Naturalist Night

Come to the Museum for Naturalist Night and explore the diverse natural history of Santa Cruz. Each month we will feature a different guest speaker from the local community to share stories, artifacts, and knowledge about a unique aspect of our natural world. Gain insight, build new skills, share your stories, and befriend fellow naturalists.

UPCOMING LECTURES

Meadow Stewardship: The Very Special Coastal Prairie Ecosystems of our Region

Thursday, April 18 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Pre-sale tickets will be available soon
Free with Admission*
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

About the talk:

Prairies are integral to California’s much cherished coastal landscapes. These beautiful grasslands are species rich with wildflowers and wildlife, many of which require active human stewardship in order to thrive. Grey Hayes will lead the audience on a virtual tour of California’s many types of coastal prairies. We’ll explore ancient through more recent history to understand how future generations might be able to continue to experience these grasslands. Grey will also describe the many efforts to steward these habitats in yards, parks, and even on working ranches. Be inspired by coastal prairie heroes that are making wildflowers happen and keeping raptors well fed. There’s a lot of beauty in these grasslands, and after this presentation you’ll be better prepared to find and appreciate the often subtle stories unfolding in the meadows near you.

About the speaker:

Dr. Grey Hayes has been caring for, restoring, studying, teaching about, and learning about Santa Cruz County’s North Coast for 30 years.

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Dr. Hayes will also lead a Guided Hike of Mima Meadow for the Museum on April 27. Learn more here.

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Exploring Science Through Art

Thursday, May 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Pre-sale tickets will be available soon
Free with Admission*
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

About the talk:

Join us on a journey into science illustration – past and present. Andrea Dingeldein will provide historical and contemporary perspectives on how art is essential to increasing scientific knowledge and inspiring conservation. Travel along with Sydney Parkinson on a botanical voyage to Australia, peer through the lens of Robert Hooke’s microscope to view the first detailed drawings of fleas, get up to date on current work being done by local science illustrators, and discover how you can use art as a tool to observe and connect with nature.

About the speaker:

Andrea Dingeldein is a freelance illustrator and an instructor for the Science Illustration Program at California State University Monterey Bay. She creates illustrations for researchers, marine laboratories, recreation companies, parks, and environmental organizations that are working to protect local ecosystems. Her artwork aims to communicate scientific information in a clear and engaging manner in order to educate and inspire the public.


*$4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | Free for Members and Youth Under 18
Do you have an idea for a future Naturalist Night? Let us know at education@santacruzmuseum.org. Interested in attending, but not ready to purchase a ticket? Call (831) 420-6115 or email education@santacruzmuseum.org to reserve a seat and pay at the door — events with low enrollment are subject to cancellation.