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CREEC: California Regional Environmental Education Community

The CREEC network is helping to enhance the environmental literacy of our students. One click to CREEC.org links you to the fully searchable on-line directory where you will find environment-based education, field trips, curriculum, classes, and workshops aligned with state standards. CREEC.org brings life to learning and learning to life! For more information, please contact Amity Sandage, (831) 466-5711.
See Website [ CO, REC ]

Healthy Girls Santa Cruz (HGSC)

Healthy Girls Santa Cruz (HGSC) aims to provide services that support girls' healthy development, with a focus on body image, self-esteem, relationships, self-care and leadership skill development.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW, M, REC ]

Residential Outdoor Science School Program

At the Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School, fifth and sixth grade students experience a four- or five-day residential, hands-on science program. Students focus on investigating the rich coastal redwood forest ecosystem that surrounds our coastal community.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, REC ]

Summer Voice Camp

The Cabrillo Youth Chorus provides a comprehensive vocal music program for children 8-18 years of age. (831) 479-6155
Phone Only, See Website [ REC ]

Teen Peer Court

Teen Peer Court is a program run by teens for teens. The objective of the Teen Peer Court program is to interrupt the developing pattern of criminal behavior in referred juveniles by promoting self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement, forming a healthy attitude toward authority, and increasing education.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, LS, REC ]

Aqua Safaris

Provides full access to scuba classes and services. 831-479-4386. info@aquasafaris.com.
6896 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ REC ]

Arts Council Santa Cruz County SPECTRA Arts Education

SPECTRA Matching Grants provide schools from throughout the County with up to $2,000 to support offering curriculum-based learning opportunities to students through arts workshops, residencies, and performances taught by SPECTRA artists. The SPECTRA Artist Teacher Partnership (ATP) is a program that unites elementary classroom teachers with mentor artists. Each pair concentrates on one of the major arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts, and work over a 16-week period to design and deliver arts instruction to students in the generalist's classroom. SPECTRA Special Initiatives: The Arts Council applies for government and foundation grants for special educational projects and acts as a conduit between donors and private foundations to re-grant or implement arts education programming in schools. Through Family Arts Nights, parents, grandparents, and children spend an evening with SPECTRA Teaching Artists who are brought into a school to teach families in a variety of arts disciplines. Teaching Artist Directory: A roster of highly qualified professional teaching artists in the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts is maintained and updated annually.
[ A, M, REC, SE ]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring program that provides children and youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. In addition to its one-to-one mentoring program, Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers an after school enrichment and mentoring program at two low income housing complexes in south Santa Cruz County (Pajaro Valley Unified School District). There is no fee for service. Bilingual services are available. Phone: 464-8691
1500 41st Ave, Suite 250 Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SE ]

Bilingual Laptime at the Library (pre-reading and social skills)

Bilingual Laptime (6-30 months): Wed. 10:30 am @ Freedom Branch. Bilingual Toddler Time (2-4 yrs): Wed. 11:30 am @ Freedom Branch. Thursdays 10:30 am @ Main Library 831-768-3420
Santa Cruz County Libraries [ A, REC ]

Boys & Girls Club

A youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social, and character development of girls and boys ages 6-18. Director: Tom O'Rourke 831-423-3138 ext. 21
543 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, M, REC, SE ]

Boys in the Woodz

A coming-of-age program for adolescent boys ages 10-17, that fosters nature awareness, personal growth, and social skills. 831-768-7089 info@growingupwild.org
2015 Eureka Canyon Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC ]

Breakaway Afterschool Academy

The Breakaway Academy is a soccer-based academic support program, serving youth in the 7th-12th grades across the Pajaro Valley. Each program day, youth receive soccer training and tutoring. College readiness resources are also provided, and include field trips to college campuses in conjunction with a college soccer games; learning from college-level players, coaches, and academic mentors; and college scholarships. Currently, the Breakaway Academy has a high school program site at Watsonville High on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year, and a middle school program site at Pajaro Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays during the school year. A separate Breakaway Summer program is held in June-July at Watsonville High.
Watsonville High School, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, G, HW, M, REC ]

Camp Capitola

A fun day camp at Jade St Park for kids ages 6-11. Activities include: sports, arts & crafts, beach days and more! 831-475-5935
Call/See Website [ REC ]

Camp Catwalk

Offer camps for ages 8-16. Camps include Camp Photoshoot and Camp Fashion Designer. 831-252-0665
Call/See Website [ REC ]

Camp Opportunity

A 6 day camping experience for children ages 8-10 who have been referred by social workers from Family & Children's Services. There is no charge to the camper. He/she is covered by insurance from the time he/she is picked up until he/she is returned. 1-800-750-2267
See Website [ CO, REC ]

Campus Kids Connections, INC.

