The Art of Nature is now open! From moon snails to mountain lions, from roses to red tides, there’s something for everyone in this exhibit, which was launched with much fanfare and excitement. Come see this incredible artwork before June 4. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming art classes, where artists of all ages and levels can learn tips and techniques for scientific illustration.
Two great events tomorrow, April 16 The Museum will have a booth this Saturday at the Earth Day Santa Cruz celebration, held from 11am to 4pm at the San Lorenzo Park Benchlands. While you’re out enjoying the sunshine and thinking about nature on Saturday, stop by the UCSC Arboretum for the California Native Plant Society’s Annual Spring Plant Sale, from 10am – noon (members only)/noon – 4pm (general public).
National Volunteer Week In the spirit of celebrating the volunteers who help each and every day at the Museum, and at other organizations around the country, a group of Museum volunteers visited Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve on Monday. We worked on a propagation project in the greenhouse before touring the reserve. You can read more about this inspiring day here.
The Garden Learning Center looks amazing thanks to today’s volunteer gardening session, as well as the continuing care of intern Debbie Ospina. Many of the plants are in full bloom, while others are heavy with flower buds, and all of them are easier to see now that the weeds are gone. You might notice a new bare spot on the hill near the amphitheater, where we’ve removed a large patch of ivy to make way for more native plants. Stay tuned for information about additional work days and mark your calendars for our Pollination Celebration coming up on June 25.
Exploring the Santa Cruz Sandhills: Wildflower Season is filling up fast! Don’t forget to sign up before you miss this rare opportunity to visit the Morgan Preserve on Saturday, April 23. Visit our website for details and registration information.