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 »

Traditional Ohlone Food Workshop

How did the people of Santa Cruz use ingenuity to turn the bounty of this area into delicious meals 500 years ago? more »
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Art & Nature Explorers Camp

Enjoy drawing, painting, sculpting, mapmaking, and playing games, while learning about our local plants and wildlife! more »
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Birding Along the San Lorenzo River Walk

This spring, join in our exciting birding series along the San Lorenzo River Walk! more »
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Naturalist Night: Plastics and Ocean Health

Learn about the effects of single use plastics on our ocean and marine creatures with Rachel Kippen from Save our Shores. more »
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Naturalist Night: Illustrating Science

Meet Fiona Lee MacLean, a local science illustrator and naturalist featured in the Art of Nature exhibit to learn how nature sketching unlocks the curious mind. more »