Open House: Events and tours

Coastal Campus: 1:30–3:30 PM
Main Campus: 2 PM
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Parking Recommendations:

  • Coastal Science Campus: Lot 206 (free). Stop by the Coastal Biology Building after the 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting to pick up a map of the larger Coastal Science Campus and suggested tour stops. Please keep an eye out for cyclists participating in the U'ilani Fund Ohana Ride for Breast Cancer.
  • Hay Barn and Farm & Garden Tours: Lots 115 & 116  (free)
  • Cowell Press, Dead Central, and Quarry open houses: Hahn Student Center (self-pay parking)
  • Collective Museum: Arboretum, or walk from Farm & Garden ($5 includes Arboretum admission and parking)
  • Genomics & Pediatric Cancer: Core West (free). The Genomics Institute is located on the 5th floor of Engineering 2, suite 501
Proceed past the kiosk at the campus entrance to your destinations
Bookmark this Campus map for driving, parking, and walking directions

The Impact of the Campaign for UC Santa Cruz is being felt all across campus, from a barn rebuilt as a center for environmental studies to genomics research focused on childhood cancer. See for yourself some of the ways philanthropy is changing the future at UC Santa Cruz:

Coastal Biology Building Ribbon Cutting and Coastal Science Campus Tours: 1:30-3:30pm

From classrooms in the wild to programs supporting coastal conservation practitioners and future policy makers, our growing coastal campus is home to the new Coastal Biology building, Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve, and facilities of the Institute of Marine Sciences facilities, including the Center for Ocean Health and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Join us for the Coastal Biology Building ribbon cutting ceremony and stay for tours of the coastal campus.

Archives of the Counterculture - Visit Dead Central: 2-4 pm

The University Library has emerged as a trusted partner in preserving the norm-bending underground cultures that grew out of San Francisco and the Bay Area in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The current exhibit in McHenry Library features elements from the Grateful Dead Archive and the Pirkle Jones and Ruth Marion Baruch Collection. Valued at $32 million, the photo collection is the single largest gift to UC Santa Cruz.

Grounded in History – Hay Barn Open House, Farm & Garden Tour: 2-5 pm

The philanthropy that rebuilt the historic Hay Barn symbolizes the university’s powerful connection to the land—and support for its farm, gardens, and farming apprenticeships. Visit the award-winning Hay Barn, newly reconstructed and now home to the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and a welcome gathering place for campus and community events. A docent-led tour of the adjacent 30-acre organic farm leaves from the Hay Barn at 3 pm. Come learn about the education, research, and public outreach work that has helped drive the food movement for 50 years.

Connecting the Arts & Sciences – Experience the Collective Museum: 2-5 pm

With donor support for its programs, the Institute of the Arts and Sciences is bringing together research in the arts and science in new ways and sharing it with the world. Gather in the Arboretum to experience the Collective Museum exhibition and preview upcoming Future Gardens installation. Short, drop-in tours will leave every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour.

Arts & Letters for the Ages – Cowell Press Open House 2-5 pm

Endowments supporting the operation of an art press and the study of modern poetry and Charles Dickens demonstrate the breadth of programs capturing the imagination of donors. Experience the history of letterpress printing and book arts at the Cowell Press.

The Quarry for the Next Generation: 2-4 pm

The reopening of the iconic Quarry Amphitheater and plans for its future resulted from a commitment by students and donors to bring the iconic site back to life. Stop in for a walking tour of the renovated site, ready to once again become a thriving gathering place for UC Santa Cruz.

Putting Genomics and Data Science to Work on Pediatric Cancer: 2-4 pm

The Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative at the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute is tackling challenging child cancers through genomics analysis. Learn how our team puts tumor data within reach of the doctors and pediatric cancer researchers to fast-track less toxic and more effective treatments for kids who have run out of treatment options.