FULL 9/24 Educator Workshop with the Amah Mutsun

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a collaborative workshop connecting local educators with tribal leaders and scholars. This workshop aims to deepen knowledge, clarify terminology, and provide a space for dialogue about incorporating a native perspective into K-12 curriculum. Teachers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with colleagues and tribal representatives as they consider the strengths and weaknesses of their current curriculum and consider ways that they might better incorporate an Indigenous perspective into future lessons.

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Sara French, Amah Mutsun Land Trust
In partnership with Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Saturday, September 24, 2022
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

This program has reached capacity. Email education@santacruzmuseum.org to be added to a waitlist.


9-9:15 Welcome, check-in, enjoy bagels, coffee, and tea
9:15- 10 Land Acknowledgment, Warm-up mingle
10-12 History of the Amah Mutsun with Chairman Lopez
12-12:30 Provided lunch
12:30-1 The Mutsun Perspective: Addressing the Standards    
1-2:30 Curriculum Brainstorming: Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives
2:30-3 Closing Activity & final words

Who May Attend

We invite teachers, school administrators, environmental educators, and homeschool parents. If you do not fall into one of these categories, but are interested in attending, please contact education@santacruzmuseum.org and share why this workshop is relevant to your work. Teachers will receive continuing education credit for participating.