Eco News

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.

Santa Cruz Mission SHP Turns 25

Completed portion of the tile mosaic mural at Santa Cruz Mission SHP.

The Mission Adobe celebrates 25 years as a California state park with a mosaic mural installation and the Mission Project Showcase.

Watershed Walk: Bonny Doon Ecological Preserve

Botanist Valerie Hailey leads a walk through Bonny Doon Ecological Preserve on May 7.

Join the Watershed Walkers on May 7 for a look at Bonny Doon Ecological Preserve eight years after the Martin Fire and after a long-anticipated rainy season.

Bud Colligan: Trail-Only The Way to Go

Rendering of bike and pedestrian trail on portion of corridor near 41st Avenue. Image courtesy Bud Colligan.

In a guest commentary, the Santa Cruz-based venture capitalist explains why he thinks the Rail Trail should just be the Trail.