Redwood EdVenture Quests

Dozens of scientific scavenger hunts throughout Humboldt County, EdVenture Quests guide children with engaging educational clues as they search forests, comb beaches, crawl into Indian plank houses and identify rare plants and animals. Those who complete them earn cool patches by mail. Eureka, the state’s largest coastal city north of San Francisco, offers five options: …

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Eureka’s Sequoia Park Zoo

For more field trips options, visit Eureka’s Sequoia Park Zoo, the oldest zoo in the state, home to red pandas, river otters, monkeys, primates, rare birds and, opening soon, a redwood skywalk that elevates 100 feet off the forest floor. The fun-sized municipal menagerie has print-friendly virtual resources for homeschool parents and teachers, including a …

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Junior Ranger Program

No family trip would be complete without park rangers. In Humboldt, children can work with them to learn about the natural sciences and earn ranger badges. Before visiting Redwood National and State Parks, download and print a junior ranger booklet. Children complete the activities while exploring the parks, turn in completed booklets at any visitor …

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Headwaters History and Ecology

The Bureau of Land Management oversees a little known but historically and ecologically important redwood park, the Headwaters Forest Reserve, which protects one of the most pristine groves of old growth redwoods, and the remains of an old timber ghost town, Falk, in the Elk River watershed. The Headwaters has two access points, the Elk …

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Additional Resources

Humboldt, one of the most family friendly destinations in the state, offers many interesting places for kids to explore beside the redwoods, including historic parks, agate beaches, a Bigfoot trail and more. The following links provide more suggestions on things to do that inspire as well as educate, whether for a day, a weekend or …

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