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.

Naturalist Night Lecture: Bolstering Climate Resiliency in Santa Cruz

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Museum of Natural History
 PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED | $12 General Admission | $6 Youth (under 18) | 50% off for Museum Members

The City of Santa Cruz has become a regional leader in climate adaptation, or, preparing for the impacts of climate change. Learn more about the City’s latest work related to climate adaptation and how you can act now to be prepared for climate change. CLICK HERE to learn more.

A series of programs sponsored by California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Guided Walk: Indigenous Land Stewardship at Quiroste Valley, Then and Now

Saturday, July 28, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Quiroste Valley Cultural Reserve, Pescadero
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED | $15 General Admission | $10 for Museum Members

Take a trip through the Quiroste Valley, just north of Año Nuevo State Park, imagining what the landscape looked like in the past and learning why it looks the way it does now. On this short walk led by tribal representatives into the valley floor, we will visit what remains of a large Quiroste village to discuss the history of the land and its indigenous people, and what the future holdsCLICK HERE to learn more.

Workshop: Basketry – Then and Now

Saturday, September 22, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED | $20 General Admission | $5 off for Museum Members

Explore the history and art of basketry in California. View baskets in the Museum collection and practice basketry through this hands-on workshop. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Naturalist Night Lecture: Restoring Indigenous Stewardship,  The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and Land Trust

Thursday, November 8, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Museum of Natural History
PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED | $12 General Admission | $6 Youth (under 18) | 50% off for Museum Members

Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez will discuss the history of the tribe and how the Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) was developed as a means to assist the tribe in their efforts to gain access to lands within their tribal territoryCLICK HERE to learn more.

Workshop: Native Crafts – Cultural Teachings of the Amah Mutsun

Saturday, November 17, 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED | $15 Adults | $10 Children | $5 off for Museum Members

Learn traditional skills and cultural teachings of our local Amah Mutsun tribal band. Create beautiful jewelry and crafts using traditional materials under the guidance of Amah Mutsun artisansCLICK HERE to learn more.

Rockin’ Pop Up

Monthly, 4th Saturdays 10-12
Museum of Natural History
FREE with admission

Have a rock that needs identifying? Want to learn more about the geology of Santa Cruz? Like digging for fossils? Join Gavin and Graham—also known as our “Geology Gents”—for our monthly rock-talk days. Every fourth Saturday of the month, these PhD students from UC Santa Cruz will be at the Museum, ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of specimens. So get ready to talk shop with these rock jocks!

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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