Guided Elephant Seal Walks, Dec 15 through March 31, 2020
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 winter, male elephant seals arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. Bring warm clothes, sturdy shoes, and rain gear. No umbrellas, strollers, or pets. Accessible Equal Access Tours available on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays with reservation. For reservations, call (800) 444-4445. For more info, call (650) 879-2025 or recorded info (650) 879-0227, or go: HERE
Writing the Lives of Plants and Animals, Feb 23, 1 – 4 pm
Join award-winning author, ecologist, and activist Gary Nabhan for an afternoon of hands-on exercises of observing, tasting, smelling, and writing to get us closer to how plants and animals themselves communicate. Sponsored by the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History. Register HERE. At UCSC, Natural Sciences 2 Room 239
Food from the Radical Center: How Collaborative Conservation Is Healing Wounds & Creating Green Livelihoods in the Rural West”, Feb 24, 7 pm
Award-winning author, ecologist, and activist Gary Nabhan will give a free lecture open to the public about how collaborative conservation is healing the wounds and creating green livelihoods in the Rural West. He will outline the ‘radical center’ approach to solving environmental problems that has emerged in the rural West. Sponsored by the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History. At the UCSC Hay Barn
Photo Editing Workshop, Feb 29, 9 am – 12 pm
Learn to edit, crop, color correct, lighten, darken, haze removal, shake reduction, and other editing tools using Photoshop Elements Software. This workshop is for beginners and those who want to enhance their skills in photo editing. The workshop will be taught by demonstrations on our 55” Monitor in the Arboretum Library. Feel free to bring a laptop with Photoshop already installed or a JPEG photo on a flash drive, but a laptop is not necessary to learn these skills. Arboretum Members cost is $10 and Non-Members $20. Registration. UCSC Arboretum, Arboretum Library.
State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium 2020, Feb 29, 10 am – 3 pm
Join us for presentations on a wide range of topics ranging from fire ecology to local fisheries restoration efforts. A tour of a recently completed fisheries habitat restoration project will follow the symposium. Our keynote speaker this year is the honorable Senator Bill Monning. Field trip attendance requires an RSVP. Hosted by Santa Cruz Water Dept., Coastal Watershed Council, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Resource Conservation District of SC County. At the Zayante Fire Station. Stay tuned for updates here as the agenda details are finalized!
Fungus Scavenger Hunt, Feb 29, 10 am – 2 pm
Join mushroom enthusiasts Dan Tischler and Justin Pierce from the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz to explore local habitats in search of interesting fungi. We will discuss a bit of the fungus life cycle and some of the various roles that fungi play in natural ecosystems. Learn to identify at least one or two common species and get tips for finding and identifying others that may be encountered in our area. Be prepared to walk about 3 miles round trip as we explore redwood, mixed hardwood/fir/pine, and meadow habitats. Presented by the Museum of Natural History at Quail Hollow Ranch.
Life Lab Tour Tuesday, March 3, 9:30 am – noon
Who said Life Lab field trips are only for the youth?
Join us for a guided group garden tour with interactive activities and insights. Engage and experience what Life Lab is all about! Cultivate your love of learning, healthy food, and nature through a delightful day in our Garden Classroom. Theme: Winter Feeling Fine with Fresh Food, Nutrition, and Cooking. Free. Life Lab, UCSC
School Garden Program Sustainability, March 6, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Why do some school gardens take root and become well-established, while others struggle? In this workshop, we will discuss key elements of building a strong school garden culture. Together, we’ll explore different, sustainable school garden program models; planning tools to align year-round garden activities with academic and garden care goals; methods for assessing garden programs; and strategies for increasing funding. To REGISTER. At Life Lab‘s Garden Classroom, UCSC.
