Eco News

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

Bodysurfing: Pure Connection to the Water

Ryan Masters bodysurfing Steamer Lane. Photo by Priz.

Why bodysurfing is making a comeback.

Sykes Camp: Loved to Death?

Sykes Hot Springs is a popular place. Photo by Snickclunk on Flickr.

Crowds and trash in the Big Sur backcountry.

Beautified Staircase to Santa Cruz Mission Now Open

The new mural on Mission Street.

For its 25th birthday, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park got a tile mosaic mural and a reopened staircase to the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.

Amah Mutsun and BLM Sign Coast Dairies Agreement

Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Val Lopez, left, and Rick Cooper of BLM shake hands after signing the MOU.

In a long-overdue homecoming, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will have access to the Coast Dairies lands north of Santa Cruz for traditional ceremonies and stewardship practices.