Upcoming Events

February 2020 Issue

Romance in the Redwoods February 15th at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
On this easy 2 hour walk you will learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park’s most fascinating plants and animals. Join us and discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild! Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Free event. Day-use parking $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Horacio Amezquita - From the Front Line of Water Justice Activism February 18th 3:20 pm - 4:55 pm 
Horacio Amezquita, General Manager for the Jerardo Housing Cooperative, will be discussing the struggles of farm-worker communities fighting for clean water across California.  Taking place at the 9/10 Namaste Lounge.  

Sea Level Rise Explorer thru February 19th
The Sea Level Rise Explorer is a virtual reality experience designed to immerse users in modeled representations of how sea level rise impacts, such as coastal flooding and coastal erosion, might affect the beaches and bluffs in Santa Cruz. The experience will be available in both English and Spanish. This project was funded by a grant from the American Geophysicist's Union and supplements a Coastal Commission grant supporting community engagement for the Resilient Coast Santa Cruz Initiative.  The project is a collaboration between Santa Cruz Public Libraries, City of Santa Cruz, Virtual Planet Technologies, with support from Swan Dive Media. Visit the downtown library's information desk and inquire about participation.  Please Note: The Oculus Quest equipment used for this project requires users to be at least 13 years of age. A valid photo ID or library card is also required to participate.  Minors ages 13-17 years of age will need a parent's signature for the liability waiver.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival 2020 Starting February 21st at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre, February 20 – 23rd at 7 pm (4 shows, 2 programs). Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. Benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.

Festival of Arts & Solidarity February 22nd at 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Across all cultures there is one common tradition of coming together in order to celebrate, and this event is intended to celebrate POC artists across all mediums. There are not enough spaces on this campus set up for POC artists to come together and appreciate each other's work so we are providing a space for all of us to come together and share our experiences through art. This is a safe space for you to express your experience of being a POC and know that you will be accepted and welcome. Taking place at the College 9/10 Multipurpose room.

Writing the Lives of Plants and Animals with Gary Nabhan February 23rd at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join award-winning author, ecologist, and activist Gary Nabhan for an afternoon of hands-on exercises of observing, tasting, smelling, and writing to get us closer to how plants and animals themselves communicate. In addition mark you calendars and come to Gary's public talk at the UCSC Hay Barn on Monday February 24th at 7pm. Entitled "Food from the Radical Center: How Collaborative Conservation Is Healing Wounds & Creating Green Livelihoods in the Rural West", Gary will outline the 'radical center' approach to solving environmental problems that has emerged in the rural West.

Food from the Radical Center: How Collaborative Conservation is Healing Wounds and Creating Green Livelihoods in the Rural West February 24th at 7:00 pm
In response to an environmental movement plagued by division and elitism, a movement - variously called the radical center - has emerged in the rural West that takes a non-dualistic approach to jobs vs environmental protection, science vs faith, urban vs rural values, and ecosystem health vs inclusive community well-being. Examples from shoreline fisheries, mesquite grasslands, and UNESCO cities of gastronomy and national heritage areas will be offered as parables of hope. Book signing to follow. Taking place at the Cowell Ranch Haybarn.

Indigenizing Our Land and Food with Lyla June February 27th at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Indigenous land management practices and food systems were more sophisticated and advanced than commonly understood. Join UCSC American Indian Resource Center for an opportunity to learn more about indigenous foodways. Lyla June will share about her doctoral research into the vast and beautiful world of regional scale foodscapes cultivated by First Nations and the ways in which these impact our lives today. Cervantes & Vellasquez Conference room, Bay Tree bld. 3rd Floor.

State of the San Lorenzo Symposium 2020 February 29 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join the Coastal Watershed Council, City of Santa Cruz Water Department, County of Santa Cruz, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District on Saturday, February 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for presentations on a wide range of topics ranging from fire ecology to local fisheries restoration efforts. Our keynote speaker this year is the honorable Senator Bill Monning.
A tour of a recently completed fisheries habitat restoration project will follow the symposium. Field trip attendance requires an RSVP.

Mushrooms: The Key to the Kingdom of Fungi Exhibition goes until March 1st
The story of fungi is integral to the story of life. Wherever there is life, there are fungi. Fungi are not plants and they are not animals, they are their own category of living organism. Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi explores the variety of fruiting bodies produced by fungi from the edible to the outrageous. This is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy developed by Jennifer Jewell and John Whittlesey will be at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum from January 11th to March 1st.

