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Exhibition: Big Basin's Auto Tree - One Tree Many Stories

Exhibition Dates: April 9 - November 27, 2016

In May of 1900, Andrew P. Hill photographed members of the Big Basin Exploration Committee in front of one of the giant redwoods. The committee decided to form the Sempervirens Club, and the effort to save Big Basin began. After the park became a reality, that giant redwood became known as the “Auto Tree.” People would park cars inside the fire scar to show the enormity of it.

Local historian and museum curator Frank Perry has been collecting photographs and postcards of the Auto Tree for about 30 years; this exhibit will share gems from his extensive collection documenting the tree from 1900 to the present. Some newly-discovered photographs and artifacts will also be displayed. Young and old visitors alike will enjoy the activity table with redwood habitat specimens. Beyond a showcase of fun photographs of old automobiles, this exhibition provides an opportunity to teach about redwood ecology and conservation, and discuss the earliest history of our state parks.

Big Basin's Auto Tree Exhibition

Joins Us: 12547, Highway 9, Boulder Creek, Map

Cost: Free. Donations Welcome.

Art Exhibition - "Branching Out"

The San Lorenzo Valley Museum is seeking original artwork of Trees in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area from local artists. There is no fee to participate.
Dates: August 1 – August 31, 2016
Location: 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, 95060  

Download Entry Form Here.

2016 Art Exhibition Call Fro Submissions


Lecture: World’s Hottest Hot Spot - Santa Cruz Mountains
Speaker Fred Keeley
Saturday June 11, 2016, 3-5pm

2016 Lecture

“World’s Hottest Hot Spot: Santa Cruz Mountains — A Look Into the Future, By Casting a Look at the Past.”

Join us at this fascinating and educational lecture as Fred Keeley, former California Assembly Member and leading public policy expert on contemporary environmental issues, talks about our unique ‘hot spot’ and how we can protect it.

According to Conservation International, a hotspot is “the richest and most threatened reservoir of plant life on earth.”

The world’s leading scientists have charted the surface of the world, and identified the greatest concentrations of unique plant and animal communities. Covering much of the state and all the coast lands, the California Floristic Province, as our hotspot is named, is home to the most diverse temperate coniferous tree community in the world and includes our coastal redwoods. More than 61% of our plants are found nowhere else.

These are living clues to our past, but more importantly, to surviving a bleak environmental future.

Where: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond, Ca, 95005
Cost: $25.00 General Public, $20.00 SLV Museum members, students w/ID, & seniors.

Tickets are online HERE, at the Museum, or call 831.338.8382

Tickets include wine & refreshments

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