Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9 AM until 3 PM
Water Wise Garden Class at Cabrillo College, Aptos: Learn how to tame your garden’s water use with a 1 day water wise gardening workshop taught by Golden Love of Love’s Gardens.

Saturday & Sunday, May 31 and June 1, 2014
Redwood Mountain Faire at Roaring Camp, Felton: The Faire promises a wide range of music styles on two stages, to appeal to all ages, with arts and crafts, exciting children’s activities, and excellent food and beverages, including local micro-brews and wines, while it benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 10 AM until 3 PM
The A to Z of Rainwater Harvesting Systems:
Learn about storing the rain from your roof at this Cabrillo College extension class taught by Bobby Markowitz. Soquel Creek Water District, City of Watsonville and Scotts Valley Water District Customers get a discount, making the class only $35. Soquel Creek Water District 831-475-8500 ext. 142. Scotts Valley Water District: 831-600-1907. City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilities 831-768-3103.

Saturday, June 21, from 9 Am until 5 PM
The 9th Annual Garden Faire in Skypark, Scotts Valley: The Garden Faire is a free-admission, educational event focusing on benefits of organic gardening and sustainable, healthy living. Included will be a unique assemblage of garden goods and materials, plants and services, plus many knowledgeable speakers, interactive presentations, food and beverage, live music and plenty of activities for everyone.

Saturday, June 21, from 10 AM until 3 PM
Graywater: Laundry to Landscape Irrigation System: Learn about using graywater in your garden at this Cabrillo College extension class taught by Jim Heaney. Soquel Creek Water District, City of Watsonville and Scotts Valley Water District Customers get a discount, making the class only $35. Soquel Creek Water District 831-475-8500 ext. 142. Scotts Valley Water District: 831-600-1907. City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilities 831-768-3103.

Past Events

Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11 AM until 4 PM
Earth Day Festival in San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz: Come visit us at the Water Conservation Booth and learn how to better preserve our valuable water resources!

Sunday, April 27, 2014 from Noon until 4 PM
Day of the Child / Earth Day Festival in Ramsay Park, Watsonville: There will be food, activities for kids, arts ann crafts, etc. Stop by the Water Conservation Booth and learn how to better preserve our valuable water resources! For additional information, call 831-768-3107.

September 10-15, 2013
Santa Cruz County Fair: Come visit us at the Water Conservation Booth, in the Harvest Buidling and where you can get information about new rebates and water-smart gardening, as well as free hose nozzles and soil moisture meters (while supplies last). Learn how to better preserve our valuable water resources!

June 22, 2013
Smart Gardening Faire, Scott's Valley.

April - June, 2012
Green Gardener Classes: Become a Green Gardener! Green Gardener students receive pracitical instruction in landscape practices that conserve water, reduce waste, and prevent urban storm water pollution. Classes are conducted in both English and Spanish.

February 25, 2012
3 in 1 Water Education Workshop: Three environmental education curriculums come together on February 25th in this FREE 6-hour workshop about water. Great for educators of all ages. Click on the link for more details.

September 13-18, 2011
Santa Cruz County Fair: Dancing with the Steers for 200 years is the theme for the 2011 SC County Fair. Grab your family and friends along with your best pair of dancing boots and head on down to the fairgrounds!

June 25, 2011
The Garden Faire: Come celebrate this year's theme of "Celebrating Abundance" at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Informative speakers, expert demonstrations, vendors, food and entertainment will be there!

June 12, 2011
California Native Garden Tour:
A tour of sustainable private gardens in Santa Cruz County.

June 8, 2011
Watershed Pride Event and Water-Wise Garden Tour:
Learn from Green Gardeners how to conserve water in your home and garden!

June 4-5, 2011
Redwood Mountain Faire:
Music lovers, arts and crafts aficionados, and people of all ages will enjoy this remarkable festival to celebrate community and raise funds for local non-profits and service organizations.

May 14, 2011
2011 Ecology Series on: "The Lawn-less Lifestyle":
Held at Scotts Valley Water District and landscaping.

