Walks and Workshops

Join the Museum for Nature Connections that bring us closer to our surroundings. Learn new skills, visit new places, or discover familiar places in a whole new way!  Do you have an idea for a future walk or workshop?  Let us know at education@santacruzmuseum.org.

Upcoming Event:


 Earthly Colors: A Natural Dye Workshop

November 18 | 10AM – 1PM

SOLD OUT – Email education@santacruzmuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.
e: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $5 Off Museum Members (includes materials)
Location:  Museum of Natural History

About the Workshop:

Learn how you can use locally sourced plants, minerals, and other natural materials to transform fabrics into beautiful works of art. Local artists Kate Jaffe and Kris Nardello will guide us through which materials to use for which color, how to turn these materials into dyes, and how to dye natural fabric or yarn. All participants will create their own hand-dyed silk bandana using one of three natural dyes and the Japanese technique of shibori to make their own unique patterns.

This workshop will take place outside. In the case of inclement weather, we may choose to move the workshop inside. Feel free to pack a lunch as there will be opportunities to break.

About the Workshop Leaders:

Kate Jaffe is a Natural History and Wilderness Self Reliance youth educator in Santa Cruz. In her free time she loves to forage, spin wool, yak, and vegetable fibers, weave, and practice natural dyeing. Her love of natural dyes started when she was 14 and began to dye her clothing with teas and flowers from her mother’s garden.

Kris Nardello is a retired middle school educator who has found natural dyeing and textile surface design combine her favorite activities: foraging, creating fiber arts and learning more about plants of the Central Coast as candidates for her dyepot. She spins and dyes her own yarn for knitted garments and woven tapestries.