Ongoing Activities

Paralympic Sports

This program welcomes disabled youths and adults of all skill levels to participate in ongoing sports and physical activities. We offer lessons in Horseback Riding, Archery, Table Tennis, Rock Climbing, and more.

Dates and locations vary. View calendar for more info.

Girl with special needs eating lettuce at a farm

Outdoor Education

Shared Adventures leads our participants out onto the Bay and into local State Parks with experienced guides. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on the natural wonders Santa Cruz has to offer.
Dates and locations vary. View calendar for more info.

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Our Shared Garden

Garden gatherings CANCELLED: unfortunately we will not be hosting Our Shared Garden for the next few weeks, May 16th, 23rd and 30th. But will be back and buzzing June 6th! We hope to see you then.

THURSDAYS (weather permitting)
Location: Common Roots Farm, 335 Golf Club Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: FREE!
Whether you’re new to gardening or an old-hat green thumb, join us at our new garden space and classroom, wheelchair accessible with raised beds! We have moved locations to the beautiful Common Roots Farm (formerly Costanoa Commons)–a community oriented farm where folks with and without disabilities can share the many adventures and wonders of gardening. We will be spending mornings in the fresh air sowing seeds, watering, weeding, pruning, harvesting, and enjoying our garden. Come watch the greenery grow and reap the harvest throughout the year. Wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and bring a sun hat to this ongoing project for all ages.


Check out Our Shared Garden Facebook page for updates and to see the latest garden photos.

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Open Art Studio

Location: Hope Services in Santa Cruz (220 Lincoln St.)
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: FREE!

An inclusive art program for those with and without special needs, this program has a major goal of uniting two communities that don’t typically interact very regularly: the disabled and the able-bodied. Open Art Studio classes run year-round, with a break over the holidays. New students and drop-ins welcome! No registration is required.

Shared Adventures would like to recognize Palace Art & Office Supply for their generous support of Open Art Studio.

Man & woman with Down Syndrome dancing

Social Adventures

Dance parties, bowling, local sporting events, movie nights and more are staples of the Social Adventures program. In a safe and nurturing environment, participants develop social skills and form lifelong friendships.
Dates and locations vary. View calendar for more info.

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Because of the sharing that you do, we are able to share our adventures. Thank you for your contributions.

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Donation Total: $10 Monthly