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Here are activities you can do outdoors, at home and/or online!


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Blessed Unrest – Interactive Online Conference, April 18 – May 9

In 2020 Biodiversity for a Livable Climate will join the world in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Yet here we are, still facing exponential decay of the life support systems necessary for continued human presence on this planet. Our most powerful institutions – governments and corporations – are not facing this crisis squarely. On the other hand, thousands of independent organizations and millions of individuals worldwide are restoring living processes in their local areas while connecting with each other to create global change. This is the spontaneous, non-governmental movement that environmentalist and author Paul Hawken has called “blessed unrest”.

Blessed Unrest offers many practical nature solutions from speakers around the world. Collectively we can change course to a healthy and bountiful planet for all. Register HERE


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How to Be a Backyard Carbon Farmer, By Acadia Tucker

Planting a garden is a powerful act. It gives each of us with access to a little dirt the power to feed ourselves healthy food, as well as something we can do about the threat of climate change. Plants are the ultimate and cheapest way to suck excess carbon dioxide out of the air. Almost all atmospheric carbon passes through plants during photosynthesis, the process that turns carbon, sunlight, and water into sugars and carbohydrates. Plant roots release carbon-rich sugars that feed organisms in the soil. In exchange, these critters make nutrients in the soil available to the plant. As plants die back each winter, they drop leaves and branches and even the roots die off. Over time this debris decomposes, adding even more nutrients and carbon to the soil. From Sustainable America.


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Activities for Kids, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Home and outdoor family-friendly activities, videos, articles, and more to aid in your nature exploration!


On YouTube: BBC Short Video – Kung Fu Mantis Vs Jumping Spider

This is a great 4 minute drama (could be upsetting for young children)


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Protect the Cumberland Plateau

Environment California: “Thousands of acres of wild forests, rolling hills and crashing mountain waterfalls may be under attack. The Trump administration is considering opening 75,000 acres of Tennessee’s protected Cumberland Plateau to strip mining for coal. For me, this issue is deeply personal. The strip mining site would tear apart the mountains mere miles from my hometown in Tennessee, and threaten the wild, beautiful places I explored as a child.” Take Action


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California State Parks Encourages Everyone to Help ‘Flatten the Curve at Parks’ with New Social Media Campaign

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks today announced the launch of a new social media campaign titled “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” to remind the public to practice social distancing when visiting state parks or any outdoor area. The website http://www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve includes important social media messages in English and Spanish that highlight safe ways to enjoy parks, such as not congregating in groups, maintaining a social distance of 6 ft. or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if you are sick.

State Parks has temporarily closed vehicular traffic to all California State Parks (3/29/20).

As of 3/27/20, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Day-use restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to bring soap for handwashing and to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.


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The following are the Santa Cruz County Parks closed (as of 3/27) to vehicle traffic:

Castle Rock SP; Henry Cowell Redwoods SP; Lighthouse Field SP; Manresa SB; Natural Bridges SB; New Brighton SB; Seacliff SB; The Forest of Nisene Marks SP.  All restrooms in all County parks are closed.


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The City of Santa Cruz is closing the Steamer Lane parking lot as well as lots at Lighthouse Point, Lighthouse Field and Cowell Beach and to support social distancing (3/31/20).

The following amenities have been closed until further notice at all City parks: Playground Areas and Equipment; Tennis and Pickleball Courts; Basketball Courts; Exercise Equipment; Parking lots along West Cliff and East Cliff Drives.


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Visit National Marine Sanctuaries Through Stunning Images and Videos – FREE

Ready to get excited about marine life? Dive into the abundance of photos in our Flickr account to view and download high resolution, public domain photos. Print out some of your favorite photos to create a collage of your ideal underwater ecosystem. You can even take yourself on a virtual dive tour of national marine sanctuaries through our gallery of 360° photos and our new 360° dive video. Need more general ocean and atmosphere photos? Check out the NOAA Photo Library.


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Visit 5 National Parks Online!

If you’re cooped up at home alone or already getting sick of your kids, your partner, or that show you’ve been bingeing, ”The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” is a satisfying adventure. Whether you spend five minutes on the site or an hour, it’s an important reminder that the world is still beautiful and wonderful and weird, even in uncertain times. Brought to you by the Sierra Magazine.


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Recycling Reminder from City of Santa Cruz

Given Covid19 concerns, a reminder that personal hygiene products like face masks, tissues and paper towels should never be placed in blue recycling bins.

Your household may be purchasing a higher volume of packaged goods at this time, please use extra care when deciding what to put in the recycle bin. Use the above Curbside Recycling EASY Guide as a reference.


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Santa Cruz County Guidelines HERE

This is a long detailed list of what Greenwaste accepts for recycling.



Enlightening and Uplifting Films:

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Voices For The Ocean,  From Patagonia – How’s this for wholesome? Three women, united by their love of surfing, are inspired to help protect the planet together.  The ocean plays a huge role in the lives of many Aussies. It’s a place of fun, freedom, and for Patagonia ambassadors Belinda Baggs, Liz Clarke and Moona Whyte, it’s what led them all to a life of committed environmental activism. This film takes a deep dive into the lives of these three incredible women, to discover how their love of a good wave motivated them to speak up for the sea.


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Audubon Society Presents: Baby Waterbirds to Make You Squeal,

While March 22 was World Water Day, we can always celebrate this essential resource. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the birds it sustains. That’s a pleasure—especially when they’re so ridiculously cute. Check out this collection by photographer William Burt, whose images speak of the love he has for wetland birds and their young. 7 Photos. We share that love, so we’re happy to share his extraordinary work. We hope you enjoy it and share it, too, to mark World Water Day.



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Cleaning And Disinfecting With Safer, Less Toxic Products

This from the California Green Business Network: “We are entering a public health crisis and it is time to do our part to minimize the risk to the most vulnerable in society. Cleaning and disinfecting are part of the toolkit that is required to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak. Frequently touched surfaces throughout our houses and places of work are a great place to introduce best practices. There are ways to manage proper cleaning and disinfection without compromising our health and Green Business Practices by using safer, less toxic products. Many of our Certified Green Businesses asked for guidance on this and the California Green Business Network is happy to share it broadly.” Go HERE for rest of article.


And these may happen, depending…

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2020 Regional Economic Summit, April 29, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

When our region’s community, business and civic leaders come together at an MBEP event, good things happen. Please join us for our 6th Annual Regional Economic Summit where speakers will explore issues important to our region’s economic health, such as the 2020 Census, housing, our food ecosystem, and climate change. Our panel at this year’s event will focus on the economic impact of climate change. Come be inspired by local leaders sharing important adaptive and mitigative measures they are taking now, and learn how you can make your own organization more resilient. Tickets. Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz


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