State and National Parks hold weekend activities

June 21, 2007 11:00 pm

Triplicate staff

Redwood National and State Parks offers free programs this weekend.

On Saturday, junior rangers can take part in "Understory Explorers" at 10 a.m. at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center and "Amazing Adaptations" at 3 p.m. at the Jedediah Smith Campground.

Nature walks include "Wetlands and Waterfalls" at the Elk Meadow day use area and "Ranches, Roosevelt and Redwoods" at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, both at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m., "Wind and Fire: The Lifecycle of the Redwood Forest" starts at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove trail and "Lifecycle in the Ancient Forest" starts at the Nickerson Ranch trail on Howland Hill Road.

Campfire programs on Saturday night include "Bearing it All" at Elk Prairie Campground and "The Olympians of Redwood" at Jedediah Smith Campground, both at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, junior rangers can join "So You Want to Be a Biologist?" at Prairie Creek Visitor Center at 10 a.m.

Nature walks include "See One Redwood, You've Seen 'Em All...Or Have You?" at the Big Tree parking area at 10 a.m.

"Coastal Bluffs & Tideline Excursion" will start at noon from Tolowa Dunes State Park, with pre-registration by calling 465-2144.

At 2 p.m., "Marvelous Members of the Redwood Forest" starts at the Lady Bird Johnson trail and "It's a Small World" starts at Simpson-Reed Grove. "Fabulous Ferns" meets at Fern Canyon trail at 3 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., a campfire program – "Roosevelt Elk: More than Just Big Deer!" – will start at Elk Prairie Campground.