Naturalist Night

The Naturalist Night series is a Museum favorite!  This long-running monthly lecture series features a special guest speaker and topics vary widely.  Interesting in attending, but not ready to purchase a ticket? Call (831) 420-6115 or email education@santacruzmuseum.org to reserve a seat and pay at the door – events with low enrollment are subject to cancellation.

The next event in this series:

California Hydroscapes

March 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Click HERE to Register
$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

About the talk:

Join geologist John Karachewski as he dives into California hydroscapes and discusses groundwater, water resources, and environmental issues, as well as provides tips on how to photograph beautiful landscapes. Explore groundwater springs in Northern CA, wetlands in the Delta, melting glaciers in Yosemite, and winter storms at Anza Borrego. This scenic presentation will also showcase seasonal changes in California’s hydrosphere.

About the speaker:

John is a geologist for the California Environmental Protection Agency in Berkeley. His work includes geology and environmental projects throughout the western US from Colorado to Alaska to Midway Island and throughout California. John also teaches a GIS class at Diablo Valley College and leads numerous field trips throughout the Bay Area for the Field Institute-Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Emeritus College, and UC Naturalist Program. As a photographer, John collaborated with UC Berkeley Professor of Geology Doris Sloan on a popular book called the “Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region,” published by the University of California Press. Since 2009, John has written quarterly photo essays for the Groundwater Resources Association of CA Hydrovisions newsletter.


The Buzz About Local Santa Cruz Bees

April 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Click HERE to Register
$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

About the talk:

There are many kinds of bees busily pollinating plants around Santa Cruz. Explore ongoing research focused on local bee diversity. Why are bee populations declining and how can community members support bees with home gardens? Learn about bee diversity and enjoy some bee-inspired poetry and art from UC Santa Cruz undergraduates concerned about bee decline.

About the speaker:

Hamutahl Cohen is a Ph.D. Student in the Environmental Studies Department at the UC Santa Cruz. Her research looks at how agricultural intensification and urbanization impact threatened bee populations. Hamutahl conducts most of her research in urban gardens and farms along the Central Coast of California, including Santa Cruz. She works with domesticated honey bees and mason bees but is also fascinated by the diversity of native bee pollinators in California.


Do you have an idea for a future Naturalist Night?  Let us know at education@santacruzmuseum.org.