CKC offers a Summer Day Camp Program for children that have completed kindergarten through 5th grade.
820 Bay Avenue, Suite 109 Capitola, CA 95010 [ REC ]

Catalyst Soccer

A local soccer development program that is nationally recognized for its focus on skill and youth development. catalystsoccerleage@gmail.com 831-423-3556
Phone Only, See Website [ REC ]

Centeotl Grupo de Baile y Danza

Centeotl Grupo de Baile y Danza provides children, youth, and young adults dance and choral practice and performance activities. There are no fees. The mission is to preserve and celebrate participants’ countries of origin with pride, promote harmony and erode discrimination and stereotyping, and honor and preserve Spanish and indigenous languages, dances, music, and clothing. We also provide academic tutoring for Centeotl participants and family members to promote bi-literacy, techno-literacy, cultural competence, and higher education.
840 North Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ REC ]

City of Capitola - Recreation Department

Pre-School Classes, School-Age Classes, Jr. Guards, and Camp Capitola. Dance, sports, martial arts, tennis, etc.
General Info: (831) 475-5935. Class Registration: (831) 475-6115. Email: capitolarecreation@ci.capitola.ca.us Register for classes online. Capitola Recreation , 4400 Jade Street, Capitola, CA 95010. [ REC ]

City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation

Camps include (age requirement): Camp Cruz (6-12) Super Camp (5-6) Junior Explorers (6-7) The Spot (8-10) Beach Cruzers (6-12) Mountain Bike Summer Camp (7-14) Skate Camp (5-14) Day Kids Climbing Camp (8-14) Rock Stars Climbing Camp (8-10) Martial Arts Summer Camp (7-13) Story Book Dance Camp (4-6) Camp Hip Hop! (6-10) Camp Tannery Arts (7-13) Explorers Science Camp (4-16) Creative Camp: Paint and Draw (10-18) Teen TV: Field Production Camp (13-18) Youth Rock Climbing Camp (11-17) Diggerz Beach Volleyball Camp (10-17) Kids Kayak Camp (8-12) Baseball All-Star Camp (8-14) Baseball Beach Camp (8-14) Baseball Hitting Instruction Camp (8-14) Wiffle Ball Camp (8-14) Soccer -- World Cup Goalkeeper Camps (7-9)
See Website [ REC ]

Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

Free information and referral for battered women; teen violence preventions programs. Self-defense classes for girls, teens, women, and seniors are offered at a nominal charge- no one turned away because of lack of funds. Pre-register for self-defenses classes through parks and recreations. 831-420-5363
809 Center Street, Room 10 Santa Cruz, CA. 95060 [ CO, LS, M, REC ]

Dancenter

Dancers can begin classes at 3 years of age with pre-dance. At 7, dancers can choose graded classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Teens and adults can also pursue classes in all levels in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, Latin dance, belly dance and yoga. (831) 475-5032
810 A Bay Ave Capitola, CA 95010 [ M, REC ]

Easter Seal Camp Harmon

Swimming, boating, arts and crafts, fishing, horseback riding, archery, and sports for people of all abilities. Must be age 8+.
9010 Soquel Drive, Suite 1, Aptos, CA 95003 [ REC ]

Encompass Community Services - Transition Age Youth Program (TAY)

Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.
380 Encinal St #200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SS, SE ]

Environmental Traveling Companions

Whitewater river rafting, skiing , kayaking, and a chance to build leadership skills. Open to people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth. http://www.etctrips.org/
See Website [ REC, SPED ]

