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Great Backyard Bird Count
Be a bird counter... for just 15minutes
Every day (Feb 16-Feb 19) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

(0 January 2018) GreatBackyardBirdCount.jpgThe 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 16-19. It's an easy way to help the birds you see everyday!

 

With just 15 minutes of your time, you can help scientists better understand birds.

 

Learn more and sign up today: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

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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
Phone: (831) 476-7946 •website Aptos 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
Phone: (831)420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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
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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Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
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This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Apr 22)


Explore California's Wild Edge, Prints by Tom Killion

 

California's Wild Edge; Prints by Tom Killion: Jan 12 2018 - April 22 2018

Natural Bridge, Tom Killion, woodblock print

"The edge where the Sea meets land, the coast, is where we face true wilderness." - Tom Killion


This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion alongside poems selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder. 

 

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. Since childhood, he was moved by the rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California.  Tom creates landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. This exhibition will feature a series of woodblock prints Tom made in honor of Santa Cruz County's breathtaking landscapes. From Natural Bridges to Wilder Ranch, visit your favorite Santa Cruz coastal and woodland sanctuaries through Tom's exquisite line work and crisp colors.

 

This exhibition is made possible through generous sponsorship from the following organizations and individuals: Scharf Investments, Nordic Naturals; UC Santa Cruz Arts; UC Santa Cruz Alumni; Julie Packard; Robert Stephens; Sarah Stephens; Terry, Asha, and Val Cole; the Aceves-London Family Fund; Wayne Palmer & Earleen Overend, and MAH members like you.


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
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
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
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
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
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
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: 02/24/2018 at 10:00am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk

Saturday, February 24 at 10am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Children's concert and ballet!
Date: Every day (Feb 20-Feb 25)
Ages: all
Special Instructions: 2/20 and 2/25

Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts


Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre collaborates with the Santa Cruz Symphony in these fun, informative concerts which center around the orchestra, directed by Maestro Daniel Stewart.  


Children's Concerts Tuesday, February 20
2 morning performances for local schools

Kaiser Arena 
140 Front Street, Santa Cruz


Family Concert Sunday, February 25
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street, Santa Cruz

 


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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
Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

(0 July 2017) GrangeGardenPhotowSquash.jpgGardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots. You need not bring anything in order to take something. For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com Tell and bring your friends!

 

The Grange Garden Exchange is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 8-9am in the Live Oak Grange Parking Lot
Gardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots.  You need not bring anything in order to take something.

 

For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com  Tell and bring your friends!

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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 (Feb 3-Feb 24) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 2/3, 1/, 24

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, February 3 at 11am

Saturday, February 17 at 11am

Saturday, February 24 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
Phenology Walk
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Arboretum
Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Jan 27-Feb 24) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Phenology walks are back! Free with admission.

Please meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.

Phenology: nature's calendar: phenology is the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch.

Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years.

YOU can collect phenology data and contribute to climate change research: The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit. Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network's (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

Help us collect data:Come to a workshop: Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommended. (eventful link)

January 27, Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.
February 24, Saturday,11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.
March 18, Sunday,11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn about the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!
Date: Every Sa (Feb 3-Apr 21) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: See varying meet locations

(0 January 2018) SanLorenzoRiverExploring.jpgThe San Lorenzo River watershed is home to you and me, AND all sorts of birds and bugs, fish and fungus, plants and amphibians. Learn about the wildlife that lives in and along the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!

Join expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists on guided walks along the river, to learn and connect with this beautiful natural resource in our own backyards. At the culmination of these walks we will celebrate Earth Day with a citizen science "BioBlitz" to capture biodiversity data along the river.

The following tours alternate between locations in the upper and lower watershed:

February 3 - Becoming Naturalists. Great for families!
February 10 - Birds of the lower San Lorenzo River. Great for families!
February 17 - The River through Time
February 24 - Fungus Among Us
March 3 - TBD
March 10 - Amphibians and Climate Change
March 17 - Salmon Spawning and Life Cycles*
Following the State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium.
March 24 - TBD
March 31 - San Lorenzo Salmonid Habitats
April 7 - NO WALK - Spring Break
April 14 - Bringing Stickleback!
April 21: Special Earth Day Bio Blitz

This FREE tour series is hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council and is sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and ClifBar Family Foundation.


