Over 100 years ago, the Museum was founded on fascination of the natural world and a desire to share an understanding of it with others. Today, education remains at the core of our mission: to connect people to nature. All of our educational programs – from our school programs to our adult lectures and workshops to our family festivals – are designed to foster understanding and appreciation of our region’s rich natural and cultural history. Anchored in nature, our programs strive to create a personal understanding of the world around us and our role in it.

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

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 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. 

We would like to thank the Captain Planet Foundation, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, the Helen and Will Webster Foundation, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for supporting our school programs and Whole Foods Market for sponsoring our SINE programs.