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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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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
International Migratory Bird Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 3pm
Guided Bird Walks on the hour starting at 8am

On Saturday, May 12, California State Parks and the Santa Cruz Bird Club invite you to fly, walk, bike, or drive to the first International Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. Celebrate the amazing journey of flying future mothers and their mates as they migrate across the country. Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid's crafts and activities.

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Santa Cruz Bird Club, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
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Watsonville Wetlands
A bird walk and a beautiful photo-journal presentation
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:30pm

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(0 April 2018) WatsWetlands_MigrationDay.jpgWorld Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Join us on Saturday, May 12th, when we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2018!

Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting two activities to celebrate The Year of the Bird on Saturday, May 12th, including a bird walk and a beautiful photo-journal presentation.

The bird walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the paved trail system on upper Struve Slough. This tour, led by Jeff Caplan, is both bi-lingual and wheelchair accessible. Participants will meet directly at the trail head located at the parking lot below the Body Zone in Watsonville. Wear layers, bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and water. The bird walk is free and open to beginners and more advanced birding enthusiasts alike, but you must register

An encore presentation of Seraphina Landgrebe's "Ospreys of Harkins Slough" photo-journal presentation will take place on May 12th, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fitz WERC located at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville. Master photographer, Seraphina Landgrebe, spent five months documenting the life of a pair of Ospreys at Harkins Slough. The result is a spectacular photo journal she captured of the Osprey's life. In this presentation, Seraphina will show the beautiful photos she took and talk about her experience observing and photographing the Ospreys. The presentation is free, but you must register.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Redwood Saturday: Slug's Pace Stroll
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State Park Nisene
We will discover how to "read the forest" as we explore Aptos Creek Canyon at a leisurely pace.
Date: 05/12/2018 at 11:00am


Redwood Saturday: Slug's Pace Stroll

Saturday, May 12 at 11am

Join us on a mile-long hike of exploration and learning. Together, we will discover how to "read the forest" as we explore Aptos Creek Canyon at a leisurely pace. We will also cover the park's history, both natural and related to the logging industry that thrived here over a century ago. Bring hiking shoes, water, and snacks and meet at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park entrance kiosk. Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $8. Please note that we expect extremely limited parking; please consider carpooling, arranging for drop-off and pick-up, or walking or biking in from the neighborhood. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444.

 

 

Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $8. Please note that we expect extremely limited parking; please consider carpooling, arranging for drop-off and pick-up, or walking or biking in from the neighborhood. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444.

 

 


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SCCS Ted Talks
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Santa Cruz Children's School
Hands-on science activities for all ages
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm


(0 A May 2018) SCCS-TedTalks.jpgWe are so proud to announce that our eldest students (4th-6th grade) will be performing their SCCS TED-Ed Talks at UCSC in Marine Sciences B206.

 

The lineup includes multimedia presentations on such diverse concepts as apitherapy, the science behind smiles, what's really in your neighbor's fast food, self-driving cars, black holes, rabies, intriguing international borders, slime, the ramifications of privatized fishing, can we live on Mars, the science behind mythconceptions (sorry Henry), and whether you can even be sure that you exist!

 

In addition to the talks at this FREE event, there will be hands-on science activities for all ages as well as food. Please join us and support the next generation of scientists with your sense of wonder.


Location: UCSC, Marine Sciences B206, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Concert Five: Eternal Baroque New Music in Old Styles
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Experience how ground-breaking these musical statements once were
Date: 05/12/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: all ages welcome

(0 February 2018) BaroqueMay2018.jpgConcert Five: Eternal Baroque – New Music in Old Styles

Baroque music is, in some ways, familiar to us all. There are melodies and musical styles that were revolutionary in their time but merely commonplace to our modern ears.

This concert seeks to take these time-honored styles and make them new again, to allow the audience to experience how ground-breaking these musical statements once were.

Original works in High Baroque style by celebrated living composers Nicola Canzano, Martin Gaskell, Willem Ceuleers and others, including the cash prize winners of the Baroque Festival Bach Chorale Competition.

