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 to reserve a seat and pay at the door — events with low enrollment are subject to cancellation.

Upcoming lectures:

(Photo courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles)

California Dinosaurs: Life on the Edge (of Mesozoic North America)

Thursday, January 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | SOLD OUT
Free with Admission*
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

About the talk:

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!

About the Speaker:

Dr. Hilde Schwartz is a lecturer in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Dept. at UC Santa Cruz. She teaches field geology and paleontology courses, and has been studying fossils, including dinosaur remains, since 1978.

*$4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | Free for Members and Youth Under 18
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