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history and nature

Cabrillo Extension Classes
History and Nature

 


Backyard Astronomer

 

night sky

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 17 & 24
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Feb. 23: $58
Register after Feb 23: $65

 

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2 Fri., July 10 & 17
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by June 8: $58
Register after June 8: $65

 

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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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RailWalks with Sandy Lydon


A continuation of a series of walks along the Santa Cruz Branch railroad lines conducted with the approval of the lines’ owner, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC), and the Iowa Pacific Railroad, the railroad that has leased the line. These courses are designed to give you a background on the history of Santa Cruz County railroads, and, the Santa Cruz Rail Road, locally-financed and completed in 1876.

Walking Distance for each class: Approximately 5 miles each day. Moderate difficulty with several steep trails.

This program is suitable for participants aged 18 and above. Participants will be responsible to provide their own transportation.    

 

Railwalks Combo: The Rio Del Mar-La Selva Transect, The Oak Forests and Sloughs Transect AND The Watsonville – Pajaro Transect

Sun., June 7, June 14 and June 28
9:30 am - 6 pm
Fee: $180    

 

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For more infromation about these classes, please see Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets web page

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The Rio Del Mar-La Selva Transect: Aptos Village to Manresa State Beach

We will begin in Aptos Village and head east (downcoast), and enter the suburban, 1920s neighborhood of Rio Del Mar. We will discuss Rio Del Mar’s history as we stroll through a completely invented, humanized landscape as the line angles, slowly toward the immediate coast. This walk has some of the most stunning coastal views in the county. We’ll end at Manresa State Beach.

Walking distance approximately 5 miles each day. Moderate difficulty with several steep trails.

Sun., June 7
9:30 am - 6 pm

Fee: $64

 

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For more infromation about these classes, please see Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets web page

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The Oak Forests and Sloughs Transect: Manresa State Beach to Highway 1 overcrossing

This section of the Santa Cruz Branch Line traverses some of the most isolated parts of the county. We will be hiking through oak forests and across sloughs that cannot be accessed any other way except on the railroad line. This is also the place where the Watsonville-Santa Cruz rivalry call still be seen. Where F.A. Hihn attempted to get his revenge on the voters of Watsonville who did not support the railroad. The views on this segment are stunning.

Walking distance approximately 5 miles each day. Moderate difficulty with several steep trails.

Sun., June 14
9:30 am - 6 pm

Register by June 8: $64
Register after June 8: $75

 

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For more infromation about these classes, please see Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets web page

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The Watsonville–Pajaro Transect: Highway 1 overcrossing to Pajaro

This final railwalk takes us through the agricultural-industrial heart of Watsonville. We will then slide down Walker Street, cross the Pajaro River and into Monterey County and into Pajaro. Lots of history in this one—immigrant history as Pajaro was Watsonville’s “Ellis Island.” Immigrant came into Watsonville from Pajaro. Chinese, Japanese, Croatians and now Latinos all came through here.

Walking distance approximately 5 miles each day. Moderate difficulty with several steep trails.

Sun., June 28
9:30 am - 6 pm

Register by June 8: $64
Register after June 8: $75

 

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For more infromation about these classes, please see Sandy Lydon's Central Coast Secrets web page

Sandy Lydon is a certified Road Way Worker and has been a Cabrillo history faculty member since 1968. He has written widely on the history of the railroads in Santa Cruz County and was a consultant for the Smithsonian on the landmark exhibit titled “America on the Move.

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Sea Otter Adventures - Lecture and Field Trip



Discover the fascinating lives of Monterey Bay’s sea otters through a multimedia presentation and field trip!

We’ll start with a morning lecture, have a lunch break, then observe the sea otters in Moss Landing.  Learn what their long struggle to survive can teach us and what we can do to assure a sustainable ocean for the future! Enjoy stunning images of otter’s daily activities, review recent litigation over the expansion of their range, some history of the great sea otter hunt, and discuss some of the extraordinary adaptations these creatures have undergone in evolving from land to sea. Afternoon trip to Moss Landing to view the elusive sea otters in the wild with possible photo opportunities and a short 1-mile hike!

Bring your binoculars and or camera to enjoy close -up observations and unique photography opportunities.

Check the Class Resources web page for a class location map, directions and meeting location.

Sat., April 18

10 am - 5 pm
Room: 2501 (lecture) AND Off-site at Moss Landing (Field Trip)
Register by Feb. 23: $68
Register after Feb. 23: $
72

 

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Kim Stienhardt, JD photographs and studies sea otters, and writes a regular column called “The Sea Otter File,” dealing with all things otter. He is a popular presenter, leading natural and cultural history walks and regularly lecturing on sea otters at Seacliff Beach and New Brighton State Parks.

