Global Climate Strike Kickoff, Sept 20, 4 – 8 pm

This event is unified with the millions of people at thousands of strikes world-wide that are supporting the YOUTH on CLIMATE STRIKE! It’s time for mass resistance to the ecological corruption that is occurring. We aim to inspire policy makers to make radical system changes and put an end to the age of fossil fuels. Join us for an Educational Festival to connect with others about the climate crisis that humans face, and to lean how and why YOU can be part of the SOLUTION! This event will feature Food, Music, Basketball, Tabling, Student Open Mic, Community Art Project, Panel Discussion, Bilingual Climate science presentation and Regenerative Culture offerings, like Compassionate Listening. Louden Nelson. For full listing of events go HERE


Global Climate Strike Events, Sept 20 – 27

School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, pensioners and all concerned humans to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions starting on September 20. People all over the world will use their power to stop “business as usual” in the face of the climate emergency. Young people hope this moment will show that they have the backing of millions of human beings who have a growing dread about the climate emergency but who have so far stayed mostly on the sidelines. Join young people in the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown. For local Santa Cruz strike Sep 20-27 events go to


Aquarela Film, Sept 20 – 24

Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. The film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. Spanning the globe, Aquarela unfolds as a fiercely lyrical, multi-sensorial experience that seeks to break the boundaries between human and nature. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is Aquarela’s main character, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling cinematic clarity. Music by Apocalyptica.  Trailer. Nickelodeon

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Monterey Bay Birding Festival, Sept 20 – 22

Designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument. Specially designed field trips will take participants to Big Sur to see California condors. Join a pelagic trip to witness one of the world’s most productive regions for albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and more. Jump into a kayak and get closer to nature or take a scenic ride at Elkhorn Slough Safari.  Also, lectures, workshops, the opening reception, and shopping at the Birders Marketplace. More info HERE. Located at the Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main Street, Watsonville


Equinox Meditation With Novasutras, Sept 22, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

The Novasutras movement serves the growing need for spiritual community as activists respond to the vast challenges of environmental disruption and social injustice that threaten global and personal well-being. Our perspective is that the deepest root cause of the climate crisis is the loss of reverence for the living world. We’re planning an in-person gathering with meditation and reflection to welcome in the Equinox about 12 hours ahead of the actual time the sun crosses the equator. Please plan to arrive by 12:15 to get settled before the meditation begins. You may wish to bring a blanket, cushion or folding chair to allow you to sit more comfortably during the meditation. You will probably want to wear a hat or bring sunscreen. INFO   Santa Cruz City Hall Plaza

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Sanctuary Sea Stars Brunch, Sept 22, 10 am – 1 pm

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, we will present awards to people and organizations who have recently contributed significantly to the sanctuary through education, conservation, research and business, including Secretary Panetta bestowing our highest honor, the Panetta Sea Star Award. Please join some of our community’s most influential luminaries for an engaging and educational event featuring a full brunch, cash bar, awards presentations, and unique coastal experiences. This is a benefit for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The MBNMS Foundation will host at The Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina, California.


Sea Otter Awareness Week, Sept 24 – 29, 10 am – 5 pm

Discover the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem during Sea Otter Awareness Week. Special pop-up exhibits will highlight sea otters’ natural history, reveal conservation issues facing these marine mammals, and so much more. Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz

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Faith in Our Future: A Conversation, Sept 24, 7 – 9 pm

In this time of deepest existential crisis, how do we keep it together—and keep going?
Is it still in our power to make a better future? Is it in our power even to assure any future at all? Where do we find the faith to continue—or to know what actions it is best for us to do? Novasutras will be part of this important interfaith conversation. Please join us for this reflection on the roles and responsibilities of faith communities in addressing the climate emergency. Peace United Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz. Learn more HERE


Course starts Sept 23.  Contact: Santa Cruz Permaculture

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Big Strike Day, Climate Week Day 7, Sept 27, 7 am – 10 pm

The events will include Youth GREEN COMMONS festival at the Farmers market site on Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Multiple actions involving school and college students and various local groups. Some groups will be briefly interrupting business at various locations with teach-ins. Santa Cruz Climate Action Network


Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House (10 am – 4 pm) and Native Plant Fair (9 am – 1 pm), Sept 28

Explore behind the scenes on a campus tour, chat with our scientists, paint a wooden wetland critter, and magnify the wildlife in a teaspoon of slough water at our microscope lab. The Reserve’s stewardship team will host a Native Plant Fair from 9am-1pm, where you can snag a beautiful native plant to take home. Free fun for everyone — plus tacos, burritos and beverages on sale all day! Elkhorn Slough Reserve 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville

