Neary Lagoon

Neary Lagoon tours are an outdoor, environmental education program for 3rd and 5th grade students. Both programs consist of a three-part learning experience including an interactive, in-class presentation, use of our Neary Education Kit, and finally, a field trip to Neary Lagoon. The presentation and tours are led by Museum staff and volunteer docents.

3rd Grade: The Neary Lagoon Wetland Walk

Neary Lagoon TourThis program explores the unique characteristics and vital functions of a wetland habitat, the local historical influences on the lagoon ecosystem, importance of wetland preservation, and Ohlone uses of wetland natural resources.


Tour topics are aligned with California State Life Science and History-Social Science Content Standards for grade 3.


*Winner of the State Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education


5th Grade: The Neary Lagoon Watershed Walk

neary lagoon watershed walkThis program investigates the broad topic of watersheds: the importance of watersheds and their role in the health of our environment, the techniques and methods used to assess water quality within our waterways, and water conservation efforts.


Program topics are aligned with California State Science Standards for grade 5.

Book Your Tour Now:

The Neary Lagoon programs are FREE, thanks to funding from the City of Santa Cruz. 

Neary Lagoon Programs are offered during the school year.  Program reservations can be made starting in late August.  Book tours by calling (831) 420-6115 x14.