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Seabird and tidepool marine life viewing is also possible at Redwood National and State Parks. Visitors can views this wildlife by walking down the Coastal Trail for about half a mile from the Crescent Beach Overlook to Enderts Beach. Another good spot is Hidden Beach, which can be accessed via the one-mile Yurok/Lagoon Creek Loop. Visitors can also spot sea wildlife along Highway 101 at Wilson Creek. Tides schedules are available at the visitor centers throughout the park.
The Redwood National and State Parks offer several activities and programs led by rangers from the middle of May to the middle of September. A schedule of activities can be found on the bulletin boards at campgrounds, information center, and posted on the calendar for the parks. Among these programs are the Junior Ranger Programs. These programs last about an hour and are designed for children aged seven to twelve. Kids will have fun as they learn about the animals, plants, life systems, and people of the redwood region. The Junior Ranger Programs are offered at the Prairie Visitor Center, Mill Creek Campground, and Jedediah Smith Campground. All information centers provide junior ranger activities that are self-paced.
Another one hour program in the parks are campfire programs that may consists of storytelling, games, narrated slide shows, and/or music. The Elk Prairie, Mill Creek, and Jedediah Smith campgrounds are the perfect settings as the night sky covers the North Coast for an inspiring and informative night cap. The outdoor amphitheaters and campfire circles are wheelchair accessible, and campers should dress for summer's cool evenings. During part of the summer the parks also offer guided kayak tours along the Smith River, California's largest free-flowing river system. Participants will learn about and explore an array of topics as they paddle through the pristine waters, such as the Smith River's unique geology and how it helps the redwoods grow.
Park ranger-naturalists lead nature walks through the Redwood National and State Parks that explore the natural communities that contribute to one of the planet's most diverse ecosystems. These half an hour to an hour long walks allow visitors to immerse themselves in the prairielands, shores, and forests. Two-hour tidepool walks are also offered. During these walks, participants can get both their feet and hands wet as they discover the fragile tidepool creatures.
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