Walks and Workshops

Join the Museum for nature connections that bring us closer to our surroundings. Learn new skills, visit new places, or discover familiar places in a whole new way.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Workshop: Illustrating the Kingdom of Fungi

Tuesday, January 28 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$20 General | $5 Off for Museum Members
Pre-registration required |SOLD OUT
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

In this workshop we will draw inspiration from the Museum’s special exhibit, Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi, and illustrate mushrooms from freshly foraged as well as desiccated specimens. After some basic drawing warm-up, we will go over techniques for illustrating mushrooms in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and colored pencils. Most of the time will be spent working on illustrations with help from the instructor. Materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring any drawing/painting materials you have.

All experience levels are welcome. Youth under the age of 16 need to attend with an adult. Light refreshments will be provided.

Materials provided:
Desiccated mushroom samples
Fresh, locally foraged mushrooms
Paper
Colored pencils
Ink pens
Watercolors
Brushes
Science Illustration of Mushrooms Handout

About the artist:
Emily Underwood is a graduate of Cal State Monterey Bay’s Scientific Illustration program and has degrees in Geology from UC Santa Cruz and Oregon State University. Her work has appeared in museums, art exhibits, interpretive panels, books, magazines and journal articles. By creating art she engages with the remarkable landscapes of California and the natural processes taking place on them.


Saturday, February 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$15 General | $5 Off for Museum Members
Pre-registration required | Get Tickets
Location: Quail Hollow Ranch

Join mushroom enthusiasts Dan Tischler and Justin Pierce from the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz to explore local habitats in search of interesting fungi.

We will discuss a bit of the fungus life cycle and some of the various roles that fungi play in natural ecosystems. Learn to identify at least one or two common species and get tips for finding and identifying others that may be encountered in our area. Be prepared to walk about 3 miles round trip as we explore redwood, mixed hardwood/fir/pine, and meadow habitats.

This walk will be held at Quail Hollow Ranch. Park information can be found here. In the case of rain, we have permission to use indoor facilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch or snacks.

About the walk leaders:
Dan Tischler has been hunting wild mushrooms on the California coast since around the time he learned to walk. He started as a child gathering porcini and later came to recognize a few other common edibles. This led to an interest in learning about all the other fungi out there. Now his main interests are learning about the complex lifestyles of fungi and the roles they play in broader ecosystems. He still enjoys walking and is the minister of Local Forays for the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.

Justin Pierce grew up in Santa Cruz enjoying the natural beauty of the county. They have been with the Santa Cruz Fungus Federation for 10 years, currently serving as Prime Minister. Justin works as the spawn lab technician for Far West Fungi located in Moss Landing, spending each work day in the lab propagating mushroom mycelium “spawn” for a variety of mushroom species for production and sales. Justin has spent a significant amount of time photographing the mushrooms of the county and has been published in both online and printed articles.

This walk is presented by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History in partnership with the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.


Do you have an idea for a future walk or workshop?  Let us know at events@santacruzmuseum.org. Interested in attending, but not ready to purchase a ticket? Call (831) 420-6115 or email events@santacruzmuseum.org to reserve a seat and pay upon arrival — events with low enrollment are subject to cancellation.