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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Sketching through the Seasons

Connect with nature through art at Pogonip in the winter. 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 »

Nature Hike: The Wildness of Wilder Ranch

Join Museum naturalists on a 3-mile interpretive hike to explore the geology, plants and wild animals of the park. more »

Naturalist Night

Explore the diverse natural history of Santa Cruz featuring different guest speakers more »

Naturalist Night: Overview of Indian Country

Learn more about Indian culture and lifeways. more »