Art in the Arboretum Exhibit: Environmental Installations

Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with enormous steel leaves, a series of walk-through concentric circles inspired by the Protea flower, and more. The twelve participating artists are Jamie Abbott, Lucia Bruer, Wendy Domster, Barbara Downs, Ethan Estess, Jayson Fann, Diana Hobson, Roy Holmberg, John Hylton, Sharon Loper, Jenni Ward and Larry Worley. For more information contact:  Jennifer Macotto, 502-2303 /  or Susana Arias 566-6607 / UCSC Arboretum on Empire Grade.


“Planet Watch” Radio — On Every Sunday, June 25, 2 – 3 pm

Air travel is the “toughest nut to crack” (if even ever really possible at all) in terms of excessive carbon emissions that contribute heavily to the ruination of the world.  But we’ll be getting to that on a future show.   Today we address ground transportation, discussing with engineers Ron Swenson and Claude Smit (the latter here from South Africa) a potentially very promising new system for getting people around safely, quickly, and beautifully (and without “road rage”!) in urban areas and the surrounding regions -all powered by solar energy. With Joe Jordan and Rachel Goodman, KSCO Radio, 1080 AM


Cabrillo Extension Camp: Future Scientists, Grades 3 – 5, June 26 -30

Explore the interesting things you could study as a scientist! Campers spend five days immersed in the science of nature, developing the skills of a naturalist and building a connection to nature through scientific curiosity! Each day we explore different fields of science through investigations, hands-on learning experiences, games, and crafts. This week-long camp will be held at Cabrillo Extension in Watsonville for half-days each afternoon. CLICK HERE for more information and to enroll through Cabrillo Extension.


Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, July 4,  11am – 4pm

Travel back in time at Wilder Ranch State Park on Tuesday, July 4, to experience an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration!  Meet us at the apple orchard in front of the Highway 1 tunnel at 11:45am to join the parade. Bring a musical instrument or noisemaker, dress in early 1900s costume. Activities include children’s crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. This event is appropriate for all ages. Day-use parking fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.


Light Through the Leaves Cyanotypes by Marlene Mirassou, July 8, 10 am – noon

Marlene Mirassou’s cyanotype images are of plants native to the forested upper reaches of Branciforte Creek, near her former home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. These camera-less images show the light that passes through or is blocked by their leaves and other parts. Join Marlene for a Cyanotype Workshop at the Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive


Summer Camp: Winged and Wild, Grades K-2, July 10 – 14

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present a camp all about the birds, bugs, and blossoms of Santa Cruz! Kids grades K-2 (and July 31 – Aug. 4, grades 3-5) are welcome to join us as we explore local habitats, seeking out songbirds and investigating insects. Spend five days immersed in the world of the winged and wild!Our experienced staff will promote meaningful experiences in nature and positive social interactions as we set out on exploratory expeditions. Each day will involve outdoor nature exploration, hands on learning, and related games and crafts. We will search for shorebirds on the beach, discover camouflaged butterflies, and spot unique animals through microscopes.


Tour de Fat, July 15, 7 -11 pm

Expect to experience the unexpected. New Belgium is bringing the party with Wilderado and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Proceeds from the Santa Cruz Tour de Fat benefit Bike Santa Cruz County, so be sure to grab your tix today. 21 and older for this event. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Avenue, S.C.


Geology Walk at Año Nuevo State Park, July 16, 1 – 2 pm

Join docent Robert on a Geology Walk on Cove Beach, uncovering geologic history on this one-mile, one-hour stroll along Cove Beach. Learn about the major changes that have occurred along this coastline at Año Nuevo State Park. Meet at the Marine Education Center, rain cancels, group size limited, day-use parking fee $10. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Park Volunteers, and California State Parks.



Life Lab is a 38 year old non-profit who has partnered with the UCSC Farm for most of our existence. We are thrilled to be part of the UCSC Farm & Garden’s 50th Anniversary. We will be sharing a workshop along a line up of many other great offerings. We will be also offering childcare through a One Day Camp for 6 years and older at our Wildlands and Watering Cans daycamp site.The First Fifty Celebration’s three days of events combine an engaging lineup of speakers, workshops, tours, and music, with great local food and time for mingling with old-timers and newcomers to the sustainable agriculture community. Join us for part or all of this 50th anniversary event! Great pricing for an incredible line up of workshops and food. For more info go to UCSC Farm & Garden’s 50th Anniversary.