• Nature Club: Nature Club: Exploring the Tide Pools at Natural Bridges

    The tide pools at Natural Bridges are some of the best in Santa Cruz and they are teeming with living creatures. Explore tide pools and nearby coastal prairie habitats and learn about the amazing plants and animals that live there. Saturday, March 4th | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Natural Bridges State Park Ages: 6th-8th grade $10 |$5 Museum Members | Register What is Nature Club? Nature Club takes young explorers (6th-8th Grade) into local habitats to learn about the amazing living world around us while making discoveries along the way. Programs are led by Museum staff with kids dropped off at rotating locations, including local parks, open spaces,…

  • Nature Club: Arana Gulch, Santa Cruz Harbor, and Spring Wildflowers

    Spring wildflowers abound at Arana Gulch! We will explore the 63 acre open space observing wildlife, exploring forests and fields, and walking around the adjacent Santa Cruz Harbor to look for marine and avian wildlife. The Museum will provide binoculars for each participant. Saturday, April 1st | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Arana Gulch Ages: 6th-8th grade $10 |$5 Museum Members | Register What is Nature Club? Nature Club takes young explorers (6th-8th Grade) into local habitats to learn about the amazing living world around us while making discoveries along the way. Programs are led by Museum staff with kids dropped off at rotating locations, including local parks, open…

  • Santa Cruz SPCA PRETEEN PAWS TIER 1 Program

    The PAWS program is aimed at animal lovers. Preteen PAWS Tier One is for students 10-12 years. It introduces children to how a shelter operates and teaches how to recognize animal behavior and body language. It helps the children conduct “consent tests” with the animals and emphasizes the importance of letting the animal come to you voluntarily. The children help socialize the animals and allow them to increase their confidence with a variety of people. Basic animal training techniques are developed, and advertising posters are created to promote the shelter animals to potential adopters.

  • SPCA Santa Cruz Junior PAWS Program Ages 7-9

    The PAWS program is aimed at animal lovers. Junior PAWS Tier One is for students 7 to 9 years. It introduces children to how a shelter operates and teaches how to recognize animal behavior and body language. It helps the children conduct “consent tests” with the animals and emphasizes the importance of letting the animal come to you voluntarily. The children help socialize the animals and allow them to increase their confidence with a variety of people. Basic animal training techniques are developed, and advertising posters are created to promote the shelter animals to potential adopters.

  • Santa Cruz SPCA Preteen PAWS Tier 2 Program

    Preteen PAWS Tier 2 is for students 10-12 years old. The program builds upon the children’s knowledge and skills from PAWS Tier 1. It runs for three weeks and develops the children’s awareness of both humane and inhumane conditions that animals experience (tailored appropriately to their age). Children are introduced to the five Freedoms of animal welfare. They listen to stories, play games and write letters. The children conduct research and create interactive workbooks. Every week students get to play with dogs and cats, train and walk dogs and give our animals love and care – all while they develop calm and trusting relationships with them.

  • Santa Cruz SPCA Junior PAWS Program Tier 2

    Junior PAWS Tier 2 is for students 7-9 years old. The program builds upon the children’s knowledge and skills from PAWS Tier 1. It runs for three weeks, develops the children’s awareness of issues in animal welfare and introduces them to the Five Freedoms that animals need for a happy and healthy existence. They listen to stories, play games and write letters. Every week students get to play with and give our shelter animals love and care – all while they develop calm and trusting relationships with them.

  • Santa Cruz SPCA Preteen PAWS Program Tier 1

    The PAWS program is aimed at animal lovers. Preteen PAWS Tier One is for students 10-12 years. It introduces children to how a shelter operates and teaches how to recognize animal behavior and body language. It helps the children conduct “consent tests” with the animals and emphasizes the importance of letting the animal come to you voluntarily. The children help socialize the animals and allow them to increase their confidence with a variety of people. Basic animal training techniques are developed, and advertising posters are created to promote the shelter animals to potential adopters.

  • Santa Cruz SPCA PRETEEN PAWS Program

    The PAWS program is aimed at animal lovers. Preteen PAWS Tier One is for students 10-12 years. It introduces children to how a shelter operates and teaches how to recognize animal behavior and body language. It helps the children conduct “consent tests” with the animals and emphasizes the importance of letting the animal come to you voluntarily. The children help socialize the animals and allow them to increase their confidence with a variety of people. Basic animal training techniques are developed, and advertising posters are created to promote the shelter animals to potential adopters.

  • Santa Cruz SPCA PAWS Tier 1 Program

    The PAWS program is aimed at animal lovers. Junior PAWS Tier One is for students 7 to 9 years. It introduces children to how a shelter operates and teaches how to recognize animal behavior and body language. It helps the children conduct “consent tests” with the shelter animals and emphasizes the importance of letting the animal come to you voluntarily. The children help socialize the animals and allow them to increase their confidence with a variety of people. Basic animal training techniques are developed, and advertising posters are created to promote the shelter animals to potential adopters.

  • Santa Cruz SPCA Preteen PAWS Program Ages 10-12

    Preteen PAWS Tier 2 builds upon the children’s knowledge and skills from Tier 1. It runs for three weeks and builds the children’s awareness of humane and inhumane conditions that animals experience (tailored appropriately to their age). Children are introduced to the five Freedoms of animal welfare. They listen to stories, play games and write letters. The older children do research and create interactive workbooks. Every week students get to play with and give our shelter animals TLC, whilst they develop calm and trusting relationships with them.