Film Screening Puerto Rico: Filming Resistance and Survival March 3rd at 6:30 pm
For the last four years, Puerto Ricans have experienced challenges that will leave an indelible mark on their collective memory and history. In 2016, the U.S. government started to implement extreme austerity measures on the island and in 2017, the island experienced one of the most devastating hurricanes from the past 100 years. In 2019, weeks of massive street protests resulted in the successful ouster of former governor Ricardo Rosselló, the first governor to ever resign in Puerto Rico’s history. Over the course of this period, filmmaker Juan C. Dávila has been traveling back-and-forth to Puerto Rico to film these historic moments in Puerto Rican history. This event will showcase his most important work from this time.  Taking place at the DNA's Comedy Lab located at 155 South River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.


December 2019 Issue 

Sustainability Office Roasts & Researchers: December 4th at 10:00am
Join the UCSC Green Labs Team for coffee, bagels and discussion. We want to hear your suggestions for how we can improve our existing programs and your thoughts on what initiatives we should focus on throughout 2020. Smart strips, timers, signage and other conservation materials will be available. Come help us help you!

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours: December 5th at 10:30am 
This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.

Sustainability Office Lunch & Learn: December 5th at 11:30am
The Sustainability Office invites you to join us for our Fall Quarter Lunch & Learn on Thursday, December 5th to hear an update on the status of UC Santa Cruz recycling, learn about exciting campus progress, and test your recycling knowledge! This Quarter's Lunch & Learn is co-hosted by Sustainability Programs Manager, Kristen Lee, and the student-led Student Sustainability Advisers. We'll have interactive games, food and more! 

Free First Saturday Garden Tour at the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden: December 7th at 11:00am
Join us for a free (with paid admission) docent-led tour of the UCSC Arboretum's extensive gardens on the First Saturday of every month, around the World in 60-90 Minutes! Tours leave from Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum at 11:00 am. Admissions: $5 for adults, $2 dollars for kids (6-17), under 6 FREE, Members & UCSC Students FREE! UCSC Arboretum offers guided docent-led tours to meet your educational goals. Private tours are offered year-round. 

Community Science: Fall Phenology Walks: December 14th at 11:00am
Phenology is nature’s calendar - the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch. Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years. You can collect phenology data and contribute to climate change research: The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit. Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network’s database for use in research, policy and land management.

Redwoods and The Changing Climate: December 29th at 2:00pm
How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can coast redwoods adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a saunter on the first and last Sunday of the month. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more info, call 335-7077.

Tribal Court Administrator Training: January 23rd - 24th, 2020
Interested in becoming a tribal court administrator? The Tribal Justice Project invites you to attend their Tribal Court Administrator Training this winter. Learn about federal Indian Law, administration evaluation, and strategic planning. Hurry, registration opens soon!

Sustainability & Social Justice Inter-Organizational Retreat 2020: January 24th - 26th, 2020
Come join us! More than 100 UCSC students, staff, alumni, and faculty will spend the weekend sharing meals, learning leadership skills, participating in visioning activities around the past, present, and future of UCSC sustainability, making new friends, and strengthening existing relationships. Our theme this year is Power of Community: Stories, Activism, and Honoring Our Earth’s Warriors. We invite guest speakers to present on sustainability and social justice issues. Students lead workshops about projects on campus with opportunities to collaborate! We hope you'll join us. Food insecurity and injustice is at the heart of the debate on how to create a more sustainable world.

Vandana Shiva In ConversationSaturday, January 25th at 7 pm
Annual Right Livelihood Laureate Lecture. Advance registration required. $10 general admission tickets. Free tickets for students. Email rightlivelihood@ucsc.edu to get your ticket.

Poison-Free, Fossil-Free Food & AgricultureSunday, January 26th, 10 am
All-Day workshop with Vandana Shiva. Advanced registration required. $10 student tickets. $40 and $80 general admission tickets. Please pay what you can to help cover the costs of the event.  

Marisa Duarte: Connective Engagement: Indigenous Consciousness-Raising through Digital Infrastructures : January 30, 2020 at 3:30pm 
Join us to welcome Marisa Duarte (Assistant Professor of justice and social inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University) to learn about her research with focuses on Native American and Indigenous peoples approaches to information and communication technologies, specifically for the purpose of advancing sovereignty and resisting colonialism.

