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Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center
|General Agency Information|
|Name:||Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center|
|Address:||3600 Highway 1|
Davenport, CA 95017
|Description:||Open daily sunrise to sunset, year round.
The Newly Remodeled Nature Center is now open year-round Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 4:00pm
If you are interested in Trail Camps, they are open seasonally by reservation only Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please contact Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters at 831-338-8861.
If you are interested in Horse Camp, please contact the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station at 831-425-3758. The camp is open year-round by reservation only Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Center occupies a ranch-style house and grounds that were once the home of Hulda Hoover McLean, daughter of President Herbert Hoover's brother, Theodore. It now consists of an intimate, protected courtyard surrounded by a main meeting room, exhibit rooms that showcase both the natural and cultural history of the area -including photos of the Hoover family - a gift shop, and a large deck overlooking Waddell Valley and the Pacific Ocean. For those interested in birding, botany, intertidal marine life, and riparian habitat, the Waddell Beach and the many Rancho del Oso trails offer superb recreation for the amateur or professional naturalist. Waddell Beach is also known worldwide as one of the best spots for windsurfing and kite surfing. Regular surfers and boogie boarders also find it an ideal spot to pursue their activities.
Guided cultural history tours (call for times)
Guided nature walks
|Languages other than English:||None|
|Accommodations for Disabled:||Call for Information|
|Public Transportation:||Available Within Four Blocks|
|Eligibility:||Call for Information|
|Fees:||Call for Information|
|Areas Served:||Santa Cruz County|
|Funding Source:||State Government|
|Parent Agency:||Santa Cruz State Parks|
Natural History Museums
|This record last modified December 1, 2014|