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History and Nature Classes

 

Owls of Santa Cruz County

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The coast and mountains of Western Santa Cruz County host as many as seven species of owls, often vocal during their pre-breeding courtship in late winter. Our two-part program will provide an opportunity to study these fascinating creatures.

Our initial on-campus illustrated lecture in the afternoon will review biology, species identification and distribution of habitat for these owls. You will learn species identification by silhouette and calls.

After a dinner break, the class will reassemble for an evening of searching in Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for a detailed map, directions, meeting place, and information about what to wear, what to bring and other details to make your day enjoyable!

Sat., March 4
2:30 - 9 pm
Room: 615 and Rancho Del Osos

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

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Sat., March 11
2:30 - 9 pm
Room: 406 (NEW ROOM) and Rancho Del Osos

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

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Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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elkhorn

 

A Wildlife Adventure Safari -
Afloat on Elkhorn Slough

 

 

Observe wetland wildlife at close range aboard a comfortable, easily boardable watercraft, floating on calm inland slough water. Join two experienced naturalists as we see sea lions and harbor seals, sea otters (all these midst of the otter and seal pupping season). There will be added a significant variety of aquatic birds, and close-in views of a thriving heron and cormorant rookery shoreside. We rarely record less than 50 bird species, including many northbound migrants, during the three-hour outing.

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for a detailed map, directions, meeting place, and information about what to wear, what to bring and other details to make your day enjoyable!

Sat., March 25 CLASS CANCELLED
8:30 - 11:30 am
Offsite at Moss Landing Harbor
Register by Feb. 27: $78
Register after Feb. 27: $85


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Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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Spring Migration Birding at Fremont Peak

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Fremont Peak State Park, just south of San Juan Bautista, is a bona fide “birding hot-spot” full of green grasses and oak trees. As the highest point in the Gabilan Range, Fremont Peak represents a “sky island” that attracts many birds associated with montane habitats. At dawn during spring, the air rings with a chorus of birdsong. It provides a spectrum of habitat communities, and is a welcoming resting location for migrant bird populations during their annual northbound trek. The park provides most of the songbird species found in the more distant Pinnacle National Monument.

Join Bruce on Earth Day and enjoy sweeping views that encompass Monterey Bay and the entire Salinas Valley for a day of hiking, birding and enjoying this local treasure!

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for a detailed map, directions, meeting place, and information about what to wear, what to bring and other details to make your day enjoyable!

Sat., April 22
8:30 am - 12 Noon
Fremont Peak - San Juan Bautista
Register by Feb. 27: $48
Register after Feb. 27: $55


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Bruce Elliott is a retired senior Biologist Supervisor for the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Bruce has conducted dozens of natural history themed presentations at Cabrillo College over the last 30 years.

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Wilderness Survival Skills

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Come learn the ancient skill of survival: shelter, water, fire, food. No matter what your background, from the novice camper to the seasoned backpacker, there is something for you in this class. The day-long experience offers you the opportunity to learn about the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment.

Set among the beautiful redwoods of Santa Cruz, this 1-day clinic is a great way to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the work week and get back to nature! Expert survivalists and naturalist instructors will share sacred skills with you. Learning timeless traditions, such as native shelter building and fire-by-friction, helps to build self-esteem and awareness from knowing YOU CAN SURVIVE!

Our workshop is 100% hands-on, everything you learn, you will do! Get prepared for your next wilderness adventure by practicing these timeless skills. You WILL build a shelter, you WILL make fire, you WILL learn about edible plants, see and learn about native style traps, and experience several other indigenous skills.

This program is about getting back to the earth, learning how our ancestors lived in harmony with our planet, and experiencing nature to its fullest. There is something here for everybody – come with an open mind and be ready to learn!

Appropriate for students 16 yrs and older.

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for a detailed map, directions, meeting place, and information about what to wear, what to bring and other details to make your day enjoyable!

Sat., April 15
10 am - 3 pm
Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation
Register by Feb. 27: $115
Register after Feb. 27: $125
plus a $10 materials fee paid at registration

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Sun. May 21
10 am - 3 pm
Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation
Register by Feb. 27: $115
Register after Feb. 27: $125

plus a $10 materials fee paid at registration

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Jack Harrison is an instructor with Adventure Out, and has spent over a decade teaching people how to survive. Jack’s training began early with famed naturalist Elizabeth Terwilleger, and he spent a year at the renowned Wilderness Awareness School – one of the only accredited wilderness studies programs in the world. As a result, Jack has mastered a range of survival and primitive living skills and a passion for the natural world.

