MendoParks Celebrates 31 Years of Whale Festival Activities – The Mendocino Beacon


Every March we celebrate the breathtaking migration of gray whales along the Mendocino Coast. These beautiful creatures pass through our coastal community on one of the longest journeys of any mammal on the planet – from Mexico to Alaska. Since 1992, MendoParks and California State Parks have offered whale education at festivals. We are happy to share our 2022 activity program, celebrating 31 years of whale education on the Mendocino Coast!

Whale walk at MacKerricher State Park (contribution)

Free guided whale watching tours at MacKerricher State Park every Friday and Saturday in March: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Join a California State Park interpretive specialist to learn about gray whales. This ADA-accessible tour will help you learn how to spot gray whales, their unique characteristics, and why this animal is celebrated along our coast. The guided tour begins and ends at the Laguna Point parking lot. After the tour, your guide will be available for additional information and to interpret the gray whale skeleton located next to the MacKerricher Visitor Center. Each tour has a group limit of 12 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages are welcome.

Gray whale exhibit at the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, free admission.

Friday, March 11: John Reischman and the Jaybirds Concert, to benefit MendoParks at the Little River Inn. The Jaybirds put their own stamp on bluegrass, old-time and acoustic roots music, with a satisfying mix of traditional and modern styles, and they also sound like they really enjoy playing together. Tickets: $40, available at

Saturday, March 12: Guided whale watching tour in Van Damme State Park at Spring Ranch Barn. Join MendoParks in celebrating the migration of gray whales along the

Mendocino Coast with a 90-minute guided walk through California State Parks. Space is limited, registration is required.

Sunday March 13: 2nd annual Whale of a Bloody Mary competition, in aid of MendoParks! Join MendoParks in our 2nd Annual Battle of the Bloody Marys where local and professional bartenders compete to claim the prize for best Bloody Mary. Tickets: $75, available at

Self-Guided Activities: Free whale watching guides and a “How to Whale Watch on the Mendocino Coast” video are available at


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