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.

Rio Theatre Lecture Series: Tales from the Brink – Recovering Endangered Species in California

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Rio Theatre
Pre-registration recommended |$30 Gold Circle | $15 General Admission | $10 Museum Members

This panel moderated by CA Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird will tell three different tales of recovering species from the brink of extinction. Southern Sea Otters, California Condors, and Salmon are each at a different point in their journeys toward recovery, and each face a unique set of challenges and solutions.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Exploring the San Lorenzo River – FREE Series

Saturdays, February 3 – April 21, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tannery Arts Center

Explore the San Lorenzo River alongside expert birders, wildlife biologists, and river scientists. Join us for our culminating Earth Day BioBlitz on Saturday, April 21. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Naturalist Night Lecture: The Buzz About Local Santa Cruz Bees 

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Museum of Natural History
Pre-registration recommended |$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off

Explore ongoing research focused on local bee diversity. Why are bee populations declining and how can community members support bees with home gardens?  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Workshop: Seeds of Knowledge 

May 12, 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.

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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