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Upcoming Virtual Events

Photo by Sarah Voorhees

See what fun, entertaining, sometimes educational, and always Santa Cruz County themed virtual events are coming up this month! Whether you’re in a live zoom webinar exploring the ancient redwoods of a local state park or taking a virtual tour of the latest art exhibit, these events will change up the routine at home!

And for all those parents out there, be sure to check in regularly for added events – we know these might come in handy for that distance-learning game. 😊

VIRTUAL EVENT: CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Now – August 9
Cabrillo Festival invites you to join our global community of composers, musicians, and creators as we pivot to a completely new experience…a virtual 2020 season! Led by 2020 Grammy Award-winning Music Director and Conductor Cristian Măcelaru, Cabrillo Festival remains all about “music of our time, for our time.” Over two full weeks you’ll explore bold ideas in music, culture, and society, culminating with a world premiere orchestral commission, featuring members of the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra recorded from their homes around the world. For more information about times of each event and to register please visit their website.

MOUNTAIN LIONS DON’T MAKE GOOD PETS! FROM BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK
August 7, 10am
You probably shouldn’t cuddle with these cats, but what can we learn about their importance to the Santa Cruz Mountains? This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

PLANT POWERED! FROM HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK
August 8, 10am
Plants provide people and animals with many things that help us survive. Learn how plants at the park provide shelter, food, and oxygen for animals and people. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

VIRTUAL EVENT: SEYMOUR MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER: SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS
August 9, 1pm
Seaside Crafts—from the comfort of your home! Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Sign up for the Seymour Center’s e-newsletter to be notified when new crafts and activities are added.

CALIFORNIA’S UNDERWATER PARKS: FROM SEACLIFF STATE BEACH
August 10, 10am
The wonders of California don’t stop at the water’s edge. Take a virtual dive into our coastal Marine Protected Areas, home to giant kelp forests, octopuses’ gardens, and BIG. OLD. FISH. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

SANTA CRUZ MUSEUM: COLLECTIONS CLOSE-UP: IF WALLS COULD TALK
August 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
In honor of the 115 years since the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History first opened their doors to the public on August 21, 1905, they will explore the journey of their collections through multiple homes, from Laura Hecox’s lighthouse, to the shelves of Carnegie Libraries.

SLITHERY, SCARY SNAKES? FROM RANCHO DEL OSO
August 15, 10am
Meet Bandit, our sssweet and cuddly King Snake at Rancho del Oso. You’ll discover that snakes are friend, not foe! This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

MONTEREY’S GRAND SUBMARINE CANYON: FROM SEACLIFF STATE BEACH
August 17, 10am
Dive even deeper—two miles below the ocean’s surface!—into the wonders of Monterey Bay with our virtual exploration of a canyon as grand as any on Earth. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

VIRTUAL EVENT: BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ PRESENTS LLOYD KAHN
August 20, 7pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz invites you to a free online event with green architecture pioneer Lloyd Kahn for a presentation of his new book, The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening.

WHO’S AWAKE WHEN YOU’RE ASLEEP? FROM BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK
August 21, 10am
Learn about all the amazing ways that animals survive at night! This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

BIRD BEHAVIORS: FROM HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK
August 22, 10am
Take a close look at behaviors of acorn woodpeckers, Steller’s jays, and Anna’s hummingbirds in the Sandhills. Learn about feeding behaviors, why they skip, hop, and jump, and how they protect themselves and their young. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

WHALES OF MONTEREY BAY: FROM SEACLIFF STATE BEACH
August 24, 10am
We get some amazing visitors around Monterey Bay—including the biggest animals that have ever lived! We’ll have a whale of a time as we get to know our super-sized cetaceans. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

SKULLS TELL IT ALL! FROM BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK
August 28, 10am
Predator or prey? Herbivore or carnivore? Skulls give us clues to how an animal survives. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

BEARY RARE: FROM RANCHO DEL OSO
August 29, 10am
Grizzly bears dominated life in the Santa Cruz Mountains less than 200 years ago. Now the grizzlies are gone and black bear sightings are rarer than Bigfoot. Why are bears so elusive these days and what can we learn about their disappearance? This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

SHARKS OF MONTEREY BAY: FROM SEACLIFF STATE BEACH
August 31, 10am
Before dinosaurs stalked the earth, sharks ruled the seas. Sharks still reign their watery domains to this day. Let’s look at what’s kept them at the top of the food chain for millions of years. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Register here for this free event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Would you like additional information on Santa Cruz County businesses that are safely open right now? Outdoor dining options, kayak rentals, parks, wine tasting, and more – see our NEW detailed business listings with specific COVID-19 safety measure information. And as always, we ask everyone in Santa Cruz County to take the Safety Pledge with us: Protect others and yourself – wear a mask and social distance. #LetsCruzSafely

Last updated July 29, 2020

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