EPS Alumni Reunion 2020

Welcome to the UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences 2020 Reunion Planning Page!

We are excited about connecting with many former students, staff, researchers and others who have a personal and/or professional connection to the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (EPS) at UCSC. We have planned a fun and illuminating set of events for the weekend of May 1st to 3rd, including field trips, presentations, and plenty of time to mingle and talk to old and new friends, and to enjoy local Santa Cruz food and libations. On the rest of this page, we provide information and links to help you plan for the weekend. If you have questions, please direct them to Eli Silver or Amy Kornberg.

Here are three things you should do right away (please read the rest of this page for instructions/information):

(1) Review the schedule of events, to make sure you can participate in as many as possible.

(2) Respond to the links below to indicate which event(s) you plan to attend, which will help us to make sure we have adequate space, food, and drinks. Sign-ups are more formal for the field trips, as described below.

(3) Book housing and/or make contact with other reunion participants, as described below.

(1) Review the below draft EPS Reunion 2020 Schedule

Friday, May 1st
3:30PM-5:30PM - Welcome Reception in EMS Atrium

Saturday, May 2nd
8:00AM-1:00PM - Field Trips (see description below)
1:00PM-2:00PM - Lunch in EMS Atrium
2:00PM-4:30PM - Alumni and Faculty Presentations in EMS B206
5:00PM-6:30PM - Brewery Trip

Sunday, May 3rd
9:30AM-11:30AM - Geological Stroll along West Cliff Drive, led by Bob Garrison and Gary Griggs

*We are continuing to refine the schedule, so please check back as we get closer to the event.*

(2) Sign up for EPS Reunion 2020 Events

If you have not done so already, please tell us which EPS Reunion event(s) you plan to attend using this webform. This will help to make sure we have enough food, drinks, and space for planned participants.

In addition, if you plan to participate on one of the field trips, 5/2, 8:00AM – 1:00PM, please register here:

(a) Sign up for EPS Reunion Field Trip to Ano Nuevo led by Noah Finnegan and Jeremy Hourigan

(b) Sign up for EPS Reunion Field Trip to Pajaro Valley led by Andy Fisher, viewing ground water recharge

(3) Organize logistics for your trip

Arrange for lodging and/or make connection with other participants to share rides, etc.

Coordinate travel/lodging with other EPS Reunion participants

We created a GoogleDocs form where people can enter information if they would like to share driving, lodging and/or coordinate other reunion activities.

EPS Reunion Connection page

Please note: the EPS Reunion Connection page is open to anyone who has the link, and all entries can be edited by anyone with access. 

Lodging options

Santa Cruz is a popular regional, national, and international destination in May, so it is wise to book lodging early. UCSC has negotiated some special rates with local hotels, and EPS has made some additional arrangements, as described below. In general, it is best to call the hotel directly to get the best rate.

Fairfield by Marriott - Santa Cruz

The block rate rate for May 1-3, 2020 is $175 per room per night plus taxes

Your reservation needs to be made by March 15th to receive the block rate. Call the hotel directly  at 831-420-0777 and ask for the UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences block.

Hotel Paradox

The block rate rate for May 1-3, 2020 is $185 per room per night plus taxes

Your reservation needs to be made by March 20th to receive the block rate. Use this link to book in the UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences block.

Beach Street Inn

The block rate rate for May 1-3, 2020 is $199 per room per night plus taxes

Your reservation needs to be made by April 1st to receive the block rate. Call the hotel directly  at 831-423-3031 and ask for the UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences block.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz

The block rate rate for May 1-3, 2020 is $349 per room per night plus taxes

Your reservation needs to be made by April 1st to receive the block rate. Call the hotel directly  at 844-291-9681 and ask for the UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences block.

Sea and Sand Inn

UCSC rates: 

1 Queen Room, $289 per night

2 Queen Room, $309

Mission Inn

Friday, May 1st
Single Queen $169 + tax
Double Queen $179 + tax
Saturday, May 2nd
Single Queen $215 + tax
Double Queen $224 + tax
Sunday, May 3rd
Single Queen $125 + tax
Double Queen $143 + tax

Please call the hotel directly and ask for the UCSC rate (831-425-5455)