The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is a leader in environmental education in Santa Cruz County, serving more than 30,000 children and adults each year.
Our school programs connect youth with nature, engage them in scientific exploration and discovery, and cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards. We cover a wide variety of natural history topics such as watershed science, animal adaptations and habitats, and the history and culture of Native Peoples. All of our offerings connect to state standards and aim to create a personal understanding of the natural world around us and our role in it.
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is a great place to visit for nature and science exploration, and we want to join you as you continue to explore at home and outside.
FIELD TRIPS AT THE MUSEUM
SCIENCE IN NATURE EXPERIENCES
- WETLAND WALK (3rd grade)
- NATURE RANGERS (4th grade)
- WATERSHED WALK (5th grade)
- EARTH STEWARDS (High School)
Educational Resources and Rentals
Interested in renting a specimen or educational kit? All of our field trips feature optional kits that compliment and deepen the impact of the programs. Add a kit rental on your field trip request form. For information about specimen, kit rentals, and other educational resources, visit our Resource Page.
Through exploration, experimentation, and experiences outdoors, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History hopes to inspire future scientists. Join us to discover a passion for nature, learning, and community. All Nature Explorers camps connect campers to their environment in fun and exciting ways that engage their natural sense of curiosity while supporting academic success. Explore camp offerings here.
Thanks to our school program supporters: Captain Planet Foundation · City of Santa Cruz · Community Foundation Santa Cruz County · David & Lucile Packard Foundation · Helen and Will Webster Foundation · Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am · Project Learning Tree, a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. · Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk · Save the Redwoods League