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FULL 5/15 Fall Creek After Fire: Exploring the CZU Burn Zone with State Parks

The Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has reopened after 18 months of recovery work in the wake of the CZU Lightning Complex fires — and we want to share it with you. Join us for a series of guided tours of the burn zone in partnership with California State Parks and the Mountain Parks Foundation. We’ll explore how the landscape has responded to fire, from redwood trees to wildflowers, and banana slugs to birds, as well as share how community members can help monitor the fire’s impacts.

Sunday, May 15, 2022
10 a.m. to noon
Location details shared upon registration. Free.

The program has reached capacity. Email events@santacruzmuseum.org to be placed on a waitlist, or sign-up for a future session below.

This series is part of the CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science Project. We will spend time learning about iNaturalist during the walks so that participants may help us track how landscapes respond to fire. Get started using iNaturalist. Walks will be led by Dylan McManus, State Park PI Interpreter I, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.


Sign Up For Other Walk Dates

March 20, 2022

April 17, 2022

May 15, 2022

June 19, 2022

July 10, 2022

August 14, 2022


Special Online Presentation

Watch Recording | A Landscape Built to Burn with Tim Hyland, California State Parks

Accessibility and COVID protocol

  • Participants should be prepared to walk up to 2 miles on moderate terrain.
  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Capacity is limited for this program. Please let us know if your plans change and you are no longer able to join.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.

5/14 Introduction to Drawing Trees with Patricia Larenas

Get to know the trees around you through a fun field sketching experience in the park. In this workshop led by Patricia Larenas (featured in this year’s The Art of Nature exhibit), we will discuss different branching forms, how to scale a tree to the page, as well as approaches for good composition. Patricia will also demonstrate how to use soluble drawing media (with samples for you to try).

Saturday, May 14, 2022
10 a.m. to noon
Free for Museum Members | $25 General

Member presale through April 12. Registration open to the public beginning April 13.


This program is part of our series in support of the 34th annual science illustration exhibit, The Art of Nature.


Accessibility

  • Wear layers and be prepared to be out in the sun for long stretches of time. Hats are a good idea!
  • Leave your doggos at home.
  • Restrooms are available inside the Museum.
  • Parking permits are required on Pilkington Ave. adjacent to the Museum. Staff will provide one for any participant who parks there.
  • Basic materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their favorite art supplies, such as a sketchbook and pencils. We will focus on sketching with graphite.
  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fees apply to all ages.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.

About the Artist

Patricia Larenas is an exhibiting member of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists and is currently Artist in Residence with Canopy, a local non-profit organization, whose mission is to grow the urban forest. She studied in the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program in Woodside, CA and has a B.A. degree in Studio Art from San Jose State University. Patricia also studied horticulture and was a garden designer for seven years, until 2020.

See her website: www.plarenasonpaper.com
Instagram: @plarenas_onpaper

5/11 Nature Journal Studio

Nature journaling can help us view the natural world with new perspectives, learn about our surroundings, and see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

During monthly Nature Journal Studio sessions inside the Museum, Melinda Nakagawa will guide you through a topic as we practice skills in a group setting and share our learning with others. We will develop observation skills and awareness of nature, improve sketching skills, and practice strategies to bring the 3-dimensional world onto the page. Rather than an art class, nature journaling is about observation, curiosity, wonder, and honing these abilities.

While Nature Journal Studio is located in a primarily in indoor setting, focused on skills building and community, there are other opportunities for field experiences through Spark in Nature.

Wednesday, May 11 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free with Admission*

Sign-up for other Nature Journal Studio events.
*Free for Members and Youth under 18 | $4 General | $2 Students and Seniors

Accessibility and COVID protocol

  • All experience levels are welcome. Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You can attend one session or come each month.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for covid safety. Masks are required at all times.
  • Basic materials are provided, but feel free to bring your favorite nature journal tools.

About Melinda Nakagawa

Melinda Nakagawa is a biologist, naturalist, and educator with a passion and skill for connecting people to nature. She founded Spark in Nature to guide participants to cultivate a deeper relationship with the natural world, slowing down to nature’s pace and seeing rather than just looking at the world.