Vicki Melin, traverso flute
Lynn Tetenbaum & David Morris, violas da gamba
Vlada Moran, pipe organ
Nicola Canzano, harpsichord
UCSC Vocal Octet, conducted by Michael McGushin

 

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Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Odd Couple
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Jewel Theatre Co
Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born.
Date: Every day (May 2-May 27)
Admission Fees: $26/$48

 

(0 A May 2018) OddCouple.jpgTHE ODD COUPLE
by Neil Simon

Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh

Matinee show added
Saturday May 19th at 2pm.

This classic comedy, from beloved playwright Neil Simon, centers on two men. The slovenly Oscar Madison, and the neat freak Felix Unger. The action takes place in the apartment of divorcee Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Felix Unger, fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, has just been separated from his wife, and is looking for a place to stay. Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born. Tony Nominated for Best Play and Winner of Best Author of a Play, 1965.


"A classic American work of comic art" - NY Times


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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
Senderos Fiesta
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Senderos
Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities
Date: 05/12/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

(0 April 2018) SenderosGirls.jpgSenderos invites you to join the free Cooper Street Fiesta from 5-7pm with Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities.

 

The Senderos community of musicians and dancers will arrive in a convite/procession at Cooper Street, downtown Santa Cruz at 5pm.

 

Colorful folkloric dancing by Senderos' Centeotl Danza y Baile who will be accompanied by Senderos' Ensamble Musical and visiting student musicians from Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, renowned for their traditional Banda de Viento music. Put on your dancing shoes!


This event is co-sponsored by Santa Cruz City Arts and Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art.


Location: Cooper Street & Pacific Ave, Cooper Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 854-7740 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Mar 3-Feb 17)

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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, March 3 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, March 17 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest
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Save Our Shores
Get excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and wi
Date: Every day (Apr 1-May 31)


(0 March 2018) SaveOurShores-PhotoContest.jpgGet excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and will continue to do so until Thursday, May 31.

 

Each year, Save Our Shores encourages amateur photographers to submit their best shots from state marine protected areas (MPAs) along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to our Waves and Wildlife competition. The best images are then displayed in a month-long exhibit at the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Save Our Shores aims to raise awareness and appreciation of our local marine protected areas by highlighting these locations and the amazing wildlife and ecosystems within them. Below are some of our top submissions from the 2017 Waves and Wildlife photo competition.


Winners will be announced in mid-June and the best photos will be displayed throughout July in an exhibit at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center - Unofficial!

Go to saveourshores.org/wavesandwildlife to learn more about the #wavesandwildlife competition!


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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 27-May 20) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


Annual High School Show

Since 1955 the Santa Cruz Art League's High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school age artists in our county. Students from local public, private, charter, home and at -risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art League's state-of-the-art space and give the audience a preview of the next generation of local artists.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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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

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. 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
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

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

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

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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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
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley 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
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
Sundays at 1pm

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
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BOOK SIGNING for CHILDREN 4-9 years old KELLY's Books Watsonvill
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Linda S. Gunther and Kelly's Books 838 Main Street Watsonville
FELICITY FINDS FASHION - Children's Book Signing Event
Date: 05/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 4 years - 9 years Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Book Signing Children's Illustrated book, free bookmark and treats for kids

(0 A May 2018) Book_FelicityFindsFashion.jpgOn Saturday, May 12th from 1:00-3:00 pm at KELLY's Books (838 Main Street - Watsonville), meet local author, Linda S. Gunther for book signing, treats and free bookmarks. 

 

FELICITY FINDS FASHION is the featured illustrated children's book.

 

If you like geckos? Like adventures in big cities? Enjoy stories that travel across the ocean? COME TO THIS EVENT with your kids!


Location: KELLY's Books, 838 Main Street
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What They Wore
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State Park Mission
What the clothing meant to the people who wore it
Date: 05/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

What They Wore

Saturday, May 12 at 1pm

Color, cloth, & cut - the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn't all about style - it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We'll demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the early 19th century, and learn what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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2018 Bike Week Schedule :
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Ecology Action
Find a bike activity to suit your skills!
Date: Every day (May 4-May 12)


2018 Bike Week Schedule :

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Bike Week First Friday at the Museum of Art & History (5pm to 9pm): Join us for a special Bike Week First Friday at the MAH , the kick-off celebration to Bike Week hosted by Ecology Action and Bike Santa Cruz County! Bike Night is a family-friendly, inclusive experience for community members to celebrate biking in Santa Cruz. So, come on down to participate in a variety of environmentally-focused art, craft and playful activities. Event highlights include:

