Little Basin

AmeriCorps Team Members

Hello my name is Sophie Finnerty, and I am from Minnesota. Before AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps I attended an Arts high school called Perpich Center for the Arts Education. I majored in the theatre arts. Before that, I lived in Vermont where I discovered my passion for theatre. I plan on double-majoring in Special Education and a Theatre when I attend Mankato State University in the fall. I will also be a part of the honors program at Mankato State. I got interested in AmeriCorps because my brother also did the same program.

AmeriCorps at Little Basin

A little over a week ago, Little Basin welcomed Silver 3, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team consisting of 9 members from across the United States. AmeriCorps NCCC is a federally funded program made up of 18 to 24 year olds who serve in communities where there is a demonstrated need. After 10 months of service, members are awarded the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to use towards post- secondary education, as well as to repay federal student loans. 

More Than Just a Slug

More than Just a Slug 


By Marlayna Kirby
While leading groups through the forests of Little Basin I often stop to admire the newts living in the shallow creek or wandering along the forest floor. Rough Skinned Newts (Taricha granulosa) are an interesting amphibian inhabitant of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Both children and adults alike find them fascinating.

From the Forests of Little Basin

He’s a fungi!
Many strange and interesting living organisms make their homes within the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I find fungi an intriguing and unique organism to encounter. Last weekend the Junior Ranger program focused on decomposition. We explored decaying logs and combed the forest floor for fungi. 


I awake in pure darkness. Most mornings the sunlight valiantly tries to fight its way through the redwood canopy and into our cabin. Today, however the sun is still at rest. The only sound piercing through the night is that of my cabin-mates Ade and Matt snoring. Carefully and quietly I try to gently climb down from the top bunk of my bed. Unfortunately I stumble and almost crash onto the floor. I stay still until I hear the snoring resume, reassured that I have not awoken anyone. I check my watch to ensure I still have time.

Little Basin in the news!

Little Basin was in the SF Chronicle this morning. Read it here.

2012 Grand Opening

On April 20-22, 2012 we will be hosting a Grand Opening Camping Festival at Little Basin ! Though more details will be announced in January, we know it will be a fantastic event with food, activities, hikes, camping, and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available. We’d like to have local businesses and retailers host booths related to camping…

WOLF School naturalists will be giving guests a preview of the new Family Camp program slated for summer of 2012.

Welcome to Little Basin

We are excited to welcome you to the Little Basin blog and website! Little Basin is such a unique camping opportunity in the Santa Cruz mountains, we want to spread the word! Yes, it is a new California State Park…yet it offers small groups (4 or more) fantastic camping options…and larger groups the possibility of renting group campsites and even exclusive use. Also, the recreational activities abound! 2 playing fields, a playground, volleyball court, basketball court, and a tennis court really do make Little Basin a "stand-out" campground.

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