With an approach that bridges nature, art, and heart, she welcomes all people regardless of their skill level or background. Through her gentle guidance, hundreds of participants have awakened their spark of curiosity, sense of wonder, and connection to the natural world.

Melinda has partnered with local institutions such as the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History to lead educator trainings on nature journaling. She leads the Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club’s free online Sunday sessions.

She has an M.S. degree in Marine Science, and has also worked as a naturalist guide, floral designer, and wildlife rehabilitator. For the past two decades Melinda has kept nature journals and continues to learn more from nature with each journal she fills.

Nature journal examples by Melinda Nakagawa.

5/7 Family Fun: Nature Journaling in the Redwoods

Nature journaling is a fun way to connect with nature, learn about our surroundings, and find wonder all around. Families are invited to join us for a walk through the redwoods as Museum educators Ellen Stone and Rocio Sanchez-Nolasco lead us through nature journaling prompts. Materials will be provided, but families are welcome to bring their favorite art tools.

Saturday, May 7, 2022
10 a.m. to noon
Location: UC Santa Cruz (parking details shared upon registration)
Free (donations appreciated)


This program is part of our series in support of the 33rd annual science illustration exhibit, The Art of Nature.


Accessibility

  • 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. We will bring clipboards, paper, and colored pencils.
  • There are no restrooms at this site.
  • All ages are welcome, but this program is particularly well suited for elementary aged children and their families.
  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event. 

5/6 First Friday: The Art of Nature

First Fridays are back at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History! Join us for monthly after hours events on the First Friday of the month. Enjoy free admission 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with special outdoor festivities 5-8 p.m.

May’s First Friday will feature free art activities and a market from local artists featured in the Museum’s annual science illustration exhibit, The Art of Nature. Support the artists by going home with prints, stickers, cards, cups, and more! Food from Areperia 831 and adult drinks will be for sale.

Friday, May 6, 2022
5-8 p.m.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Featured Artists

Pilar Barnes
Melissa Eugene
Calene Luczo
Kaelin O’Hare
Katie Rider
Kylie Kathleen Smith
Elizabeth Romanini

Accessibility

  • Drop-by anytime 5-8 p.m. to join the festivities!
  • Admission to the Museum is free all day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for for covid safety.
  • Restrooms and water fountains are available inside the Museum.
  • Artist booths and activities will be on somewhat lumpy grass.

4/30 Makers Market: The Art of Nature

During this outdoor Makers Market, meet local artists featured in our annual science illustration exhibit, The Art of Nature, watch them at work, and support them by going home with prints, stickers, cards, cups, and more! There will be free admission to the Museum, making it the perfect time to explore this year’s science illustration display featuring over 30 local artists.

Saturday, April 30, 2022
12-4 p.m.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Featured artists

Rebecca Botelho
Sami Chang
Calene Luczo
Kaelin O’Hare
Katie Rider
Lora Roame
Elizabeth Romanini
Kylie Kathleen Smith

The Science Illustration program at CSUMB and Ecology Action will also be onsite!

Accessibility

  • Drop-by anytime 12-4 p.m. to join the festivities!
  • Admission to the Museum is free all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for for covid safety.
  • Restrooms and water fountains are available inside the Museum.
  • Parking permits are required if you park on the Museum-side of Pilkington Ave. They can be retrieved at the info booth or inside the Museum.
  • Artist booths will be on somewhat lumpy grass.

4/26 Drawing Dinosaurs: Science Illustration and Paleontology with Hannah Caisse

Think of your favorite dinosaur. TyrannosaurusTriceratopsParasaurolophus? If you visualize it in your mind, you might be surprised to realize that you just thought of an illustration! Because we can’t time travel, science illustrators have to visually render extinct species by combining paleontology and art to make “paleoart.” During this online program, science illustrator Hannah Caisse will discuss the history of paleoart, demonstrate research and artistic processes, muse over hot topics in the paleontology field, and answer questions about art or dinosaurs. This program will be appropriate for young dinosaur lovers and paleoart fans in general.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
6-7 p.m. PDT


This program is part of our series in support of the 34th annual science illustration exhibit, The Art of Nature.


