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: California Dinosaurs

Thursday, January 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free With Admission

Dinosaur fossils are few and far between in California, but their importance to ‘dinosaurology’ far outweighs their numbers. This talk from Dr. Hilde Schwartz will focus on the types of dinosaurs that inhabited California, the environments in which they lived and died, why they are rare, and what we’ve learned from their remains. We will also discuss California’s recently-anointed state dinosaur! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Laura Hecox Day

Saturday, January 26 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lighthouse Point

Join us for a day of celebrating Laura Hecox: lightkeeper, naturalist, citizen scientist, and founder of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We’ll explore coastal geology, learn about Laura’s legacy, and cleanup Lighthouse Field. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Rockin’ Pop Up

Monthly, 4th Saturdays 10 a.m. – noon
Santa Cruz 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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