Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History Explores Cotoni-Coast Dairies

The "Cotoni-Coast Dairies: Monumental Steps" exhibit runs June 7 - August 25, 2024, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

The original exhibit, “Cotoni-Coast Dairies: Monumental Steps,” looks at the soon-to-be-open National Monument on Santa Cruz County’s North Coast.

The Wildflowers of Seabright & the Garden Learning Center

California poppies and other wildflowers thrive on a patch of land that once was a lawn. Credit: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

Felicia Van Stolk of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History explains how a California native-plant garden benefits wildlife in the neighborhood and beyond.

Fossil Sloth Bone Found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the First of Its Kind Report in This County

Ice Age Sloth Skeletal Art, Credit: Mason Schratter. Courtesy of Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

Local students find Jefferson’s ground sloth fossil in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the first fossil evidence for this species reported in county history.

Fossil-Hunting Fun in Santa Cruz

Wayne Thompson, paleontologist advisor for the Museum. Credit: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

Traces and remains of ancient creatures—from whale-ribs to a famous mastodon tooth—frequently surface on Santa Cruz beaches and in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Life in the Intertidal Zone

Bat star in a tide pool. Credit: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Editor's note: The next king tide in the Santa Cruz area takes place on Friday, Feb. 9. Tide pool viewing will be extra-good from Wednesday through the weekend.

A Mushroom Walk with Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Marisa Gomez holds a Gomphaceae (coral fungus) and a copy of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast. Credit: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Learning the names, habitats and behaviors of local fungi in the Santa Cruz Mountains makes this writer want to know more.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History logo.Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Located above Seabright Beach, the Museum highlights the region’s diverse plant, animal, and human communities from the shoreline of Monterey Bay to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Natural History and Pagan Rituals Under a Frost Moon

The moon rises over the East Side on Nov. 6, 2014, as seen from the Santa Cruz harbormouth. Ryan Masters photo.

In this week's Goat Trails Ryan Masters goes on a moon walk with the Museum of Natural History and celebrates a pagan ritual—on the same beach.