Public Programs


The Museum offers classes, lectures, field trips and events on a variety of natural history topics for community members throughout the year.

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Garden Days

Join us the 3rd Thursday of every month at 9:30am in our Garden Learning Center more »

Storytime at the Museum

Every Saturday morning: enjoy stories and activities about local natural history more »

Birding Along the San Lorenzo River Walk

Join in our exciting new birding series along the San Lorenzo River Walk! more »

Naturalist Night

Explore the diverse natural history of Santa Cruz as we feature different guest speakers from the local community to share stories, artifacts, and knowledge about a unique aspect of our natural world. more »

Workshop: The Basics of Wildlife and Nature Photography

Learn how to capture better images of nature and incorporate robotic equipment into the art of photography. more »

Frost Moon Sunset Stroll

Learn more about the role the moon plays in our tides and traditions on this easy, hour-long stroll. more »