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Upcoming Events


Seasonal Bridge Install — Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Bring your favorite pair of rubber boots and meet us at the entrance kiosk for our traditional Spring Bridge Install Day. We will need two teams of volunteers working at two locations putting in the seasonal bridges for the spring/summer season.

Forest News

Seasonal Highlights

Seasonal Highlights

Winter Brings Storms!   These last wind and rain storms brought many trees down in Nisene.  Three crossing the Fire Road have been cut and cleared by State Parks.  There are many new ones, several on the Old Growth Loop including one huge Redwood (but not old growth) that took out many oaks as it came down (photo above).  Another across the Terrace trail where it meets the start of the Oak Loop trail.  State Parks is gathering resources to take care of these as well.  Join our trail work days 3rd Sunday of the month!

Flower of the Week

Flower of the Week

The flower we’ve all been waiting for is blooming!  Fat Solomon Seal, the lily-like forest flower that smells of Hawaii can be found at the beginning of the Westridge trail, along the fire road steep banks, as well as along the banks of the Old Growth Loop and Terrace trail. And keep looking out for: the small white with clover leaf Redwood Sorrel, gorgeous blue-purple Hounds Tongue,  yellow Stream and Redwood Violets, white Milk Maids and both white and maroon Trillium.  Look on the Vienna Woods, Westridge, Terrace, Oak Grove Loop, Buggy and other trails as there are leaves and blooms bursting forth.   Look under Park Info tab, Flora and Fauna in Nisene to see and learn more about these 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.

Image and Video Gallery

Fall Scenes
Photos of Fall
Porter House
Advocates Volunteers
Photos of Spring
Images of the Forest
Park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Images of the Past