Memorial Park

Memorial Park
There’s a humbling feeling when you’re in the presence of redwoods.

A gentle peace envelopes you like a fog that drifts in. This peace is found every day at Memorial Park. Memorial Park is located about 5 miles from the town of La Honda, in the Santa Cruz mountains (half way between Santa Cruz and San Francisco). Its 499 acres provides an opportunity to view outstanding old-growth redwoods and has picnic facilities, a visitor center, a camp store, a creek, and campfire programs. The park is known for its family camping areas and the Tan Oak and Mt. Ellen Nature Trails.

Site Overview

Common plants, which may be found here, are huckleberry, poison oak, ferns, redwood sorrel and horsetail. Animals seen in abundance are Steller’s jays, acorn woodpeckers, western grey squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and banana slugs.

Pescadero Creek is a winter home for steelhead trout as they migrate upstream to spawn and then move back to the sea in the spring. This stream is viewed as a very significant part of the local watershed and riparian corridor system. Bloomquist, Hoffman, McCormick, and Peterson Creeks join Pescadero Creek within the park boundaries.

The temperature is pleasant and occasionally a cool fog drifts in from the ocean. In winter, the air is crisper and the ground and plants are moist. The yearly rainfall averages 40 inches.. There are bathroom and shower facilities.

Naturalists at Large ‘s experience has been that the participation in the process of setting up and running a camp provides the basic framework for establishing group cooperation and understanding. People discover the unique natural and human history of the area, develop group cooperation through a shared camping experience, enhance leadership abilities, and learn basic camping skills.

Educational Overview

Students will discover the unique natural and human history of the area, develop group cooperation through shared experiences, enhance leadership abilities, and learn basic outdoor skills. Students will be introduced to the natural and cultural history of the Park and surrounding area while they explore the trails, study the various habitats, and live in the area for up to five days.

Natural History Hikes
  • Study of human impact on old-growth and second-growth redwoods
  • Coastal range natural history
  • Introduction to environmental science concepts