January 21st to January 23rd - Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park is an American national park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, about five miles (8.0 km) east of Soledad and 80 miles (130 km) southeast of San Jose. The park features unusual talus caves that house at least 13 species of bats.
February 11th to February 13th - Camp Sylvester Family Camp
Camp Sylvester is a non-profit charitable organization that sustains educational and recreational camp facilities for use by youth organizations, community groups, universities, families, weddings, and special events alike.
Founded in 1927 by Stanislaus and San Joaquin County farmers, its first incarnation was as a “pitch your tent” camp for farm groups and youth clubs. Named after Henry Sylvester, a longtime 4-H Youth Advisor.
MARCH 25TH TO MARCH 27TH - NEW BRIGHTON STATE BEACH
New Brighton State Beach is one of the most popular beachfront campgrounds in California, offering over 100 developed campsites, including 11 RV hookup sites. With bluff top views of the the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, a visitor center museum, shade ramada for group picnics and special events, and campfire center with free summer programs, it’s no wonder New Brighton State Beach is such a favorite destination!
APRIL 16TH TO APRIL 19TH - DEATH VALLEY
In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
MAY 20TH TO MAY 22ND - HENRY COE STATE PARK
"[Henry] Coe Park is the largest state park in northern California, with over 87,000 acres of wild open spaces. The terrain of the park is rugged, varied, and beautiful, with lofty ridges and steep canyons. Once the home of Ohlone Indians, the park is now home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals, including the elusive mountain lion. Within Coe Park are the headwaters of Coyote Creek, long stretches of the Pacheco and Orestimba creeks, and a 23,300-acre wilderness area." - Henry Coe Website
June 18th - Garrod Farms
"Garrod Farms is a family-owned and operated estate winery and stables. We offer wine tasting, horseback riding, and horse boarding in the Saratoga foothills, just minutes from Silicon Valley.
The Garrod family began its involvement with California agriculture and open space in 1893, purchasing 66 acres from the Mount Eden Orchard and Vineyard Company. For decades we produced dried prunes and apricots, like much of Santa Clara Valley, which was known then as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight.” In the late 1950s, the valley started to become less agricultural and more developed. Our aging orchards were replaced by an equestrian center, providing boarding for privately owned horses as well as trail riding and lessons for the general public."
-Garrod Farms website
July 17th To July 23rd - Camp Emerald Bay
"Emerald Bay is on the west end of Catalina Island near the town of Two Harbors. Boy Scouts of America operates a youth outdoors program called Camp Emerald Bay at Johnsons Landing, the main beach on Emerald Bay.
Just east of the camp is a wide sand bar that is popular with sea kayakers even though the main beach is privately-owned and off-limits to the general public. A small island known as Indian Rock punctuates the center of Emerald Bay and is also popular with kayakers traveling along the northwest shoreline."
-California Beaches website
August 27th to August 28th - San Luis Reservoir
San Luis Reservoir was constructed as a storage reservoir for the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project. It stores runoff water from the Delta that would otherwise flow into the ocean. [...] The first water works in the area were constructed in 1871, when farmers built a canal from Mendota Dam to Los Banos Creek to irrigate their wheat crops. Many canals were added over the years, until they totaled 180 miles in length. Ground was broken in 1962 for the San Luis Project, which created the current reservoirs. Today, Los Banos area farmers cultivate alfalfa, grapes, tomatoes, melons, corn, cotton, beans, sugar beets, fruits, nuts, and raise dairy and beef cattle."
-California State Parks website
September 9th to September 11th - Mount Diable State Park
"Many visitors to Mount Diablo head straight for the Summit to enjoy the famous view. As mountains go, Mount Diablo isn't particularly tall - only 3,849 feet. However, it is surrounded by low, rolling hills and broad, flat valleys, so the view from the Summit is remarkable. When conditions are best, you can see almost 200 miles. Summer days are sometimes hazy, and the best viewing is often on the day after a winter storm. Then, you can look to the west, beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Farallon Islands; southeast to the James Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton at 4,213 feet elevation; south to Mount Loma Prieta in the Santa Cruz Mountains at 3,791 feet elevation, north to Mount Saint Helena in the Coast Range at 4,344 feet elevation, and still farther north to Lassen Peak in the Cascades at 10,466 feet."
-California State Parks website
October 14th to October 16th - Manresa State Beach + Kayaking
"Manresa State Beach rewards visitors with sweeping views of bluff-backed sand and sea, including the Santa Cruz Mountains to the northwest and the forested hills of the Monterey Peninsula to the southwest. Sunset and Manresa state beaches are approximately one mile apart on Highway 1."
-California State Parks website
November 11th to 13th - Stanislaus National Forest
"Encompassing nearly 900,000 acres and bordering the western edge of Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County, the Stanislaus National Forest is an unforgettable realm of natural beauty. It is primarily located in Tuolumne County, but extends into portions of Mariposa, Calaveras and Alpine counties. With soaring crests, sparkling mountain lakes, towering trees, and canyons carved by wild and scenic rivers, it is one of the oldest national forests in America (established 1897) and served as a bustling mining hub during the California Gold Rush."
-Yosemite Mariposa County website
"Camp Sylvester is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that sustains year-round educational and recreational camp facilities for use by youth organizations, spiritual retreats, community groups, universities, families, weddings, and special events alike. Camp Sylvester mission is to provide the best possible camp experience at the lowest possible price."
- Camp Sylvester Official Website