Winter/Spring 2024 Activity Guide • 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.

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