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:

Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve, a North Coast Treasure: Guided Hike
June 17 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Pre-registration required. REGISTRATION FULL
Price: $15 Adult | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members
Location:  Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve

Explore one of the North Coast’s rarest habitats, the inland sandhills, and see how the habitats vary depending on the underlying geology. We’ll do a fair amount of walking to see the varying habitats. We will also talk about how this area has seen local extinction of important wildlife but still supports some species that will persist with our help.

Registration is required–the meeting location will be shared in your confirmation email. Please wear sturdy shoes. We recommend that you bring layers, sun protection, and water.

On the Thursday evening before this walk our guide, Dr. Grey Hayes will give a Naturalist Night lecture about this and other unique North Coast habitats, their natural history, and conservation and restoration efforts in them. We highly recommend that you attend this lecture in advance of the walk. CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up. 

Cyanotype Workshop
July 8 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Pre-registration recommended. CLICK HERE to register.
Price: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $5 off for Museum Members
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Using the power of the sun, create one of a kind prints of California native plants. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a vibrant, blue print (which is how blueprints were made until the 1950s!) Since this process was first invented in 1842, it has been used to make prints of plants and algae, showing the light that passes through or is blocked by their leaves and other parts of the plant. At this workshop, local artist Marlene Mirassou will teach us that same process of making cyanotypes as we select plants and make prints ourselves!

This workshop will occur both indoors at the Museum as well as outside in our native plant garden. All materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

Marlene Mirassou was born and grew up in Santa Clara Valley in an agricultural family. A love of the outdoors, nature and photography came early and a desire to pursue nature photography preceded her decision to become a physician. After her career as a psychiatrist and faculty at U.C Davis School of Medicine, she has been able to give more time to these earlier interests. She currently studies photography and art at Cabrillo College. Previously, she had studied photography at San Jose State University and Milwaukee Center for Photography. She began working in the cyanotype process in 2013.

Marlene Mirassou’s exhibit Light Through the Leaves will be on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History July 7 – July 30, 2017