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Special Needs Walk
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
08/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map

Special Needs Walk

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

On this wheelchair and special needs accessible hike, Docent Nan Singh-Bowman will cover a wide range of subjects including plants, animals and the history of Big Basin. The hike will be paced for non-traditional kids, but everyone is welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared for very warm weather but bring a light jacket or sweater as well. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

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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
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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Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
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Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around. Exquisite detail!
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 24-Mar 16) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Art Seen

Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration

popout1804-maryjoMaryjo Koch doesn't overlook the little things. When it comes to painting birds nests and honeybees, every little twig and hair matters. With acute attention to detail and precision, Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around.

 

Her hyperrealistic specimens are often found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where Koch works. She has illustrated 18 books, and her work has been featured across the globe.

 

Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM-5 PM
Holidays and campus breaks observed.


Location: 11 Cowell Service Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-459-2953 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Homework Club at La Madrona
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La Madrona Athletic Club
Enjoy family time at home because all of your child's homework has been completed after school!
Date: Every Tues, Wed and Th (Feb 6-Mar 29) from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 1st-5th Grade Admission Fees: $60.00 Day/Session

Enjoy family time at home because all of your child's homework has been completed!

This special time is for doing homework under the supervision of our qualified staff that can offer assistance.

When all their homework is complete, they can participate in in quiet fun such as dot to dots, coloring sheets and mazes.

Sign up for Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays or 2 days all 3 days! Session 2 2/6/18-3/1/17

Session: Feb. 6 - Mar. 29

All Mondays in the session $60

All  Mondays and Tuesdays $120

All Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesday $180


Location: 1897 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 438-1072 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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Library Scotts Valley
Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science.
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Peer Led STEAM

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Does your child enjoy art? Science?

CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive

Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science. The goal is to involve kids in art using their own creativity. Parents are welcome to observe and learn but the art is for the kids.

Starts January 17

  • Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

 

At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

Anna is a junior at Scotts Valley High School. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to replicate those memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 210-6551 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

There is still time to sign-up for docent training. While there are a variety of ways to volunteer with us here at the Wetlands Watch, becoming a docent is a great way to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the wetlands, youth, and community! It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program.


The interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who help with field trips, lead wetland tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden and a whole host of other things. No previous teaching or wetland experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  

 

Come join us - the wetlands are calling!    For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ria Mukerji at 909-680-9872 or email at  ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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Library Scotts Valley
Kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-10

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) has announced a new ongoing STEAM program for kids set to begin on January 17th, 2018 and continue every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm - 4:00pm through May at the Scotts Valley Library.

 

The program, called CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. This new monthly class for ages 6-10 involves kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science. Parents are welcome to observe and learn, but the art is for the kids.  At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

"Learning about the relationship between art and science at an early way is a great way to get young children on the path to academic success," says Library Director Susan Nemitz. "And we have noticed that kids really enjoy learning from other kids."

 

The class is led by Scotts Valley High School student Anna, who is in her junior year. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to create similar memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Connect | Inspire | Inform
Date: Every Wed and Th (Feb 14-May 23) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

The program takes Spring break: March 30 to April 9, 2018 (resuming April 10, 2018)


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Spring Camp: The Art and Science of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling young artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Feb 2-Apr 6) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: 5-6 Admission Fees: $265 - April 2-6, 8:30-3:30
Special Instructions: Discounts for members and siblings, limited scholarships available

(0 February 2018) SCMus_SpringCamp2018ArtandSceinceofNature.jpgThe Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present an inspiring week of nature exploration.

Campers draw inspiration from nature through exploration and hands-on investigation! They make new friends at this day camp featuring walking field trips, Museum exploration, science projects, and nature-inspired art.

We invite kindergartners and first graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. With the inspiration of our spring "Art of Nature" exhibit, we will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme that will guide a variety of art projects, science investigations, supervised explorations, and games. "Leave no trace" ethics and safety in nature will be emphasized throughout the week so that campers will leave equipped with a better understanding of how to responsibly interact with the natural world.

Join us to build connections to nature and stewardship for our world. ENROLLMENT WILL OPEN FEB 2 at 9 am.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


Phone: 661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create 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 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
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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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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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 18)
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
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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