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Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST WINNING ENTRIES

December 2017 - January 2018

 December 2017 - January 2018

The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

 

This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.

 

Show these students your support for their creations!

 

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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Jan 6-Jan 27) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 1/6, 20, 27

Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, January 6 at 11am

Saturday, January 20 at 11am

Saturday, January 27 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Date: Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST WINNING ENTRIES

December 2017 - January 2018

 December 2017 - January 2018

The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

 

This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.

 

Show these students your support for their creations!

 

Holiday Closures
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Sunday, December 31
Monday, January 1, 2018


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Wilder Back Country Tour
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike well explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 01/13/2018 at 9:00am


Wilder Backcountry Tour

Saturday, January 13 at 9am

On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot.  Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 421-0139 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturdays 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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San Jose Downtown
Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 29)
Admission Fees: 15 10-under $17 11-older $10 bring your own skates

Downtown Ice is not only located in a spectacular setting - the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the rink

 

Our goal is to take care of all customers and make this ice rink the best skating experience anywhere.

 

If you've never been to the ice rink, here's what to expect, a step-by-step guide to ensure a cool Downtown Ice experience.

 

Downtown Ice is part of San Jose's Downtown for the Holidays traditions

 

Downtown Ice is located in the core of the South Bay's leading winter attractions and family friendly activities, which include the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Park once and make a day of it in downtown San Jose: dine, dance, laugh, and enjoy the spirit of the season swirling about you.

 

Parking is affordable and easy. Find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m., seven nights a week in city-owned lots and garages. After 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, receive validation from a participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more information.

 

November 17 - 18
Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight
Saturday: Noon - midnight

November 19 - 25
(Thanksgiving Week)
Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 5 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - midnight
Thursday/Thanksgiving: 2 p.m. - midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - midnight


See website for January schedule


Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 610-4055 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
San Lorenzo River Cleanup
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Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
Date: 01/13/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


San Lorenzo River Levee Clean Up

When: January 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Where: On the riverwalk on the corner of Beach St. and 3rd St. (near train trestle by the Boardwalk)


Contact: Emma Chiaroni 8314625660 ext 2

 

Meet us on the riverwalk on the corner of Beach St. and 3rd St. near train trestle by the Boardwalk

 

We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine. As always, if you have any questions please contact emma@saveourshores.org

See you on the river, Save Our Shores

Find out more, and learn how you can get involved at the Save Our Shores.


Location: River Levee, Beach St. and 3rd St, Santa Cruz County Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Come join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm. Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun with this week's craft: Leaf Painting!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
What They Wore
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State Park Mission
What the clothing meant to the people who wore it
Date: 01/13/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

What They Wore

Saturday, January 13 from 1pm-2pm

Color, cloth, & cut - the clothing worn by the people in the Mission was not all about style - it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We will demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the 19th century, and lean what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Dec 2017) Quilt-Flowers.jpgThe quilts are back!
The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


http://www.pgmuseum.org/.../wildflowers-through-a-quilters-ey...


Pictured are quilts from last year's reception.
#Quilts #Quilters #Monterey #PacificGrove

 


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) WatsonvilleAirport.jpgExperimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119 flew over 400 children in 2009, and has safely flown over 4500 kids since starting to hold Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form. The program is open to kids 8-17.

 

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:30pm on the day of the rally at the airport, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.

 

For more information, contact: Tom Hail  Young Eagles Coordinator, EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
831-531-8440


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-531-8440 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


ADOPTION FAIR!
EVERY SATURDAY
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2016) WatsAirport_SecondSatHistorical.jpgWatsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

 

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft.

 

The pilots displaying their aircraft can top off at our self service island at the lowest fuel prices from 0800 Saturday morning until 0800 Sunday morning!

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3575 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Free Zoo Days for Children
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San Francisco Zoo
FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission
Date: Every day (Jan 8-Jan 31)
Ages: All

(0 January 2018) SFZoo_PenguinsFree.jpgWe wanted to kick off 2018 with something big, that’s why we are excited to celebrate the New Year with a very special gift to the entire Bay Area.

 

From January 8-31, we are pleased to be offering families FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission.

 

For many children, meeting a giraffe, bear or lion is the highlight of their year and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a Zoo visit.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7236 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium
A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

(0 Nov 2017) Exloratorium_CuriousContraptions.jpgExplore small, surreal worlds at Curious Contraptions, a temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Like complex mechanical toys, these whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Take a look at their exposed inner workings and investigate the low-tech mechanisms that make these automata move.

 

This year, Curious Contraptions features the varied viewpoints of artists including Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, and Fi Henshall, plus artist residencies with Zapata, Hernán Lira, and Noga Elhassid.

 

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Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 01/13/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, January 13 from 12pm to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Fungus Fair 2018
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Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz
Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat.
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Jan 14) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free - $10

(0 January 2018) FungusFair2018.jpgThe Fungus Fair is held each year in January in Santa Cruz at the Louden Nelson Community Center.

 

The three-day event features hundreds of species of local fungi presented in a unique fashion, and draws thousands of visitors each year. The Fair showcases speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids' Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. Many books and mushroom-related items are available for sale, as are wild mushroom delicacies.

