SC Museum Of Natural History: Fungus February 2023

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a month of fungi fun at the Museum and out 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 with your community over a shared love of mushrooms. Sign up for mushroom searches, nature journaling, mushroom scavanger hunt and/or an Art of Fungi workshop. Starting Feb 4. Go HERE.

Santa Cruz Mountain Trail Stewardship: Teens On The Trails Month, Saturdays, Feb 4, 11, 18 & 25, 9 am – 1 pm

“An exciting volunteer opportunity for students aged 12-18: Teens on Trails Month! Get your volunteer hours while giving back to trails with our friends from Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship! SCMTS is hosting 4 events throughout the county dedicated to teens aged 12-18. These youth-only trail work events across the county to get middle and high school students outside and involved in the magic of trail stewardship. Students will learn about native species and ecological functions, get involved in trail maintenance activities and connect 1:1 with our professional team to learn about career opportunities in the outdoors. Plus, they’ll have fun and win some sweet prizes. At each event, participants will receive free ice cream tokens from The Penny Ice Creamery AND post-dig pizza!” More info HERE.
Saturday, 2/4/23, at Wilder Ranch State Park – Sign up HERE.
Saturday, 2/11/23, at University Connector Trail – Sign up HERE.
Saturday, 2/18/23, at Cotoni-Coast Dairies – Sign up HERE.
Saturday, 2/25/23, at DeLaveaga Park – Sign up HERE.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch & City of Watsonville: World Wetlands Day Celebration, Feb 4 10 am – 1 pm

We will restore the wetland habitat from 10am-12pm and celebrate the wetlands with fun activities including environmental education booths, storytelling, birdwatching, music, and crafts from 12 – 1 pm. This event is fun for the whole family! Gloves and tools will be provided. Please bring a filled water bottle and dress in walking shoes and layers to be outdoors. Meet at the lower Nob Hill shopping center parking lot. Please carpool, bike, or use public transit if possible. For more info email: jose@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or call 831-728-1156 x3.

SC Museum of Natural History: Fall Creek After Fire: Exploring the CZU Burn Zone, Feb 4, 10 am – Noon

“The Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has reopened after nearly two years of recovery work in the wake of the CZU Lightning Complex fires — and we want to share it with you. Join us for a series of guided tours of the burn zone in partnership with California State Parks and the Mountain Parks Foundation. We’ll explore how the landscape has responded to fire, from redwood trees to wildflowers, and banana slugs to birds, as well as share how community members can help monitor the fire’s impacts.” Free. Registration HERE.

Regeneration and Ecology Action:  National Transit Equity Day, Feb 4, 10am – 3pm

National Transit Equity Day is February 4th, recognized on Rosa Parks’ birthday for her pivotal role in combating racial segregation on public buses, trains and trolleys. Equity Transit is sponsoring a week of activities honoring this national coalition event. On Feb 4, local organizations including Regeneracion, the Community Bike Collective, Ecology Action, SCC Friends of the Rail and Trail, and many other organizations will be there to agitate, educate, and organize. Royal Dutch Bicycles will have a small fleet of electric bikes people can test ride for free. My Mom’s Mole will be have their food truck on site with tasty food for sale. Watsonville Central Plaza. Take the bus free.  More INFO.

UCSC Arboretum: Community Day – Free Admission, Feb 7, 9 am – 5 pm

“The first Tuesday of each month, the Arboretum is open without charge to visitors. Due to limited parking at the Arboretum and the popularity of Community Day, we greatly encourage visitors to carpool, bike, walk or use public transportation as much as possible.” For dates and times the Arboretum is open go HERE. 1490 High Street.

COASTAL WATERSHED COUNCIL: RIVER HEALTH DAY, Feb 11, 10 AM – NOON

“Join us for our River Health Day of planting and maintaining native seedlings along the banks of the San Lorenzo River to increase biodiversity and revitalize the river ecosystem. We will meet on the east riverbank between the Soquel Ave and Laurel Street bridges. Free parking is available in the CWC parking lot at 107 Dakota Ave. Paid parking is also available on Dakota Avenue or across the river in downtown Santa Cruz. For more info and to register go HERE.

Natural Bridges State Beach: Migration Festival, Feb 11, 11 am – 4 pm.

“Celebrate migration pathways to species success at the 36th Annual Migration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach, Saturday,  The event will share how the success of migratory species is linked to saving migration pathways along their journeys. There will be live music, including the nature-loving 5M’s Band, arts and crafts, food for sale and booths to explore — including live animals! Many community organizations will also be on hand with family-friendly, hands-on activities and booths highlighting the migration of the many different kinds of animals that come to and through the Monterey Bay Area. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family!” More INFO.

