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

The next event in this series:

Santa Cruz County’s Extraordinarily Diverse North Coast

June 15 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Registration
$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Talk will begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

About the talk:
Santa Cruz County’s North Coast is extraordinarily diverse with varied ecosystems, wildlife, plants, soils, and geology. Through slides and stories featuring specific places along the North Coast, will illustrate this diversity. We’ll cover coastal marine terraces and their vast coastal prairies, poor soiled ridges with unusual maritime chaparral, canyons and creeks harboring interesting fish, caves, and amphibians, and the many types of forests that weave between those systems. Learn about these special ecosystems as well as what threatens them and how you can help.

On the Saturday following this talk, Dr. Grey Hayes will lead a guided hike through Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve to further the discussion and to share the beauty and diversity of the habitats included in the lecture. To learn more about the walk and to reserve a space, CLICK HERE.

About the speaker:

Dr. Hayes has been caring for, restoring, studying, teaching about, and learning about Santa Cruz County’s North Coast for 30 years. He has focused on agroecology and natural systems ecology of California’s coast. His research and management experience includes work with the Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela ohlone) and red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii), as well as restoration and management of coastal prairie, coastal scrub, riparian, and maritime chaparral ecosystems. He is author or co-author of numerous publications including management plans for protected natural areas and peer reviewed articles in scientific and popular journals. As coordinator of the Coastal Training Program he has developed educational projects focusing on bridging the gaps between regulators, land managers, and researchers by fostering dialogue, helping build communities, and increasing ecological literacy. Recent contributions of this program include improvements in: protection for maritime chaparral, freshwater wetlands, and coastal prairie throughout the central coast of California; recreation management in protected natural areas in coastal California, and; independent scientific review of environmental decision making in a number of regulatory branches of government. (Bio from

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