Location: San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
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!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek 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
Opening Reception: Harvesting Our Heritage
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SLV Museum
Bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.
Date: 02/24/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Donation of $5 per family is requested

(0 January 2018) SLVMuseum_HarvestHeritage.jpgJoin us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Harvesting Our Heritage.

 

This exhibition, based on the research project and book of the same name, takes some bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Spring Management & Swarms Beekeeping Class
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Mountain Feed
Spring build up, swarm management and the possibility of honey production
Date: 02/24/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $45

Spring Management & Swarms Beekeeping Class
Successful beekeeping is an artful balance of skill, anticipation, preparation and luck. This intermediate class will explore the best methods to achieve this for Spring. Most of the beekeeping year is spent supporting colonies for optimal health and Winter survival. In Spring, management techniques aim for this, but also must incorporate Spring build up, swarm management and the possibility of honey production.


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Location: 9550 Highway 9, Ben Lomond Map
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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
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
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Romance in the Redwoods
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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

Romance in the Redwoods



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Managing Children's Tantrums with Positive Discipline
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Managing Children's Tantrums with Positive Discipline
Date: 02/24/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships and childcare available but only if requested in advance by calling 831-476-7284 x107

This dynamic 2-hour Positive Discipline parenting workshop helps parents manage children's tantrums. Children can experience big emotions and become extremely frustrated. Parents will learn the brain science behind tantrums, gain effective tools to help prevent and manage emotional outbursts, and discover strategies to positively engage with children so that they can express themselves in more cooperative ways.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Board Games in the Library for Adults
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Scotts Valley Library
Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Feb 10-Feb 24) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: N/A

Adults need playtime too! Join this program for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride. No prior gaming experience is necessary


Location: Santa Cruz Public Libraries - Sc, 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 8314177717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Clam Chowder Cook-Off
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City of Santa Cruz
Join the fun and excitement as talented Chefs from throughout the West Coast compete for the glory of the BEST CLAM CHOWDER!
Date: Every day (Feb 24-Feb 25)
Admission Fees: Tasting Kits are $10 each.
Special Instructions: Each Tasting Kit Includes 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

Clam Chowder Cookoff

Sample and savor clam chowder from amateur chefs on Saturday and professional chefs on Sunday at the country's largest and longest-running clam chowder competition at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Purchase a tasting kit ($10 each) to be able to sample the clammy concoctions and select your favorite Boston and Manhattan clam chowders and help pick a winner!

Each Tasting Kit includes 6 taste tickets (valid either day of the event), spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

The event will happen, rain or shine!

Enter a team today! http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/chowder

Full event details: http://bit.ly/chowder-s


Location: Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su and Sa (Feb 18-Feb 25)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Sunday, February 18 at noon

Saturday, February 24 at noon

Sunday, February 25 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be 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 Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee 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
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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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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UCSC Recreation
Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
Date: Every day (Feb 22-Feb 25) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $22

(0 Nov 2017) Banff2018Feb.jpgIgnite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes the Rio Theatre at 7 pm February 22 - 25 (Four nights, two programs). Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

 

Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. The 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 42nd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year's World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. Be moved. Be inspired. Don't miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit recreation.ucsc.edu. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $22
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip beginning December 15
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event Facebook: www.facebook.com


Location: Rio Theater, Soquel Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Harvesting Our Heritage
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SLV Museum
Bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Feb 24-Apr 30) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Donation of $5 per family is requested

(0 January 2018) SLVMuseum_HarvestHeritage.jpgJoin us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Harvesting Our Heritage.

 

This exhibition, based on the research project and book of the same name, takes some bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.

 

Wednesday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
To Bee or Not to Be
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Mountain Feed
Interested in beekeeping but not sure if it's right for you? This workshop explains what it takes to become a successful, respon
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su and Sa (Feb 11-Feb 25) from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

To Bee or Not to Bee: Free Beekeeping Overview 
THIS DATE IS FULL
Sunday, February 11, 11:00am-12:30pm Lecture, 1:00pm-2:00pm Equipment overview

How about this date>> Sunday, February 25, 11:00am-12:30pm Lecture, 1:00pm-2:00pm Equipment overview

Interested in beekeeping but not sure if it's right for you? This workshop explains what it takes to become a successful, responsible beekeeper before you commit to buying equipment and taking a paid class. Complete Beekeeping equipment overview to follow.

RSVP is required. RSVP by calling (831) 336-8876 or by emailing events@mountainfeed.com. Please include your phone number if you are RSVP'ing by email.


Location: 9550 Highway 9, Ben Lomond Map
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