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Free Zoo Days for Children
FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission
Every day (Jan 8-Jan 31)
Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map

(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.

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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.
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Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate 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
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
Phone: (831)420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old.
Date: 01/29/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

The Power of Positive Parenting provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this free seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St, Santa Cruz
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 724-2997 x211 •websitecreate 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
Art 3 Drawing for Teens
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Art Factory
Art for Teens Ages 12 and Up
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Jan 10-May 21)
Ages: Teens Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Mon 4-5:30pm Weds 3:30-5pm

Art 3 Drawing for Teens

Mon 4-5:30pm or Weds 3:30-5pm

Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. We will focus on technique development and the creative process through a variety of studio art mediums, including science illustration, watercolors, acrylic painting, mixed media collage, printmaking and sculpture over the course of the school year. This class provides a wonderful opportunity for students to expand on school-related projects associated with reports and special presentations, as an alternative to the planned lessons. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
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Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is req
Date: Every day (Jan 18-May 29) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore Program, which provides free access to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for low income families. The program, created for families who otherwise could not afford to go, admits up to six family members for a visit. Just visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is required. Limit one pass per year per adult library card holder. For free admission to the Aquarium, you must present the ticket with your matching library card at the Aquarium's Main Entrance.

 

 

The Shelf to Shore program runs from the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Currently, a pass is valid from September 5, 2017 through May 25, 2018 and cannot be used on the following dates:

  • February 17-19, 2018
  • March 24-April 8, 2018
  • April 29, 2018

Who is Eligible?
You can get a Shelf to Shore Aquarium pass if you are 18 years old or older and have a valid Santa Cruz Public Library card. Passes are intended for low income families, so if you qualify for Free School Lunch, WIC, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or other similar services, this program is definitely for you.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 647-6886 •website Monterey create a direct event link
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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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
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Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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