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Spiky proteins called mucins allow banana slugs to crawl over all kinds of ground cover.


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Historic mine country.


San Jose photographer Andrew P. Hill and Carrie Stevens Walter from the San Jose Woman’s Club were instrumental in the original protection of Big Basin at the turn of the previous century, and it became California's first State Park in …


For Valentine's Day 2024, a romantic day trip on the Peninsula can include a historic estate, gardens and parks, San Francisco Bay waterfront views and world-class wines.


Fifteen miles of Peninsula pretty.


A visit to the Cowell-Purisima Beach Coastal Trail and the Harley Farms Goat Dairy, with a nice Cantina lunch and wine tasting at Sante Arcangeli Family Wines.


When we think of wineries near the Bay Area, Napa and Sonoma tend to dominate the conversation. But did you know that there are wineries producing world-class wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains?


The Fungus Fair celebrates its 50th, this year at the London Nelson Center in Downtown Santa Cruz, as mushrooms seem to pop up everywhere.


Discover the religious history of the Rancho San Antonio County Park & Open Space Preserve area, including Maryknoll and St. Joseph’s College.


The rebirth of our guide to the great outdoors is featured on California Local.


Outdoor fun meets citizen science in the annual birdwatching festival under California’s Pacific Flyway.


TikTok has evolved beyond dance challenges and lip-syncs to embrace a new genre: nature exploration, including silent walks, forest bathing, and "Hot Girl Walks." But how do these trends fit with conservation?


A comprehensive guide for families to explore, bond, and discover treasures hidden in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.


A hidden canyon full of waterfalls.


Coastside on Bikes is dedicated to preserving and expanding bike access and trail connectivity on the Coastside.


Just south of the San Mateo County line along Highway 1 lies Big Basin's Rancho del Oso that offers camping, hiking, and access to beautiful Waddell Beach. 


Visit the Portolá Expedition's "Discovery" site of San Francisco Bay by hiking the route that most closely follows the expedition's path, starting at the Bacquiano trailhead, Fassler Ave., Pacifica.


As the re-creation of the 90-mile Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail is on its way, Indigenous activists are working to remove associated statues and plaques.

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