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Explore upcoming Ecology Action and partner events to learn more about sustainable initiatives in California.

May
24
Tue
Green Gardener | Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training @ Zoom / Watsonville Adult School
May 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Green Gardener | Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Training @ Zoom / Watsonville Adult School

The Monterey Bay Green Gardener Program trains and certifies landscape industry workers in Monterey Bay-Friendly Landscaping design and maintenance practices.

In order to become certified, gardeners attend the certification-level series which consists of ten weekday evening class sessions for a total of 20-30 hours of instruction and a Saturday class project. Gardeners must obtain a passing score on a final exam that covers all core subjects and must complete a comprehensive self-evaluation of their landscape practices. Continuing education is not required to maintain certification. However, certified gardeners are encouraged to attend continuing education classes.

The next 10-week Green Gardener Certification-level course will be offered both online and in-person in April 2022 at the Watsonville/Aptos Adult School, 294 Green Valley Road in Watsonville. Participants will have the opportunity to earn the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification.

REGISTER BY CALLING WATSONVILLE ADULT EDUCATION AT (831) 786-2160 OR BY HEADING TO THIS LINK

QWEL/Green Gardener Certification is sponsored by the water utility members of the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County, Ecology Action, and Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education

May
26
Thu
Bayview Elementary – Parents Safe Routes to School Workshop @ Zoom
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Bayview Elementary - Parents Safe Routes to School Workshop @ Zoom

Ecology Action Bike and Walk Smart staff will provide information to Bayview parents about how to be safe while walking and biking with their children and will be a space for parent discussion around the challenges of active transportation

Registration link for 5/2 Workshop

Registration link for 5/26 Workshop

Jul
20
Wed
Family Biking Virtual Workshop w/ GO Santa Cruz @ Zoom
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Kid tested, parent approved. As more families head out by bike, there are a lot of options to consider. We’ll help you navigate the how-to’s of riding with children.

Register for this free webinar here.

Of all the barriers people face to biking, kids usually land at the top of the list. How early can you get your kiddo on a bike with you? What are the different ways you can carry your kids or ride with them? Is a cargo bike better than a trailer? With a bit of preparation, we’re confident that you can navigate the childcare/school, work, errand, and extracurricular point-to-point by bike!

In this new workshop, Ecology Action staff will guide you through the many options for family biking. Topics will include gear, family testimonials, riding through the developmental stages, and recommendations for riding with kids safely, conveniently, and having fun along the way. Find out how parents and caregivers are replacing the minivan with the bike and why kids can’t seem to get enough.

FREE BIKE LIGHTS AND HELMETS AVAILABLE FOR ALL ATTENDEES*

For more information on the GO Santa Cruz program and available benefits, visit gosantacruzcounty.org

This free workshop is offered to all as part of GO Santa Cruz, a transportation program that provides downtown employees with commute alternatives to single-occupant car trips. While certain benefits are only available to people employed by businesses in downtown SC, all may attend.

*To request helmets and bike lights, attendees must be employees of a business in SC County and enrolled in GO SC on gosantacruzcounty.org

Aug
17
Wed
Introduction to E-bikes Virtual Workshop w/ GO Santa Cruz @ Zoom
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tired of $6.50-a-gallon gas? Are you curious about making your transportation trips easier? Want to learn more about how eBikes can help level-up your commute, saving you both time and money?

Register for this free webinar here.

Maybe you’ve thought about biking to work, but you’re concerned about hills, distance, or the extra time it will take you. Perhaps you’d love to ride, but you are a busy parent with kids to transport and errands to run.

From hauling kids, to arriving to work sweat-free, this workshop will explore eBike options for a diversity of lifestyles and budgets.

Ecology Action staff will provide an overview introduction of eBikes. Topics will include frequently asked questions, different eBike technologies, cost, environmental benefits, and investigate if eBikes can really replace cars.

We’ll also dive into the question on everyone’s mind: “Are eBikes cheating?” Spoiler alert: they’re not. Additionally, we’ll cover all of the GO SC benefits available to you, including zero interest eBike financing, eBike rebates, free two-week eBike test rides, free transit passes, and much more!

FREE BIKE LIGHTS AND HELMETS FOR ALL ATTENDEES*

For more information on the GO Santa Cruz program and available benefits, visit gosantacruzcounty.org

This free workshop is offered to all as part of GO Santa Cruz, a transportation program that provides downtown employees with commute alternatives to single-occupant car trips. While certain benefits are only available to people employed by businesses in downtown SC, all may attend.

