Santa Cruz Natural History Portal

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Many fine facilities and institutions offer programs and experiences that complement the mission and programs of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.  We encourage you to further explore by visiting their websites.


In addition, we suggest that you check out the list of over 30 museums, nature centers, and galleries in Santa Cruz County.


Local Clubs:

California Native Plant Society – Santa Cruz County Chapter

Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Bird Club

Santa Cruz Archaeolgical Society

Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society

Santa Cruz Astronomy Club

Santa Cruz Area:

City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation

Discover Santa Cruz – Conference & Visitors Council

Ecology Action Santa Cruz

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Homeless Garden Project

Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

O’Neill Sea Odyssey

Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Santa Cruz County Parks

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

State Parks in Santa Cruz County

UCSC Arboretum

Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Monterey Bay Area:

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

State Parks & Beaches

California Coastal Commission