Education

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is a leader in environmental education in Santa Cruz County, serving more than 30,000 children and adults each year.

Our school programs connect youth with nature, engage them in scientific exploration and discovery, and cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards. We cover a wide variety of natural history topics such as watershed science, animal adaptations and habitats, and the history and culture of Native Peoples. All of our offerings aim to create a personal understanding of the natural world around us and our role in it.

All of our programs support state standards and diverse learning styles. See our website for NGSS, CCSS, and HSS alignment.

Click on the program titles to learn more and to submit a program request:

Enrollment for the 2018 school year is NOW OPEN!

Programs at the Museum:

Science In Nature Experiences (SINE Field Programs)

Interested in renting a specimen or educational kit? All of our field trips feature optional kits that compliment and deepen the impact of the programs. Add a kit rental on your field trip request form. For information about specimen, kit rentals, and other educational resources, visit our Resource Page. 

Thanks to our school program supporters: Captain Planet Foundation · City of Santa Cruz · Community Foundation Santa Cruz County · David & Lucile Packard Foundation · Helen and Will Webster Foundation · Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am · Project Learning Tree, a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. · Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk · Save the Redwoods League