Outdoor Education & Interpretation

Quail Hollow Ranch

Located at 800 Quail Hollow Rd., just 2 miles up Zayante Rd. in Felton or 2 miles from Ben Lomond via Glen Arbor Rd., Quail Hollow Ranch has miles of hiking trails which traverse a variety of habitats. These habitats provide homes for many species of rare and endangered plants and animals, including the Ben Lomond Spineflower and Mount Hermon June Beetle. 

Quail Hollow Ranch Programs

Class Field Trips

If you are looking for a way to deepen your students’ connection to science and nature, check out our five-lesson sequence, which is based on the 5 E Instructional Model and aligned with NGSS. This sequence offers teachers two pre-field trip lessons, a guided field trip, and two post-field trip lessons. It was developed in cooperation with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Teacher Leadership Institute. The new curriculum developed for Quail Hollow Ranch County Park uses an inquiry-based approach, adopted from the John Muir Laws Guide to Nature Journaling. It is aimed at fostering curiosity and heightening observation skills.

Docent/Volunteer-Led Interpretive Programs

Are you interested in learning more about the area's natural and cultural resources? Weekends and occasional Friday evenings are the times for the general public to enjoy interpretive programs at Quail Hollow Ranch. Topics range from stargazing, sandhills hikes, journaling, snake handling, and birding, to art classes, house tours, fiber arts demonstrations and history tours. Many programs are free or low-cost, and are offered to a variety of ages. Sign up for the Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch Newsletter for the most up-to-date information!

Get Involved with Outdoor Education Programs

Learn how to get involved with County Parks!

How to Register for Camps Online
  • Create an account on ActiveNet.
  • Navigate to the Activities tab in the menu.
  • Select Nature & Science Camps.
  • Register for your desired program and complete payment.
  • Thank you for choosing to participate in County Parks programs!
How to Book a Field Trip or Birthday Party
  • We are working hard to get these offerings back up and running.
  • If you are interested, please call our recreation staff at (831) 454-7941, or email us at rec@scparks.com.

Contact Us


(831) 454-7901 (General)

(831) 454-7941 (Registrations)

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited.