The Coastal Watershed Council is thrilled to have secured funding from Save the Redwoods League and California Dept. of Parks and Recreation to invite every single Summer Fun youth participant on a trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park via the Roaring Camp Railroad train– And to sweeten the deal, each youth participant could invite an additional youth and adult! What could be more fun than sharing a special adventure in nature with close friends and family?
Above: Looking straight up into the redwood forest on our train ride!
Below: Crossing the famous San Lorenzo River train bridge in Henry Cowell State Park
In total, over 80 lower San Lorenzo River neighbors of all ages joined CWC staff at Beach Flats Park on the morning of July 22nd to embark on the adventure. As a massive group of smiles and excitement, we boarded the Roaring Camp train at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and were in awe as we choo-choo’d our way through ancient redwoods along the San Lorenzo River. Upon arrival at the train station, our group took a short walk to a sandy beach at the River for lunchtime and a serious amount of splashing in its cool, clear waters.
Above: All smiles aboard the Roaring Camp train!
Below: Our picnic lunch on the San Lorenzo River
Above: Hold on tight or risk getting drenched!
Below: The San Lorenzo River water is nice and cool and oh so refreshing.
Above: Students on the train really enjoyed viewing the San Lorenzo River from above.
This community field trip would not have been possible without generous funding from Save the Redwoods League, Adams Legacy Foundation and the California State Parks Outdoor Equity Program, and with support from the incredible Nueva Vista staff and Roaring Camp Railroads. Thank you for investing in healthy communities and a healthy San Lorenzo River.