Posted by: Stan Russell | July 28, 2013

State Park Sponsored Activities

The State Parks sponsored activities run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities. Junior Ranger, and Ranger Cubs program and activities.

*Park Day Use fees apply for nature walks and activities.
*Don’t forget to check out our programs for children of all ages on the Junior Ranger/Ranger Cubs Flyer!

Monday, July 29th
8:30 p.m. Campfire Program "Big Sur Bingo"
Come join Park Interpreter Sara at the Campfire Center to discover some of the local flora and fauna that can be seen around Big Sur.

Wednesday, July 31st
9:00 a.m. Nature Walk "Big Sur Then and Now"
While hiking up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls, travel back in time as we learn about the natural history of the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park today from the uplifting of the Big Sur coastline nearly five million years ago! This is a 3/4 mile one-way walk to the waterfall ~45 minutes. Meet Chelsea at the Redwood Deck, next to the Big Sur Lodge.

2:00 p.m. River Walk "The Life of A Pfeiffer"
Take a journey up to the Big Sur River Gorge and discover how the Pfeiffer family used the river and its resources to make a living. Meet Olivia at Main campground between site 1 and 2 (by seasonal footbridge). Be prepared to get wet!

Thursday, August 1st
9:00 a.m. Nature Walk "A Bird’s Eye View"
Meet Olivia at the Redwood Deck for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail. This is a 1 mile hike one-way to discover the magnificent birds that commonly fly over the Big Sur valley.

Friday, August 2nd
9:00 a.m. Nature Walk "Redwood Resilience"
Trees as old as these have been through many natural disturbance events. Find out why the Coast Redwood can stand tall for more than 2,000 years! Meet Chelsea at the Redwood Deck for this 1.5 hour hike up the Buzzard’s Roost Trail.

8:30 p.m. Campfire Program "A River Runs to It"
All water ways lead to the ocean. Join Chelsea at the Campfire Center for a 1hr program to learn about ocean pollution, the great pacific garbage patch and what you can do to help keep the sea free of trash. Bring S’more fixings!

Saturday, August 3rd
8:30 p.m. Campfire Program "Keepers of the Kelp Forests"

Join Chelsea at the Campfire Center to learn about the natural history, lifestyle, and ecological role of southern sea otters. Bring s’more fixings and a flashlight for this 1-hour interactive program!

Sunday, August 4th
8:30 p.m. Night hike "Light Pollution"
What is light pollution and how does it affect wildlife? Meet Olivia at the Redwood Deck for a light hike through the Nature Trail and the Wardens Path to discover some simple solutions to a growing problem.


Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours
"Walking Tour into the Past" Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300′. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited. Tours- Saturday: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m., and Wednesday: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. Come discover what lives here!

California Condor Discovery Center
Come learn about the magnificent condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008 and winter mudflows. Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.


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