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.

Guided Walk: Building Habitat in Seabright

Sunday, June 3, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Museum of Natural History
 PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED | $5 General Admission | FREE for Museum Members

Join us on a walk through the Seabright area as we learn how Museum volunteers, the City of Santa Cruz, and local organizations have come together to transform this Santa Cruz neighborhood into a California native plant haven of diverse habitats. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Workshop: Seeds of Knowledge 

June 16, 10 AM – 1 PM
Museum of Natural History
Pre-registration recommended |$20 General | $15 Child | Members $5 off

Join us in this plant-centered workshop and gain hands-on experience with seed saving, learn strategies for habitat restoration, and explore the life cycle of select native plants.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

FREE Summer Kick-Off Festival

Saturday, June 23. 10 AM – 5 PM
Museum of Natural History

Celebrate the season and enjoy a day connecting to nature with nature and science crafts, live animals, live music, food trucks, and more! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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

Saturday, July 28, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Museum of Natural History
 PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED | $15 General Admission | $10 for Museum Members

Take a trip through the Quiroste Valley, 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.

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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