Eco News

The Budding Naturalist As Guide

Kelly McCandless, 15, signs copies of her field guide to the Arboretum on Sunday, May 17.

First-time author Kelly McCandless isn't like most 15-year-olds.

State Park Nonprofits Hope To Dust Bust Fire Road

Fire road at Nisene Marks State Park. Photo courtesy Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Efforts are underway to raise funds for bringing Dust Off to Nisene Marks State Park for the second time.

Bike Week 2015: Celebrating Bike Culture

Bike Party, a popular Bike Week event, takes place on Friday, May 8. This year's theme is 'Prom.'.

From May 1 to May 8, Santa Cruz County celebrates bike culture with all-new events and discounts at local restaurants. Biking enthusiasts will have chances to win an electric bike and help clean up part of the rail trail.

Supes to Vote on Coast Dairies National Monument

On April 21 the Santa Cruz County Supervisors consider a resolution in support of designating the Coast Dairies property a national monument. Photo courtesy Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign.

The idea of turning 5,800-plus acres on Santa Cruz’s North Coast into a national monument has captured the imagination of many locals from the moment the school-kids sang “This Land Is Your Land” during the monument campaign kickoff.

Elkhorn Slough Pollution Prompts Petition

Aerial view showing the Pick-n-Pull's proximity to Elkhorn Slough. Photo by Joel Avila/Hawkeye Aerial Photography.

Last winter, the Ecological Rights Foundation tested stormwater flowing into Elkhorn Slough from the nearby Pick-n-Pull and found lead and copper in the runoff. Now it wants Monterey County officials to overturn the auto dismantling facility’s recent 10-year permit renewal, citing danger to sea otter pups and other Slough inhabitants.

A Weekend of Earth Day

The weekend's unrivaled main event takes place Saturday at San Lorenzo Park. Photo from

Earth Day doesn't happen until Wednesday, April 22, but Santa Cruz is set to begin celebrating early, with an official Earth Day celebration this Saturday the 18th. So, we ask, why not make a weekend of it?

Music, Mole and Mini Fashion Moguls

Dancers in brilliant attire make Mole and Mariachis a truly festive affair. Photo by Dusty Nelson.

This year's Summer Series at the Mission Adobe heads in a fashionable new direction.

Good News for Coastal Rail Trail

These West Cliff Drive riders will be able to pedal all the way to Coast Dairies soon (hopefully). Photo by Richard Masoner/CC.

Want to ride your bike from Santa Cruz to Four-Mile Beach without the sheer terror of negotiating Highway 1? Well, get ready. A 4.6-mile segment of the proposed Coastal Rail Trail is now a finalist for federal funding.

Bike Santa Cruz County: New Name, Same Goal

Piet Canin of Ecology Action addresses bike advocates gathered for the renaming of People Power. The new organization is called Bike Santa Cruz County.

People Power gets a new name—and, its leaders hope, a new big-tent constituency for its continued mission of bike advocacy.

The Santa Cruz MTB Fest Rides Again

It's a singletrack smorgasbord this year at the Festival, which is just 1.5 miles from a serious network of trails.

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival gears up for its return to downtown Santa Cruz and its singletrack roots.