Herpetology Happy Hour, March 6, 5 – 7 pm
Pop on by for a free open house event celebrating the world of the creeping and the crawling. Santa Cruz is a herpetologist’s happy place, home to salamanders, newts, frogs, turtles, snakes, and lizards galore. Explore (and handle!) a slew of slithering friends during this “Herpetology Happy Hour.” Live animals — yes, please touch! Local experts — have your questions at the ready. Specimens from the Museum’s Collections — rarely on display Complimentary drinks & snacks — it is a “happy hour” after all! Free admission to the Museum all day long! Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff
Salamander Saturday, March 7, noon – 4 pm
Join us for our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked, but heroically well adapted, amphibians native to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Live amphibians will be available for viewing. Herpetologist Amy Patten will present “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains,” at 1pm. Naturalist-led salamander hike on the mile-long Marsh Trail will start at 3pm. Come learn about salamanders and their ecosystems while enjoying crafts and other activities! Appropriate for all ages. Free event. For more info call 427-2288. At Rancho Del Oso, the ocean end of Big Basin State Park, 3600 Highway 1.
Natural History Printmaking, March 8, 10 am – 4 pm
Join Norris Center nature illustration instructor Emily Underwood for an introduction to the fundamentals of linoleum block printmaking. Draw inspiration from the Norris Center’s natural history specimen collection to make your own block prints. Or bring your own images or artwork to transfer to a print. Register HERE. At the Ken Norris Center for Natural History at UC Santa Cruz, Natural Sciences 2 Room 239
Re-Greening Degraded Landscapes: Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration, March 9, 7 pm
Tony Rinaudo has pioneered a technique that involves growing up trees from existing root systems which are often still intact and which Rinaudo refers to as an “underground forest”. His Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) method has restored 50000 km2 of land with over 200 million trees in Niger alone. It has the potential to restore currently degraded drylands with an area the combined size of India. What Rinaudo has created is much more than an agricultural technique he has inspired a farmer-led movement regreening land in the Sahel region. Sponsored by Right Livelihood College, UCSC. Coastal Biology Building Lecture Hall
Courage For The Healing Of The World, March 13 -15
The Work that Reconnects (WTR) is both a process for transforming our despair into purposeful action, as well as a deep well of nourishment to continue. Through a series of creative and experiential exercises, The Work that Reconnects opens space for radical truth-speaking and personal and collective empowerment. Drawing on deep ecology, systems theory, and spiritual traditions, this open-source body of work is rooted in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy. Santa Cruz Permaculture
Envisioning a Sustainable Urban Landscape for Santa Cruz County. 3/14, 4/11, 5/9 and 5/30, 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
This workshop provides an overview of the current state of Santa Cruz County’s urbanized spaces and their unsustainable characteristics, introduces the principles of urban design for walkable neighborhoods and “new urbanism” that can bring our cities back into balance, gives participants an opportunity to visualize a transition to more sustainable and inviting spaces for various local neighborhoods where we live, work, and engage socially, and explores the concrete and specific changes that can help get us there. Sponsored by Campaign for Sustainable Transportation. At the Aptos Public Library, 7695 Soquel Dr.
The Edge Of Extinction: Can Sea Otters And Cheetahs Survive The Human Threat?, March 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join author Kim Steinhardt for an inspiring global conservation story, a photo-journey into the lives of the Pacific Ocean’s southern sea otter and the Serengeti’s cheetah, exposing their remarkable resilience in the face of grave threats, and the differences between the wildlife conservation efforts mounted for each under widely differing legal systems. Theirs is a cautionary tale of the often-troubled relationship between humans and nature, and the outsized impact we have on species that thrived for thousands of years until being driven to the brink of extinction by human contact. Sponsored by Watsonville Wetlands Watch. At the Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center
50th Anniversary of Earth Day! April 18, 11 am – 4 pm
Earth Day Santa Cruz brings our community together to promote environmental stewardship, healthy living, and sustainability. Together with local businesses, schools, and community organizations, we engage our citizens through education, hands on learning, inspirational activities, and place a special emphasis on youth participation. We strive to celebrate the importance of protecting our Earth’s resources and to collaborate on empowering the environmental movement in Santa Cruz County and beyond. More INFO. San Lorenzo Park. Look for the Environteers booth!