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.
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.
Program fees for science in nature field trips are currently waived for public elementary schools.
FIELD TRIPS AT THE MUSEUM – UNAVAILABLE
SCIENCE IN NATURE EXPERIENCES – AVAILABLE
Available for home-school and private groups as well as elementary classes, these field trips take students outside to engage in hands-on exploration, observation, and field-based learning. Program fees are waived for public elementary schools.
- 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 supporter: The City of Santa Cruz