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02/27/2024

At the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History’s symposium in the UCSC Hay Barn, our writer made some friends and discovered some fun facts.

02/20/2024

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02/20/2024

Leave No Trace principle number 3, ‘Dispose of Waste Properly,’ applies to human waste–even Number 1. Here is an easy guide to ethical outdoor urination.

02/20/2024

Leave No Trace principle number 3, ‘Dispose of Waste Properly,’ applies to human waste–even Number 1. Here is an easy guide to ethical outdoor urination.

02/13/2024

Following the devastation of the CZU Fire, you have an opportunity to join the historic process of shaping the future of the oldest State Park in California.

02/06/2024

Romantic getaways on Monterey Bay, from Natural Bridges to West Cliff Drive to the Santa Cruz Wharf to Venus Spirits, plus some of the world’s best chocolate.

01/30/2024

Editor's note: The next king tide in the Santa Cruz area takes place on Friday, Feb. 9. Tide pool viewing will be extra-good from Wednesday through the weekend.

01/24/2024

This week's significant rainstorm caused flash flooding and damage to Wilder Ranch State Park. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks seeks support for recovery efforts. 

01/23/2024

The Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park offers a little-known opportunity to experience the wondrous power of flowing water.

01/16/2024

Rain is good. Eroded trails aren't. Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship trail director Drew Perkins explains how to be a force for good and not evil when mountain biking after rain.

01/09/2024

Learning the names, habitats and behaviors of local fungi in the Santa Cruz Mountains makes this writer want to know more.

01/02/2024

Hilltrompers, we have good news: you don’t have to schlep to Napa or Sonoma to enjoy a day brimming with rural landscapes and local wines. Instead, for a day trip escape cruise over the hill to the vineyards of Cupertino.

12/23/2023

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Located above Seabright Beach, the Museum highlights the region’s diverse plant, animal, and human communities from the shoreline of Monterey Bay to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

12/19/2023

Enjoy a day trip to Aptos, California, with hiking through the redwoods of The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, breakfast at Cat & Cloud Coffee, and lunch or dinner with local beers at the Parish Publick House.

12/13/2023

The rebirth of our guide to the great outdoors is featured on California Local.

12/05/2023

Find out what the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is all about and learn how to participate in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Silicon Valley.

12/05/2023

Find out what the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is all about and learn how to participate in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Silicon Valley.

11/28/2023

Explore how TikTok's outdoor activity trends connect people to nature, with all its health benefits, and how that balances with conservation of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

11/24/2023

Conserving Land Since 1978 The group that got its start protecting Antonelli Pond is making its mark on some of the region’s highest-profile conservation projects—including a mountain lion crossing on Highway 17, opening Watsonville Slough Farm, and public access at …

11/21/2023

Here's your step-by-step instructional guide to getting started with geocaching in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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