M A P A

“To inspire wonder, discovery, recreation and stewardship of our

natural and cultural treasures in Mendocino County’s State Parks”

 

Annual WHALE FESTIVALS

Throughout the month of March each year! Check back for event information.
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MENDOCINO WHALE FESTIVAL

Explore the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino Headlands State Park. Chowder, Beer and Wine Tasting options festoon pedestrian-friendly lanes, while you explore art exhibits, local shops and Inns. 

FORD HOUSE MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER, Mendocino Headlands State Park

45035 Main Street, Mendocino Village, open 11am to 4pm daily, 707.937.5397

March Exhibit at The Ford House: Whale Tales – Exhibit featuring bones from a Gray Whale, information regarding the gray whale migration, and a whale quiz. Knowledgeable docents will be on hand throughout the Whale Festival with tips on when and where to watch for whales, and to answer questions regarding gray whale natural history.

 

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LITTLE RIVER WHALE FESTIVAL

The Little River Whale Festival offers lodging specials at properties throughout the seaside town of Little River, CA, a food and wine tour, family fun activities, and nature adventure all rolled into one weekend!

Be sure to stop by the Van Damme State Park and Visitor Center, located along Hwy 1 and three miles south of Mendocino.  The visitor center will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10-3 p.m.  Volunteer park hosts will share the history and environment of our park, which features coastal Spring Ranch trails, a lush Fern Canyon, a scenic riparian trail system, a Pygmy Forest interpretive walk of miniature mature trees.  For more information follow the link to our Van Damme Visitor Center page for a detailed schedule of events at www.mendoparks.org

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FORT BRAGG WHALE FESTIVAL

 Enjoy Chowder and microbrew tasting while visiting our local shops and inns, and whale watch from Pomo Bluffs in Fort Bragg, as well as from miles of beaches.

ENJOY THE EVENTS AT MacKerricher State Park, located three miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, is an ideal location for watching the whale migration.  A wheelchair accessible boardwalk allows access to the headlands of Laguna Point with stunning views of the coastline. Trained docents will present public whale walks with use of binoculars and a spotting scope to help visitors study whales and other fascinating marine and bird wildlife. 

You may also visit the rare, reconstructed Gray Whale Skeleton on permanent display near the visitor center and entry kiosk. Events are free of charge, for additional information call (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org.   

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POINT CABRILLO LIGHT STATION WHALE FESTIVAL 

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, located between Hwy 1 and Point Cabrillo Drive, occupies a spectacular headland thrusting out into the Pacific Ocean. Park and walk the half-mile down the access road leading to the lighthouse and gift shop or hike the trail through the grasslands. Accessible parking is available in front of the light station residences. 

 Visiting Point Cabrillo for the Whale Festival supports the Education Program.  Donations and profits help reach over 1,000 students and over 400 adults learn firsthand about the cultural and natural history at Point Cabrillo. Instructors not only teach, they volunteer countless hours painting and refurbishing the Marine Science Exhibit, docent during Whale Festival, conduct Road Scholar tours, and lead lens tours into the lighthouse tower.  For more information, visit www.pointcabrillo.org. 

Visit http://pointcabrillo.org/visit/events/ for more information