Events and Public Programs

Upcoming Events

Edward F. Ricketts & Jack Calvin: The publishing of Between Pacific Tides, First Edition (1939)

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

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

Join Don Kohrs once again for Naturalist Night and learn the story behind the book and the men who many say set the mold for modern marine biology. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


Harry Potter Festival 

Sunday, July 31 10 am – 1 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz on Front St.

Advanced registration required

Join Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Downtown Association for a full-street Harry Potter Festival. The Museum will be there with some of your favorite magical creatures, animagus characters, and house animals! Front Street, behind Bookshop Santa Cruz, will be closed to the general public during the party. Only ticket holders will be admitted. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


Birding 101

August 6, 10 AM – 12 PM
Neary Lagoon

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

Learn tips and tricks for better bird watching, including how to be “invisible” to wildlife, quick and easy identification, and other useful tools. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.


One People One Reef Ocean Collaborative: How traditional management and modern science are creating a global splash in Micronesian outer islands

August 25, 7 – 8:30 PM 
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Nicole Crane and Giacomo Bernardi share their work with a unique collaborative in Micronesia that is yielding unprecedented results that may change ocean conservation around the world. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


American Indians 101: A Brief Introduction to Indian Country

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

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

A brief overview of American Indians including information about tribes, reservations and historical events that have shaped contemporary American Indian experiences. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


Coastal Cleanup Day

September 17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Seabright Beach

FREE for all to join!

Join this international event to clean up our coasts and care for the ocean. As a busy summer of beach-goers comes to an end, Seabright Beach will be ready for some TLC. The Museum has teamed up with Save Our Shores to “adopt” this beach and take care of it for all to enjoy. Come on over, we’ll have plenty of beach-cleaning supplies to share.


On the Spot

SATURDAYS June 4 – September 3, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Along East Cliff Dr near Seabright Beach

Explore the wild side of Santa Cruz with pop-up exhibits featuring hands-on activities, artifacts, and spotting scopes along East Cliff Dr. near Seabright Beach. Museum docents share information about local natural history, focusing on the beautiful National Marine Sanctuary right off shore! Interested in volunteering? Contact: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org


Want to know more about our events or share your suggestions about potential topics? Email: education@santacruzmuseum.org

CLICK HERE to view Past Events.