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.


3rd Annual Patrons Reception
Honoring Naturalist, Museum Supporter and Garden Volunteer Nancy Lenz
Wednesday, May 16 | 6-8 p.m.

RSVP by May 2 to ami@santacruzmuseum.org or (831) 420-6115 x14
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
For active Friend and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members

Please join us for a special evening in appreciation of your support. We will honor esteemed Naturalist, Museum Supporter and Garden Volunteer Nancy Lenz and share the latest Museum news and achievements. Mingle with “Tales From the Brink” panelists and pick up Patron’s Pass tickets for the May 17 Rio Theatre talk.

Signature cocktails by Golden State Bitters
Appetizers by Barbara & Company

This event is a free benefit for Friend and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members. Join, renew, or upgrade your membership today to attend this and other Member Events.


Vision for the Future: A Sneak Peek of the Museum in 2021
Saturday, August 25 | Continental Breakfast 9:30 am | Presentation starts at 10 a.m.

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

What will the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History look like in 2021? How can you get involved in the future of your community museum? Since November 2017, we’ve been collecting the input of over 100 community members to develop a plan for our evolution, and are ready to share its highlights with our supporters. Join Executive Director Heather McCoy for an overview of our plan, and what it means for you and the museum in the decades to come.

This event is a free benefit for Laura Hecox Club and above Members, Business Partners, and Lifetime Members. Join, renew, or upgrade your membership today to attend this and other Member Events.


From the Vaults: The Humphrey Pilkington Collection
Saturday, September 8 | Continental Breakfast 9:30 am | Presentation starts at 10 a.m.

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

In 1929 Humphrey Pilkington bequeathed his large collection of Native American artifacts to the City of Santa Cruz under the condition that a museum be established to store and display it. Pilkington was a forester and agriculturist and was the first warden at California Redwood Park (now Big Basin Redwoods State Park). Join Executive Director Heather McCoy and Collections Specialist Kathleen Aston for a rare look at specimens and artifacts from Pilkington’s collection. We will begin the morning with pastries and coffee in the Museum. We’ll then head down to the Museum basement to learn about Pilkington’s collection and his legacy.

This event 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.