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


Exploring the San Lorenzo River – FREE series

February 18 – April 22, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
San Lorenzo River Walk at Soquel Bridge and Front St

Pre-registration recommended. FREE | Open to all ages

Connect with the San Lorenzo River and its wildlife through this series of guided walks. Learn from expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists while meeting other nature lovers in the community. 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
Reserve your copy of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean ($28) and receive a discount on admission.
$34 Admission + Book | $28 Member Admission + Book

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. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Sponsored by the Good Times.


Naturalist Night: Bean to Cup: Chocolate from its Source to You

March 20, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Pre-registration recommended. $15 General | $10 Child | Members $5 off

From cacao plant to steaming pot, there is a rich story behind making a flavorful, healing, organic cup of hot chocolate. Join us for a talk and tasting presented by Mutari Chocolate House.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Sponsored by the Good Times.


Naturalist Night: Harvesting Our Heritage

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

Pre-registration recommended. $15 General | $10 Child | Members $5 off

Telling Bite-Sized Stories from Santa Cruz County History. Come hear the interesting stories behind the county we love and the foods we love to eat, and savor a taste of classic cooking.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Sponsored by the Good Times.


Naturalist Night: 21st Century Natural History

April 20, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

“Biodiversity, Technology, and Citizen Science”. The Citizen Science program at the California Academy of Sciences is designed to engage volunteers in discovering, observing, and documenting biodiversity. This talk highlights some of their exciting projects and outcomes.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Sponsored by the Good Times.


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

CLICK HERE to view Past Events.