Guided Elephant Seal Walks, Dec 15 through March 31, 2020

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In winter, male elephant seals arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. Bring warm clothes, sturdy shoes, and rain gear. No umbrellas, strollers, or pets. Accessible Equal Access Tours available on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays with reservation. For reservations, call (800) 444-4445. For more info, call (650) 879-2025 or recorded info (650) 879-0227, or go: HERE


Fishing For Conservation Solutions, Jan 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Manta and devil rays are a group of charismatic and biologically fascinating ocean icons. Unfortunately, they also face enormous threats from wildlife trafficking, plastic pollution, and accidental entanglement in fishing gear. A unique collaboration of scientists, fisheries managers, and industrial tuna fisheries is out to document and understand this accidental manta and devil ray “bycatch,” and to develop conservation solutions to save these threatened ocean giants. Join Melissa Cronin, UCSC PhD candidate, as she discusses her work on these incredible creatures, and explains how consumers can play a role in protecting these iconic species. Seymour Center


Eat For The Earth 1-Year Celebration, Jan 19, 6 – 8 pm

It’s Eat for the Earth’s birthday! Eat for the Earth makes it easier for people to eat more plants and less animal products to sustain all life on earth. Please invite your friends to join us for a delicious earth-friendly meal, celebration, and a presentation about our work. There is no charge, but donations are gladly accepted. We will need a lot of help with this event, so please sign up to volunteer if you feel called! Address of celebration provided when you register HERE.


Guided Hike: Exploring Mushrooms of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Jan 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Join Christian Schwarz for a guided exploration of the beauty and biodiversity of the mushrooms and other winter wonders of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ambling through deep redwood forest, blooming manzanita thickets, and madrone-tan oak groves, we’ll talk about what it means to see and to celebrate the myriad creatures that surround us on Planet Earth. Tickets $15 General; $10 for Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History members. Pre-registration required. Get Tickets. Meet at North Remote Parking Lot (UCSC, free parking on holidays)

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Combating Climate Change with Conservation, Jan 20, 7:30 pm

This presentation is part of the California Native Plant Society’s General meeting. For Lilianne de la Espriella, UCSC Graduate and Science Communicator, doing independent, hands-on research as an undergraduate meant literally getting her hands dirty. De la Espriella gathered and analyzed hundreds of soil samples from redwood forests along their entire range in California as part of her investigation of the ecological significance of Sequoia sempervirens. At UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building, 1156 High Street


Community Free Day at Seymour Center, Jan 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center all day!  Through our breathtaking seaside learning center, we bring the adventures and explorations of ocean science to life. Powered by the Long Marine Laboratory, a world-renowned university research facility, the Center offers hands-on immersion into the world of ocean exploration and discovery. With a 20,000-square-foot visitor center, guests can touch a shark, explore the latest discoveries in ocean science, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay, called the “Serengeti of the sea,” for its incredible diversity of marine life. 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz

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Seal Adventure Weekend Fundraiser, Jan 25 & 26, 8:30 – noon and 1:30 – 5 pm

Experience a memory-making adventure by participating in a special fundraising event to support educational programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other California State Parks along the San Mateo coast. For one weekend only, visitors will have access to linger and view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. Only 100 visitors are allowed for each half-day session to enhance your experience. This rare opportunity is one that can be enjoyed by everyone—from families to avid wildlife photographers. Info & Tickets: HERE or call 650-879-2025. Event benefits Coastside State Parks Association. For many more State Park Events go HERE.