May 6-8, 2011
Spring Plant Sale: Plant sale at Cabrillo College.

March 26-27, 2011
Central Coast Home and Garden Expo:
Come enjoy this expo that focuses on home improvement, interior design, eco design, gardening, culinary projects, and landscaping.

November 11, 2010
Community Meeting: Marines issues and environmental review process - Learn about the marine issues related to desalination, and how the community can participate in the environmental review process.

October 21, 2010
Water Education for Teachers!
- Interactive, hands-on, activity based workshop to learn about our local drinking water resources, watersheds, waste water and water treatment and local education programs. Also, receive a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, and other supplementary materials.

September 26, 2010
Santa Cruz Reskilling Expo
- Help strengthen the reskilling movement locally by attending this event which will teach sustainable daily-living skills, promote skill-sharing for a resilient common future, and enhance the development of self-reliance in Santa Cruz County.

September 23, 2010
Community Meeting: Recycled Water
- Learn why water is a critical issue and how supply shortfalls affect the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District. Also, learn how recycled water is being used for irrigation in Scotts Valley and the Pajaro Valley.

September 14-19, 2010
4th Annual Santa Cruz County Fair Water-wise Garden Contest
- The Santa Cruz County Water Awareness Committee, a regional coalition of Santa Cruz County Water Agencies will host its fourth annual Water-wise Landscape Design Contest as part of the 2010 Santa Cruz County Fairís garden section contest in the floriculture building.

August 7, 2010
Annual Monterey Bay Iris Sale
- This is your chance to get healthy iris rhizomes from the private gardens of the members of the Monterey Bay Iris Society. The sale is well known for having an incredible selection of tall bearded iris!

July 4, 2010
Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
- Annual festivities including live music, children's activites, food, and an incredible fireworks show. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm.

June 26, 2010
The Garden Fair
- Mark your calendars! The Garden Faire (formerly The Smart Garden Faire) is just around the corner.

May 23, 2010 2:00 pm
Water Conservation in the Landscape
- Free workshop at Scarborough Gardens with Thomas Karwin, Master Gardener and co-chair of The Garden Faire. Call today to register! 438-4106

May 15, 2010
Laundry to Landscape Graywater Workshop
- Cost: $45-$75 (self) sliding scale - Learn about graywater benefits, installation, and state compliance codes at this one day event. For more information visit www.lovesgardens.com.

April 17, 2010
Earth Day
- Once again the County of Santa Cruz, the City of Santa Cruz, Ecology Action, Save Our Shores, local non-profits, and concerned citizens are working together to make Earth Day 2010 the premier environmental event for the greater Santa Cruz community, with educational information, activities for kids, live music and a focus on green businesses. Earth Day 2010 will take place on April 17th from 11am to 4pm rain or shine in the San Lorenzo Park and Benchlands behind the County building.

January 20-23, 2010
EcoFarm Conference
  - Hear and explore the latest trends in the ever-expanding world of ecological landscaping. Nationally recognized authors and activists will be on hand to answer your questions and inspire.

September 15th-20th, 2009
Santa Cruz County Fair
  - Stop by the Water Conservation Coaltion booth in the Harvest building - watch a shower race and learn more about water conservation in Santa Cruz County!
View pictures from this event

August 15, 2009
Free Workshop!
  Troubleshoot Irrigation Leaks - How to find hidden leaks, troubleshoot geysers, fix the breaks and when to call in the pros.

August 4 - August 25, 2009
UCSC Summer Sustainability Institute - Free Seminar! This is a series of evening seminars offering talks by faculty and other experts on topics related to sustainability. It is open to students, staff, faculty & the public. Sponsored by the Center for Global, International & Regional Studies, PICA, the Sustainability Engineering & Design Working Group, and others.

June 27, 2009
Smart Gardening Fair
- The theme for the 4th Annual Monterey Bay Master Gardeners Smart Gardening Faire is Focus on Food.

June 20, 2009
Slow It, Sink It, Spread It - Free Workshop! Greening Stormwater Runoff Around Your Home