ELKHORN SLOUGH: GARDEN DAYS, FEB 12, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

“Learn the in’s and out’s of native plant landscaping while helping the Reserve maintain our new native gardens! Each third Saturday we spend time exploring a new topic in native plant gardening, and then work on a project in the gardens. Work changes with the season and may involve weeding, planting, or collecting native seeds. All ages and abilities are welcome, but everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.” Info and sign up HERE.

Groundswell Coastal Ecology: Seabright Coastal Restoration, Feb 13, 9 am – 12:30 pm

“Come join your local community in coastal restoration at Seabright Beach. Help make our coast a better place and learn about coastal ecology. Activities vary by season: Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter, clearing invasive plants; Late Summer/Fall, native plant propagation; Fall/Winter, planting native plants. Every Monday!” More Info HERE.

S C MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: SATURDAYS IN THE SOIL, Feb 18, 10 AM – NOON

“It’s time to get your hands dirty at our monthly volunteer program in our native plant garden. Learn about local ecology, native plants, and sustainable gardening while coming together as a community (in a physically distanced manner) to steward Tyrrell Park through the City’s Adopt-A-Park program. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting. All ages are welcome; children under 14 require adult supervision. Please follow current state and local guidelines for covid safety at the time of the program. Every third Saturday at the SC Museum of Natural History.”  RSVPs are required. Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to express interest. More info HERE.

AMAH MUTSUN LAND TRUST: TENDING TO THE AMAH MUTSUN GARDEN AT THE PIE RANCH, Feb 18, 1 – 4 PM 

“Volunteers have been an essential part of our repair and regeneration efforts after the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burned through Pie Ranch. Designed by tribal member, Matthew Lopez, the Native Garden is shaped like a pie with pathways representing the four directions. Each “pie slice” represents different ethnobotanical native plants featuring grassland foods, fibers and basketry plants, nuts and berries, and personal care. Some of us will stay in the garden for the whole work shift and some will venture to other projects around the farm.  Volunteers help with planting, weeding, harvests, culling and mulching. There is also maintenance work to be done. Volunteer work days at  Pie Ranch are on the third Saturday of each month. Pie Ranch, 2080 Green Oaks Way, Pescadero.” To RSVP go HERE  or email: aarganbright@amahmutsun.org

FOREST OF NISENE MARKS TRAIL WORK DAY, FEB 19, 9:30 AM – 2 PM, 2 – 4 HOUR SHIFTS

“Join us for a trail work day in Nisene Marks SP! You’ll feel great to be of service and give back to the park we all love! Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and comfortable shoes you can hike to work site in as well as work/garden gloves if you have them. Bring a bag lunch and water. State Parks will provide liability release and all tools needed. Past work days have included installing and removing seasonal bridges, cutting trees that have fallen across the trail, removing ivy, and brushing back overgrown trails. Wide range of jobs to fit everyone! 3rd Sunday of each month, 9:30 am, 2 – 4hr. shifts. Covid safe. Meet at 9:30am at the entrance kiosk, coffee and baked goods will be available!” Info HERE.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch: Restoration Volunteer Opportunities, Feb 25, 9 AM – Noon

“Restoration Saturdays, 4th Saturday of the month, 9 am to noon. Community members gather to help restore wetland habitat. The work includes planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, and helping in our native plant greenhouse. They work from 9am until 12 noon  and always make time for bird watching or a short hike around the wetlands. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack. Meet at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Road.” For info contact Cara.

Groundswell Coastal Ecology: Pilkington Creek Community Restoration Day, Feb 26, 10 am – 1 pm

“A dedicated group of volunteer land stewards is working to replace invasive plants with a glorious diversity of native plants. These plants provide structural habitat as well as produce nectar, berries, seeds that support many species of animals. Come join your local community in restoring this riparian woodland to native habitat. Help make this a refuge for birds and pollinators and learn about stream ecology. Meet at Tyrrell Park (by the Museum of Natural History), 1305 E Cliff Dr.” More INFO.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art And History: Bay of Life – From Wind to Whales, Jan 19 – April 30, 2023

“An exhibition by Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom that brings land and sea together for a unified view of Monterey Bay and its natural abundance. Monterey Bay is the hottest hot spot for biodiversity in all of North America, according to The Nature Conservancy. It is a place of giants, from redwood forests on land to forests of kelp offshore. Monterey Bay supports iconic wildlife from secretive mountain lions to majestic blue whales. All survive in a region where far-flung migrants mix with rare local species that live nowhere else in the world. That richness is due to a unique mix of physical features and microclimates, shaped by the powerful influence of the ocean—and by the actions of people.” More INFO.