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State Park Activities


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active program of guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months; Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. You'll find a variety of activities suitable for the whole family.

*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.

Saturday, July 2nd
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS– ECOLOGY
(children ages 7-12 only)
Come have some fun discovering habitats of big sur and how they are all related.  Meet Park Interpreter Sara for one hour of activities at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)

Children and parents join us for a half hour of storytelling, art projects and games.  Meet Sara at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.
8:30 p.m. Campfire Program: Whale Tales Join Sara for a glimpse into the underwater world of our marine giants. Learn which whales to look for along the Big Sur Coast and find out where they are going. Bring your own s’mores fixings for roasting after the show. Wear warm clothes, bring a flashlight and meet at the Campfire Center.

Sunday, July 3rd
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS (children ages 7-12 only)

Geology Rocks!!! Come have some fun with the rocks of Big Sur.  Meet Park Interpreter Sara for one hour of activities and games at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)

Children and parents join us for a half hour of storytelling, art projects and games.  Meet Sara at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center near Day Use Lot #1.

7:00 p.m.
Campfire Program: “Talent Show!"

Do you have a hidden talent? Come show it off at the campfire center! Tell a story, perform a skit, sing, dance or tell a joke. ALL AGES WELCOME, Must be family friendly. Headphone jack/iPod hook-up available for music accompaniment. Sign-up at the show.

Monday, July 4th
9:00 a.m.
Nature Walk: "Valleys and Vistas"

Join Sara for a moderate hike and discover the unique habitats of Big Sur. Enjoy views of the entire Big Sur Valley before it gets too hot on this early morning climb. See impacts of the Basin Fire and how the forest is springing back. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water for this two hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck near the Big Sur Lodge.

The Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center is Open
Monday July 4th from 10 am – 2pm for the Holiday


Saturday, July 9th
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS– REDWOODS (children ages 7-12 only)
Come have some fun discovering our majestic California Coastal Redwoods and find out why they are so special.  Meet Sara for this one-hour program of activities at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center near Day Use Lot #1.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)
Children and parents join us for a half hour of storytelling, games and a short walk.  Meet Sara at the Campfire Center.

8:30 p.m.
Campfire Program “Creatures of the Night” 
Join park interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals adapt to life in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (red if you have one) Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State park Campfire Center.

Sunday, July 10th
11:00 a.m.
Children's Nature Walk: "Flower Power - The plants of Big Sur"

Join Sara for an hour of fun games, and a little walking.  Discover the many plants of Big Sur and how they grow.  All ages welcome, meet at the Campfire Center.

2:00 p.m.
Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls”

Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 mile one-way walk to the waterfall ~one-hour.  Meet at the Redwood Deck near the Big Sur Lodge.



ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS
:

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

Summer Hours:
(April through October)
Saturday & Wednesday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM

Admission
Adult: $12.00
Ages 6-17: $5.00
Age 5 and under: free.
Moonlight Tours begin April 4. See schedule on their website.
www.pointsur.org

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located along the Warden’s Path on the south side of the Big Sur River is open for visitors Saturday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. Come discover what lives here in the park!

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 Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

California Condor Discovery Center
Open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day

10:00 am - 4:00 pm, including holidays.
Come visit the Discovery Center in Big Sur, California located at Andrew Molera State Park. At the Discovery Center, you can see and interact with the exhibit Bringing the Condors Home and learn about condors and the efforts to recover the birds to the wild.

The Discovery Center is a great place for anyone interested in spending time in beautiful Big Sur, going on breathtaking hikes with views of the mountains and ocean. Bring your family or friends and have a picnic, sign up for tours or interact with on-site biologists and naturalists. The Discovery Center is open to the public and free of charge and was created and managed by the Ventana Wildlife Society.