Past Events

The Museum offers a variety of experiences to engage lifelong learners of all ages. We are proud to have featured esteemed scientists from the community, local artists, and educators. Below are a few recent highlights from our past events.

October 27, 2018
Museum of the Macabre: An Evening of Creatures, Curiosities, & Cocktails
October 13, 2018
Field Journaling at the Bonny Ecological Reserve with Melody Overstreet
September 22, 2018
Part of the Amah Mutsun: Then and Now series
November 8, 2018
Lecture by Valentin Lopez and Sarah French
July 21, 2018
Cyanotype workshop using local, pressed algae as subjects
June 23, 2018
Over 500 people attended this family festival, celebrating the start of Summer
May 17, 2018
Panel discussion about extinction held at the Rio Theatre
April 14, 2018
Scientific Illustration workshop led by "Art of Nature" contributing artist, Sofia Vermeulen
February 10, 2018
An evening of sensual sensory exploration
January 24, 2018
A Naturalist Night lecture exploring one of California's most controversial trees: Tasmanian Blue Gum Eucalyptus
November 18, 2017
A natural dye workshop led by Kate Jaffe and Kris Nardello
November 11, 2017
Elise Knittle guided us through a geology hike at UCSC
November 9, 2017
Frank Perry gave this Naturalist Night lecture to pair with his special exhibit, "Rocks and Waves"
October 26, 2017
Our 2nd Annual Museum of the Macabre focused on bones, beasts, and brews
October 13, 2017
Kathryn D. Sullivan, PhD. is the first American woman to walk in space, a former NOAA administrator, oceanographer, and UCSC alumna. She gave this lecture on the 33rd anniversary of her historic space walk.
June 6, 2017
Dr. Alison Galloway enthralled the audience with details about the ecosystem that thrives as a body decomposes
June 17, 2017
Grey Hayes followed up his Naturalist Night lecture with a guided hike of the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve
June 16, 2017
This Naturalist Night lecture from Grey Hayes explored one of the North Coast's rarest habitats, the inland sandhills, and how the habitats vary depending on the underlying geology
February 19, 2017
During this workshop led by Alex Tabone, guests tasted ancient traditions and came to appreciate how native culture is continuing to thrive and grow in this area
January 19, 2017
Gary Griggs gave this timely lecture about the natural perils of living along the coast of California during a particularly devastating La Niña winter in Santa Cruz

Other events include:

  • Seabright Beach Cleanups (after most major holidays)
  • First Friday Local Artist Live Demonstrations
  • Exhibit openings and receptions