One of last year’s winners: Phil Lemley photo

Waves & Wildlife Photo Competition Open for submissions April 1

From April 1 through June 30, Save Our Shores is accepting photographers’ best shots of state marine protects areas (MPAs) along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for our Waves and Wildlife photo competition. The top images will be displayed in an exhibit throughout August at the Sanctuary Exploration Center of Santa Cruz. We aim to raise awareness and appreciation of our local MPAs by highlighting these locations and the amazing life within them! Submission Rules and Guidelines


Ribbon Cutting for the San Lorenzo River Trestle Bridge trail extension, May 22, Noon

Progress Report! The very first segment of the Rail Trail has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget creating a safer pathway for everyone on this heavily used link between the Boardwalk and Seabright. Come out to help us celebrate the opening of this first segment of the 32 mile Rail Trail from 12:15 – 12:45 PM. Event attendees may park free of charge at the Boardwalk parking lot at Beach and Third streets provided they mention “ribbon-cutting” at the gate. Free bicycle valet parking is also offered. More INFO


SLV High School Science Symposium, May 22, 7 – 8:30 pm

I am a new science teacher at San Lorenzo Valley High School and have taken over the Environmental Monitoring Program.. I am inviting you to the SLV High School Science Symposium in the Multipurpose room at San Lorenzo Valley High School. Two of this year’s monitoring teams have been monitoring the effects of past broom control efforts on soil water and plant composition on SLV Water District Land and they will be reporting on their results. The students have asked interesting questions and have worked hard to understand how broom impacts the watershed. SLV High School, Multipurpose Room. More info contact Stephanie Beck:


“Is it Time to Panic?” or “How f$%#d Are We?”, May 23, 7 pm

Community Forum on Global Climate Change and Local Impacts.
A sober and fact-based presentation and community dialogue on the most recent IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and how actually realistic it is, plus up-to-date reports and science from the Arctic, the oceans and local species endangerment. Opportunities for discussion and engagement in local actions with Extinction Rebellion Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Climate Action Network. Join us for a potluck meal at 6:30pm before the program! Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave.

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Live Is A Wave Gala, May 23, 6 pm – Midnight.

Benefitting Save The Waves

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Sempervirens Falls Hike, May 25, 10:30am

This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin, and more! Join docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Meet at Big Basin State Park  headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more info, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks. For many more park activities go HERE!



Welcome Reception,May 30, 7 – 8:30 pm

You are cordially invited to join us as at a welcome reception to meet and greet Community Agroecology Network‘s Youth Leaders from Mexico, Nicaragua, and California. You are so important to CAN’s network. We hope you will join us! Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting, Palomar Arcade, 1330 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz.  Please RSVP to Caitlin Brune with your name and all guests’ names.


Exploring Science Through Art,Thursday, May 30, 7 – 8:30 pm

Join us on a journey into science illustration — past and present. Andrea Dingeldein will provide historical and contemporary perspectives on how art is essential to increasing scientific knowledge and inspiring conservation. Travel along with Sydney Parkinson on a botanical voyage to Australia, peer through the lens of Robert Hooke’s microscope to view the first detailed drawings of fleas, get up to date on current work from local science illustrators, and discover how you can use art as a tool to observe and connect with nature. The speaker, Andrea Dingeldein is a freelance illustrator and an instructor for the Science Illustration Program at California State University Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive. Reservations encouraged.


7th International Youth Intercambio 2019: “Connecting Across Generations & Borders”, May 31, 2 – 7:30 pm

Changemakers, youth leaders from Community Agroecology Network’s Youth Network from Mexico, Nicaragua, and California, are coming to Santa Cruz! Join us at these public events. Hear about their visions for local and global food justice. 2 – 3:30 PM – AgroEco Coffee: La Vida Campesina, Agroecology & Gender Justice. 4 – 5:30 PM – Agroecological Diversification & Community Resilience. 6 – 7:30 PM – Semillas en la Migración: Un Mundo Sin Fronteras. Kresge Seminar Room 159, UCSC . Food Provided

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Open Streets Watsonville, June 2, 11 am – 4 pm

Open Streets Watsonville will once again transform Union and Brennan Streets into a car-free, pop-up street park, and we want your business or organization to join us! This incredible event will once again close a portion of downtown Watsonville to cars so that community members can bike, walk, dance and play in the street free from traffic, as well as interact with outreach booths from dozens of local businesses and nonprofits.  Streets in Watsonville will be closed to cars and open only to pedestrians and cyclists! This community event will have pop-up events on city streets, live music, non-profits, and will be free as well as family friendly. Open streets aims to build community, spark ideas for using public spaces in new and creative ways, and promote healthy and active outdoor lifestyles.


Blue The Film, June 6, 6:30 pm

Join Save Our Shores at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz and celebrate World Oceans Week with Blue The Film: a remarkable, multiple award-winning Australian documentary. “Blue is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful”. Come, learn, and celebrate our beloved ocean. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave.



March for the Ocean (M4O), June 8, 3 pm

Be a part of the community to save our shores and make a sign to celebrate your ocean or to protest its greatest threats. Join Save Our Shores, wear blue, and march for the ocean. M4O – Santa Cruz is one of hundreds of marches, rallies, and flotillas planned nationwide to celebration of World Oceans Day! We’ll meet at the Lighthouse Field at 3:00 pm and begin the march along West Cliff Drive at 3:30 pm. Together, we will arrive at Cowell Beach at 4:00 pm where we’ll create a human chain — highlighting where future sea-level rise will be on the beach. The festivities will be rounded out with culminating speeches on the beach.


Redwoods and Climate Change guided walk & talk, June 9, 16, 23, noon

How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can they adapt to a human-altered environment? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a Sunday saunter. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.  Meet at Visitors Center at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  See many more State Park Events HERE!


Coastal Conservation Through Citizen Science and Photography, June 13, 7-8:30 p.m.

Learn how our beloved local beaches provide vital coastal habitat for many species, like the Western Snowy Plover. Biologist Carleton Eyster will provide recent research about the Western Snowy Plover in Santa Cruz County and elsewhere along the Pacific Coast, which allows us to gain insight into the secret lives of these fascinating little shorebirds, the challenges they face, and how we can all aid in their recovery. One such conservation tool is photography, as local wildlife photographer Jacqueline Deely will share. Free with Admission. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr.
Pre-registration highly recommended. Reserve HERE


Permaculture Food Forests, Starting August 10

Planning, Growing and Enjoying Year Round Abundance, an Applied Permaculture Practicum with John Valenzuela & David Shaw.  Do you want to gain hands-on skills and build community around growing food? Interested in learning best practices for orchard establishment and management, food forestry, designing year round productive vegetable farms and gardens, and preserving the harvest? This advanced practicum is grounded in sound horticultural practices, and spiced with the delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables our region has to offer. Contact: Santa Cruz Permaculture