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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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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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Winter Wildlife of the Inner Coast Range: Panoche Valley

Join in for a day exploring the high desert of the inner Coast Range in the Panoche Valley of San Benito County. The area has been long prized by our local resources conservation community for the rich variety of wildlife present, including rare or endangered species.  As an added enticement, we’ll visit a unique wintering colony of Long-eared Owls, plus search for both Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, plus both Merlin and Prairie falcons, and such perching birds as species of longspurs. Mountain Plovers, Greater Roadrunner and coyote are also possible.

Sat., Jan. 24

9:00 am - 5 pm
Panoche Valley - Check the Class Resources web page for a class location map, directions and meeting location.
Fee: $75

 

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Bruce Elliott - see biography below

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Seabirds of California

Certainly the most exciting and satisfying viewing of Pacific Coastal Marine Birds in the United States is above the environs of Monterey Bay in autumn.  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. Furthermore, 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.

Fri., Feb. 20 CLASS CANCELLED

6:30 pm - 9 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room. A detailed map is available on the Class Resources web page.
Fee: $28

 

Bruce Elliott - see biography below

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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 Santa Cruz City Transect AND The By-The-Sea Transect

Sun., Mar. 8 AND Mar. 15 CLASS FULL!
9:00 am - 5 pm
Register by Feb. 23: $120
Register after Feb. 23: $135
     

 

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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 Santa Cruz City Transect – The Backyard View of Santa Cruz’s History

From the West Side to the San Lorenzo River - This is a very history-dense walk as we poke and prod Santa Cruz’s internal histories. 

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

Sun., Mar. 8 -CLASS FULL!
9:00 am - 5 pm
Register by Feb. 23: $64
Register after Feb. 23: $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 By-The-Sea Transect – Threading the Coastal Communities

From Capitola-by-the-Sea to Aptos-by-the-Sea - This walk covers a route of vistas and trestles and stunning ocean views.

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

Sun., Mar. 15 - CLASS FULL!
9:00 am - 5 pm

Register by Feb. 23: $64
Register after Feb. 23: $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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Owls of Central California

Northern Monterey County hosts as many as eight species of owls which are often vocal during their breeding courtship period of late winter. In this class you will have the opportunity to study the biology of some local California owl species in a two-part program. An illustrated afternoon classroom lecture will review the biology, species characteristics, and distribution of the several owl species that occur in habitats about Monterey Bay. You will learn to identify the owls by silhouette and calls. After a pre-sunset “Bring your own bag” picnic dinner on the Reserve, we will begin an evening of searching for owls within the Reserve.

Our afternoon evening schedule: 2-5 pm - lecture, 5-7 pm - dinner break, 7-9 pm - field session.

Fri., Mar. 27

2:00 pm - 9 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room. 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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Sun., Mar. 29

2:00 pm - 9 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room. 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 - see biography below

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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., Apr 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 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 (International Migratory Bird Day - and - Mother’s Day weekend!) CLASS FULL

8:15 am - 12 pm
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 - see biography below

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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.

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 - 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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