Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 22, 2022

May State Park Programs and Activities

Programs and Activities, May 2022

Palomar Mountain State Park

** All programs are free to attend, but parking fee costs $10. Park at Doane Pond parking lot for closest access to programs taking place at the Campfire Center of Doane Valley Campground. **

“Interpretation is a special form of communication that helps people understand, appreciate, and emotionally connect with the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved in parks. It is the mission of interpretation in California State Parks to convey messages that initially will help visitors value their experience, and that ultimately will foster a conservation ethic and promote a dedicated park constituency.”

Friday, May 6 – Talk: Palomar’s Geology and The Watershed                     

When: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Palomar Mountain has a unique geologic history that greatly affects the way water flows off, around, and through it. It may surprise you just how much one affects the other!

Where: Campfire Center, Doane Valley Campground

Saturday, May 7 – Hike: Weir Trail

When: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Hike streamside along Pauma Creek and discover the odd secret at the end of this scenic and diverse trail. 2 miles out & back, 200 ft. ascent coming back. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water!

Where: Meet @ Doane Pond Parking Lot

Saturday, May 7 – Jr Rangers: Reptiles & Amphibians         

When: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Special program for kids ages 7-12. Learn about our park’s scaly and slimy friends! Second session available for kids ages 6 and under upon request. 

Where: Meet @ Campfire Center of Doane Valley Campground

Saturday, May 7 – Campfire Program: Sing-Along Songs        

When: 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Join us for a night of singing classic campfire songs! You’re sure to leave this program with a spring in your step and a song in your heart!

Where: Campfire Center, Doane Valley Campground 

Friday, May 13 – Talk: Jurassic Origins               

When: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Did you know that some of the rocks on Palomar Mountain were formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth? Join us to learn how shallow seas became mountain peaks. 

Where: Campfire Center, Doane Valley Campground

Saturday, May 14 – Hike: Doane Valley Nature Trail                    

When: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us for a hike on the park’s quintessential trail. 1 mile in length. Moderate difficulty with 2 creek crossings. Diverse habitats await!

Where: Meet @ Doane Pond Parking Lot

Saturday, May 14 – Jr Rangers: Birds      

When: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Special program for kids ages 7-12. Learn about our park’s feathered friends! Second session available for kids ages 6 and under upon request. 

Where: Meet @ Campfire Center of Doane Valley Campground

Saturday, May 14 – Meet & Greet      

When: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meet our interpreter and other staff, and come with questions and curiosities. Props, games, brochures, and good times abound! 

Where: Doane Valley Family Campground, near the campground entrance

Friday, May 20 – Talk: Soil Ecology                  

When: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

There is an entire world beneath our feet. Join us for an interpretive presentation to illuminate the fascinating ecology happening on a microscopic scale. 

Where: Campfire Center, Doane Valley Campground

Saturday, May 21 – Hike: Thunder Springs to Upper Doane Valley Trail       

When: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Upper Doane Valley is one of Palomar’s most pristine meadows and a vital component of the mountain’s delicate ecosystem. Join us for a 2-mile hike around the meadow.

Where: Meet @ Doane Pond Parking Lot

Saturday, May 21 – Jr Rangers: Geology      

When: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Special program for kids ages 7-12. Learn about our park’s rocky past! Second session available for kids ages 6 and under upon request. 

Where: Meet @ Campfire Center, Doane Valley Campground

Saturday, May 21 – Campfire Program: Geology of Palomar Mountain            

When: 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Palomar Mountain has a decorated and unique geologic history that affects life on the mountain for plants, animals, and humans alike. 

Where: Campfire Center, Doane Valley Campground

Saturday, May 28 – Hike: Boucher Trail            

When: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Boucher Trail traverses through the densest area of Black Oak in the park. Gorgeous spring colors and fantastic views await! 2 miles out & back, 330 ft. ascent.

Where: Meet @ Silvercrest Picnic Area Parking Lot

Saturday, May 28 – Jr Rangers: Plants    

When: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Special program for kids ages 7-12. Learn about our park’s diverse plant life! Second session available for kids ages 6 and under upon request. 

Where: Meet @ Campfire Center, Doane Valley Campground


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