Upcoming Events this Weekend at Quail Hollow Ranch!
A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing
Santa Cruz Astronomy Club is putting on an amazing event where you can gaze up at the night sky and travel through space to see images that are not visible from the naked eye. come out and see the moon with all of its craters and mountains up close, Along with Jupiter and all of its moons, and the rings of Saturn!
Come out and bring your own telescope or use one of the ones provided by the SC Astronomy Club! Dress warmly, the event is subject to be canceled of there are things such as rain or cloudy skies. The event will start a half-hour after sunset, All ages are welcomed and the event is free!
Guided Hike: Fungus Scavenger Hunt
Join mushroom enthusiasts Dan Tischler and Justin Pierce from the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz to explore local habitats in search of interesting fungi.
They will discuss a bit of the fungus life cycle and some of the various roles that fungi play in natural ecosystems. Learn to identify at least one or two common species and get tips for finding and identifying others that may be encountered in our area. Be prepared to walk about 3 miles round trip as we explore redwood, mixed hardwood/fir/pine, and meadow habitats.
This walk will be held at Quail Hollow Ranch. Park information can be found here. In the case of rain, we have permission to use indoor facilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch or snacks.
About the walk leaders: Dan Tischler has been hunting wild mushrooms on the California coast since around the time he learned to walk. His main interests are learning about the complex lifestyles of fungi and the roles they play in broader ecosystems. He enjoys walking and is the minister of Local Forays for the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.
Justin Pierce grew up in Santa Cruz and has been with the Santa Cruz Fungus Federation for 10 years, currently serving as Prime Minister. Justin has spent a significant amount of time photographing the mushrooms of the county and has been published in both online and printed articles.
This walk is presented by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History in partnership with the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.
$15 General | $10 Museum Members