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Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center

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General Agency Information
Name: Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center
Address: 3600 Highway 1
Davenport,  CA  95017
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-427-2288
Description: The Center occupies a ranch-style house and grounds that were once the home of Hulda Hoover McLean, daughter of President Herbert Hoover's brother, Theodore. It now consists of an intimate, protected courtyard surrounded by a main meeting room, exhibit rooms that showcase both the natural and cultural history of the area -including photos of the Hoover family - a gift shop, and a large deck overlooking Waddell Valley and the Pacific Ocean. For those interested in birding, botany, intertidal marine life, and riparian habitat, the Waddell Beach and the many Rancho del Oso trails offer superb recreation for the amateur or professional naturalist. Waddell Beach is also known worldwide as one of the best spots for windsurfing and kite surfing. Regular surfers and boogie boarders also find it an ideal spot to pursue their activities.
Mission: The Waddell Creek Association, in partnership with California State Parks, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the natural environment, history, and cultural artifacts of the Waddell Valley and vicinity.
Languages other than English: None
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Call for Information
Public Transportation: Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility: Contact for Information
Fees: Call for Information
Areas Served: Santa Cruz County
Physical Location: Davenport
Funding Source: State Government
Officials/Contact Persons
Officials: Jeremy Lin
Program Coordinator
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Government Agencies
Historic Preservation
Natural History Museums
Nature Centers/Walks
Parks/Recreation Areas
Picnic Grounds
Public Awareness/Education
Volunteer Opportunities
This agency was last updated on May 9, 2019.