Implementation of the new multi-use trail system in Arana Gulch will create a unique opportunity for the Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum to implament “The Arana Gulch Interpretive Program” within an urbanized setting. Opportunities exist for a diverse population of residents and visitors to view a variety of habitats and wildlife, and to learn about resource management and environmental stewardship. Some of the primary objectives of the project are to maximize opportunities to educate, inform, and inspire users of the trail system. The interpretive program will enhance their enjoyment of Arana Gulch and its resources, and encourage them to take action to help protect our local natural resources.
|Mock-up of Hagemann Gulch panel to be installed along the new trail|
|New entry sign for Arana Gulch|
Through interpretive programs, visitors will learn about the natural value of the area, and be inspired to support programs to restore and protect Arana Gulch’s ecological integrity. With an informed public who understand the benefit of healthy local ecosystems, Arana Gulch will attract more funding for restoration to support native plants, animals, and sensitive habitats.