Dr. Traci Bliss studied education at Stanford University, receiving a master of social studies and a doctorate in education. Traci Bliss, co-author of the book Santa Cruz’s Seabright, delivers regular historical talks both about Seabright, a state beach, and Santa Cruz's redwood state parks. She has provided her services to state park staff members, museums, and a number of diverse audiences.
Seabright, one of the most historic neighborhoods in Santa Cruz, California, overlooks the storied Santa Cruz Boardwalk from the vantage point of sandstone cliffs that run from San Lorenzo Point to the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor. Thanks to continued community efforts, Seabright has maintained a knowledgeable reverence for its past, dating back to the neighborhood’s Victorian-era origins as a summer camping ground.
Interested individuals can learn more about Seabright, including its transition into a year round neighborhood, in the book Santa Cruz’s Seabright, out now with Arcadia Publishing. The book has been co-written by Randall Brown, a local author and historian with particular experience in areas of water resources and land use, and Dr. Traci Bliss, an award winning professor and the Seabright Neighborhood Association Historian. Proceeds from the book support education programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History in the heart of Seabright.
A member of academia for more than two decades, Traci Bliss, PhD, most recently worked as a professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Passionate about old growth redwood forests, Traci Bliss spends time speaking and writing about the redwood conservation movement in Santa Cruz County, California. She also serves as a docent at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, frequently giving talks and conducting historic walking tours.
Found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park consists of 40 acres of redwood trees as well as more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land. Visitors can hike, swim, horseback ride, and camp at the park. The park’s tallest tree is 277 feet tall, 16 feet wide, and approximately 1,500 years old.
To help pay for events at the park and to encourage visitors, the park hosts several events throughout the year that highlight all that it has to offer. The Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser, scheduled for October 14, 2017, features a meal including fresh Maine lobster, corn on the cob, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and dessert. The bluegrass band Highway One will perform. This annual fundraiser raises money for the Mountain Parks Foundation and supports programs provided in Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin state parks.