A Night With Plankton, Nov 21, 5 – 8 pm.

At Cabrillo College, Horticulture Room 5005

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Working With Raptors, Nov 21, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

At the monthly Santa Cruz Bird Club meeting, we will hear a presentation by Zeka Glucs, Ph.D., Director, Santa Cruz Predatory Research Group. She has studied birds of prey and vultures for the past 10 years. Come hear stories about her career path and learn more about the current work of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. S.C. Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz


Walking Monterey Bay, Nov 21, 7 – 8:30 pm

Ever thought of walking down to Monterey? Well, Rachel Kippen who has done it more than a dozen times will be sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for exploring one of the longest contiguous stretches of walkable sandy shoreline on the West Coast – a distance of over 40 miles. Hikers can walk almost entirely uninterrupted from New Brighton State Beach to Del Monte Beach in Monterey. Rachel will provide tips, encouragement and itinerary guidance for the treks which can be done solo, in groups, on day trips or weekends, or a 4-day jaunt. Rachel Kippen is the Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey and was previously Director of Programs at Save Our Shores. Come at 6:30 for healthy snacks and socializing with other California coast loving folks.Free. Donations appreciated. Sponsored by Sierra Club Santa Cruz. Questions? Contact Trician Comings at or 427-9548. At the Life Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave.


20th Annual Environmental Town Hall, Nov 23, 1 – 3 pm

The Valley Women’s Club’s Environmental Committee invites you to this important  community event. State Assemblymember, Mark Stone, respected for his knowledge and local commitment, will be discussing many State level environmental issues that affect us here in the SLV, including his efforts to address plastic pollution and on-going PGE and water issues. At this event 23 vital, local environmental organizations will provide informational exhibits. This is an opportunity to learn from County agencies and nonprofit environmental organizations involved in issues crucial to all of us. Audience members are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity, as well as the Q&A session with Mark Stone. At the Felton Community Hall.


American Indian Art, November 23, 1 – 4 pm

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for an in-depth exploration of American Indian art through conversation and artifact exploration. From gift baskets to painted pottery and shell pendants to beaded clothing, American Indian art varies greatly from region to region. During this seminar at the Museum, Dr. Rebecca Hernandez will give a general overview of artistic characteristics across several regions and guide us in making observations about a variety of objects from the Museum’s collections. Dr. Rebecca Hernandez has been the Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UCSC since 2014. $20 General | $5 Off for Museum Members, Pre-registration required.Get Tickets. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.


Redwoods and the Changing Climate, December 1 and 29, 2 pm

How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can coast redwoods adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a saunter on the first and last Sunday of the month. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more info, call 335-7077. For all local State Park events go HERE.


2019 Annual Bike Santa Cruz County Dinner & Silent Auction, Dec 8, 5 – 8 pm

This year’s event will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Santa Cruz – a gorgeous, historic venue that we look forward to filling with Bike Santa Cruz County members and supporters like you! The evening will feature an incredible handcrafted meal by Chef Mickey Phelps, local beer and wine, and a silent auction of some incredible items and services from local businesses and artists. We’ll also be awarding our Wheelie Awards to community members who have made a significant impact on cycling in the county. Tickets.


When Species Collide, Dec 15, noon

Who are the plants and animals that live here?  How did humans influence the natural history of the Waddell Valley? Join Rancho del Oso docent Ken Koll for a 4-mile hike on the Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way, we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley and explore topics like native vs. non-native plants, invasive species, and adaptations. Bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking area).


Coast Nature Walk, Wilder Ranch State Park, Dec 28, 11 am

On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we’ll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs at Wilder Ranch.  Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more info, call 426-0505. For many more local State Park Events go HERE.


Be an EarthGuardian, Be a Community Leader, Before the Rains come!

Lets help protect our ecosystems and prevent litter from ending up in our Waterways/Ocean. Be a Leader and host a clean up in our community. If you see it, you can clean it. There is ‘No Away’. We want to repurpose some of what we find in our CleanUps, so we are going to have an Art Contest. If you make an Art Piece from litter you can showcase it at the 12/6/19 Climate Strike Rally. We can help provide resources for your clean-up. Let us know when & where you are organizing a clean-up by contacting, 207-5538


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