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Welcome to the Santa Cruz Interactive Tour

Written and photographed by Michael Harris

Full moonAs part of a program of the City of Santa Cruz and the California Resources Agency, and in celebration of the 85th Anniversary of the Wharf, we offer a nature tour along the longest public Wharf on the west coast.

Along with local history and wharf facts, this tour curriculum examines the natural resources of the central coast protected with the establishment of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 

Throughout historic periods of Native American Ohlones, to immigrant Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Anglo, and today's cosmopolitan residents and visitors, Santa Cruz life has always been shaped by Monterey Bay and the Pacific.

This has been true from the early days of subsistence fishing to export shipping, to commercial and sports fishing, to recreation and research today.

This tour is structured around our exhibit kiosks, panel displays, outdoor aquariums and special vistas. The Wharf's special shops and restaurants are treated in other parts of our website. This is about the sea, the shore and our Marine Sanctuary.

Come take a stroll with us as we explore the Santa Cruz Wharf and the life beneath it.


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Last updated: 2/24/2010 12:14:00 PM