Interpretive Activities Offered at Humboldt Redwoods State Park

[Nature Walks]
[Junior Rangers]
[Campfire Programs]
[Special Events]
[Field Seminars]
[Group Tours]

Nature Walks

Nature Walks are offered daily during the summer. Walks are held at various locations throughout the park. Rangers or Interpreters lead the walks. Subjects vary. Past topics have included redwood ecology, ferns, amphibians, river ecology, bird walks, edible plants, animal tracking, picnic walks, coffee walks and night hikes. Walks generally last one hour, but some walks can be longer. Check posted interpretive activity schedules when you arrive at the park.


Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers is a state-wide program for children ages 7 to 12 years. Participants earn awards for attending the programs. Junior Ranger programs are one hour long and are generally held at the Visitor Center. The program usually includes activities, a short hike, and a natural history talk. Junior Ranger programs are offered daily during the summer. Subjects vary. Past topics have included Native Americans, river ecology, geology, animal tracking, redwood forest ecology, animals and birds. Each participant receives a log book which they may take to other parks. For every program completed, the children earn a stamp in their log book. After every third stamp, they earn an award. Awards include buttons, certificates and patches. Most Junior Ranger activities are accessible to wheelchair users. Check posted interpretive activity schedules when you arrive at the park.



Jays is a one-half hour program for children ages 3 to 6 years. It is offered occasionally, but not on a regular basis due to limited staff availabliity. Check interpretive schedules when you arrive at the park. Past subjects have included frogs, leaves, animal homes and animal tracking.


Campfire Programs

Campfire Programs are offered nightly during the summer months. Programs are given at Burlington and Hidden Springs Campgrounds on alternating nights. Campfire programs include slide shows, singing traditional campfire songs, skits, skills demonstrations and other activities. Subjects vary widely. Our campfire centers are accessible to wheelchair users.


Special Events

Special events can vary. Several times a year, interpretive "canoe hikes" are offered. These canoe trips on the South Fork of the Eel River are usually led by Rangers or Interpreters. These trips are generally offered in the spring and early summer when the river water level is high enough. Call or e-mail the park for more information.
Other special interpretive activities have included a redwood ecology conference and docent trainings.


Field Seminars

The Visitor Center offers several Field Seminars each year. Past topics have included: The Ecology of Fungi and Lichens, Stream Ecology, Photography, Animal Tracking, History, Geology, Family Eco-Trek, and Bird Watching. Check the list of current offerings on the Field Seminars page.


Group Tours

Interpretive tours for groups can be arranged by calling the park or the Visitor Center ahead of time. Tours are led by Interpreters or Rangers. School groups have enjoyed tours of the Visitor Center and Nature Walks on park trails. One of the most popular tours for large groups, including tour busses is the Founders Grove. Tours may be best accommodated in the off-season. During summer, the parking area at Founders Grove is limited due to the large numbers of visitors.

Take a virtual tour of the Founders Grove Trail.


For more information, you may send e-mail or questions to:

You may call the park at (707) 946-2409.
Or, call the Visitor Center at (707) 946-2263.

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Revised: 21 November 1996
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