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. 

Talk and Tasting: Alta Organic Coffee and Tea

September 23, 9 – 11AM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Pre-registration required. $12 General | $10 Child | Members $5 off

Alta Organic Coffee & Tea Co. will guide us through the fascinating processes involved in transforming coffee fruit into a smooth, morning ritual. Learn about different approaches to producing coffee and taste the labor of love in every cup!  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Sea Otter Awareness Week

September 24-30
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

The Museum is celebrating the 15th annual Sea Otter Awareness Week with a special “investigation station” and exhibit all about otters! Sea Otter Awareness Week falls on the last week in September and is an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Each year, zoos, aquariums, natural history museums, marine institutions, and the public participate in various events and activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history and the various conservation issues sea otters are faced. To learn more about Sea Otter Awareness Week events, CLICK HERE.

Naturalist Night: Natural History of Rapa Nui

September 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Learn about the human and natural history of Rapa Nui; from geology to climate, including reconstructions of the pre-human environment and how people interacted with the land.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

From the Sea to the Stars
A Lecture by Kathryn D. Sullivan at Rio Theater

October 11, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
$18 General | $40 Gold Circle | Get Tickets Online

Kathryn D. Sullivan, PhD. is the first American woman to walk in space, a former NOAA administrator, oceanographer, and UCSC alumna. She will be sharing insights from her career of exploration on the frontiers of science, from the seafloor to outer space. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Member Events

Member events provide our supporters with behind-the-scenes opportunities to connect with the Museum. Join our family of Members to receive invitations to Member events and other benefits. CLICK HERE to learn more.



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