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:

Eco-Friendly: Workshop and Mixer
May 18 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Pre-registration recommended. Click Here to register
Price: $32 General | $10 off for Museum Members
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Get friendly with the environment at this workshop and mixer located at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Create eco-friendly products to pamper and rejuvenate yourself this spring, surrounded by food, organic wine, and new friends! You will be provided a kit of jars that you can fill from station to station as you create your new personal care products.Also provided will be a recipe book to keep track of your newly-learned skills so you can continue crafting these products for years to come and a Museum tote bag to carry your newly-made products home!

Sponsored by:

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Silver Mountain Vineyards 

Getting to know Arana Gulch: Guided Hike
May 20 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM 

Pre-registration required. Click Here to register
Price: $15 Adult | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members
Location:  Arana Gulch Park

Arana Gulch Park is a beautiful green space and rare sanctuary for coastal terrace prairie. On this guided hike learn about recent efforts to restore and conserve this unique habitat from restoration ecologists, and meet the flora and fauna of this rich landscape. This is a family-friendly hike and will include hands-on activities, tools for exploration, and a fun craft to celebrate spring!

Registration is required–the meeting location will be shared in your confirmation email. This is a 1.25 mile long walk along a mostly paved or packed trail. Please wear sturdy shoes. We recommend that you bring layers, sun protection, and water.

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

Pre-registration required. Click Here to register
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.