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elkhorn slough

Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Safari

Explore the calm waters of a premier wetland habitat, Monterey County’s Elkhorn Slough, from the unique advantage of a comfortable seat aboard a large pontoon craft as we observe water associated birds and assorted marine mammals at a very close range. Seals, sea lions, sea otters and a wide spectrum of resident and migratory bird species are abundant.

Two of the most experienced naturalists in the Monterey Bay area will be your personal guides.

Bring your binoculars and or camera to enjoy close -up observations and unique photography opportunities while learning about the biology of individual species.

Sat., May 9 - CLASS FULL

8:15 am - 10:30 am
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough. A detailed map is available on the Class Resources web page.
Register by Feb. 23: $68
Register after Feb. 23: $
75

 

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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.

Yohn Gideon is a local Elkhorn Slough naturalist and has been taking guests through the slough for over 20 years.

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Elkhorn Slough Sea Lion Safari

A special Elkhorn Slough Safari into the world of fin-footed mammals: our local seals and sea-lions, plus the plight of fur seals, walruses and other large marine mammals.

Join us for a thorough review of the biology and conservation challenges of Elkhorn Slough’s “pinniped” mammal species, as well as those found on occasion in outer Monterey Bay and along our West Coast up to Alaska and beyond the Gulf of Alaska’s Pribilof Islands and the Bering Sea Coast. Afloat on the calm waters of Elkhorn Slough, enjoy close observations of our local species, and immerse in the review of more distant and imperiled species beyond our immediate slough environs.

Sat., June 13

11 am - 1:30 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough. A detailed map is available on the Class Resources web page.
Register by June 8: $78
Register after June 8: $
85

 

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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.

Yohn Gideon is a local Elkhorn Slough naturalist and has been taking guests through the slough for over 20 years.

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Herons and Other Large Wading Birds

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Herons and related species feature one of the most easily recognized bird families in the world, including many of the more graceful and beautiful species (as well as a few of the most grotesquely ungainly and/ or ugly creatures imaginable!)  We’ll look at a spectrum of them all, their interesting habits, habitats, and adaptations to those habitats.  Such traits make them favorites of both amatuer birders and well as professional ornithologists.  Our review will include all the species found in the Western United States as well as other selected species else-where in the world; the program is well illustrated with slides of the species discussed.

A detailed map is available on the Class Resources web page.

Sat., May 16

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room
Register by Feb. 23: $25
Register after Feb. 23: $28

 

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Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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Wild Canines of the Americas


Not the dog in your neighbor’s yard… Come with us to delve into the lives of foxes, coyotes and both species of living North American wolves. Review the ancestry of our modern-era wild dog species, including the live of the huge Dire Wolf of the Ice Ages, plus modern curiosities as crab-eating and tree-climbing fox species (one possibly in your back yard!), terminate-hunting wolves, and the dainty Arctic Fox, known to the local Eskimo people as “the Polar Bears Shadow.”

Sat., June 27

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Scotts Valley Rec. Center
Register by June 8: $28
Register after June 8: $32

 

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Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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Seafowl of Central California and Monterey Bay


Certainly the most exciting and satisfying viewing of Pacific Coastal Marine Birds in the United States along the autumn environs of Monterey Bay. Without our leaving the dock, this program will take you on tour through the avifauna of California’s central coast, introducing participants to such seasonal visitors as albatrosses, storm-petrels and puffins, and all their allied species.

The program will serve as a strong preparation for one of the commercial birding trips on boats out of Monterey during the prime seabird viewing season in late summer and autumn, details of which will be provided.

A detailed map is available on the Class Resources web page.

Sat., July 25

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room
Register by June 8: $28
Register after June 8: $32

 

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Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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The Bears of the World


Much of what passes for fact about bears in reality is not so: bears do not hibernate; most bear specie (even your grizzly bear) have no difficulty climbing and even spending a considerable part of their time well above ground in tree tops and bears, even polar bears, are not strict carnivores.

Join us for a fun evening of “bare” facts as we examine bears from their prehistoric fossil origins (if you believe grizzlies are formidable, wait until you take a look at cave bears!). We examine our world, tropical bear species, as well as our own loved bear of Monterey County Los Padres National Forest. You’ll learn a great deal if you bear with us.

Thu., August 20

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Room: 403
Register by June 8: $28
Register after June 8: $32

 

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Bruce Elliott is a retired senior Biologist Supervisor for the California Dept. of Fish and Game. He is a skilled field trip leader who conducts a variety of tours and explorations of the area's natural resources.

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