Accessibility

  • A recording and follow-up resources will be shared with registrants after the program.
  • This program will be in English.
  • This program will attempt to meet the needs of younger participants, but all levels of understanding are welcome to join and a variety of complexity will be explored.
  • We will be using the webinar format, meaning that participants’ video and mic functions will be disabled.
  • Reasonable accommodation requests can be made by emailing events@santacruzmuseum.org.

About Hannah Caisse

When not working at a paleontology museum, dusting off fossils and enthusiastically teaching kids about the history of life, Hannah works to improve her techniques and skills in science illustration. She derives inspiration from native fauna, deep time, and even familiar backyard critters and plants. Infusing her drawings with her infectious admiration for the natural world, she always strives to cultivate wonder and engagement from her audience.

Website: www.hannahcaisse.com
Instagram: @synap_sida

FULL 4/17 Fall Creek After Fire: Exploring the CZU Burn Zone with State Parks

The Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has reopened after 18 months of recovery work in the wake of the CZU Lightning Complex fires — and we want to share it with you. Join us for a series of guided tours of the burn zone in partnership with California State Parks and the Mountain Parks Foundation. We’ll explore how the landscape has responded to fire, from redwood trees to wildflowers, and banana slugs to birds, as well as share how community members can help monitor the fire’s impacts.

Sunday, April 17, 2022
10 a.m. to noon
Location details shared upon registration. Free.

The program has reached capacity. Email events@santacruzmuseum.org to be placed on a waitlist, or sign-up for a future session below.

This series is part of the CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science Project. We will spend time learning about iNaturalist during the walks so that participants may help us track how landscapes respond to fire. Get started using iNaturalist. Walks will be led by Dylan McManus, State Park PI Interpreter I, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.


Walk Dates

March 20, 2022

April 17, 2022

May 15, 2022


Special Online Presentation

April 14 | A Landscape Built to Burn with Tim Hyland, California State Parks

Accessibility and COVID protocol

  • Participants should be prepared to walk up to 2 miles on moderate terrain.
  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Capacity is limited for this program. Please let us know if your plans change and you are no longer able to join.
  • Follow the latest guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.

FULL 4/16 Family Fun with Fossils!

Kid holding shark tooth fossil.

Dig into the fascinating world of fossils during this month’s Family Fun day at the Museum! We’ll explore ancient whales from millions of years ago and dig for fossil shark teeth, while practicing being paleontologists. All ages welcome, but this is especially relevant for kiddos ages 7-10.

Saturday, April 16, 2022
10-11 a.m. UPDATE: This program has been moved to 2-3 p.m. due to rain.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

This program has reached capacity.

Accessibility

  • This program will be led by the Museum’s Education Coordinator Chris Soriano and Public Programs Coordinator Rocio Sanchez-Nolasco.
  • We’ll explore ancient whales from millions of years ago and dig for fossil shark teeth, while practicing being paleontologists. Activities will be tailored to the general age of the group.
  • You are welcome to continue exploring fossils inside the Museum after the program. Kids and Museum Members are free. Admission for adults is $4.
  • Please follow the latest guidelines for covid safety at the time of the program.

A Landscape Built to Burn with Tim Hyland, California State Parks

Fire is a critical aspect of California ecology. This talk from Tim Hyland, Natural Resource Program Manager for the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks, will discuss fire ecology in California in general, local native plant adaptations to fire, and the specific response of the Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to the CZU Incident.

This program is part of our Fall Creek After Fire series in partnership with California State Parks and the Mountain Parks Foundation.

Resources

About the Speaker

Tim Hyland is the Natural Resource Program Manager for the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks. Born in San Jose he has spent the last 27 years helping to protect the incredible biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Mountains found in our local State Parks. During that time he has assisted in and currently directs the prescribed fire program for the district. Helping to maintain various ecosystems by reintroducing fire to redwood forest, coastal prairie and rare sand hills chaparral.