Events and Public Programs

Upcoming Events

The Museum is excited to share opportunities to learn and explore, from evening lectures to guided walks and workshops.


Summer Art Series

First Fridays July – September, 5-8pm
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Each month this summer, the Museum will feature a different local artist who is inspired by the natural world of the Santa Cruz region. From cyanotypes to etchings, each artist shares a unique perspective of nature’s beauty. On the First Friday of each month meet the artist on the debut of their exhibit. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Wilderness Workshop and Mixer

August 5, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Pre-registration Recommended. $15 General | $10 Child | Members $5 off

Create tools and learn skills to prepare yourself for life in the wilderness! At this workshop you will hone skills and build tools for wilderness exploration.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Naturalist Night: White Shark Research

August 17, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Pre-registration recommended. $12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off

Long-term monitoring in the Monterey Bay reveals the life history of White Sharks. Learn about the research that is shedding light on these enigmatic creatures and see breathtaking photography of sharks up close!  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Guided Hike: The Pogonip

August 26, 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Pogonip Park

Pre-registration required. $15 General | $10 Child | Members 50% off

Explore the natural communities of the Pogonip and learn about the cultural and natural history that has shaped this landscape!  CLICK HERE to learn more.

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