Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a month of fungi fun at the Museum and in nature. Uncover the mycological marvels of the forest floor guided by experts, capture the beauty and biodiversity of mushrooms through art, and connect with your community over a shared love of mushrooms.
FULL 2/4 Mushroom Walk with Phil Carpenter
Join Phil Carpenter for a walk in the woods searching for fungi! Phil is one of the leaders of the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.
2/4 Nature Club: Finding Fungus at DeLaveaga (Grades 6-8)
Nature Club takes young explorers (6th-8th Grade) into local habitats to learn about the amazing living world around us while making discoveries along the way. This month we will explore the forests and trails of DeLaveaga Park looking for a kingdom of life best viewed in the winter: fungi! The great variety of trees in these forests supports a huge amount of fungal life. Learn more about the amazing decomposers and how they support their ecosystems!
2/8 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. February’s theme will be Finding Fascination with Fungi.
FULL 2/11 Mushrooms of the Santa Cruz Mountains Walk with Christian Schwarz
Join Christian Schwarz for a guided exploration of the beauty and biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Mountains with a particular emphasis on the mushrooms of the redwood coast. Hone your observational skills and celebrate the myriad creatures that surround us during this limited capacity walk. There is another session on February 12.
FULL 2/12 Mushrooms of the Santa Cruz Mountains Walk with Christian Schwarz
Join Christian Schwarz for a guided exploration of the beauty and biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Mountains with a particular emphasis on the mushrooms of the redwood coast. Hone your observational skills and celebrate the myriad creatures that surround us during this limited capacity walk. There is another session on February 11.
FULL 2/11 Family Fun: Mushroom Scavenger Hunt!
Join educators from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a scavenger hunt in the woods! We’ll look for mushrooms and make observations of their fascinating features. Family Fun programs are great for elementary aged kids and their families, but all ages are welcome.
2/15 Book Talk: The Lichen Museum with Laurie Palmer
Laurie Palmer’s forthcoming book, The Lichen Museum, explores how the physiological characteristics of lichens provide a valuable template for reimagining human relations in an age of ecological and social precarity. Using this tiny organism as an emblem through which to navigate environmental and social concerns, Palmer implores us to envision alternative ways of living based on interdependence rather than individualism and competition.
FULL 2/18 The Art of Fungi Workshop with Andrea Dingeldein
Join Andrea (science illustrator) and Marisa (fungiphile and Museum staff) for a day full of fungal exploration — from forest foraging to science illustration! Bring along your own nature journaling tools and materials or use the ones provided, and walk away with a new set of skills and knowledge to help you connect with nature.
FULL 2/25 Member Meet-Up: Lichens with Ken Kellman
Lichens are all around, yet seldom understood. Join us for a special Member Meet-Up with Museum Member Ken Kellman, where we will look closely at a variety of lichen species and learn to better understood their unique qualities. Member Meet-Ups are free, small group get-togethers in nature exclusively for Members of the Museum — join today!