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.


First Friday: Science Illustration Demos

FREE Admission, June 2, 5-8pm

How do you capture the fine detail of a feather, or the vibrant colors of a bee? Enjoy our annual exhibit The Art of Nature and experience scientific illustration first-hand with artist Mattias Lanas. Wine and light refreshments provided. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Life of The Dead: The Natural History of Decomposition
A Lecture by Alison Galloway

June 6, 7pm, Rio Theater
$15 General | $30 Gold Circle

This talk will explore the range of creatures that utilize human bodies after death and how forensic anthropologists and other forensic scientists use these to estimate the time since death. CLICK HERE to learn more.

FREE Summer Kick-Off Festival

June 10, 10 am-5 pm.
FREE for all ages

Celebrate the season with live music, live animal presentations, nature crafts and fun in the park. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Naturalist Night: Santa Cruz County’s Extraordinarily Diverse North Coast

June 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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

Santa Cruz County’s North Coast is extraordinarily diverse with varied ecosystems, wildlife, plants, soils, and geology. Through beautiful photography and lecture, learn about the unique habitats that make this area so special.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Sponsored by the Good Times.

A North Coast Treasure: Guided Hike through Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve

June 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Arana Gulch Park

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

Explore one of the North Coast’s rarest habitats, the inland sandhills, and see how the habitats vary depending on the underlying geology. Enjoy a beautiful hike and learn about human impacts on this unique and delicate ecosystem. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Summer Art Series

First Fridays July – September, 5-8pm
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Each month this summer, the Museum will feature a different local artist who is inspired by the natural world of the Santa Cruz region. From cyanotypes to etchings, each artist shares a unique perspective of nature’s beauty. On the First Friday of each month meet the artist on the debut of their exhibit. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

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