Events and Public Programs

Following recommendations from the Santa Cruz County Public Health Department to avoid non-essential gatherings of 50 people or more, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is cancelling or postponing certain events. You can review the Museum’s full response to COVID-19 here.

New Opportunities! We may not be able to gather in groups to explore nature and learn from experts at this time, but there are many ways that you can still learn, grow, and explore. Dig through our new collection of virtual experiences, The Museum at Your Side.


Explore the diverse natural history of Santa Cruz with the Museum through a variety of programs — from lectures and workshops at the Museum to guided hikes and Mobile Museums around Santa Cruz County. Gain insight, build new skills, share your stories, and befriend fellow naturalists.

Rockin’ Pop Up

Monthly, 4th Saturdays | 10 a.m. – noon
Free with Admission

  • There will be no Rockin’ Pop-Up in April.

Have a rock that needs identifying? Want to learn more about the geology of Santa Cruz? Like digging for fossils? Join Gavin and Graham — also known as our “Geology Gents” — for these monthly rock-talk days. Every fourth Saturday of the month, these PhD students from UC Santa Cruz will be at the Museum, ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of specimens. So get ready to talk shop with these rock jocks! Note: Limit of three rocks per visitor.

Member Exclusive: The Art of Nature Exhibit Opening

*This event has been postponed to May 30, 6-8pm.

Museum Members are invited to join us for this special exhibit opening for our annual exhibit of scientific illustration, The Art of Nature. Learn more.


Member events provide our supporters with behind-the-scenes opportunities to connect with the Museum. Join our family of Members to receive invitations to Member events and other benefits. Learn more.

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CLICK HERE to view Past Events.