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. Programmatic themes that rotate throughout the year help us offer something for everyone!

Natural History of Food theme: February – March
Citizen Science theme: April – June


Gary Griggs: Perils in Paradise

January 19, 7 – 8:30 PM
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

Pre-registration recommended.
$30 Gold Circle | $15 General | $10 Members

The geological processes and climate that have produced the landscape that has drawn people to Santa Cruz for decades has also wreaked havoc on a regular basis, whether floods, earthquakes, landslides or coastal storms. Paradise here comes with a price, and climate change may be raising the ante a bit more. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

The Artistic Anatomy of Trees, Art Workshop

January 28, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Come explore simple visual techniques to help your tree drawings become believable and expressive. Grow your art through a demonstration and drawing workshop by local muralist, Ann Thiermann.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


Laura Hecox Day, ceremony and service project

January 29
Santa Cruz Memorial and Lighthouse Field

Honor Laura Hecox, whose collection was the seed of the Museum, on her birthday with a brief ceremony at her final resting place in Santa Cruz Memorial Cemetery. Following the ceremony at Santa Cruz Memorial join us as we work in Lighthouse Field, her original home in Santa Cruz, to give back in her honor.

Gravesite ceremony: 10 AM, Santa Cruz Memorial

Cleanup at Lighthouse Field: 11 AM – 12 PM (tools provided)
We will meet at the Lighthouse at the start of the clean up before heading to the field.


Naturalist Night: Organic Farming Research 

February 16, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

As part of the Museum’s Natural History of Food celebrations, join members of the Organic Farming Research Foundation to learn more about organic farming practices and current science behind organic products. MORE INFORMATION and TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON.


Native Food Traditions (workshop)

February 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Practice traditional Ohlone culture and food preparations from building fire to processing acrons. In addition to understanding how to process native food plants, learn how native tribes cultivate and tend to nature now and in the past.   CLICK HERE to learn more.


Naturalist Night: Jonathan White, “Tides”

March 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Through this lecture, take a journey spanning the globe and examine the many dimensions of the tides, the science behind them, and how they influence culture. Author Jonathan White shares his new book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” plus photos and stories from his travels around the world as he studied how the rise and fall of the ocean affects people all over the globe. MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON.


Naturalist Night: Heritage Food Project

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

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

“Santa Cruz County is a region shaped by an abundant bay, naturally rich soils, an evolving cultural landscape, an economy rooted in natural resources and something that has tied them all together: Food.” (from Heritage Food Project website). MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON.


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

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