Eco News

Remembering Scott Peden

Scott Peden leading a nature walk at Rancho del Oso.

Like a gentle modern mountain man, the longtime docent delighted many with his knowledge of nature and his enthusiasm for Waddell Creek and Big Basin.

Groups Fund Rangers for San Vicente Redwoods

San Vicente Redwoods (outlined). Map of Santa Cruz County open spaces courtesy Land Trust.

Environmental groups team up with Santa Cruz County to fund public safety and education at the 8,500-acre San Vicente Redwoods property, opening in 2018.

Science Spotlight: Banana Slug Slime

A banana slug shows off its slime in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Photo by Sarah McQuate.

Spiky proteins called mucins allow banana slugs to crawl over all kinds of ground cover.

Science Spotlight: Marine Terraces

An aerial view reveals several marine terraces above Wilder Beach and in Wilder Ranch State Park. Photo by Gary Griggs.

Inland of Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, the sculpted landscape rises in living testimony to the power of geologic forces.

2016 Friends Holiday Sale

Salt, tequila, drinking chocolate—tiny lead-free cups from Michoacan can handle it all.

Save big at Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks' annual sale, Dec. 2-4 at Mission Adobe.

Student Project Aids Endangered Seabird

The presence of ravens, encouraged by crumbs, poses a threat to Big Basin's marbled murrelets. Public domain photo.

When campers and picnickers leave crumbs and food about the redwood forest, they unwittingly threaten a small but heroic seabird. A high school volunteer project helps mitigate the danger.

Renowned Science Group Embraces Redwood Mojo

At the Wender Group Grove in June 2016. Scott Peden photo.

VIDEO: Using nature as inspiration, Stanford's Wender Group creates lifesaving compounds in the laboratory. A redwood grove in Castle Rock State Park stands as a powerful monument to their work.

Say Hello to the Norris Center

Museum, classroom, library of flora and fauna—the Norris Center fills many roles.

UCSC's Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History opens its doors Nov. 12-13 for a meet-and-greet with the community and fundraising event.

Six Reasons We Can't Wait to Vote Yes on Measure D

Photo by Richard Masoner

Why Hilltromper is supporting Measure D, the transportation ballot measure for Santa Cruz County.

4th Mole & Mariachi Festival

Dancers prepare to go on at the 2015 Mole & Mariachi Fest. Hilltromper photo.

The flavors and sounds of Mexico at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe on Sept. 10

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