For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay

We assist with mostly one-time critical needs for those from ages birth through twenty. Typically, our applicants need medical, dental, vision or educational assistance. All applications are brought to the Board of Directors for consideration. Our Board consists of those in professions of education, children's attorney, neo-natal pediatrics, social work and nutrition for women, children and infants. We are an all-volunteer organization making a difference in our community one child at a time.
P.O. Box 891, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, Q, REC ]

Friday Night Live (County Drug and Alcohol)

The California Friday Night Live (FNL) Program was developed in 1984 in Sacramento by theCalifornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). It began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. During the first years of the program the youth involved were organized into high school-based student action groups, later renamed FNL Chapters. The success rate was so great that in 1988, ADP established a statewide office to facilitate the expansion of the program to youth throughout California. By 1990, the number of counties with the FNL Program had increased 300% and the main focus of the program began to shift from one of preventing drinking and driving among teens to one of promoting healthy lifestyles free of alcohol, tobacco, or other substance abuse among youth.
1400 Emeline Ave, Bldg K Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite 101 Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC, SS ]

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast

Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent organization for developing leadership skills in girls and young women, building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Our Council is a local organization chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to provide support for Girl Scouting and Girl Scout troops/groups in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Central coast living provides a richness which when added to the Girl Scout program creates options only limited by the girls themselves in choosing and designing activities that follow their interests and dreams. From fitness in rock climbing, soccer and surfing to art and mural design, girls are presented with a multitude of options. Plus, by tapping into scientific and marine biology resources and the mosaic of cultures, food and music to be found in the local region, girls acquire understanding and growth in knowledge. Just as the geography of the six counties is diverse, so are its communities and residents. Since its inception, Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast has taken responsibility to be a community resource, leading as well as collaborating to create outreach programs in migrant camps and other non-traditional settings, and tackling such contemporary issues as teen parenthood, drugs and alcohol. A twenty-year collaboration with Pajaro Valley Unified School District's Migrant Education Program recently won a GSUSA Quality Recognition Award. (831) 633-4877
See Website [ A, M, REC ]

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Campground, call for availability. Closed in winter. Day or night entrance okay. $35/night. Maximum stay 7 consecutive; total of 30 days in a calendar year. Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley. - - (831) 335-4598
101 N Big Trees Park Rd Felton, CA 95018 [ H, REC ]

Horse & Heart Summer Camps

Through partnership with Horses in nature they strive to create emotionally healthy and socially competent individuals who become well-adjusted, thriving members of community, and are prepared to make a positive contribution. 650-248-4451 lori@wisdomark.com
5017 Ironwood Drive Soquel CA 95073 [ M, REC ]

Launch Pad

Launch Pad is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3:00 to 5:30 PM in Soquel Village and offers one-to-one, specialized instruction to students with learning disabilities and differences, such as dyslexia, or significant gaps in achievement from a variety of causes.
4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA [ A, REC, SPED ]

Learn to Discover

After-School nonprofit Program providing STEM-based classes to youth ages 4 and up in multiple sites in Santa Cruz County. Offering classes in robotics, video game design, engineering, electronics, LEGO building, design, animation, marine biology, forensics, CAD, computer literacy, making, and much more.
1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, M, REC, SE ]

Mariposa's Art

Mariposa’s Art provides after-school arts programs and community workshops for youth that focus on building leadership and social skills and promoting academic success and career development through the arts. The Mariposa's Art TEACH model delivers year-long teacher training coupled with lessons in the arts to high school students. Together with professional Mariposa's Art facilitators, high school teachers travel to local elementary schools twice weekly to teach. High school students also learn about classroom management, lesson planning, and public speaking; all skills that help them to develop as leaders and to be prepared for the workforce. Mariposa’s Art provides high school youth not only the pride and excitement of a paid job, but also a window into the experience of teaching. Elementary school students have high school role models and are able to create art together and learn about themselves. High school students receive stipends for their internship, earn elective credits, and provide service to elementary school sites that are lacking in art and enrichment programs. The internship aspect of the program also provides high school students with the important role of helping to educate, engage, and inspire a younger generation, while simultaneously gaining important work experience. Mariposa’s Art has numerous programs including Art TEACH, Mural TEACH, Drama TEACH, Guitar TEACH, African Drum TEACH, and Hip Hop Poetry.
[ G, HW, M, REC, SE ]

