Eco News

Like Wildlife? Like Beer? Right This Way.

Woodland Critters sour ale goes on sale Dec. 12 at Discretion Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Land Trust.

For every bottle of Woodland Critters sour ale sold, Discretion Brewing will donate $2 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

The Costume-Wearing Crabs of Monterey Bay

The shells of decorator crabs are adorned with algae and other marine life that help them hide from predators. Catherine Drake photo.

New research explores the intriguing ways decorator crabs camouflage themselves from the predators of Monterey Bay.

The 2015 Friends Holiday Sale

Give somebody this setup, and you might get invited to a party! Photo courtesy Miller Maxfield..

Make a serious dent in that Santa list of yours at the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks ParkStore holiday sale, Dec. 4-6 at the Mission Adobe.

From Santa Cruz to Solar City

Lyndon and Peter Rive, co-founders of Solar City, back in 2002.

Lyndon Rive, co-founder of SolarCity, sees business and technology as world-changing tools.

Get Outside on Black Friday!

Black Friday is so pre-2015. This Nov. 27, go outside! Photo courtesy Save The Redwoods.

On Friday, Nov. 27, Hilltromper's leading a hike at Henry Cowell and Save The Redwoods League will pay your entrance fee to a redwood state park near you. #OptOutside!

Be A Hilltromper Intern!

Calling all cub reporters! A Hilltromper internship is an extremely glamorous affair.

If you like playing in the outdoors, care about conservation and recreation and get a thrill out of writing something accurately and well, we want to hear from you.

The Great Land & Trail Campaign

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County wants to build 45 miles of trail in the next five years. Paul Zaretsky photo.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s biggest fundraising campaign ever aims to raise $43 million to protect farmland and wildlife and build new trails.

Decoding the Bee Networks of Santa Cruz County

A yellow-faced bumblebee on a seaside daisy. Photo by JKehoe_Photos on Flickr.

The complex plant-bee networks that sustain the local environment could be radically disrupted by climate change, according to new research at UC–Santa Cruz.

The Great Box in the Sky

The radar tower in its current condition. © Copyright Basim Jaber - Almaden AFS Archives –

The Ohlone named it for hummingbirds, the Air Force built a radar station on its peak, and now MidPen is turning Mt. Ununhum into a park.

Google Trekker Shows the Way to Living Memorials

Amanda Krauss and Paul Davis study a Big Basin map before hitting the trail with Trekker. Hilltromper photo.

Sempervirens Fund maps 60 miles of hiking trails in Big Basin, enabling those who've dedicated redwood trees and groves to virtually visit the park.