Communities of Color Career Conference: February 8th 
The Communities of Color Career Conference (4C) provides a brave space for students and alumni of color to engage in honest dialogues and networking opportunities. UCSC alumni from a variety of careers, professional fields, and graduate school programs are invited, and many return to the conference year after year. It is not uncommon for students to develop lasting relationships and discover job and internship leads at this event. If you want to participate mark your calendars: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Porter Dining Hall. 

November 2019 Issue 

Open letter to our Undocumented Student Community: November 7th at 5:15pm
@Namaste Lounge, Colleges 9 & 10
A dialogue with students about UCSC services and on the issues we face as a campus community. At the October 18th meeting of the Undocumented Students Campus Planning Team, members of our community arrived to passionately share their view that UC Santa Cruz must increase its efforts to support the undocumented student community. The group expressed concern that financial support for undocumented student programs, services, and aid would decrease. We're writing to reaffirm that will not happen, and to express our continued strong support for the safety and wellbeing of our UC Santa Cruz undocumented student community.

Save The Waves Film Festival: November 7th at 7pm
Over the past decade, the Save The Waves Film Festival has screened some of the most beautiful and inspiring environmental surf films, focusing on surf adventure, ocean conservation, activism, plastic pollution, women’s empowerment, climate change and so much more. Save The Waves Film Festival is an international film tour and fundraiser for Save The Waves’ environmental programs and campaigns. We aim to educate and inspire our audiences to protect their coastlines and oceans. At Patagonia, 415 River St.

Monarch Butterfly Tour: November 9th at 11am
Stroll through the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve on a 1-hour guided tour. Monarch migration is variable, so be on the lookout for every splash of orange on the walk! To arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, please visit http://www.thatsmypark.org. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. 

Basic composting workshop with Jeffrey Smedberg: November 10th at 1pm
Learn to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into rich soil amendment for your garden and house plants. Includes an introduction to worm composting. Sponsor: Santa Cruz County Public Works Dept. At Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, Felton. Free! Contact: Jeffrey Smedberg, 824-6484.

American Indians 101: November 14th at 7pm
Explore the complex mosaic of American Indian culture and history during this overview of Indian Country. Through exploring five general regions of the United States, Dr. Rebecca Hernandez will share information about the history and culture of Native Americans as well as US policies that shape the contemporary lived experiences of tribal communities.  She has been the Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UCSC since 2014. Her academic research focuses on American Indian identity constructs in the United States and the Representation(s) of Native American People and Cultures in public space. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Pre-registration highly recommended. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Self Care, Earth Care: November 14th at 3pm
Take care of the earth while taking care of yourself! Self Care, Earth Care will have zero waste cold remedies for you to make, take home, and enjoy! Stop by at Rachel Carson’s Red Room on Nov 14th from 3-4:30 to get well soon!

Climate Justice Presentation: November 15th at 5pm
The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. We act as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement. This evening’s speaker profiles and more coming soon. We will bring faculty, student orgs, and outside speakers to engage on the topic! 

Impactathon: Green Code: November 16th at 10am
The Everett Program looking for students to join their November 16 on-campus event focused on Storytelling for Climate Justice. If you are passionate about climate justice and learn how to create a code for your own interactive story game. Sign up now since space is limited. 

Community Science Fall Phenology Walks: November 16th at 11am 
Phenology is nature’s calendar - the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch. Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years.
How Does An Earth-like Planet Get Made?: November 18th at 7pm
Featuring planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Earth is the only planet we know of––so far––that supports life. Why is that? How was Earth made, and why is it different from Venus and Mars? Though many things may help to make a habitable planet, only one thing is indispensable: liquid water. Tracking water through planet formation requires information not just from the Earth and other planets in our solar system, but from meteorites, observations of exoplanetary systems, and from theory. Together with new data from missions including Lindy’s own exciting Psyche mission, more of these questions are being answered. 

Are you Gender Awesome? : November 21st at 6pm
Women's Center @ Cardiff House
Is your gender identity wrapped with a sense of warm pride? Does the gender binary feel like a cold, restrictive box? or are you treading water somewhere in the vast space between? Grab a floaty or two and expand your language to include you and your gender awesome friends while building community at the Women's Center For info or accessibility needs contact the womxn's center. 

INDIGETHANX - Friday November 22nd at 7pm 
@Namaste lounge 
INDIGETHANX is an alternative celebration to Thanksgiving. It provides the America Indian Resource Center the opportunity to share traditional native foods and tribal foods traditions. Everyone is welcome to this special event. This year we will bo hosting a dinner so come hungry! Guest Speakers Maya Harjo & Ben Shleffar from the Cultural Conservancy. By UCSC American Indian Resource center

Quail Hollow Ranch History Tour: November 24th at 11am
Do you enjoy looking through old buildings and learning about their stories? Join history docent, Richard James, on a tour of the Quail Hollow Ranch House and learn about the history of Sun-Kissed Ranch, Sunset Magazine, and the pioneer families who made the ranch their business, home, and vacation haven. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Chat with Linda:  November 26th at 8am - 5 pm
Women’s Center - Cardiff House
Chat with the interim assistant vice chancellor of Diversity & inclusion. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz will be available to all. Dr. Scholz is first generation USAmerican and was a first-generation college student, raised in Guatemala and the United States. She positions herself as a Critical Latina/Latin American Transnational Feminist Scholar in Communication Studies, who is interested in understanding culturally situated theories of counterhegemonic enactments of rhetorical agency. As a scholar and Campus Diversity Officer, she is interested in identifying discursive and material counter hegemonic practices in social justice education, the connection between voice, victimhood, and agency, and the role that we all play in challenging, preventing, and resisting different forms of oppression while also co-creating and co-sustaining a healthy campus climateTake advantage of this great opportunity. Email odei@ucsc.edu for an appointment!

Sustainability Office Fall Lunch & Learn - Zero Waste: Thursday, Dec. 5th 11:30 am - 12:45pm
Namaste Lounge
The Sustainability Office invites you to join us for our Fall Quarter Lunch & Learn to hear an update on the status of UC Santa Cruz recycling, learn about exciting campus progress, and test your recycling knowledge! 
Lunch (veggie and vegan burritos) is first come first serve to the first 70 people.

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October 2019 Issue

17th Annual Practical Activism Conference: October 19th at 10:30am
A day-long student-run conference featuring dynamic keynote speakers, provocative spoken word artists, 2 back-to-back sets of engaging workshops, creative activism opportunities, and tabling from organizations on campus and around the Santa Cruz community.

Veggie Voices: October 21st at 4pm 
A focus group for plant-based eating at UCSC Dining Halls.
Come discuss plant-based offerings on campus with our dining hall managers and executive chef Josh Martin!
Vegan desserts will be provided!

Growing People Film Screening: October 21st at 3pm 
This beautiful and inspiring short film by a UCSC alumna celebrates the significance of caring for the land through an intimate look inside the experiences of three Native Hawaiian youth at the MA'O organic farm in Oahu.Join us afterwards for a discussion with the film maker, Dana Forsberg; Kamula Enos, director of social enterprise from MA'O; and Albie Miles, partnering faculty at University of Hawaii-West Oahu.

Beyond Debate: Moving the Climate Conversation Forward: Thursday, Oct 24th at 4pm
Confused about Climate Change? Join us for an overview of the science of climate change, a clarification of myths and misconceptions, and a discussion on better communication strategies. Dr. Shahir Masri, ScD, co-founded a project called "On the Road for Climate Action," an effort to raise awareness about climate change by organizing educational climate events and giving public presentations across all 50 states. Learn more about Dr. Masri here

Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective: Thursday, October 24 at 7:15pm
Right Livelihood Film Series
At the Cowell Fireside Lounge.
With special guest Stuart Muir Wilson
Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture'. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

Future-Proof your Vegetable Garden: Improve Soil Health for Drought Resiliency: Nov 3rd, 9:30am
Healthy soil is the foundation of a productive, thriving garden. Fall is the perfect time to improve soil fertility for next year's harvest using thoughtful soil management to improve drought resiliency, reduce weed pressure and sequester carbon.
UC Master Gardener Delise Weir will discuss how to improve soil health in your vegetable beds through a deep dive on cover crops: why they are important, which to use for your particular needs and how to deal with them once they're grown. Learn basic low-till gardening techniques that provide optimal conditions for enhancing and sustaining biotic life in the soil, making essential nutrients more biologically available to plants. The class will conclude with Q&A from some CASFS surprise guests. All attendees will leave with some cover crop seed to plant at home. 
Online registration is free for all. Please reserve your seat, as space is limited.

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours: November 7, 10am to 12pm
This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.