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