Santa Cruz is known for iconic places and events, like the Boardwalk, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Cement Ship, incomparable surf and sunsets, and even for being “weird.” Spend 3 Saturdays exploring our beloved local oddities and hear the stories behind them, with expert guides for three unique adventures. Each week we will meet at a different location, with the first class at the Boardwalk for a behind-the-scenes tour. The second class starts with a talk at Cabrillo about the fascinating history of our local disasters, then followed by a field trip to several notorious disaster locations (of which there have been quite a few!). The final class starts at Cabrillo, and is followed by another field trip, this time to the Monterey Bay’s enigmatic curiosity, the Cement Ship, which turned 100 years old this year, at Seacliff State Beach.
The first Saturday offers a presentation and “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Boardwalk, led by Ted Whiting, who has worked at the Boardwalk since his middle-school years. Ted will share the rich, colorful history of this California Historic Landmark and one of Santa Cruz’s most beloved and enduring treasures.
The second and third weeks feature Kim Steinhardt and noted UCSC coastal scientist Dr. Gary Griggs, co-authors of The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California’s Coast.
For the second Saturday Gary Griggs will take students on a trip back through time, both in the classroom and then in the field. With unique photos, facts, and in-depth stories, Gary will lead students through the many natural perils that have faced Santa Cruz residents over the years, many of which are documented in his recent book “Between Paradise and Peril.”
Finally, for the third Saturday Kim Steinhardt will take students through the fascinating story of the landmark Cement Ship of Aptos, the SS Palo Alto, and other lore of Seacliff State Beach, with an extraordinary photo journey, and a visit to shore and pier.
For each class please dress for the weather, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a lunch and something to drink!
Please go to Class Resources web page for details about parking, meeting place, and other important information about this class.
A portion of the proceeds from this class will be used to support scholarships for Cabrillo Extension’s Summer Youth Program.