 

Did you know that without fungus, we'd have no bread, cheese, beer, or wine? Or that anti-cholesterol medicine was developed from mushrooms? Come to the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of mushrooms.

 

This unique Santa Cruz tradition features fantastic fungus fun for the whole family. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland forest displaying hundreds of wild mushrooms; the Fungus Fair also features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including fungus exploration tables, clay mushroom building, face painting, and more!

 

Come join us in a celebration of Mushrooms!


Admission

Friday  - $5
Saturday / Sunday  - $10, Students & Seniors (60+) - $5, Kids under 12 - free


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.684.2275 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Jan 27) at 12:00pm
Ages: All

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike

Saturday, January 6 at 12pm

Sunday, January 7 at 12pm

Saturday, January 20 at 12pm

Sunday, January 21 at 12pm

Saturday, January 27 at 12pm

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Art 1
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-May 26) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here!

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 01/13/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, January 13 at 8am

Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides, and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Event is free. For more information, please email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 

Rancho del Oso - Coastal Section of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is open to the general public.

The Center is located 2 miles south of Año Nuevo (or 16 miles north of Santa Cruz) just off Highway 1. Turn at the first road south of the Waddell Creek bridge and follow the signs. Extreme weather may cancel events; please call ahead. For more information or to register for events, call 831 427-2288 or email jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Go Green!

 

If you would like to go paperless, please send your full name and email to judybugg46@yahoo.com.
Rancho del Oso News is published quarterly by the Waddell Creek Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 13-Jan 21) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See times

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, January 13 at 10:30am

Sunday, January 21 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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January Triple P Workshops
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Triple P
During Positive Parenting Awareness month in January 2018, Triple P partners will offer numerous parenting classes and events
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Jan 31)
Admission Fees: free

During Positive Parenting Awareness month in January 2018, Triple P partners will offer numerous parenting classes and events including:

 

EVENTS 

Triple P South County Open House

Hosted by La Manzana Community Resources

Jan. 18, 3-5 p.m. 

521 Main St., Watsonville (in outdoor courtyard)

Stop by for food, games and a chance to win prizes! Meet La Manzana's Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families.

 

Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery

Sponsored by Triple P Santa Cruz County, a program of First 5 Santa Cruz County

Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola (inside the mall)

In honor of Positive Parenting Awareness Month, Triple P Santa Cruz is sponsoring a free day of admission to the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD). Visit Triple P practitioners and First 5 staff at the SCCMOD for a chance to win raffle prizes, get quick parenting tips and tools, and have fun learning and exploring with your children!

 

CLASSES IN ENGLISH

Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner

Jan. 16, 3-4:30 p.m.

Soquel Union School District Board Room, 620 Monterey Ave, Capitola

Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs. Attend this free workshop to learn about: Parenting issues that often cause disagreements between partners; How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life; and Tools to help partners support each other and work as a team. This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Child care is not available at this class.

 

Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience

Jan. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

Highlands Park Child Development Center, 8500 Hwy. 9, Felton

This free Triple P Workshop offered by Mountain Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience

Jan. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (in furniture section)

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to give instructions in a way that increases your child's cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently to challenging behaviors. To register: Contact Caitlin McElroy, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us (831) 479‐4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com

 

Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting

Jan. 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St., Santa Cruz

This free Triple P seminar offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

Triple P Workshop: Encouraging Your Teen to Cooperate

Jan. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Community Bridges Community Room, 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common causes of conflict between teens and parents; Strategies to encourage teens to cooperate; How to respond calmly and consistently when teens are uncooperative. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

CLASSES IN SPANISH

Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience

Jan. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St, #100, Community Room, Watsonville 

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

8-Week Triple P Group: For Families with Teens

Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Jan 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Group classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 23 - March 13, 6-8 p.m.

Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Drive, Watsonville

This free 8-week Triple P Group offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides simple strategies to help you: Build a positive relationship with your teen; Understand and recognize everyday influences on your teen's behaviors; Respond to parenting challenges calmly and consistently; Teach your teen how to solve problems and deal with risky situations; and Become more confident about raising a teenager. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

Lifestyle Triple P Group

Wednesdays, Jan. 24 - April 4, 6-8 p.m. (no class Feb. 28)

La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville 

Lifestyle Triple P teaches families positive parenting strategies to increase children's healthy eating and physical activity. Attend this group to learn: Guidelines for healthy eating, healthier food choices, and being active; Fun, simple ways to teach children to be more active; How to set limits about video games, phones, computers, and TV; and Ways to make healthy changes as a family. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


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Saturday swim lessons begin!
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Seahorse Swim School
Join us on Saturday winter warmup swim lessons
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-Mar 31) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 80

Join our non competitive swim team and our 2018 winter warm up swim lesson program.


Non-Competitive Swim-team : Our Team is learning how to create workouts for a lifetime of fitness. We teach our swim-teamers that swimming can help to maintain an active lifestyle for years to come. Swimming is a sport that can be done with little to no equipment and is often prescribed as a way to stay in shape after injuries are incurred in other land-based sports. We coach our swimmers on their technique and teach them how to take their pulse, how to use Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) to understand how hard they are working themselves out and foods that will fuel their bodies for a lifetime of health and fitness.

