History Demonstration Days at Mission La Purisima
See what life was like at an early mission rancho. Natural History Day takes place on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a chance to enjoy a guided tour and hike focused on the property’s native mammals, reptiles, wildflowers and bird life. Later in the month on April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors will take part in the mission’s annual “sheep shearing day” and will learn about the process of wool production during mission times. The 11th of California’s 21 Franciscan Missions, Misión la Purisima Concepción de Maria Santísima was founded in 1787. Today, La Purisima stands as the most extensively restored mission in all of California with 10 reconstructed buildings, furnished rooms, mission gardens, and livestock to represent life during the 1820s. The nearly 2,000-acre historic state park is also home to 25 miles of hiking trails.