FULL 2/18 The Art of Fungi Workshop with Andrea Dingeldein

Join Andrea (science illustrator) and Marisa (fungiphile and Museum staff) for a day full of fungal exploration — from forest foraging to science illustration!

We’ll start by exploring mushroom biodiversity in the forest, collecting a few specimens that inspire our curiosity and creativity. After a quick break for lunch, we’ll gather back at the Museum for a session of illustration (outdoors weather permitting). Andrea will guide us through the steps in her process, from observing and sketching the form of mushrooms to recording the important details needed for identification. Bring along your own nature journaling tools and materials or use the ones provided, and walk away with a new set of skills and knowledge to help you connect with nature!

This program is part of our annual Fungus February series.

Saturday, February 18, 2023
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$25 General | $15 Museum Members

Note: This program has reached capacity. Email events@santacruzmuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

Andrea Dingeldein is a science illustrator specializing in artistic depictions of our local maritime and terrestrial habitats. With watercolors and field notebook in hand, she sets out into California’s tidepools, redwood forests, and coastal prairies to document the wonders and oddities of the natural world – from nudibranchs and seaweeds to fungi and flowers. Back in the studio, she transforms her field studies into polished illustrations for scientists, parks, and environmental organizations that work hard to protect and defend the ecosystems she knows and loves. Learn more about Andrea at thelocalnaturalist.com or on Instagram @the_local_naturalist.

Marisa Gomez is Community Education and Collaboration Manager at the Museum where she infuses her work with tenants of curiosity, enthusiasm, and community. As a steward of the Museum’s public programming, she is committed to providing unique and engaging experiences that connect people with nature in a variety of ways and engage learners of all backgrounds. Marisa has a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Jose State University, is a Certified California Naturalist, serves on the Boards of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden and Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and spends her free time on a bike — searching out mushrooms, algae, rocks, and flowers to puzzle over.


  • The first part of the program will occur around the UC Santa Cruz Campus (exact location shared upon registration). Be prepared to walk up to 2 miles on uneven terrain.
  • Bring along your own nature journaling tools and materials, or use the ones provided (paper, ink, watercolors, etc).
  • Restrooms and water will be available at the Museum, but not in the field for the first half of the program.
  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fees apply to all ages.
  • Please your pets at home. Trained service animals are permitted.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.