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10/15 Nautical Knots and Macrame Workshop

Join us for an outdoor workshop where we’ll practice tying knots for both practical and decorative purposes. Everyone will leave with a driftwood and macrame wall hanging, along with a slew of new skills.

Tying knots is one of the oldest documented skills practiced by humans. Used in textiles and boat trades, knot use and theory also crosses over to engineering, surgery, and many other industries. We’ll explore material choice, knot styles, and practical applications for everyday life.

This program is in support of the new exhibit, Maritime Mysteries and Monsters, on view October 4-November 6, 2022.

Saturday, October 15, 2022
10 a.m. to noon

Free for Members | $10 General
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

About the Instructors

Ashlyn Adams works with youth and all ages in her various roles, including running Youth & YA services at The Diversity Center, slinging movies at Westside Video, and creating learning opportunities at CA Film & Cultural Center and with EDI Educators. She has spent most of her life growing food, playing in water, and putting people and resources together, and can’t imagine quitting any of those now.

Marisa Gomez is the Public Programs Manager at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History where she has led multiple textile arts workshops, including natural dyes and basketry. Her specialty is in facilitating experiences where communities can connect and build skills together over a shared appreciation for nature.

Accessibility

  • All materials provided
  • Wear sun protection and layers
  • Restrooms and water fountains will be available inside the Museum
  • We will be sitting on chairs and at shared tables
  • Instructions will be giving using visual aids
  • All ages are welcome, though children under the age of 8 are likely to need assistance from a parent/guardian
  • Registration fees apply for each individual in attendance including youth

Santa Cruz Sea Monsters with Geoffrey Dunn (recording)

Santa Cruz has a long history of fishing lore, including the legend of the “Old Man of the Monterey Bay.” Geoffrey Dunn is a fourth-generation member of the Santa Cruz Italian fishing colony who grew up with stories about the “Old Man” and sea monsters as a boy, which has influenced his work as journalist, filmmaker, and historian. Join us for the online talk exploring local myths and legends in honor of the exhibit, Maritime Mysteries and Monsters.

About the Speaker

Geoffrey Dunn, Ph. D., is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and historian and has written extensively about California culture and history. He is the author of several books, including Santa Cruz Is in the Heart (Volumes I and II); The Santa Cruz Wharf: Images of AmericaChinatown Dreams: The Life and Photography of George Lee;  and The Lies of Sarah Palin. His films include Dollar a Day, 10¢ a Dance: A Historic Portrait of Filipino Farm Workers in AmericaChinese Gold: The Chinese of the Monterey Bay Region;Calypso Dreams, and The Glamour Boyz Again. He also served as the on-screen narrator of A Day on the Bay: Portrait of a Ligurian Fishing Colony. Dunn has been writing about Monterey Bay’s maritime history for more than four decades.

Cartoon by Thommy Thompson, San Francisco Call-Bulletin, 1942. 

10/12 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 at 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.

Wednesday, October 12 2022
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.
  • It is likely that the program will take place inside the Museum, but sometimes sessions are held outside (details in confirmation email).
  • Follow the latest guidelines for covid safety. Masks are required inside the Museum.
  • 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.

10/8 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 nearly two years 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.

Saturday, October 8, 2022
10 a.m. to noon

Location details shared upon registration | Free

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.

Watch the recording of our April 14 talk from Tim Hyland, A Landscape Built to Burn

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.

10/7 First Friday After Hours: Maritime Mysteries and Monsters

Nerd out on your night out during special after hours events every First Friday. Free admission all day, with special outdoor festivities 5-8 p.m.🍻💥

October’s First Friday is the opening event for the new exhibit, Maritime Mysteries and Monsters. Explore the scary side of the sea through nautical activities guided by local ocean experts:

🐡 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
🏄🏾 Black Surf Club
🐟 Mehta Lab at UC Santa Cruz
🧫 Plankton Monitoring Group
🦀 Seymour Marine Discovery Center
🌊 Save the Waves
🌮 Food from Areperia 831 and Surfin Turf Food Truck

Friday, October 7, 2022
5-8 p.m.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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 covid safety.
  • Restrooms and water fountains are available inside the Museum.
  • Activities will be on somewhat lumpy grass.
  • Dress for a cool coastal evening.

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.

Featuring:
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.

Agenda

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.

FULL 9/24 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.

Saturday, September 24, 2022
10 a.m. to noon

Location details shared upon registration | Free

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.

Watch the recording of our April 14 talk from Tim Hyland, A Landscape Built to Burn.

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.

9/24 Member Meet-Up: UC Santa Cruz Geology

Join PhD candidates Gavin Piccione and Jessica Gagliardi for a geologic tour of the UC Santa Cruz Campus. Examine outcrops, uncover histories of mining and development, and build your rock identification skills during this guided walk open to all ages and experience levels.

Saturday, September 24, 2022
10 a.m. to noon
Location: UC Santa Cruz (exact details shared upon registration)

Free for Members | Not yet a Member? Join today!

Accessibility

  • Bring sun protection, comfortable shoes, and any water/snacks you might need.
  • Be prepared to walk two miles along paved and gravel roads/paths.
  • There will not be many seating options, but you are welcome to bring portable chairs/stools.
  • Please follow current state and local guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.

9/14 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 at 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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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.
  • It is likely that the programs will take place outside the Museum in Tyrrell Park, but sometimes sessions are held inside (details in confirmation email).
  • Follow the latest guidelines for covid safety. Masks are required inside the Museum.
  • 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.

9/10 Community Crafting: Celebrating Biodiversity Day!

Pop-by the Museum to contribute to community crafts celebrating biodiversity! All ages are welcome, materials are provided, and stay for as long as you like. Activities include a macrame food web, biodiversity mural, nature bingo, and more.

Saturday, September 10, 2022
1-4 p.m.

Free | Donations appreciated
Location: Outside the Museum in Tyrrell Park
1305 E. Cliff Dr. Santa Cruz, CA

Accessibility

  • Drop-by anytime 1-4 p.m. to join the fun!
  • Follow the latest guidelines for for covid safety.
  • Restrooms and water fountains are available inside the Museum.
  • Activities will be on somewhat lumpy grass.