10th Annual Whalefest Monterey, Jan 25 & 26, 10 am – 5 pm

This free, fun and educational interactive family event for all ages celebrates the biodiversity of NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and much more! The event, which features a two-day Symposium and dozens of exhibit booths, benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There will also be a variety of live musical entertainment, a 43 foot life sized inflatable whale model, research vessel tours, local history walks, abalone races, cooking demos, Gyotaku arts and crafts, and fun for the whole family! Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey

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Groundbreaking Party for Westside Rail Trail, Jan 25, 1 – 3 pm

Community Celebration of the Groundbreaking for the next section of the 32 mile Rail Trail connecting neighborhoods, schools and parks together with a safe, car-free, level, trail for everyone! Hosted by Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, 402 Ingalls


Vandana Shiva In Conversation, Jan 25, 7 pm

Annual Right Livelihood Laureate Lecture. Globally well-known intellectual and activist, Vandana Shiva has shown ongoing commitment in different fields. At the core of her activism, there are: counter-development in favor of people-centered, participatory processes; support to grassroots networks; women rights and ecology. Vandana Shiva has shown a lifetime interest in campaigning against genetic engineering and the negative impact of globalization, advocating for the crucial importance of preserving and celebrating biodiversity. Visit Here for details. Registration required. Questions: At the Music Recital Hall, UCSC


Salamander Safari, Jan 26, 10 am – noon

Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest on this 2-mile excursion to Eagle Creek! Learn all about salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptations, and the current threats facing these astounding amphibians. Make sure to bring water, proper hiking shoes, and a sense of adventure! Meet at the Henry Cowell visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more info: 335-7077. Many more State Park events HERE

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Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Immersion, Jan. 27, 2 – 4 pm

Join Novasutras at Henry Cowell Redwoods near the entrance to the main grove loop. We will start with a brief explanation of shinrin-yoku practice, plus calling the corners and a brief meditation to prepare us. Then we’ll spend an hour or more on our own, gently and reverently immersing ourselves in the sensory experience of the redwood grove. At the end, we’ll re-assemble and share insights from our experiences.


The State Of California Redlegged Frogs And Western Pond Turtles In The Watsonville Wetlands, Jan 30, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Watsonville’s wetlands provide vital habitat for many endangered and threatened wildlife species. Our restoration efforts and those of our partners are underway to bring their populations back to healthy levels in our sloughs. Join biologist Gary Kittleson as he discusses his work with these two species and provides an update on the health of our local populations. Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center


2020 Save Our Shores Speaker Series, Red Tide, Feb 5, 6 – 8 pm

As warming waters caused by our current climate crisis may bring more and more red tides, what might this mean for the integrity our marine ecosystems? Have you ever gone to the beach and been disturbed by reddish brown water? These red tides are caused by an overproduction of certain types of algae, some of which can produce a toxin called domoic acid. What is domoic acid, and how does it affect the health of our marine life and that of humans? Come hear from experts from The Marine Mammal Center and the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Sponsored by Save Our Shores. At the Dream Inn, 175 West Cliff


State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium 2020, Feb 29, 10 am – 3 pm

Join us for presentations on a wide range of topics ranging from fire ecology to local fisheries restoration efforts. A tour of a recently completed fisheries habitat restoration project will follow the symposium. Our keynote speaker this year is the honorable Senator Bill Monning. Field trip attendance requires an RSVP. Hosted by Santa Cruz Water Dept., Coastal Watershed Council, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Resource Conservation District of SC County. At the Zayante Fire Station. Stay tuned for updates here as the agenda details are finalized!


Courage For The Healing Of The World, March 13 -15

The Work that Reconnects (WTR) is both a process for transforming our despair into purposeful action, as well as a deep well of nourishment to continue. Through a series of creative and experiential exercises, The Work that Reconnects opens space for radical truth-speaking and personal and collective empowerment. Drawing on deep ecology, systems theory, and spiritual traditions, this open-source body of work is rooted in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy. Santa Cruz Permaculture


The Edge Of Extinction: Can Sea Otters And Cheetahs Survive The Human Threat?, March 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join author Kim Steinhardt for an inspiring global conservation story, a photo-journey into the lives of the Pacific Ocean’s southern sea otter and the Serengeti’s cheetah, exposing their remarkable resilience in the face of grave threats, and the differences between the wildlife conservation efforts mounted for each under widely differing legal systems. Theirs is a cautionary tale of the often-troubled relationship between humans and nature, and the outsized impact we have on species that thrived for thousands of years until being driven to the brink of extinction by human contact. Sponsored by Watsonville Wetlands Watch. At the Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center