Walks and Workshops

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Upcoming Event:

Native Foods Workshop
February 19 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Pre-registration required. Click Here to register
Price: $15 General | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Doors open at 9:45 am. Please check in at the Museum’s front desk. Weather permitting, this workshop will take place outside. Please dress accordingly.

Local tribes practicing the “Ohlone” culture have thrived in this area for thousands of years. Traditions and knowledge of native food plants continues to connect us with local landscapes. Join us to learn about the natural history of native food plants, how native tribes interact with and cultivate these plants, and traditional methods for processing them.

Supplies and refreshments provided.

About the speakers:

Alex Tabone is a State Park Ranger at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. He regularly teaches about native culture and practices, and will be our demonstrating chef.

Rick Flores, Curator of the California Native Plant Collection, Associate of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, and Ph.D. student in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC will lead the discussion on the natural history of our native food plants.

We welcome special guest Valentine Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, who will provide cultural insights, perspectives, and information about the tribal band.