FULL 2/11 Mushrooms of the Santa Cruz Mountains Walk with Christian Schwarz

Join celebrated mycologist Christian Schwarz for a guided exploration of the beauty and biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Mountains with a particular emphasis on the mushrooms of the redwood coast. Hone your observational skills and celebrate the myriad creatures that surround us during this limited capacity walk.

Note: We will announce the location a week or so prior to the event. Location will be within Santa Cruz County and determined based on this season’s mushroom crop!

Saturday, February 11, 2023
9 a.m. to noon

$25 General | $15 Museum Members

This program has reached capacity. Email events@santacruzmuseum.org to be added to a waitlist.
This is one of two sessions. The other walk is on February 4. Programs are part of our annual Fungus February series.

About our Walk Leader

Christian Schwarz is a naturalist currently living in Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied Ecology and Evolution at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, collecting, and researching macrofungi. He is coauthor of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast. Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms – from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublimely beautiful. Besides dabbling in mushroom taxonomy, he loves fish, plants, nudibranchs, moths, and dragonflies. He is passionate about citizen science, especially iNaturalist.


  • Participants should be prepared to walk up to 2 miles on uneven terrain. More specific location notes to come.
  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fees apply to all ages.
  • We will provide hand lenses and field guides as resources, but feel free to bring along your favorite mushroom observation tools (we have a number of resources in our online store and Members receive 10% off).
  • Follow the latest guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.