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Name:Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center
Address:3600 Highway 1
Davenport, CA  95017
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-427-2288
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.

Educational Activities:
Guided cultural history tours (call for times)
Guided nature walks
Historic sites
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
Physical Location:Davenport
Funding Source:State Government

Jeremy  Lin
Program Coordinator

Related Agencies
Parent Agency:Santa Cruz State Parks
Subject Headings
 Government Agencies
Historic Preservation
Natural History Museums
Nature Centers/Walks
Parks/Recreation Areas
Picnic Grounds
Public Awareness/Education
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified January 3, 2016