Friends of the Dunes requests a reasonable donation for specially arranged walks at any of the coastal locations we serve. Please call us at 444-1397 to arrange a tour for groups of 2-20 participants or for more information.
Friends of the Dunes offers guided walks and programs on various topics at different levels of ability from novice to advanced. Each quarter, we publish a listing of walks and workshops that take place at various coastal locations around the Humboldt Bay area. The majority of these walks take place on the North Spit of the Samoa Peninsula at the Friends of the Dunes Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, the Manila Dunes Recreation Area, and the Lanphere and Ma-le'l Dunes Units of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
We ask that you please call and pre-register for walks, or email email@example.com. All walks and workshops are free unless otherwise noted. Private tours require two weeks notice.
The Humboldt Coastal Nature Center is home to a Redwood EdVentures Quest! A quest is a scavenger hunt with interpretive clues leading you through many North Coast parks. Each quest takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. At the end of your EdVenture, you’ll find a final phrase, write this down and bring it back to the Nature Center to receive an official Redwood EdVentures Quest patch! Download the quest brochure for the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center below, and visit the Redwood EdVentures website for more quest locations.
Nature Story time is geared for ages 3-6 and takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your young nature lovers to the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center for a seasonally themed story followed by a simple craft project. Come prepared to explore the trails after the story, the Nature Center is about a 15 minute walk through coastal dunes to the beach.
Friends of the Dunes is excited to offer 2 sessions of the Dune Detectives Summer Camp at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. This week-long half day camp for ages 5-7 will connect participants to the diverse coastal habitats of the Samoa Peninsula. The Nature Center is located in Manila between the Humboldt Bay and Pacific Ocean, an ideal location for exploring diverse coastal habitats by foot. Campers will visit beaches, dunes, wetlands, and coastal forests while learning about nature through games, songs, crafts, and hands-on exploration.
Friends of the Dunes is excited to offer the Coastal Connections Summer Camp at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. This week long day camp for ages 8 to 11 will connect participants to the diverse coastal habitats of the Samoa Peninsula. The Nature Center is located in Manila between the Humboldt Bay and Pacific Ocean, an ideal location for exploring a diverse coastal habitats by foot. Participants will visit beaches, dunes, wetlands, and coastal forests while learning about nature and history through inquiry based learning and creative expression. While exploring coastal ecosystems, campers will record observations and reflect on their experiences through art and creative writing in nature journals. In addition to science, art, and cultural history, this program will emphasize coastal stewardship, eco-friendly lifestyles, and active living.
*Extended Care is available for an addition fee.