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Watsonville Wetlands Annual Plant Sale, Oct 5, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Join us for this unique event featuring over 60 species of plants that are native to the Pajaro Valley and the Monterey Bay region. Many are lovingly grown and propagated right here in our own greenhouse! Expert staff members and volunteers will aid in plant selection to create a beautiful drought tolerant garden that attracts birds, bees and butterflies. Watsonville Wetlands Watch.  For more info contact Noelle. Map HERE

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Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Starts Oct 5

The Certificate course includes the internationally recognized 72-hour curriculum, augmented by an additional 38-hours of hands on practice and field trips. Plus, folks have the option to camp on site each weekend, and build community around the fire! Our course brings in leading designers and teachers from around the region, each experts in different areas of permaculture. The Santa Cruz Permaculture network of instructors, alumni, community partners, and resources continues to grow each season, and by participating in our course, you become part of this network! One weekend per month from Oct thru March. More info HERE.

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Transportation Justice Conference,Oct 5, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This is a conference for all who would like to learn from other communities about how to move towards sustainable and just transportation and land use. There will be 5 one-hour presentations and workshops with experts in this field. Sponsored by Campaign for Sustainable Transportation. At Cabrillo College Horticulture Building.


Toast Our Coast 2019, Oct 6, 3 pm – Sunset

Save Our Shores invites you to join us as we Toast The Coast! We’ll celebrate our history of enormous environmental wins in a place where innovative minds change the world daily. Help us to catalyze the next tide of ocean protection and positive change. Together we will imagine and create a meaningful, ocean-friendly future. Click Here to get your Tickets  and learn about our 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities! At the Chaminade


Open Farm Tours, Oct 12 & 13, 10 am – 4 pm

We had over 2000 people attend last years tours and so we are extending the tours from one to two days for this year, so people won’t be so rushed and can visit more farms. We have 14 participating farm this year, all in the Corralitos to Royal Oaks area. For full info go HERE. Also see the MAP


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Life Lab 40th Anniversary Gala, Oct 13

Come celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens across Santa Cruz County and the nation. We would love nothing more than for you to join the festivities! We will gather for a series of events in the Fall of 2019, culminating with the 40th Gala Dinner, where we will be reflecting on the past 40 years and looking forward to the next 40.  The Gala Dinner at the Hotel Paradox will include keynote speakers, an honoring of Life Lab’s founding pioneers, and a delicious dinner. Tickets. 611 Ocean St.

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A Gala Inspirational & Fundraising Event for Project Victory, Oct 13, 5 – 9 pm

The evening includes the film premier of Choose Hope, You Matter, inspiring talks, & soul-stirring music. It is about choosing hope and renewing community in this pivotal time. You matter, and as we choose to live the change each of us can be a ripple effect for hope. Come join us to inspire each other to live the change we want, and strengthen your voice for more a compassionate, just and sustainable world. And help support Project Victory’s mission to spread the Call to Rise for the Great Turning worldwide! Meet The Filmakers: Carly Starr Brullo-Niles, Award Winning Director & Founder of Love Machine Films; Linda Williams, Executive Producer. DNA’s Comedy Lab, 155 S. River St.  Tickets

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival, October 17, 7 pm

This Annual Ventana Wilderness film fest features 11 films, including The Last Green Thread & Bring Them Home. We’ll take a journey through the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades to survey a fragile wilderness corridor before it disappears forever. Then we’ll join the Blackfeet Nation to experience the awesome power of the American bison as they guide the herd to winter pasture. Nickelodeon Theatre. Tickets

Ecology & Stewardship Event, Oct 19, 9 am – 1 pm

Save the date for a fun an informative day up at Castle Rock State Park. Amah Mutsun Land Trust and others will be providing presentations and informational booths to welcome visitors to the new entrance. AMLT Chairman Valentin Lopez will be speaking and you can tour AMLT‘s newest ethnobotanical garden. Email for more information.  At Castle Rock State Park Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance.


Run by the Sea, Oct 27, 8 – 10:30 am

This lovely 12k run, 4k run/walk, and half marathon will return to gorgeous Wilder Ranch State Park, treating participants to expansive coastal views and raising funds to support Bike Santa Cruz County‘s work on bicycle advocacy, education and community-building. By registering for Run by the Sea, you’ll not only get to enjoy one of the most unique and scenic races of the central coast, but you’ll also be directly supporting programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Bike Club, Open Streets Santa Cruz County, and more. All participants will also receive an event t-shirt, some awesome swag, and guaranteed good times. Click HERE to register!