Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course, Super Early Registration ends July 15

From October 6, 2018 to March 9, 2019, Santa Cruz Permaculture is offering our 6-month Permaculture Design Certificate Course again this fall and winter, and we hope you or someone you know will join us. The course meets one weekend per month. Super Early Bird Savings Ends July 15: Save $200! Early Bird: July 15 – Aug 15 save $100


Naturalist Night: Sustainable Groundwater Management, July 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Groundwater provides 76% of the water supply for Santa Cruz County and feeds the streams that fish depend on for habitat and people need for drinking water. This Naturalist Night talk, featuring Santa Cruz County’s Water Resources Division Director John Ricker, will discuss geology and the occurrence of groundwater in the county, its relationship to streams, fish and other natural resources, as well as the threats to groundwater posed by overdraft, loss of recharge, climate change, and seawater intrusion. The talk will also describe current efforts to better understand and manage groundwater under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History ,1305 East Cliff Drive. Pre-Registration Recommended $12 General Admission | $5 Off for Members


Scoping Meetings For Newell Creek Dam Project EIR, July 18, 6:30 – 8 pm

Santa Cruz (July 12, 2018) – The City of Santa Cruz is proposing to replace the existing Newell Creek Dam inlet/outlet works at Loch Lomond Reservoir in the San Lorenzo Valley. The City will hold two meetings to receive public input on the scope for the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR.) The first meeting will be held on July 18, from 6:30PM to 8:00PM in the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room at 155 Center Street. The second meeting will be held on July 19, also from 6:30PM to 8:00PM in the Highlands Park Lorenzo Room, at 8500 Highway 9. To see the Notice of Preparation for the EIR please visit


Ocean Pollution: What You Can Do, July 19, 7 – 8:30 pm

Each year Americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic; only 8 percent gets recycled. About half of all street litter is disposable food ware. Single use plastics end up as marine litter and then break down into smaller but still harmful pieces known as the “smog of micro plastics”. Plastics are ingested by marine life, endangering them and our food chain. Plastic never goes away, piles up in the environment, spoils our groundwater, affects human health, threatens wildlife and releases toxic chemicals. For every pound of tuna taken out of the ocean, we’re putting in two pounds of plastic. Come learn what we as individuals can do about it.

Presentation by Dan Haifley who has been Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey since 1999 and was previously Director of Save Our Shores. He serves on the Monterey bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and publishes a column Our Ocean Backyard in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Live Oak Grange 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. Come at 6:30 for healthy snacks and socializing with other ocean-loving folks.


Evenings with the Fresnel Lens, July 21 & Aug 18,  8 – 9 pm

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn’t mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can’t shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Full Moon Madness, July 27; events start at 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way… at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids’ crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series, July 28, 10 am

Begin your watercolor journey in the inspiration Waddell Valley with Joyce Rosenstiel in this four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and almost intermediate artists. Students focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit, and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Learn to assemble a sketch and paint travel kit for summer adventures. No materials required for the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. Registration is required for this four-part series at (831) 427-2288 or  Space is limited.

This free event meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288.


Fifth Annual Get Into Your Sanctuary Celebration, Aug 4, 10 am – 3 pm

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is hosting “Get into Your Sanctuary” day on August 4th, 2018. This National Marine Sanctuary System-wide event will raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of free activities open to the public.

Try out recreation equipment and pick up informational resources for how to “Get In” to the sanctuary. This will include info on surfing, kayaking, SCUBA diving,and SUPing (Stand Up Paddle Boarding). Join sanctuary staff for presentations on proper ocean etiquette when interacting with wildlife on the water in a safe and responsible way. Please click here for directions.

  • 10am-3pm: Ocean recreation equipment demos
  • 11am-2pm: Ocean etiquette presentations


Bird Walks with the Bird School Project, Aug 12, 7:30 – 9 am

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden has partnered with the Bird School Project to offer free education guided bird tours to Arboretum members and students. Volunteers on event day can also attend. The bird walks are scheduled every 2nd Sunday from 7:30 am – 9 am, beginning June 10 and ending October 14, 2018. Attendees meet at Norrie’s Gift Shop. The Arboretum’s front gate opens at 7:15 am and closes promptly at 7:45am. Please arrive early or on time.  All attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars, a notebook, and a bottle of water. These items will be available for purchase or to borrow at the tour. Space is limited to 15 attendees so register early!


7th Annual Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner, Aug 19, 3 pm

Celebrate the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn.

Enjoy the culinary delights of award-winning My Mom’s Mole, featuring locally sourced organic ingredients, including fresh and delicious CASFS-grown produce. Cesario Ruiz founded My Mom’s Mole to “focus on traditional Mexican cuisine using responsibly sourced ingredients.”

Before you take your seat at the table, enjoy a field-side reception, appetizers, and organic farm tours led by CASFS staff and apprentices. $100 Dinner at 5 pm

Location: UCSC Farm  Map


Redgate Ranch Music Festival, fundraiser for Save The Waves, Sept 16

Our 10th annual, overnight music fest in the hills of San Gregorio!  Redgate Ranch has the stage and setting for an all-out music festival with the intimate vibes of your backyard barbecue. A fundraiser for Save The Waves environmental programs, we hope you can join us for a fun and entertaining weekend, as well as support our global coastlines. For Info



50th Anniversary of Castle Rock State Park, Sept 29, 10 am – 4 pm

California State Parks and Sempervirens Fund invite you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Castle Rock State Park with a public event featuring the grand opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance. The event features speakers, rock climbing demonstrations, live music, food, tours, and volunteer opportunity information. “Creating this new entrance is a fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of Castle Rock State Park, which Sempervirens Fund was instrumental in establishing in 1968. We look forward to celebrating this beloved park and walking with you through its new gateway to the Santa Cruz Mountains later this year,” said Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth. At the new Castle Rock State Park entrance, 15451 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos