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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., October 21
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Big Creek Reserve in Big Sur
Register by Sept. 11: $58
Register after Sept. 11: $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. Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will use the planetarium sky.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., Oct. 20 & 27
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Sept. 11: $58
Register after Sept. 11: $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., October 14
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1605 and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos. Click HERE for an interactive campus map.

Register by Sept. 11: $58
Register after Sept 11: $65

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., October 7 & 14
9:30 am - 12 noon
Room: Horticulture 5001-
Click HERE for an interactive campus map.
Register by Sept. 11: $68
Register after Sept 11: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Emily Bondor - see bio below

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Intermediate Beekeeping

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This class is designed for students with knowledge of beekeeping, and those who have beehives. We will discuss keeping bees locally, the way to start a hive (package versus nucleus), and different option for foundation. The class will focus on IPM approaches, different options for tackling parasitic Varroa mites, and seasonal hive management techniques. We will review natural approaches to IPM in place of harsh chemicals. Students will be encouraged to compare notes and strategies, and to foster community engage- ment and mentorship. Students will leave with detailed knowledge about treating for Varroa mites, and a seasonal outline for hive management. 

Sat., October 21
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605 - Click HERE for an interactive campus map.

Register by Sept. 11: $68
Register after Sept 11: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

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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Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Safari

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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 visit our Class Resources page for maps and directions! 

Sun., October 15
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing

Register by Sept. 11: $78
Register after Sept 11: $85

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Bruce Elliott - see bio below

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Winter Wildlife of the Central Valley

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Nowhere near Santa Cruz county can one find a greater spectrum of wildlife species than in the Grasslands District of the Western San Joaquin Valley. A chain of Federal and State Wildlife refuges hosts a great assemblage of waterfowl, waders, birds of prey and a sizable population of sandhill cranes. During the day we should find a minimum of 50 bird species and among the highlights would be the preliminary courtship dancing of huge Sandhill Cranes and the good possibility of observing owls in streamside thickets. Some of the flocks of snow and cackling geese number in the thousands. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy views of tule elk, the largest of the mature deer in California, while we review the process of elk herd reintroduction and the management challenges presented by these large, powerful herd animals. 

Bring a bag lunch, beverage and binoculars.

Please visit our Class Resources page for maps and directions! 

Sat., Dec. 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Los Banos State Wildlife Area

Register by Sept. 11: $64
Register after Sept 11: $72

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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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The Story and Practice of Seed Saving - An Introduction

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This class is for anyone who wants to grow closer to the origins of their food! Join Melody at Cabrillo’s Horticulture Center as she introduces students to the reviving art and science of saving your own seeds. Beginning with a brief discussion of the history of seeds, this workshop includes an overview of our current food system, and offers an opportunity to grow more intimately connected to where our food comes from. We will explore hands-on winnowing (sifting) of seeds, and students will come away with a small bundle of quality seeds, as well as the knowledge required to engage as a seed saver in their daily lives. Come explore your sense of wonder in this inspiring workshop dedicated to better understanding seeds and their stories!

Sat. & Sun., October 28 & 29 CLASS CANCELLED
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010

Register by Sept. 11: $72
Register after Sept 11: $80

plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

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Melody Overstreet, BA, is an Artist, Educator, and Maker of Sorts. She currently teaches Book Arts and Printmaking at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School.

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Basic Wilderness First Aid and Survival Skills

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Is the wilderness calling you? If so, then this course would be a great first step in developing your wilderness self-reliance skills. John Muir, one of California’s most famous naturalists, once asked a carpenter on the streets of San Francisco for the quickest way out of the chaotic city. “Where do you want to go?” the carpenter replied, and Muir responded, “Anywhere that is wild.” In this one day workshop we will cover basic wilderness preparedness, first-aid, survival mentality, essential gear, and more. Our goal is to provide you with a practical primer so that you will feel confident and comfortable in the back- country.

Although all skill levels are welcome, our curriculum is designed for beginners 16 years of age or older.

Details about meeting place, suggested attire, and other important information about the day are posted on the
Extension’s Class Resources web page.

COMING SOON
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nisene Marks State Park
Register by Sept. 11: $98
Register after Sept. 11: $105

 

 

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

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Hiking: The Path Less Traveled

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Explore the greenbelts and State Parks of Santa Cruz County in this fun and challenging hiking class. You will become familiar with parts of the Santa Cruz Hiking system, learn a little natural history, identify some flora and fauna and at the same time get some great exercise. The main emphasis is on movement and fitness. Participants should have at least average fitness levels and be able to hike 5-8 miles on moderately steep terrain. We move at a fairly fast pace, about 3 miles per hour. This class is not for beginning hikers. Each week will feature a different hike on trails not commonly known. If you are new to hiking, contact Phil (phkaplan@cabrillo.edu) before enrolling in the class.

Many questions can be answered in our FAQs: http://www.cabrillo.edu/~pkaplan/hiking_faq.html

Students will receive upon registration information about basic dress and supplies to bring.

COMING SOON
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
First class meeting is in Parking Lot K
Register by June 5: $98
Register after June 5: $114


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Phil Kaplan has taught in the Kinesiology Department at Cabrillo for 25 years and has been teaching hiking classes for the past 12 years.

 

 

 

 

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