Events and Public Programs

Upcoming Events

Book Release: Guide to the Exhibit

August 30, 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

FREE and Open to the public

Inspired by displays at our Museum, the poems in Lisa Allen Ortiz’s collection, Guide to the Exhibit, are about what we set aside to examine and remember. Celebrate the release of this prize-winning book with a reading, book signing, and light refreshments. 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 historic 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.


Humble Honey Bee Workshop and Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

September 24, 4 – 6:30 PM 
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Planet Bee Foundation beekeepers will lead a fun, interactive, two-part educational workshop for the whole family focused on life inside the hive, backyard beekeeping, and conservation. No beekeeping experience required – just come to learn more about all things bees! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


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


What Lurks In The Deep: An Exploration of What Strange Creatures Live in our Local Waters

October 26, 7 – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Join our discussion on What Lurks In The Deep to catch a glimpse of the strange, alien like creatures that are found in the secretive habitats of the deep-sea. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


Northern California Sea Forager

November 10, 7 – 8:30 PM 
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California CoastKirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainablyhooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


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

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