 

We put the workout back on the individual swimmer, taking the competition out of the equation, and putting the emphasis back on the individual swimmer to ensure a lifetime of fitness.

 

Our swim-team meets three times a week at Seascape Sports Club: Tues/Thurs 5-6pm & Saturdays from 10-11am.

 

Saturdays are all about drills, drills, drills... fantastic drills are used to help streamline each competitive stroke. Drop-in's are welcome and we always have space for you. All ages welcome. The ability to swim 25 yards of each competitive stroke is required to join. Level 4 classes will prepare the swimmer for swim-team.


Location: Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
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Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 15-Jan 28) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2017) slvmus_CabinetCuriosities.jpgCabinet of Curiosities Exhibition

An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.

Have something unusual to share - what have you collected on your life's adventures? Something from a relative, bought on a trip, found in the yard, made at work - let us make this the most unusual collection of exhibited items - younger, older, and in-between-er's are encouraged to share their treasured possessions.

 

Contact slvmcollections@sbcglobal.net.

Opening Reception December 16, 2-4pm

This special holiday exhibition will be on display from Friday December 15 through January 28, 2018.


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
On the Spot Docent
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
We offer interesting and enriching volunteer experiences for all ages, talents, and skill levels
Date: Every day (Jan 9-Feb 28)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE with Museum Admission (18 and under FREE)

Volunteer

Our Museum needs you! Volunteering your time and energy is one of the many ways you can support the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We offer an interesting and enriching experience for all ages, talents, and skill levels.

Already a Volunteer?
Sign in to the online volunteer calendar, HERE.

Interested in volunteering?
Please read through our volunteer opportunities and consider which position(s) best aligns with your interests, schedule, and level of commitment. The link to our Volunteer Application can be found at the bottom of the page. Join us for Docent Training from 9 a.m. to noon January 11 at the Museum. Please RSVP by January 9.

Interested in an internship?
Please read our Education Program Internship description and complete our Internship Application.



Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Events

Beach Cleanups
Description: Clean up Seabright Beach!
Duties: Pick up trash and recycling and take data to support ongoing research
Relevant Skills and Interests: Environmental stewardship, recycling
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Cleanups are hosted by the Museum 4-6 Saturdays per year.

NEXT CLEANUP: Saturday, January 27, 11:00-1:00.
Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to sign up

 

Special Events
Description: Help before, during, and after events, including Naturalist Night lectures, walks, and workshops.
Duties: Set up (tables, chairs, activities), greet guests, serve drinks, help with crafts/activities, clean up and other duties as assigned by staff.
Relevant skills and Interests: Friendly and outgoing, knowledge about the Museum and its mission, event coordination, fundraising, photography. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Events occur 1-4 times per month, usually on weeknights and weekends.

 

Education 

Museum Programs Docent
Programs: Ohlone Program (K-4th grade), Our Animal Neighbors (K-2nd grade)
Description: Facilitate students in investigating Museum exhibits, artifacts, and specimens through inquiry-based learning curriculum. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, anthropology, working with children, storytelling, Ohlone culture, animal biology and ecology, wildlife biology.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available

Wednesday-Friday, 8:45 - 10:15am or 10:45am - 12:15pm

 

Field Programs Docent
Programs: Wetland Walk (3rd grade), Nature Rangers (4th grade), Watershed Walk (5th grade)
Description: Lead students in exploring their natural surroundings and the life within them by facilitating making observations and recording data. Programs are held outdoors at Pogonip or Neary Lagoon. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives and collect data. Ensure student safety.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, geology, biology, ecology, wetlands, birding, hiking, working with children, outdoor education, watersheds, water quality.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available Wednesdays and Friday, 8:45 - 12:15pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 - 11:15 am.

 

Exhibits

Exhibit Care: Cleaning and/or Live Animal Feeding
Description: Help us keep our exhibits clean and fed!
Duties: Feed snake (California Kingsnake), change snake's water, clean snake enclosure. Clean all glass cases in Museum.
Relevant skills & interests: Museum operations, reptiles, wildlife.
Commitment: Six-month commitment. Flexible scheduling. Snake feeding and care once a week. Case cleaning twice a month.

 

Gardens

Garden Learning Center
Description: Help us keep our Garden Learning Center thriving for visitor to learn from. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting.
Duties: Watering, pruning, edging, weeding, planting, sign maintenance and restoration
Relevant skills and interests: gardening, landscaping, native plants
Commitment: Saturday mornings, once per month.

 

Outreach

Mobile Museum
Description: Engage with the community through educational activities and conversation to promote awareness of our mission, events, and opportunities.
Duties: Attend events such as Farmers Markets and community fairs to staff a booth. Engage attendees in conversations about our mission, exhibits, and events. Answer questions and foster interest. Encourage museum support through membership and volunteerism.
Relevant skills and interests: Communications, marketing, community engagement
Commitment: One event per month.

 

Interested in Volunteering?  Please fill out a Volunteer Application.

For more information please contact: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org

 


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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