Monterey Bay Horsemanship & Therapeutic Center

Classes and camps for all ages and abilities including those with special needs. (831) 761-1142
475 Eucalyptus Way La Selva Beach,CA 95076 [ M, REC, SPED ]

Mountain Community Resources (San Lorenzo Valley Area)

Free weekly program for parents and their children birth to 2 years of age. Come play with your children and encourage their healthy growth and development while gathering information and skills to support your growth as a parent.
6134 Highway 9 Felton, CA 95018 [ PS, REC ]

Natural History Museum Summer Camps

Connect your kids with nature this summer through Natural History Museum camps. Hone your artistic skills in nature, become a junior curator, or embark on an outdoor adventure! Online registration is now open at www.santacruzmuseum.org
1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, REC ]

Pajaro Valley Girls Softball League

This program is for girls ages 5 to 18. (We accept 4-year-olds, if parent is involved.) We play all our games at Rolling Hills Middle School in Watsonville. The Program has registration in January for a February start for selecting teams. Games are played at 5:45pm and are from one hour to two hours depending on age....contact number 831-786-8625 to leave a message or email at pvsftbl@pacbell.net is the best. We also go into summer Travel Softball and Fall Ball.
P.O. Box 2114, Watsonville, CA 95077 [ REC ]

Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation - Classes and Programs

Winter-Spring, and Summer Classes of all kinds, including arts, sports, academic-focus, recreation, camps, etc.
Register online, or by phone at 831-420-5270 and in person and by mail at 323 Church St., Santa Cruz. [ REC ]

Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation - Junior Life Guards & Little Guards

Little Guards and Junior Guards are instructed by qualified ocean lifeguards. All of the instructors have successfully completed an intensive United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) certified Open Water Lifeguarding training course and most have worked in the field as lifeguards for more than one year. Instructors are also certified in emergency first aid and CPR for the professional rescuer. Many of the instructors are graduates of the Junior Guards program and have teaching and interpretation experience with children. The program is held on Cowell Beach adjacent to the Municipal Wharf in one of the calmest areas of ocean in Santa Cruz. During the program, Junior Guards are also always under the watchful eye of on-duty beach lifeguards in addition to the supervision provided.
Registration Information and Help 420-5270. Jr. Lifeguard Phone (6/18-8/15) 420-6248. [ REC ]

Summer Day Camp at the YMCA

Y sports camps and activities provide children opportunities to become more confident and healthy.. Activities include swim lessons, basketball, princess camp, science camp, art camp, etc…
See Website [ A, REC ]

The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center Santa Cruz County is building an equitable community where LGBTQ+ people thrive.
1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060 [ HW, M, PS, Q, REC, SS, SE ]

Together In The Park, Live Oak & Santa Cruz (LOFRC & Santa Cruz Adult School)(Watsonville/Aptos Adult Ed)

Parenting support and information along with age appropriate activities. Parents and their children, birth to 5 years are welcome. Tuesdays, 10AM-12Noon at Jose Ave. Park, Live Oak. Thursdays, 10AM-12noon at Frederick Street Park Santa Cruz. or call 429-3966. In South County, call 786-2160. In Felton, call 335-6600.
319 La Fonda Ave Santa Cruz, California 95062 [ M, PS, REC ]

Trips For Kids Santa Cruz

Trips for Kids provide a safe environment where kids 12-18 can have a positive mountain biking experience.
Phone Only, See Website [ G, REC ]

UCSC - Smith Renaissance Society

The Smith Renaissance Society, a program with many years of success, offers academic and financial support services for independent UC Santa Cruz students. It also provides a strong social network of mentors and peers to help students reach their academic goals. The Smith Renaissance Society reaches out to independent high school and community college students.
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 [ A, CO, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SE ]

UCSC Sailing Classes

FREE sailing classes! Open to everyone ages 8+.
See Website [ G, REC ]

