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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. This day hike will consist of a ten mile round-trip strenuous hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1000 ft. We will spend our day hiking through shady redwood forests, across forested mountain streams, along deep v-shaped canyons, and across high slopes of open grassland with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean far below.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the natural wonder of this unique reserve!

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

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., May 19
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Big Creek Reserve in Big Sur
Register before Mar. 26: $58
Register after Mar. 26: $65

Register 2 or more: $55 each

register online

 

Gary Marcoccia is an instructor in the Natural and Applied Sciences Division and is a National Outdoor Leadership School Certified Wilderness First Responder

"The class reinforced and enhanced my personal beliefs about the out of doors. (The instructor) knew a lot about the history of the place, and about the native American stories"

-Big Creek Reserve Day Hike student

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Elkhorn Slough Safari - Migratory Bird Expedition

 

 

 

 

Observe the many species of water-birds as you explore the calm waters of Elkhorn Slough’s premier wetland habitats from the unique advantage of a comfortable seat aboard a large catamaran pontoon craft. We’ll experience the high point of the migrant shorebird fauna returning from their breeding area to our north.

Please bring $8 for parking meters, in $1 bills, or change. These meters do not give change!

Dress warm, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Please visit our Class Resources page for maps and directions! 

Sat., August 4
8:30 - 11:30 am
Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing
Harbor
Register before May 31: $85
Register after May 31: $92

Register 2 or more: $82 each

register online

 

Bruce Elliott - see bio

"Bruce Elliot is excellent; he's an expert in Natural History, excited about his subject and a good instructor."

- Elkhorn Slough Safari student

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Birding Walk at Elkhorn Slough

 

 

 

 

At the height of Spring bird migration we’ll be walking in the main reserve, and will also have access to a special forested property on the south bank of Dolan Road, which is not otherwise open to the general public. Bring a lunch, a beverage, plenty of water to drink, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for a day of walking!

Please visit our Class Resources page for maps and directions! 

Sat., May 19
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Elkhorn Slough Reserve Center

Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85

Register 2 or more: $75 each

register online

 

Bruce Elliott - see bio

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Owls of Santa Cruz County

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Owls are some of the most magical, powerful creatures on earth. The sound of an owl can stop you in your tracks, and their gaze is mesmerizing. Fortunately for those of us residing in Santa Cruz County, 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. This two-part class will provide an opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures, then venture out into their habitat for an evening walk.

We begin on-campus with a lecture in the afternoon, full of “old-school” slides from photographs taken by the instructor during his decades of studying these beautiful birds of prey.  We will review biology, species identification and habitat for our local owls. Students will learn species identification by silhouette and their unique calls. After a dinner break, the class will meet again for an evening of nocturnal searching in Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.

Students should dress warm, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a flashlight!

Please visit our Class Resources page for maps and directions! 

Fri., April 13 - CLASS FULL
2:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 403 & off-site at the Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center

Register before Mar. 26: $78
Register after Mar. 26: $85

Register 2 or more: $75 each

register online

 

Sat., April 14
2:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 403 & off-site at the Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center

Register before Mar. 26: $78
Register after Mar. 26: $85

Register 2 or more: $75 each

register online

 

Bruce Elliott - see bio below

 

" The class was wonderful, Bruce Elliott was a wealth of knowledge and we had a lot of fun under the moonlight calling for owls"

-Owls of Santa Cruz County student

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Pinnacles National Monument – East

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The Pinnacles Monument is one of our newest National Parks, and for good reason!  The Pinnacles were once part of a huge volcano that migrated from southern California over 23 million years ago. The location presents a fascinating platform for a day of tectonic plate geology, diverse and active wildlife, brilliant wildflowers, Native American history and the recent re-introduction of the majestic California Condor. Join us for a day in the East half of the park during the peak of the annual bird migration and the spring wildflower display.  

A letter and directions to the East Side Monument is on the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page. Our early meeting time puts us in the park when parking is easier to find and closer to our trailheads, so be sure to plan for travel time.

There is a $5 park entrance fee, unless you possess a National Park Service annual pass or a Golden Eagle Passport.

Sat., April 28 - CLASS FULL
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pinnacles National Monument - East Entrance

Register before Mar. 26: $78
Register after Mar. 26: $85

Register 2 or more: $75 each

register online

 

Sat., May 5
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pinnacles National Monument - East Entrance

Register before Mar. 26: $78
Register after Mar. 26: $85

Register 2 or more: $75 each

register online

 

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.

 

"Bruce is a great instructor with a depth of knowledge. Highly recommend this class. I look forward to whatever he offers next. "

-Winter Wildlife with Bruce Elliot student

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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

 

 

 

 

Join us for a day afield with birds at one of the long-recognized bountiful birding locations in Central California. Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur was home to the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Big Sur Ornithology Bird-banding Laboratory. This location was selected because of the wide variety of bird species that occur here annually. We will wander the length of the Park’s extensive variety of habitat types, including wetlands, forest and woodland, streamside riparian and Pacific Ocean beach and lagoons. 

A letter and directions to the Andrew Molera State Park is on the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page. Along with our important class information.

Sat., May 12
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur

Register before Mar. 26: $78
Register after Mar. 26: $85

register online

 

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

 

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 Far West Nursery in Live Oak, 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 Far West Nursery, a plant list that breaks down the best bee plants by size, annual blooming schedule, place of origin and water needs.

COMING SOON!
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 1605 and Far West Nursery in Live Oak. Click HERE for an interactive campus map.

Register by Jan. 29: $58
Register after Jan. 29: $65

Register 2 or more: $55 each

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

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., May 5 & 12
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 1605
- Click HERE for an interactive campus map.
Register before Mar. 26: $68
Register after Mar. 26: $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., June 2
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605 - Click HERE for an interactive campus map.

Register before May 31: $68
Register after May 31: $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.

 

 

"Instructor Emily Bondor is a wonderful teacher. She has a wealth of knowledge about bees and is able to convey her passion and mastery of beekeeping in a delightful way. The class was informative and fun. I highly recommend Ms. Bondor as an instructor. "

-Beekeeping Basics student

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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., August 10 & 17
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register before May 31: $58
Register after May 31: $65
plus $5 materials fee at registration

register online

 

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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Hiking: The Path Less Traveled

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Explore the green belts and State Parks of Santa Cruz County in this fun and challenging hiking class. Although you will learn some natural history, flora and fauna, the emphasis is exercise and movement. Participants should have at least average fitness levels and be able to hike at a fairly fast pace of 2 1/2 miles per hour. This class is not for beginning hikers as we will be hiking on steep terrain. 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.

6 Sat., June 16 - July 21
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
First class meeting is in Parking Lot K
Register before May 31: $98
Register afterMay 31: $114

register online

 

Phil Kaplan has taught in the Kinesiology Department at Cabrillo for over 25 years and has been teaching hiking classes for the past 13 years.

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Sea Otters, the California Coast, and So Much More

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Otters are amazing and adorable, they are vitally important to our coastal ecosystems, and their story is captivating! Join Kim Steinhardt, author, photographer, and dedicated coastal storyteller, to discover the sea otter survival story, and explore the beautiful otter habitat in Moss Landing with an expert guide.

This updated version of our ever-popular annual Sea Otter Adventure begins with a presentation and photographic journey in class, including the latest sea otter conservation news, then a break for lunch on your way to Moss Landing to search for the otters. This annual adventure always yields rich photo opportunities and the chance to view the otters live and in-person(otter)!

Kim will also discuss some of the topics from The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California’s Coast, a new book he has co-authored with local marine expert Gary Griggs.

The afternoon 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.

Please see Extension’s Class Resources for more informationabout this class.

COMING SOON!
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 2501 and Moss Landing
Register before Jan. 29: $68
Register after Jan. 29: $72

Register 2 or more: $65 each

 

register online

Kim Steinhardt is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, and a former Administrative Law Judge, who now writes about the coast and photographs marine wildlife. He is currently working with National Geographic Books on publication of a collection of his sea otter images and coastal storytelling.

 

"I am a state park ranger and the course was invaluable to both my career, and my personal development. I have a much greater appreciation for the plight of our sea otters, and I wish everyone in the community could attend Mr. Steinhardt's program. He is an excellent presenter, and extremely knowledgeable about the habitat, environmental impacts, and life cycle of the sea otter. What loving little creatures they are to grace this planet. "

- Sea Otter Adventure student

 

 

 

 

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