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. Programs are led by Museum staff with kids dropped off at rotating locations, including local parks, open spaces, and of course at the Museum! Exploration and activities help kids learn more about nature through observation and experience while developing a deeper connection to nature and making new friends.
- 12/4 Nature Club: Pogonip – A Trip Through HistoryJoin us to explore approximately 4 miles of trail in Pogonip, the largest open natural space in Santa Cruz. Enjoy beautiful views of Santa Cruz and the Monterey … Read more
- 1/8 Nature Club: Museum Deep DiveExplore collections and specimens from the Museum that do not always get to be seen by the public. The Museum’s extensive collection of fossils, shells, and animal specimens … Read more
- 2/5 Nature Club: Finding Fungus at DeLaveagaWe 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 … Read more
- 3/5 Nature Club: Arana Gulch, Santa Cruz Harbor, & Spring WildflowersSpring wildflowers abound at Arana Gulch! We will explore the 63 acre open space observing wildlife, exploring forests and fields, and walking around the adjacent Santa Cruz Harbor … Read more
- 4/2 Nature Club: Neary Lagoon – A Living NurserySpringtime at Neary Lagoon means one thing – baby waterbirds! Neary Lagoon is home to lots of newly hatched bird life, and we can observe hatchling ducks, grebes, … Read more
- 5/7 Nature Club: Exploring the Tide Pools at Natural BridgesThe tide pools at Natural Bridges are some of the best in Santa Cruz and they are teeming with living creatures. Explore tide pools and nearby coastal prairie … Read more
- 6/4 Nature Club: Moore Creek Preserve and Summer StartupKick off the beginning of summer with an awesome visit to the Moore Creek Preserve, exploring different communities found in one of our best local habitats. Birds, deer, … Read more
What to Expect
Programs run from 10:00 a.m -12:00 p.m. and occur on the first Saturday of the month. The Museum does not provide transportation to offsite meeting spots, and participants should be dropped off and picked up by parents/guardians. Some programs may be physically rigorous so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about trail accessibility. Programs occur rain or shine, barring extreme weather.
Nature Club will run in compliance with state and county guidance for health and safety. Masks will be required for all participants, regardless of vaccination status. Participants should not attend if they have been coughing, have a fever, or had recent contact with someone with a positive test.