Valley Churches United – Missions

SCOTTS VALLEY AND SAN LORENZO VALLEY RESIDENTS. Emergency food pantry, vouchers for gas, funds for emergency rent, mortgages, and utilities as available. Very limited medical assistance. Bilingual can be arranged.
9400 HWY 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005 [ FN, H, LS, REC ]

Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center is your source for the latest news, information, and tools to empower you to “Be the Difference” in Santa Cruz County. http://www.scvolunteercenter.com/
Watsonville Volunteer Center 12 Carr Street Watsonville, CA 95076, Santa Cruz Volunteer Center 1740 17th Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ M, REC ]

Warriors Basketball Camp

A program whose philosophy is to give players of all skill levels and abilities, the opportunity to improve their game in a positive playing environment with teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play being central to everything.
See Website [ REC ]

Watsonville Parks & Community Services - Recreation Centers

Callaghan Park Cultural Center - free drop-in program offers youth opportunities to build skills, meet friends and learn new things. Some of the many activities offered include foosball, pool, basketball, board games, and art classes. Structured games and activities occur daily. Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center - one stop afterschool “chill spot.” The G.H.W.R. Youth Center offers free programs and services for youth ages 6-22 years old. Kick it with your friends, get homework help, or check out a variety of exciting activities. Teen Room where you can hang out, watch TV or listen to music, bring your game console and hook it up to our TV with surround sound. In addition, the Youth Center offers a variety of trips, classes, and special and late night events for middle and high school students. Marinovich Park Community Center - Free, fun drop-in activities, in a safe and supportive environment. The drop-in program includes arts & crafts activities, physical activities, cooking classes, trips, non-competitive tournaments and much more! Muzzio Park Community Center - home of our popular gymnastics program. Ramsay Park Family Center Muzzio Ramsay Park Family Center - The Ramsay Park Family Center offers the F.L.Y.E.R.S. after school program and Camp W.O.W. during summer, winter and spring breaks from school.
Callaghan Park Cultural Center: 225 Sudden St., Watsonville. Phone: 728-6084. Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center: 30 Maple Ave., Watsonville. Phone: 768-3248. Marinovich Community Center: 120 Second St., Watsonville: Phone: 768-3250. Muzzio Park Community Center: 26 W. Front St., Watsonville. Phone: 763-9089. Ramsay Park Family Center: 1301 Main St., Watsonville. Phone: 768-3270. [ A, M, REC ]

Watsonville Parks & Community Services - Summer Aquatics Program

We are offering our summer aquatics program at Watsonville High School again this summer. The program features swim lessons and a daily drop-in recreational swim program. All of our friendly and well-trained staff members are American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. We have swim lessons for a variety of ages and levels of experience. From our Parents and Tots class designed for parents to introduce their toddler to the water to our Swimmers class designed for experience swimmers wishing to fine tune their strokes, we classes for almost everyone. In addition, we offer nearly 2 hours of recreational swim time each afternoon.
City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department 231 Union St. Watsonville, CA 95076 831-768-3240 Customer Service Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [ REC ]

Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic, and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents.
130 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FY, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SS, SE ]

YMCA - Watsonville Family YMCA

Strengthens the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
27 Sudden Street Watsonville, CA 95076 [ HW, M, REC ]

Youth N.O.W. Student Center

Youth N.O.W Center is an After School Student Center that provides no-cost tutoring and academic support, as well as, a safe social environment for middle and high school students in the downtown Watsonville area. We have a site for high school students located on Carr Street and one for middle school students located on Madison Street. Each site has both a learning center space and a recreational social space. We offer individualized contracted tutoring, homework help, independent study, school project resources, computer labs, and printing services. Our social and recreational spaces are comprised of a high school ‘coffee house’ and the middle school gym, with activities such as enrichment classes, clubs, sports clinics and evening social events. We offer a five-week all-day program in the summer reflective of our school-year programming. No-cost food is offered at both sites thanks to our community partners.
31 Carr Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 (High School Site); 15 Madison Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 (Middle School Site) [ A, G, M, REC ]

Youth Resource Bank

Offer assistance for a wide variety of needs including shoes and clothing, child car seats, school supplies, job placements, mental health counseling, and dental and legal services.
See Website [ A, CO, FN, FY, G, HW, H, LS, REC, SE ]