Pathways for Wildlife: Connecting Landscapes, Saving Lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Aug
1
8:30 AM08:30

Pathways for Wildlife: Connecting Landscapes, Saving Lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains

More than 350 animals were hit on Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains over the past eight years. One reason for this high rate of roadkill incidents is that Highway 17 currently lacks the appropriately designed structures (culverts and bridges) for animals to cross underneath or over the highway. Tanya Diamond and Ahiga Snyder of Pathways for Wildlife specialize in identifying, monitoring, and implementing connectivity designs for wildlife movement within a landscape.

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The Prehistory of Castle Rock and the Greater Santa Cruz Mountains
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Prehistory of Castle Rock and the Greater Santa Cruz Mountains

What we know about human occupation at Castle Rock State Park and the greater Santa Cruz Mountains, we have largely learned from the archaeological record. Join Santa Cruz District Archaeologist Mark Hylkema as he draws upon nearly 40 years of experience as an archaeologist to paint a vivid portrait of the region as it looked before the Spanish.

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Volunteer Tree Planting at Castle Rock
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Tree Planting at Castle Rock

  • Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance to Castle Rock State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Sempervirens Fund to plant black oak trees at Castle Rock! Come enjoy this remarkable landscape, while stewarding the local ecology and building resilience to climate change. You’ll also get insider perspective on the construction of the new Robert. C. Kirkwood Entrance facilities, prior to the public opening later this summer. FAMILY FRIENDLY! Youth nature connection program will run in parallel with the volunteer planting.

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The Language of Birds with Jon Young
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Language of Birds with Jon Young

Interpreting Bird Language is an art form. The calls, postures, and other behaviors of birds convey much information to those who understand their patterns. The attentive, trained observer can deduce through bird language the location of predators and other forces on the landscape. The reaction of birds and animals also speaks volumes about the awareness and behavior of the observer. In this way, birds become a barometer for one’s own awareness of the landscape, both inner and outer. The voices of the birds become a beacon that enrapture the senses in a three-dimensional game of hide and seek that is being played on the land and in the air. Predator and prey, observer and observed merge into one as the language of the birds calls us on a journey of connection and wonder. Learn how to expand your senses with bird language with Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.

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Volunteer Tree Planting at Castle Rock
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Tree Planting at Castle Rock

  • Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance to Castle Rock State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Sempervirens Fund to plant black oak trees at Castle Rock! Come enjoy this remarkable landscape, while stewarding the local ecology and building resilience to climate change. You’ll also get insider perspective on the construction of the new Robert. C. Kirkwood Entrance facilities, prior to the public opening later this summer. FAMILY FRIENDLY! Youth music in nature program will run in parallel with the volunteer planting effort.

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Preservationist Josephine McCracken: Pioneer Feminist of the Early 1900s
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Preservationist Josephine McCracken: Pioneer Feminist of the Early 1900s

At the turn of the 19th century, Josephine McCracken of Santa Cruz became an indispensable voice for redwood preservation. Her activism inspired the women’s network essential for the successful 1901 campaign to create Big Basin State Park. She was also a literary luminary, working with and cultivating friendships in her Santa Cruz Mountains home with writers such as Bret Harte, Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce.

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Volunteer Garden Planting at Castle Rock
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Garden Planting at Castle Rock

  • Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance to Castle Rock State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Sempervirens Fund and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust Native Stewardship Corps in planting natives at Castle Rock! The new Robert C. Kirkwood entrance to Castle Rock features accessible pathways and several picnic areas, many of which border a new ethnobotanical demonstration garden. The AMLT Native Stewards have designed and will manage a beautiful project that will share food and utility plants and their stories with park visitors.

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Volunteer Garden Planting at Castle Rock
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Garden Planting at Castle Rock

  • Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance to Castle Rock State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Sempervirens Fund and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust Native Stewardship Corps in planting natives at Castle Rock! The new Robert C. Kirkwood entrance to Castle Rock features accessible pathways and several picnic areas, many of which border a new ethnobotanical demonstration garden. The AMLT Native Stewards have designed and will manage a beautiful project that will share food and utility plants and their stories with park visitors.

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The Cultural Modification of Trees & Forests by California's Native Peoples
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Cultural Modification of Trees & Forests by California's Native Peoples

For thousands of years the native people of California were known to employ fire in tending the trees and forests. Besides using fire, recent evidence indicates that the native people also pruned and pollarded oaks and pines, stockpiled minerals for fertilizing soils, and structured the forest to create open conditions and less competition among mature trees. Furthermore, there are indications that certain ancient trees were tended for ceremonial purposes. Fortunately, this evidence is still visible in our forests today.

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