Santa Cruz From Shoreline to Summit

Santa Cruz County contains a variety of habitats, from the depths of the Monterey Bay to the peaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The unique geology and Mediterranean climate create a rich environment for a wide array of flora and fauna, some of which are endemic to this region.

Use the guides below to explore the Santa Cruz habitats featured in the Museum’s exhibits. 

Resources for Learning More

Learn more about local habitats and wildlife with these curated resources.

Habitat Landscapes © Sophie Wood Brinker, 2021 | Monterey Bay Panoramic © Eric Knight