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Seasonal Highlights – Fall to Winter

Seasonal Highlights – Fall to Winter

Lots of gorgeous yellow highlights of fall color in the forest now. See the bright leaves each time you cross the creek, often clinging to rocks or swirling in the eddies making beautiful patterns.  Change in the forest of Nisene Marks.

Flower of the Week

Flower of the Week

Well the flowers have mostly gone from the forest this time of year.  Now we get to enjoy the fruits of their labor – Berries!  Not to eat, but to gaze at.  Fat Solomon Seal berries are red, then later turn into a deep indigo blue.  Fairy Bell berries are bright red, but hidden under the leaves as the flowers were.   You can also look under Park Info tab, Flora and Fauna in Nisene to see and learn more about our amazing native forest flowers.

Hike, bike, run and enjoy!



Porter House. Those of you who have wandered up the Loma Prieta Grade Trail recently have no doubt seen the interpretive panel at Porter House Site. If you're a long time county resident or even a recent arrival to the area, you may recognize the Porter family in the place names of Santa Cruz County – Porter Gulch Road near Cabrillo College, Porter Street and the Porter Memorial Library in Soquel, Porter College at UCSC and the Porter House Site in the Forest of Nisene Marks.  Read More.

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Advocates Volunteers
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Park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
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