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Big Creek Reserve Day Hike in Big Sur

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Big Creek Reserve is a protected, natural reserve that is only available to researchers and educators. The day will be spent on a moderate-level hike through this unique and rare location. Gary guides participants on an eight mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 600 ft. Along the way you will see deep v-shaped canyons with natural rock walls that rise steeply out from tranquil streamside terraces. We will also bird watch, botanize, and marvel at the exquisite topography of the land in quiet contemplation. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the natural wonder this unique reserve offers!

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for a detailed map, directions, meeting place, and information about what to wear, what to bring and other details to make your day enjoyable!

Sat., March 25
7 am - 4 pm
Big Creek Reserve - Big Sur
Register by Feb. 27: $58
Register after Feb. 27: $65


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Gary Marcoccia teaches in the Kinesiology Department at Cabrillo College and is a Certified Wilderness First Responder.

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Backyard Astronomer

 

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Learn how to identify the stars and constellations seen in our local skies in this fun hands-on workshop. Using the Cabrillo planetarium and observatory you will see the wonders of the universe and learn about astronomy history, methods, equipment, and recent discoveries. Get a sense of distances to planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about Black holes, dark matter and the expanding universe.

Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will assemble in the planetarium.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., April 21 & 28
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Feb. 27: $58
Register after Feb. 27: $65
plus $5 materials fee at registration

 

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Karl von Ahnen has been an amateur astronomer and telescope user since age 12. He served as lab instructor-assistant in the Cabrillo Astronomy Department for many years, and is the Director of the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, one of the largest school planetariums in the country.

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Bee-Friendly Garden - How to Create a Bee Sanctuary in Your Backyard

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Would you like to create a beautiful garden and also do your part to save the bees, all in one? A huge part of keeping honey bees healthy is to ensure they have the plants they need to survive available to them year round. Join Emily for this one-day workshop on bee-friendly gardening by starting the day at Cabrillo for a discussion and presentation on native plants, drought tolerant plants, perennial and annual flowering plants and basic bee-friendly landscape design. We’ll then break for lunch and make our way to Native Revival Nursery, just a few minutes from campus, where we will walk the grounds to see, smell and touch some recommended plants for your very own Bee Friendly Garden. This class helps us all save the bees and make our gardens more beautiful at the same time!

Students go home with a small bee-friendly garden starter kit from Native Revival Nursery, a plant list that breaks down the best bee plants by size, annual blooming schedule, place of origin and water needs.

Sat., April 8
11 am - 2 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register by Feb. 27: $50
Register after Feb. 27: $58

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor - see bio below

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Beekeeping Basics and Honeybee Biology

 

Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!

This course covers hive structure, colony dynamics and delve into basic honeybee biology. We will discuss the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Weather permitting, there will be a field trip to Emily's Apiary in Santa Cruz for a real-life "hive dive".

By the end of the course, students who are interested in obtaining their own hive will have a good working understanding of equipment, tools, management practices, bee biology, and how we can work together to support these very vital pollinators.

This class is appropriate for adults with little to no experience in keeping bees.

2 Sat., March 25 & April 1
9:30 am - 12 noon
Room: 1605

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.

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Sea Otter Adventures: A Human Obstacle Course Lecture and Field Trip

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Discover the fascinating lives of Monterey Bay’s sea otters on this daylong adventure, beginning with a talk and photographic journey in the morning, then a break for lunch on your way to the afternoon field trip to Moss Landing. Enjoy stunning images of sea otters’ daily activities, review the status of recent lawsuits over the expansion of their range, and explore some otter history, including the extraordinary adaptations these creatures have undergone in evolving from land to sea.

Their struggle to survive reveals as much about humans as it does about the behaviors and antics of these threatened creatures. This annual adventure always yields rich photo opportunities and more!

The field trip portion of this adventure includes about a mile of light hiking and students should bring a lunch.

Detailed directions to the field trip location are provided in the morning lecture portion of class.

Sat., April 1
Room: 2501 (10 am - 12:15 pm)
Moss Landing (1:30 - 5:00 pm)
Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $72


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Kim Steinhardt is a former Administrative Law Judge, conservationist, and marine wildlife photographer whose work has been recognized by National Geographic in an upcoming book of his sea otter photos and storytelling for kids. He presents popular multimedia talks and regularly writes on all things otter. Kim also leads natural and cultural history walks along the coast of Monterey Bay with a focus on ocean conservation issues and sea otters.

 

 

 

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