Photo: Michael Langhans

Waves & Wildlife Photo Competition Open through June 30

Until June 30, 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 Guideline



Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours, June  20, 10:30 am

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. Free, space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines.


Bird Language + Walk + Brunch, June 22, 9 am – noon

Bring a friends or family members to Bird Language + Walk + Brunch!
The birds are talking all around us…Can we learn what are they saying?
Introduction to Bird Language + Brunch (vegan, GF, nut-free and meaty options)
Meet at India Joze Restaurant, 418 Front St. SC.  Led by Jeff Kaplan, who weaves 30 years as a naturalist and a teacher of communication skills, to cultivate a common language for connecting more deeply with nature and birds. He is just back from teaching in the Ecuador and the Galapagos!
Tickets include: Class, walk and brunch. Bring a kid or Bird Buddy for a discount! Register soon – it will book up.


Electric Vehicle Show, June 22, 8 am – 1 pm

If you are interested in purchasing an EV in the near future do attend this event. These are new cars and will give you an idea what is available. The rebates are awesome and in some cases depending on your income these EV’s are 50% off MSRP. Up to 50% off now through July 31, 2019 on these outstanding brands: Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, Volkswagen e-Golf. (Rebate info HERE).  Check out & test drive cars onsite.  Local electric vehicle owners & dealers will be on hand to answer all your EV questions! Monterey Bay Community Power & Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance. Contact Mike at or Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos


Summer Kick-Off Festival, June 22, 11 am – 3 pm

Join Save Our Shores at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum’s Summer Kick-off. Enjoy free admission to the Museum and outdoor festivities! Celebrate and learn with live animals from Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center and Sky Patrol, live music from the Banana Slug String Band, food truck, nature crafts, science activities, and more (program below!) It promises to be a day of nature filled family fun- both out in the sunshine and within the Museum galleries. Tyrell Park, next to the Museum, 1305 East Cliff Dr.


Redwoods and Climate Change guided walk & talk, June 23, noon

How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can they adapt to a human-altered environment? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a Sunday saunter. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.  Meet at Visitors Center at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  See many more State Park Events HERE!

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Teachers on the Estuary Workshop for Middle School & High School, June 24 & 25

Get Muddy at an Estuary! A 2-day workshop grounded in research and field work and is based on a National Teacher Professional Development program supported by NOAA. This workshop will provide: hands-on field activities supporting the Estuaries 101 Curriculum; in-depth information about estuaries and other coastal habitats; a chance to work with coastal scientists and educators; and the opportunity to bring relevant data into your classroom.  Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Register HERE


Science on Tap: How Stable Is West Antarctica? June 26, 7:30 pm

The future of civilization on earth is closely tied to predicting sea-level rise with accuracy. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is actually more dynamic than previously thought. Understanding how this ice sheet behaved in the past allows us to better understand how it will respond to climate forcing in the future. Sarah Neuhaus of UCSC discusses recent findings. Presented by Women in Science & Engineering. Do call to RSVP: 429-6994. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave.

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GLOBE Teacher Training Earth Science Workshop K-6, July 11 & 12

A 2-day field and classroom workshop at Elkhorn Slough Reserve that focuses on developing lessons around hydrology, meteorology, and soil data collection. Teachers will gain: data collection protocols for use at Elkhorn Slough Reserve or at school; lesson plan ideas; GLOBE Teacher certification with a personalized website for students to upload data; and opportunities to partner with teachers around the world.   Contact: Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator at, 831-728-2822


Permaculture Food Forests, Starting August 10

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