  • Bike stunts performed by Matt Myer, our local stunt bike legend
  • Electric bikes on display featuring the new JUMP electric bikes which will be the City of Santa Cruz Bike Share bikes and Blix
  • Local frame builders on display: Rock Lobster Cycles, Caletti Cycles, and Frances Cycles
  • Totally Tubular designs selling fun bike-merchandise
  • Little Giant Collective which will be running screen printing and art activities
  • Check out our local bike-powered compost collection company, Santa Cruz Community Compost and see the infinite possibilities with two wheels
  • Live music with Cosmic Pinball
  • Bike Valet courtesy of Bike Santa Cruz County
  • Remember to share our Facebook event and invite your friends!

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Bird School Project Bike and Bird (9am to Noon): The Bird School Project is a local outdoor education organization who provides phenomena-based science lessons focused on birdwatching for middle school students. Join them for a special coastal bike and bird tour through Santa Cruz's westside to visit some familiar local hotspots for birds on their migratory journeys! Come prepared for being outside in sun, wind, or changing conditions for about 3 hours. BSP will supply optics equipment for close up viewing of wildlife for those without, but if you have binoculars please bring them along! We'll meet at 9 am at the entrance to Natural Bridges along Delaware Ave. After exploring Natural Bridges on foot, we'll continue our bike ride along the coast, visiting Neary Lagoon, and eventually ending at the San Lorenzo river mouth. Hummingbirds, ducks, raptors, and so much more!

SUNDAY, MAY 6

Cinco de Mayo Watsonville (11:30am-5:30pm): Food, music and community bike ride with Ecology Action, Bike Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency as part of the City of Watsonville's Cinco de Mayo festival. The bike ride will consist of 2 parts - the first is appropriate for all skill levels and types of bikes. Both parts will involve music courtesy of Santa Cruz Bike Party! We'll meet across from the Watsonville Buddhist Temple (423 Bridge Street) and start the ride with a casual 5 mile out-and-back ride on the Salsipuedes Creek levee path - a totally flat and paved path that winds through gorgeous farmland along the creek.  After the levee path, we'll make our way by the Watsonville Plaza where Cinco de Mayo festivities will be in full swing.  For those interested in a slightly longer ride, we'll then continue to Ramsay Park, and explore the upper section of Struve Slough's bicycle and pedestrian path, and make our way back to the plaza. Part one of the ride is 5.5 miles. Part two is an additional ~4 miles. Need a tune-up? Stop by the Plaza before hand! 

TUESDAY, MAY 8

Patagonia Movie Night (7-9pm): Movie night featuring a new film compilation from Brian Vernor including his latest release, Hi Lo Cali. In addition, there will be ebike demos from Blix Bike and City of Santa Cruz Bike Share JUMP bikes and Santa Cruz Community Compost Company will be showing off their bike powered compost. Food and drink you ask?! Tacos from El Buen Taco and Rail Trail IPA courtesy of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery (with beer glass rentals for $1 from ReCruz but we encourage you to BYO). Bike valet will be provided thanks to Bike Santa Cruz County. Share our Facebook event and invite your friends!

THURSDAY, MAY 10

Bike to Work/School Day (6:30-9:30am): Visit our Breakfast Site page for a complete list of our 12 public breakfast sites across Santa Cruz County and our 45+ participating school sites. Cyclists will be able to receive a free breakfast, free bike maintenance, raffle prizes and more! Remember to pre-register for the chance to win prizes!

FRIDAY, MAY 11

Santa Cruz Bike Party Group Ride: Bike Party Group Ride (7-9pm): Jump on your bikes for a green-themed Bike Party Ride organized by  Santa Cruz Bike Party. Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. The theme: Bikeodiversity is good for a healthy bikecosystem. Bikes come in all shapes, sizes, colors and configurations. For this bike party, we'll celebrate the diversity of bikes, riders, and styles on this fun Friday night celebration.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

Bicycle Trip's 25th Annual Bike Fest (11am-3pm): Once a year, Bicycle Trip hosts all cyclists for a bash at the shop on Soquel Avenue. It's a time when young and old, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz. Indulge in good eats, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or MTB, browse the neat cycles and bits in our vendor village, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel! This year, Bike Fest boasts a demo bike extravaganza, with factory fleets from Giant, Norco, Gazelle and Faraday!

Questions, confusion, or just so excited you want to share, contact Matt at mmiller(at)ecoact.org or 831-515-1324.


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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

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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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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 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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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
Annual Bike Fest
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Bicycle Trip
Come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 Ads May 2018) BicycleTrip_BikeFest.jpgOnce a year Bicycle Trip hosts all cyclists for a bash at the shop on Soquel Ave. Our party is the finale for Ecology Action's Bike Week Santa Cruz. It's a time when young and old, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz.

Indulge in good eats, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or MTB, browse the neat cycles and bits in our vendor village, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel!

 

This year, Bike Fest boasts a demo bike extravaganza, with factory fleets from Giant, Norco, Gazelle and Faraday!


Location: 1001 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Human Race
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The Human Race
Be a Star for Your Community at the Human Race
Date: 05/12/2018


Nearly 130 teams are ready to shine and have hit the pavement to reach their fundraising goal for the 2018 Human Race. For the next five weeks teams are collectively stepping out to ask the community for contributions to support the causes they champion.

 

You can show your support by choosing your favorite cause, raising funds, then joining us at the Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run, Saturday, May 12th where nearly 2000 individuals will converge along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz to celebrate community.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

Race Day Information

On Saturday May 12th, nonprofits, local businesses, school groups, churches, volunteers and over 2,000 walkers will come together for an exciting morning honoring our community's fundraising achievements. Join us to celebrate together while enjoying a light breakfast & lunch, free t-shirt, live music, performances and a beautiful ocean walk along West Cliff Drive. 

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Registration: 8 am - 8:45 am
Run: 9:00 am
Walk: Immediately after runners

Location & Route:

The 5 mile course takes participants on a fun route through one of Santa Cruz's most iconic paths. The beautiful walk starts at 2300 Delaware Ave, and continues along West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park, ending back at 2300 Delaware where a BBQ lunch awaits you. 

Click here to view the 5 mile course map (downloadable PDF).


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Candelabra Tree Hike
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State Park Butano
Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail
Date: 05/12/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $300

Candelabra Tree Hike

Saturday, May 12 at 10am

Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail located in the less visited Gazos Canyon of Butano State Park. This 2-mile, 1.5-hour hike will take you through oak and redwood habitats and includes the trails namesake, the Candelabra Tree. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and good hiking shoes. Event is free. Meet at the unmarked trailhead along Gazos Creek road located 0.5 mile past the intersection of Cloverdale Road.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (May 1-Aug 3)

Special Instructions: June 18-22, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3

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Registration is now open for all three of our 2018 Junior Police Academy sessions!

 

Dates are currently scheduled for June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug 3

 

Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.


https://www.scottsvalleypd.com/juvenile-programs


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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
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

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 Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Author Talk: John Bargetto
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Library La Selva Beach
John Bargetto tells the story of the American Dream coming to life at a little winery nestled on the edge of the Santa Cruz Moun
Date: 05/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) Book_VintageBargetto.jpgLocal winemaker John Bargetto will discuss his book, Vintage Bargetto: Celebrating a Century of California Winemaking, about history of the Bargetto winemaking family of Soquel.

 

Vintage Bargetto tells the story of the American Dream coming to life at a little winery nestled on the edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

Portion of book sales to benefit the Friends of the La Selva Beach Library.


Location: La Selva Beach Branch , 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Little Craft Pop Up Mama Style
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Little Craft Pop Up
Best in locally made gifts for Mother's Day
Date: 05/12/2018 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 A May 2018) LittleCraftPopupMamaEdition.jpgThe Little Craft Pop-up showcases the best in locally made gifts for Mother's Day.

***Swag bags for the first 25 mamas!***

Stop by for some last minute Mother's Day shopping and find some treats for yourself!

+ Create a beautiful bouquet for Mom at our flower bar with Bullseye Blooms.
+ Mama & Me mini portraits by Renee Fox Photography
+ Live custom calligraphy with Curly Quirk

FREE ENTRY


Vendors include:

True Blue Indigo ChibiJay Designs
Rancho Gardens 831 Garden of Indra
Wilder Macrame Fossil + Fern
Blue Sky Feathers Tiny House Chocolate
Cachai Design Bless'd Be

Location: Luma Yoga, 1010 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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