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The Museum offers enriching education programs about local natural and cultural history for grades K-12.

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Note: Field trips begin in October. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks in advance. 

Email education@santacruzmuseum.org or call (831) 420-6115 x 12 to learn more.

 

Ohlone Program:
California Indians of the Central Coast

Students investigate exhibits in the Ohlone Room, visit Pilkington Creek to learn about native plant uses, and explore hands-on materials and artifact replicas of everyday life in the centuries prior to the Spanish arrival. (New for 2015: Field trips will include a new outdoor exploration of native plants and their uses. On rainy days, we will adapt this activity for the indoors.)

Grades: K-4
Days offered: Wednesdays and Fridays
Start time: 9:00am or 10:30am
Program duration: 1 hour
Cost: $40 per class (up to 30 students per class)
Chaperones Required: 4-6
Supplemental Activities: Educational Kit ($15/week)
Months offered: October-May

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Animal Program*

Students explore artifacts and specimens in the Museum galleries and participate in outdoor investigations to learn about the wide variety of local animals from the shoreline to the redwood forests. 

Grade: 1st
Days offered: Fridays
Start time: 9:00am or 10:30am
Program duration: 1 hour
Cost: $40* per class (up to 30 students per class)
Chaperones Required: 4-6
Supplemental Activities: Educational Kit ($15*/week)
Months offered: April-May

*Thanks to a generous donation by the Helen and Will Webster Foundation, the Animal Education Program is under construction this year in partnership with the Norris Center for Natural History at UC Santa Cruz. First grade teachers interested in participating in the pilot program offered next spring, should contact elizabeth@santacruzmuseum.org for more information. 

 

Wetland Walk Program at Neary Lagoon

Students break into small groups for a one-mile walk in which they will use binoculars to explore the birds and other animals that make their home in the unique wetland habitat of Neary Lagoon. 

Grade: 3rd
Days offered: Tuesdays-Thursdays
Start time: 9:00am
Program duration: 2 hours
Cost: $0 field trip (up to 30 students per class)
Chaperones Required: 3-6
Supplemental Activities: Classroom Presentation ($25* for 1 hour); Educational Kit ($15*/week)
Months offered: October-May

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*Scholarships may be available for schools with financial need as demonstrated by a large percentage of students enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program.   

 

Nature Rangers Program at Pogonip

Students break into small groups for a 2-3 mile nature hike to explore the grasslands, mixed conifer forest, and redwood groves that are homes to unique plants, animals, and stories of people from long ago. 

Grade(s): 4th
Days offered: TBD
Start time: 9:00am
Program duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: $0 field trip (up to 30 students per class)
Supplemental Activities: Classroom Presentation ($25* for 1 hour); Educational Kit ($15*/week)
Months offered: February-May

*Scholarships may be available for schools with financial need as demonstrated by a large percentage of students enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program.     

 

Watershed Walk Program at Neary Lagoon

Students break into small groups to visit multiple water quality monitoring stations through which they use the scientific method to determine the health of a watershed.  

Grade(s): 5th
Days offered: TBD
Start time: 9:00am
Program duration: 2 hours
Cost: $0 field trip (up to 30 students per class)
Supplemental Activities: Classroom Presentation ($25* for 1 hour); Educational Kit ($15*/week)
Months offered: February-May

*Scholarships may be available for schools with financial need as demonstrated by a large percentage of students enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program.    

 

Earth Stewards Program at Pogonip

High school groups visit the Pogonip to participate in service learning activities coordinated by both Museum naturalists and City of Santa Cruz park rangers.  

Grade(s): 9-12th
Days offered: Fridays
Start time: 9:00am
Program duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: $0 field trip
Supplemental Activities: n/a
Months offered: October-May