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.



Guided Elephant Seal Walks Ticket sales open Oct 20.  Cost: $7 per person

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


Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop, Oct 21, 10am to noon

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Class begins at 10am and fills on a first-come basis. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Ride Into The Future! Visions of the Rail Trail Corridor, Oct 21, 10 am – 4 pm

Come test drive the new Owelized viewer and see different visions of the rail corridor. Bring friends and family. Live music by Toby Gray and friends. Natural Bridges Drive

Coastal Rail Trail Highlights:

  • The Rail Trail will provide a car-free, nearly flat, paved route for biking, walking, and wheel chair use by everyone including school children, commuters, families, seniors, and visitors.
  • 13 of the 32 total miles are now underway and the first segment is scheduled to open in 2018.
  • The Rail Trail travels within 1-mile of 44 schools, 92 parks, and 50% of our county’s population, connecting many key destinations.
  • With the passage of Measure D in November 2016, nearly all the funds needed to build the entire Coastal Rail Trail have been secured.
  • FORT’s goal is to see the Rail Trail built within 10 years.


Heritage Harvest Festival, Oct 21, 11 am – 4 pm

Celebrate at Wilder Ranch State Park! The harvest is in! See historic tractors, draft horses, living history demonstrations, live music, crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities. Event is free; day-use parking fee is $10.  Taste over 60 varieties of heritage apples, for $5 fee.This event is appropriate for all ages. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


The Missing Arm, Oct 21, 6:30pm

Experience a haunted tale of Big Basin’s last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Ranger apples cooked around the campfire round out this festive family event. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration begins at 6:30pm at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Bring a flashlight. For more information, please call (831) 338-8883. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


UCSC presents NPR correspondent Richard Harris, Oct 23, 7 pm

Richard Harris (Biology, Crown ’80) will be discussing his book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions. “American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research. By some estimates, half of the results from these studies can’t be replicated elsewhere — the science is simply wrong. Science journalist Richard Harris reveals these urgent issues with vivid anecdotes, personal stories and interviews with the nation’s top biomedical researchers.”

Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Admission FREE


An Evening of Bones, Beasts & Brews, Oct 28, 6 – 9 pm

Come in costume and explore the mysteries of the Museum after dark. Imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails, feast on freakish foods, and explore the world of bones, skeletons, and ancient fossils at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. 1305 East Cliff Drive.   $15 General Admission | $12 Members



Central California Invasive Species Symposium, Nov 2, 8 am – 5 pm

The Central California Invasive Weed Symposium (CCIWS) is an annual workshop designed to encourage active engagement in the conservation of California wildlands. First held at California State University, Monterey Bay in 1999, this symposium provides a venue to share information about invasive weed control, native plant restoration, and stewardship for Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

It provides an opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded people working (both paid and unpaid) to stop the spread of non-native invasive plants, visit project sites where weed control efforts are in full swing, hear success stories, and earn continuing education units.  CCIWS is a joint effort of the Monterey and Santa Cruz County Weed Management Areas.  Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, S.C.

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Tour Life Lab’s work at Amesti Elementary School, Nov 2, 11 am – 12:30 pm. RSVP here.


The Cat That Changed America, Nov 4, 7 pm.   Rio Theater

For more info contact Native Animal Rescue.

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Economics of Happiness  Nov 6, 7 -9 pm  FREE

Sponsored by UCSC Common Ground Center. 

Talk will be @ Kresge Seminar Room #159


Fundraiser for Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project, Nov 11, 6 pm