Waves & Wildlife Photo Competition – Deadline is Now July 31!

Until July 31, 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


Science Sunday at Seymour Center, July 21, 1:30 pm

The peregrine falcon was successfully removed from the endangered species list in 1999. The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPBRG) has continued to monitor breeding peregrine falcons in our region, with critical support from citizen scientists scattered throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. These highly specialized avian predators may symbolize wild open spaces, but they have increasingly found a foothold in our urban areas providing falcon viewing opportunities in the cities where we live.
Join newly appointed SCPBRG Director, Zeka Glucs, to learn about noteworthy discoveries and accomplishments from long-time volunteers over the past two decades, and future research directions and conservation priorities for the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Garden Sprouts Summer Day Camp For 4 – 6 Year Olds, Starting July 22, 9 am – 1 pm

Come explore the Life Lab garden and farm with us! Our camp days include harvesting, making garden snacks, singing, storytelling, garden caretaking, garden crafts, and exploration of the natural world. Each day has a theme (past examples: Bugs, or Seeds, or Birds). This camp serves 24 campers with a 1:6 ratio of counselors to campers, allowing us to tailor camp activities to the ages and interests of our campers. We offer Tues/Thurs sessions and MWF sessions!  After-care (1:00-3:00) available for all sessions (limited number of spaces).  And more Sessions starting on Aug  5, 6.


Wildlands & Watering Cans Summer Day Camp for 7-11 year olds, starting  July 22, 5 days/week, 9 am – 3 pm

Come explore, harvest, prepare and enjoy fresh food from the farm, hike, create garden crafts, art and music, play games, and form new friendships! Each day has a theme (past examples: Bug Day, Solar Energy Day, Chickens & Eggs Day) and each day begins with farm chores (Chickens, Fresh Fruit Popsicle-making, Farm Update, and Weather Report) and ends with storytelling under the walnut tree. The last Friday afternoon of each session, families join us for a kid-harvested Farmer’s Market Party. Life Lab Camps  Session III – July 22-26 & July 29-August 2, 2019, 9:00-3:00


The Natural History of Insects, July 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Insects can often inspire a reaction of “ew” among humans, but there are so many reasons to instead say “awe.” During this Naturalist Night lecture at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Dr. Peter Oboyski, entomologist and curator of the Essig Museum of Entomology at UC Berkeley, will guide us on an exploration of the main facts and principles of biology as illustrated by insects. We’ll zoom into the fascinating world of these small, but impactful creatures while also exploring the distinctions between insects, arachnids, and “bugs.” Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Pre-registration highly recommended. Admission Free!


Shark Science Week, July 28 – Aug 3

For a full week, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing shark adaptations including their extraordinary senses, the unique ways in which they reproduce, and so much more. Shark touching pool open every day!


Bike The Bay Youth Bike Tour, Aug 3 – 5

Join Bike Santa Cruz County for our annual youth bike tour! This 100+ mile trip is a great way to try bike touring and is open to all Santa Cruz County youth. We will ride to Monterey and stay two nights at the Monterey Hostel, returning on the third day.  Biking to Monterey may seem like an ambitious endeavor, but the ride is very doable for all riders with some cycling experience. Along the way, we take lots of breaks to enjoy the scenery, eat good food, and stay hydrated. Info contact:



Permaculture Food Forests, August 10 – 11

Session 1: Abundance
Designing Food Forests: stone fruits – tasting plums, peaches, nectarines; propagating plants via budding and semi-hardwood cuttings; summer pruning; planting the fall/winter garden. 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

Eat for the Earth Free Dinner & Presentation, Aug 15, 6 – 8 pm

Eat for the Earth makes it easier for people to eat more plants and less animal products to sustain all life on earth. We can make dietary changes to reduce our contribution to climate change and other environmental disasters, and influence others to do the same. At the event we will share a delicious, simple, organic, plant-based meal and have a presentation about Eat for the Earth, our work and how you can get involved. Register for the event: HERE . Event will be held at a home in Westside Santa Cruz.


Life Lab 40th Anniversary Gala, Oct 13

Come celebrate 40 years of bringing learning to life in gardens across Santa Cruz County and the nation. We would love nothing more than for you to join the festivities! We will gather for a series of events in the Fall of 2019, culminating with the 40th Gala Dinner, where we will be reflecting on the past 40 years and looking forward to the next 40.  The Gala Dinner at the Hotel Paradox will include keynote speakers, an honoring of Life Lab’s founding pioneers, and a delicious dinner. Tickets. 611 Ocean St.