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Guided Elephant Seal Walks in January

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 the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227. People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and information, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445.

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California’s Wild Edge: Prints by Tom Killion, Jan 12 – April 22

Explore California’s wild coastal edge through stunning prints by Tom Killion (Cowell ’75) and poetry. California’s coast is full of wild surprises. A snacking otter. An army of sand crabs beneath your feet. Crumbling cliffs. This exhibition invites you to explore California’s edge through prints by Tom Killion alongside poetry selected by Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder.  The show will run January 12 to April 22. Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street. (Jan 12 is opening reception for MAH members only)

P1100283.jpgThe Blue Mind Experience, Jan 14 – 20, 2018

This is Blue Mind Life’s first offering of an intensive week-long workshop. It promises to be unique, immersive and unlike any other workshop you’ve participated in.

  • Explore & experience the value of healthy water, waterways & oceans first hand.
  • Learn from world-class, leading researchers & practitioners.
  • Apply new knowledge to advance your professional & personal life.
  • Open to advanced/graduate students & professional participants – certificate upon completion.

Space is limited, so please reserve your participation now. Student scholarships and fundraising assistance will be offered. A live stream will be provided to current patrons and supporters of Blue Mind Life. Location: Wave Street Studio, 774 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940    View Map



Climate Action Compact, Jan 18, 2 – 4 pm

Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact (MBRCAC), Quarterly Steering Committee Meeting. Includes a presentation on Monterey Bay Community Power by CEO Tom Habashi. First signed in September 2007, the Climate Action Compact represents a regional commitment to collaborative leadership on climate change and green economic development. The Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact (Compact) is a consortium of government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, non-profits and non-governmental organizations committed to working together to address global climate change through local initiatives promoting economic vitality while reducing environmental impacts for the Monterey Bay region. MRWMD Board Chambers, 14201 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, Ca. Contact <>


Klondike Chronicles,  Jan 18, 7 pm

Come hear David Casterson, our former Sierra Club Santa Cruz County Group chair, tell of his six-week adventure last summer exploring the Canadian Rockies, Denali National Park, the Kenai Peninsula and the Inland Passage of South Eastern Alaska. He and his wife travelled 8,000 miles by truck camper, foot, boat, kayak, float plane and bicycle. Come at 6:30 for healthy snacks and socializing with other outdoor-loving folks. The Live Oak (Green) Grange Hall, 1900 17th Ave. up from Capitola Road in Santa Cruz. Free. Donations appreciated.


1st Anniversary Women’s March – Be The Change’, Jan 20

On January 20, 2018 Santa Cruz Women, along with other California cities, will lead the 1st anniversary march to celebrate all those who worked tirelessly during this past year of resistance. We march again to reaffirm our commitment to work together for Women’s rights, social justice, and to protect the rights of all our neighbors and friends. Santa Cruz Climate Action Network will bring a focus on the environment.

The march titled ‘Be The Change’ will begin at Pacific Ave. and Water St. and will culminate in an activist fair at Louden Nelson Center featuring community heroes such as Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Diversity Center, and 30 other community groups. Art, music, speakers, food and fun will be staged during the event at Louden Nelson.


Citizens’ Climate Lobby Northern California Regional Conference , Jan 20 – 21

This conference will be a great opportunity to come together as a region to share ideas across groups, get to know each other, renew friendships and create a strategy going forward. You will gain something from this conference whether you are brand new to CCL, a seasoned group member or somewhere in between.

Here’s a sneak peek of guest speakers: Opening remarks by Mark Reynolds, CCL Executive Director;  Keynote session with Representative Anna Eshoo (CA18); Tom Stephenson, Climate Leadership Council; Barbara Marshman, San Jose Mercury News; Katharine Mach, Stanford University.  At Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton


38th Annual EcoFarm Conference, Jan 24 – 27

EcoFarm nurtures just and ecologically sustainable farms and food systems through education, alliance building, celebration and advocacy. The Ecological Farming Association is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration. EcoFarm is more than a conference. It’s a gathering for inspiration, renewal, and celebration. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. Register


Santa Cruz Climate Action Network monthly meeting, Jan 25, 6:30 – 9 pm

Come and meet the Santa Cruz Climate Action Network. We are a diverse group dedicated to a variety of local actions to fight Climate Change. SCCAN seeks to address the current Climate Change Emergency, recognizing that failure to act quickly will have devastating effects on future generations of humans and other life forms. We’ll meet on the 4th Thursday of the month in 2018. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz. For more info contact Pauline Seales.


