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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Organization Mission

Connecting people with nature and science to inspire stewardship of the natural world.

The Big Idea:
Museum At Your Side

The Museum hopes to engage lifelong learners students, and teachers with our new project, the Museum At Your Side, a collection of hands-on activities, informative articles, and engaging videos to connect you (yes, you and all of your neighbors) with nature and science wherever you are!

The Museum offers a variety of downloadable activities and resources such as field guides and scavenger hunts, and more. Users can connect with other nature-lovers through interactive programs that bring together people with a shared interest and access our collections and exhibits in ways never before possible. These resources are valuable enrichments for students of all ages now and in the future, no matter how our learning landscape changes.

Examples of what your funding will support: The development of live online video “broadcasts” (many view our library of past video content); technology — from better microphones for capturing outdoor sounds to camera enhancements for close-up photo; translations for materials; and video captioning to make learning more enjoyable.

We aim for the quality of our programming to be as good as or better than much of the big-budget national science programming available. One thing you can count on: Our content is produced and filmed locally by members of your community!

The program and resources offered by the Museum boost my confidence (and lower my stress levels!) because they are well-vetted, and expertly prepared and researched.


Julie V., Watsonville


We Did It!

The 2019 campaign is finished. To see the campaign, close this window.

And please come back in November, 2020!