1st Place Teen Poster Contest, by Alec Dalmacio

Contest Wrap-up Info

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BIG BUDDY SPONSORS  Richard Greenberg in NJ!, Eric Sanford, MD, Jeremy Ertl, Hilary Hendershott

A big thanks to all of the students and teachers who participated in our First Annual Teen Poster Contest!  We so enjoyed meeting the artists and their families at the Awards Ceremony May 4 at the Museum of Art & History. For all of you who didn’t attend, we would like to return your posters. Please email us regarding how we can get them back to you at:

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The beguiling and uncanny audio installation by renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, will be open April 7 at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This exhibition is collaboratively produced by the IAS, the Arboretum, and the San Jose Museum of Art.  This will be the West Coast debut of the 28-minute sound installation, originally commissioned for dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany.  Arboretum and Botanic Garden,  High Street between the main campus entrance and the west entrance. Detailed driving directions can be found here. 

Admission to FOREST is included in a visit to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The Garden is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day. Admission is $5.00 ($2.00 for children, free to Friend’s Members, volunteers, and UCSC students.

Calling all photographers


Zero New UCSC Traffic: How We Can Achieve Zero Increase in Vehicle Trips to Campus, May 23, 7 – 8:15 pm

Santa Clara County set an example in 2000 when they put a condition on Stanford University growth. In order to comply, Stanford implemented a model auto trip reduction program. Among other strategies, Stanford pays all public transit costs for employees and offers cash rewards for employees who limit their car trips to campus. There have been zero new vehicle trips to Stanford since 2001.

The strategies are available to prevent any new vehicle trips to the UCSC campus. Rick Longinotti, Co-chair, Campaign for Sustainable Transportation, will describe the strategies, and what we need to do as a community to advocate for them.
Police Community Room, 155 Center St., Santa Cruz


Population and Climate Change, May 24, 6:30 pm

Guest speakers from Planned Parenthood and Population Connection (formerly known as Zero Population Growth).  If an investment in family planning does not happen, the world’s population is projected to continue soaring, adding over 3 billion people to the planet in the next 30 years.  At 11 billion people by 2050, the impact of how much energy, building space, food, waste and transportation this large population will demand has immense implications on our climate, quality of life and survival.

Presentation and discussion of data and issues covered in Drawdown. Potluck 6:30 pm, talk 7 pm, Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue




Ebb & Flow Festival, June 1 & 2

Ebb & Flow is a two-day, family-friendly festival that celebrates the San Lorenzo River. Launched in 2015 as a collaborative project between arts and environmental groups, Ebb & Flow brings attention to the river as our community’s primary source of drinking water, as well as a city park, recreational corridor, and home to more than 200 species of birds, fish and other wildlife.

Ebb & Flow 2018 kicks-off at First Friday June 1, with artmaking performance, and a nighttime dance party on the Soquel Avenue Bridge. Saturday, June 2 join us for a March for the River at noon, and an afternoon of activities, performances and celebration at the Tannery.

All activities are free and open to all ages. Drop in for one or participate in the whole festival.


Building Habitat in Seabright, June 3, 9:30 am – noon

A decade ago, if you took a walk along East Cliff Drive in the Seabright neighborhood you would find a creekside jungle of invasive ivy, blackberry, and mattress wire vine at Pilkington Creek, sandy cliffs covered in ice plant at Seabright Beach, and a park of mostly sod. Join us on a walk through Seabright as we learn how Museum volunteers, the City of Santa Cruz, and local organizations have come together to transform this Santa Cruz neighborhood into a California native plant haven of diverse habitats.

We will begin with a brief presentation inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History before going outside to visit three project sites all within view of each other: Seabright Beach, Pilkington Creek, and the Museum’s new Coastal Prairie demonstration garden. Bill Henry, Director of Groundswell Coastal Ecology, will guide us through these three project sites and provide insight into the importance of the habitats being restored, both for local wildlife and for humans. Be prepared to walk briefly on sand and to be out in the sun for as many as two hours. Meet at Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr.

Sea of Life Documentary, June 6, 6 – 8:30 pm

Join Save Our Shores in celebrating World Oceans Day by attending our screening of the Sea of Life Documentary and panel discussion at the Rio Theatre!
The film focuses on our beloved ocean, the perils it faces, and the positive changes each and every one of us can instill. Following the documentary, we will have a discussion with our panel of local ocean experts. Learn, enjoy, and be empowered with us at this fantastic evening benefitting Save Our Shores! Watch a preview of the film here: Rio Theatre, Early Bird tickets $10 here

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World Oceans Day Make Night: Ban The Butts @ MAH, June 8, 5 – 7 pm

In celebration of World Oceans Day, make art that makes a difference with the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition! Cigarette butts are the #1 litter item on California streets, beaches and waterways, where they leach dangerous toxins into our environment. On Friday, we’ll make larger-than-life cigarette butts out of paper maché to send a powerful message to tobacco manufacturers: Clean Up Your Waste! At a later date, we will take the butts to the beach for a kinesthetic art and social media event. Have fun, get messy and learn how YOU can support efforts to get the butts off our beaches. This is a free, all ages, drop-in activity. The Museum of Art and History is at 705 Front St.


Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe State Park Open House, June 10, 11 am – 3 pm

Summers On The Rancho. Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park – Castro Adobe. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 184 Old Adobe Rd., Watsonville


Seeds of Knowledge Workshop, June 16, 10 am – 1 pm

Join the Museum of Natural History in this plant-centered workshop to gain hands-on experience with seed saving, learn strategies for habitat restoration, and explore the life cycle of select native plants. We will take time to sit with plants and make field sketches of our observations in the garden and learn how to winnow seeds (separating seed from chaff). Each participant will print a silkscreen image on a seed-collecting bandana that shows the life cycle of a native plant, as well as go home with a collection of seeds to start a garden.

This workshop will take place outside, please dress accordingly with layers for warmth and sun protection. In the case of inclement weather, we may choose to move the workshop inside.


California Salmon Day,  June 17, 12 – 3 pm

California Salmon Day: A Celebration of Salmon Science, Art, and Seafood. Join us on a sensory journey through the California Salmonscape during this special Father’s Day Science Sunday event! Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.  Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.  Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.  Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.  Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

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Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) – Climate Change and Blue Carbon workshop, June 19 – 21,  Elkhorn Slough Reserve


50th Anniversary of Castle Rock State Park, Sept 29, 10 am – 4 pm

California State Parks and Sempervirens Fund invite you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Castle Rock State Park with a public event featuring the grand opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance. The event features speakers, rock climbing demonstrations, live music, food, tours, and volunteer opportunity information. “Creating this new entrance is a fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of Castle Rock State Park, which Sempervirens Fund was instrumental in establishing in 1968. We look forward to celebrating this beloved park and walking with you through its new gateway to the Santa Cruz Mountains later this year,” said Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth. At the new Castle Rock State Park entrance, 15451 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos