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Parks and Recreation Opens New Pogonip Nature Center
New Nature Center offers visitors the chance to learn about the natural history of Pogonip
Posted Date: 7/2/2012 9:00 AM

SANTA CRUZ, CA (July 2, 2012) -- The Parks and Recreation Department has opened a new nature center in Pogonip featuring information about the natural resources and history of the treasured open space.  

Visitors are invited to explore the rich history of Pogonip through displays and information, discover a new trail, make an appointment for a guided tour and learn about Santa Cruz native plants and animals according to Heather Reiter, Chief Ranger for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department.

“After being closed for several years, we're very pleased to have the Nature Center open to the public,” says Reiter. “And we'd like to thank our partners at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for their generosity in lending us specimens for display. Our guests will get a truly interactive experience when they visit, and we hope to make Pogonip come alive to a whole new generation of visitors.”

The center is open during the summer from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.

Directions to the Nature Center from Highway 1, turn North onto Highway 9/River Street. Turn left onto Golf Club Drive. Continue on Golf Club Drive to park entrance. Limited vehicle and bike parking is available near the entrance (pedestrian access only past the locked gate). The Nature Center is located next to the Clubhouse.

For more information on the Pogonip Nature Center, please call Heather Reiter, Chief Ranger at 831-420-6208 (office) or 831-212-8688 (cell) or email her at