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Every day

Elephant Seal Molting and resting

Beaches north of Cambria at Piedras Blancas

Spectacular return of the once thought extinct elephant seals. Friends of the Elephant Seals docents on hand.

Mother Nature


Each Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. and
2 p.m.


Walk in the Redwoods

Big Basin State Park. See the famous Mother and Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree. Find out why these giant trees are important.

Nine miles from Boulder Creek on Highway 236.

Pack a picnic and pick a spot to eat afterward. Stroller- and wheelchair -accessible.

Santa Cruz Redwoods

(831) 338-8861


First Saturday
of each month


Bird outing

Elkhorn Slough
8:30 am - Visitor Center

Rick Fournier leads a walk in this amazing scene. Variety of habitats: oak woodlands and chaparral to freshwater streams and tidal creeks. Depending on the season, we explore the entire wetland visiting Moss Landing, Moon Glow Dairy, North Marsh and Hudson's Landing looking for seasonal specialties and rarities. (Rick is legendary for bird finding.)


Each Saturday


Bird outing

Big Sur Birding

Molera Beach State Park, Big Sur

Big Sur Ornithology Lab
9 am

Ventana Wilderness Society's Big Sur Ornithology Lab for a "Morning with the Songbirds"
Observe a bird banding demonstration, accompany staff on a visit to the nets to remove birds, and expect to see a large diversity of beautiful breeding and migrant birds

Sarah Stock




Sharks !

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Designed to alleviate myths and alert the public to some of the endangered shark species, the exhibit will include nearly two-dozen living species, along with the rich cultural traditions they inspire. Admission.



July 18


Awakening from the California Dream - Environmental History

California Sesquicentennial commemoration Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz

Encourages Californians to reflect upon the historical events and attitudes that led to the degradation of the state's environment. It serves as a poignant footnote to the recent

Call 429-1964.


July 17

Bach Festival

Carmel By The Sea

Worldclass performances of Bach and much beyond

Concerts and events every day, starting July 17th, thru August 7th
Sunset Center - and the Mission

Ms. Karma Simons, Ticketing Manager or call 831-624-2046

Sept 9
7 pm

Robt. F. Kennedy Jr
Book Signing

Cubberly High Main Theatre
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto

Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council & Author of "Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy"

Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley800-847-7730
Wildlife Conservation Network

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