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!

Upcoming Events:

Building Habitat in Seabright

June 3 | 9:30 AM – 12 PM

Pre-registration Recommended: CLICK HERE to sign up
e: $5 General Admission | FREE for Museum Members
Location:  Museum of Natural History

About the Walk:

A decade ago, if you took a walk along East Cliff Drive in the Seabright neighborhood you would find a creekside jungle of invasive ivy, blackberry, and mattress wire vine at Pilkington Creek, sandy cliffs covered in ice plant at Seabright Beach, and a park of mostly sod. Join us on a walk through Seabright as we learn how Museum volunteers, the City of Santa Cruz, and local organizations have come together to transform this Santa Cruz neighborhood into a California native plant haven of diverse habitats.

We will begin with a brief presentation inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History before going outside to visit three project sites all within view of each other: Seabright Beach, Pilkington Creek, and the Museum’s new Coastal Prairie demonstration garden. Bill Henry, Director of Groundswell Coastal Ecology, will guide us through these three project sites and provide insight into the importance of the habitats being restored, both for local wildlife and for humans. Be prepared to walk briefly on sand and to be out in the sun for as many as two hours.

Seeds of Knowledge

June 16 | 10 AM – 1 PM

Pre-registration Recommended: CLICK HERE to sign up
e: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $5 Off Museum Members (includes materials)
Location:  Museum of Natural History

About the Workshop:

Join us in this plant-centered workshop to gain hands-on experience with seed saving, learn strategies for habitat restoration, and explore the life cycle of select native plants. We will take time to sit with plants and make field sketches of our observations in the garden and learn how to winnow seeds (separating seed from chaff). Each participant will print a silkscreen image on a seed-collecting bandana that shows the life cycle of a native plant, as well as go home with a collection of seeds to start a garden.

This workshop will take place outside, please dress accordingly with layers for warmth and sun protection. In the case of inclement weather, we may choose to move the workshop inside.

About the Workshop Leaders:

Melody Overstreet is a local artist, poet, California naturalist, and educator who has a passion for all that composes and sustains us. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, with her most recent series landing at the Rui Cunha Foundation in collaboration with the Yun Yi Arts and Cultural Communications Association in Macau, China. Her work has been featured in publications inclusive of Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College’s Organic Learning Garden, a space for cross-curricular engagement, the hands-on growing of food, seed saving, and community building. She offers nature-craft centered workshops through Cabrillo College Extension, the UCSC Arboretum, and Kids in Nature. Her educational approach emphasizes the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and seeds.

Vincent Waring is a maker of sorts based out of Santa Cruz, CA. He is interested in the ecology of wild and intentional spaces, which he often explores through imagery reflecting parts of the whole. He utilizes a variety of mediums, including printmaking, painting, and drawing. Born and raised in the Central Valley, he moved to Santa Cruz to attend the University of California where he received a BA in Studio Art. In the midst of making art, he also spends his days working with textiles, wood, and plants.


Do you have an idea for a future walk or workshop?  Let us know at education@santacruzmuseum.org.