K-12 Water Education Workshop

This interactive, NGSS-based workshop for teachers will give you excellent interdisciplinary resources for teaching science, history and English Language Arts as students learn about water resources. Only $20 and includes curricula and lunch! Registration deadline: January 20. Take home ready-to-use curricula:

Project WET: K-12th grade activity guide that specializes in interdisciplinary, hands-on lessons about water. Revised full color edition with correlations to NGSS and Common Core standards.

California EEI: This California State Board of Education approved K-12th grade curriculum uses environmental topics to teach Science and History-Social Science standards. All units also include correlations to CCSS for English Language Arts and Next Generation Science Standards. All workshop attendees will receive free EEI class sets of materials.;

Santa Cruz County Office of Education, 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz. Contact: Amity Sandage @ 831-466-5711


Wilder Ranch Volunteer Training, Begins Jan 27

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join our team of dedicated docent volunteers who interact with visitors, provide tours and nature walks, participate in living history and special events, and in general contribute to the inspiration, education, and enjoyment of park visitors. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 docent volunteer training; space is limited. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Training is free; materials fee is $25.

16806700_1779350202091074_7909560961904730512_n.jpg8th Annual Whalefest Monterey, Jan 27 & 28

Don’t miss this free, fun, educational and interactive family event for all ages that celebrates the migration of the gray whales and much more! The event also benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Includes an outstanding 2-day Symposium. At Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. For more info go to: Whalefest


Science on Tap, Jan 31, 7 pm. Reservations recommended.


In Search of Herps – Reptiles and Amphibians at Quail Hollow Ranch, Feb 3, 9 – 11 am Free

Join James Maughn, park docent, for a saunter along Quail Hollow park trails in search of herps – that is, reptiles and amphibians.  Come peruse the pond and muse over the meadow as we learn about the favorite hangouts and resting places of these fascinating animals.  Group size is limited; sign up by calling 831-335-9348 weekends.  All ages are welcome. Quail Hollow Ranch County Park


Master Recycler Training Program,  Feb 6, 10, 13, 20, 24, 27, Mar 6, 13;  6 – 8:30 pm

Master Recyclers are community champions trained in all things related to waste and recycling. They volunteer within our community to educate and empower friends, neighbors, schools, businesses, local groups, and special events to waste less and Recycle Right. Over the course of 8 sessions, participants will receive background and hands-on training from City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery staff, and other local waste professionals and experts. Class topics include waste prevention, recycling processes and markets, Zero Waste concepts, large and small scale composting, household hazardous waste, repairing and repurposing items, a green consumer “how-to”, and much more. Apply here by Feb 1.

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Santa Cruz Permaculture Guild Meeting, Feb 7, 6:30 pm

The Santa Cruz Permaculture Guild hosts monthly free gatherings for people interested in permaculture to connect, learn, and take action together. Meetings are open to all.
Potluck meal* @ 6:30 pm.  Meeting begins @ 7 pm.
Even if this is the first time you’ve heard of the Santa Cruz Permaculture Guild, you are invited to join us! Bring a friend!

* Please bring an ingredients list for your potluck contributions. We will have pens and paper if you forget, but be prepared to share this information so folks with food allergies and dietary needs can participate more easily in the potluck.


Basics Of Beekeeping, Feb 24, 10:30 am – noon

This hour-and-a-half class will cover beekeeping for beginners. We will discuss basic honey bee biology, local equipment suppliers, what equipment you’ll need to begin, educational resources, bay area beekeepers associations and the biggest and most challenging topic: where and how to source the bees themselves. Sponsored by the TimeBank Santa Cruz. For more info and to register click here.


5th Global Wave Conference, March 4 – 7, 2018

The Global Wave Conference brings together the best international minds from the surfing, conservation, and innovation communities to tackle the world’s most challenging ocean issues. In a mixture of keynotes, presentation and workshops, this year’s conference will feature three themes of Land to Sea Connection, Surf + Protected Areas, and Climate Change and Innovation. Sponsored by Save The Waves and Surfrider.

Registration is now open and only 250 spots are available!


5th Annual Climate Science and Policy Conference, “Humans and Wild Ecosystems in a Hot World”, March 7, 7 pm

Speakers Newton Harrison (UC Santa Cruz) and Scott Wing (Smithsonian Institution) will discuss how humans and wild ecosystems can survive, and even thrive, on a hot planet. The talks will be introduced by Social Sciences Dean Katharyne Mitchell and moderated by Paul Koch, Dean of the Physical and Biological Sciences. Arts Dean Susan Solt will provide concluding remarks.  Space is limited, please RSVP! Questions? Contact Joni White at Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue.