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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 420–6115

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is a nonprofit organization that connects people with nature and science. The museum features educational, hands-on exhibits for children, families and adults.

Since 1982, the museum’s core goals are create a place for exploration, offer educational experiences, celebrate diversity, foster global environmental awareness, and collaborate with others for positive change, and uphold respect for all. The museum offers public programs such as nature explorer camps that connect children with nature.

The museum has permanent exhibits that focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region and the Monterey Bay. Due to the pandemic, the museum adopted changes to bring the museum to people’s homes through virtual exhibitions.

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Consider getting involved by volunteering your time, donating money, or both. Above you can learn about what services Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History provides to the community and easily volunteer, donate, register for services, or connect with them on social media. Visit the Santa Cruz County Community Groups directory to see a comprehensive list of organizations on all subjects that are relevant to creating a vibrant local community.

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Articles About Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Image caption: The winter solstice brings king tides, mating elephant seals and other natural wonders.
Exploring Wintertide

We asked the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History to throw a spotlight on the most intriguing natural phenomena during the darkest time of the year.

Image caption: Though the Santa Cruz Mountains are known for redwoods and other evergreens, deciduous trees bring color to autumn hikes.
Splendor in the Leaves

We asked the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History to share a few of their favorite things about autumn in the Monterey Bay region.

Image caption: Breeding wood ducks, blooming coastal bush lupines, and farewell-to-spring blossom are among the summer delights in Santa Cruz County.
Summer Sensations

We asked the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History to highlight the area’s most thrilling warm-weather attractions.

Image caption: A red-tailed hawk on a light pole overlooking downtown Santa Cruz.
Citizen Science

Sometimes making the community better manifests as a better understanding of how nature works. Local birders lead the way.