*To request helmets and bike lights, attendees must be employees of a business in SC County and enrolled in GO SC on gosantacruzcounty.org

Sep
14
Wed
Urban Cycling and Bike Safety Virtual Workshop w/ GO Santa Cruz @ Zoom
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gas prices putting a strain on your pocketbook? Are you curious about how to ride your bike safely and confidently around town? Want to learn the rules of the road and how you fit in as a cyclist?

Register here for this free webinar.

How about gear selection, fit and sizing for your bike, avoiding bike theft, or choosing a low-traffic route? Get answers to these questions and more at this urban cycling workshop.

Ecology Action staff will run through all the basics of urban cycling and guide curious cyclists of all levels and backgrounds. We’ll also cover all of the GO SC benefits available to you, including bike financing, free two-week e-bike rebates and test rides, free transit passes, and much more!

FREE BIKE LIGHTS AND HELMETS FOR ALL ATTENDEES*

For more information on the GO Santa Cruz program and available benefits, visit gosantacruzcounty.org

This free workshop is offered to all as part of GO Santa Cruz, a transportation program that provides downtown employees with commute alternatives to single-occupant car trips. While certain benefits are only available to people employed by businesses in downtown SC, all may attend.

*To request helmets and bike lights, attendees must be employees of a business in SC County and enrolled in GO SC on gosantacruzcounty.org

Oct
16
Sun
Open Streets Santa Cruz @ Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open Streets Santa Cruz Is Back!

Sunday, October 16th 2022

West Cliff Drive | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Open Streets Santa Cruz returns to West Cliff Drive on Sunday, October 16th 2022! Join us for another day of walking, biking and playing in the streets on a day free from car traffic. Come back soon for details on this year’s event, including booth/activity locations and performance guide.

BOOTHS & ACTIVITIES—TO BE UPDATED SOON!!!

Open Streets Santa Cruz 2022 will be the largest event yet, with more than 60 local organizations, businesses and performers hosting some incredible activities and resources!

Oct
18
Tue
Free Bike Commuting 101 Workshop – GO Santa Cruz
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Free Bike Commuting 101 Workshop - GO Santa Cruz

Are you ready to take your commute to the next level? Or are you just ready to give your wallet a break from rising gas prices? In this webinar, learn from the experts about bike commuting basics including hauling gear, what to look for in a solid commuting bike, riding while “business casual,” rush hour rules of the road, and more.

As Santa Cruz County expands its network of protected bike lanes and paths, now is the perfect time to explore commuting by bike. With the right preparation, adding biking to your commute options can be a breeze. Staff from Ecology Action will share the need-to-knows of bike commuting, trouble-shoot your commute, and after-work errands to help cyclists of all levels plan for a safe and satisfying ride.

FREE BIKE LIGHTS AND HELMETS FOR ALL ATTENDEES*

For more information on the GO Santa Cruz program and available benefits, visit cityofsantacruz.com/gosantacruz.

This free workshop is offered to all downtown Santa Cruz employees as part of GO Santa Cruz, a transportation program that provides downtown employees with commute alternatives to single-occupant car trips.

*must be an employee of a business in the Downtown Santa Cruz Parking District and enrolled in Go SC on my.cruz511.org/s/gosantacruz

Nov
17
Thu
Free Intro to eBikes Workshop – GO Santa Cruz
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Free Intro to eBikes Workshop - GO Santa Cruz

Are you curious about making your transportation trips easier? Want to learn more about how eBikes can help conquer your commute, saving you both time and money?

Maybe you’ve thought about biking to work, but you’re concerned about hills, distance, or the extra time it will take you. Perhaps you’d love to ride, but you are a busy parent with kids to transport and errands to run.

From hauling kids, to arriving to work sweat-free, this workshop will explore eBike options for a diversity of lifestyles and budgets.

Ecology Action staff will provide an overview introduction of eBikes. Topics will include frequently asked questions, different eBike technologies, cost, environmental benefits, and investigate if eBikes can really replace cars.

We’ll also dive into the question on everyone’s mind: “Are eBikes cheating?” Spoiler alert: they’re not.

FREE BIKE LIGHTS AND HELMETS FOR ALL ATTENDEES*

For more information on the GO Santa Cruz program and available benefits, visit cityofsantacruz.com/gosantacruz.

This free workshop is offered to all downtown Santa Cruz employees as part of GO Santa Cruz, a transportation program that provides downtown employees with commute alternatives to single-occupant car trips.

*must be an employee of a business in the Downtown Santa Cruz Parking District and enrolled in Go SC on my.cruz511.org/s/gosantacruz

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