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. Contact Ami Davis, Development Manager, at (831) 420-6115 x14 for assistance.

Upcoming events:

Rocks and Waves Members Reception 
October 6 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
For all active Museum Members

Celebrate the opening of Rocks and Waves at the Museum with food, drink, and mingling. Most everyone has seen the stone bridge at Natural Bridges State Beach. It is just one of over a dozen natural arches and bridges that have come and gone along West Cliff Drive during the past century and a half.  The ocean waves act like a giant sculptor, chiseling away the sandstone and mudstone, creating natural works of art.  They are ephemeral features—just as nature creates them, nature takes them away.  Fortunately, photographers have been recording these features since the 1870s, preserving for us a record of how the coastline has changed. Come and explore the natural and cultural history of these changes through the exhibition, Rocks and WavesJoin, renew, or upgrade your membership today to attend this and other Member Events.


Rocks and Waves Walk-Through with Curator Frank Perry
October 6 | 5:00-6:00 PM

Pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
For active Pat & Kirk Smith Club and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members

The exhibition Rocks and Waves explores the natural features and cultural history of coastline along West Cliff Drive and how it has changed over the decades. Join Rocks and Waves curator Frank Perry for an intimate walk-through of this exhibition prior to the members’ opening. Frank will share his unique insights about the changing coastline and the 35 years of research that led to this exhibition. This walk-through is a free benefit for Pat & Kirk Smith Club and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members. Join, renew, or upgrade your membership today to attend this and other Member Events.


Skip the Line for Kathryn Sullivan’s Rio Talk
October 11 | 7:00-8:30 PM
Advance tickets purchased by October 9 required. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Location: Rio Theatre

For Gold Circle ticket holders, active Friend and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members

Patrons Pass is back! Skip the line for Kathryn Sullivan’s talk at the Rio Theatre, “From the Sea to the Stars.” All Gold Circle ticket holders and Friend and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members are eligible for a Patrons Pass.  

Join, renew, or upgrade your membership
Purchase tickets for “From the Sea to the Stars”


Bean Hollow Low Tide Adventure with Education Manager Felicia Van Stolk
November 4 | 4:30-6:30 PM

Pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Location: Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescardero
For active Family and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members

Join a Museum guide for a beautiful sunset tide pool walk at Bean Hollow State Beach, aka “Pebble Beach” in Pescadero. As the tide recedes it exposes colorful creatures and delicate algaes living in rocky pools. “Pebble Beach” is not only a great place to see intertidal life, but also unique geology and stunning views of the coast. Come ready to learn at the water’s edge and we will provide all of the tools for exploration!

Please note that conditions are wet and slippery. All ages are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult, and some young children may need to be held. Rubber boots may be made available with advance request, size availability is limited. You will receive more details via email upon registration. This event is a free benefit for Family and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members. Join, renew, or upgrade your membership today to attend this and other Member Events.