Celebrate our Summer Saturday Series Grand Finale! The Banana Slug String Band will return to the Museum on Saturday, August 4 for our last Families In Nature Summer Saturday event of the season. Their musical presentation, “Down by the Creek,” will celebrate newly restored Pilkington Creek at 11am and 12:30pm. We will have native California seedlings for kids to plant plus craft activities, face painting, food, and fun! The Penny Ice Creamery will be here dishing up delectable cones alongside Blood, Sweat & Tacos. And Chevrolet of Watsonville will offer the Museum $5 for every test-drive of their electric Volt. Much gratitude goes out to Vision Recycling and Live Earth Farm for sponsoring this event, and to KION for creating this Familes In Nature promotional commercial.
Rocks, fossils, and shells…Oh my! Come check out the Museum’s two new interactives by our rocks and fossil exhibits. Read about the three main rock types and put your knowledge to the test. Can you tell the difference between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks? You can also dabble in paleontology for a bit with our latest hands-on activity: matching shells with their corresponding fossil. Want to learn more? Head on over to the Pogonip Nature Center and enjoy our collection of specimen and geology activity on display now!
The Forest of Nisene Marks celebrates its 50th birthday this weekend. There will be a special tour highlighting five decades of nature preservation. Read more in this Santa Cruz Sentinel article.
The Museum seeks intrepid volunteers to help us transport and unload mulch for upcoming garden work in Pilkington Creek. In partnership with the Seabright Neighborhood Association, we have reintroduced many new native species to the area. And Vision Recycling has given us a generous donation of mulch to help keep down the invasive weeds. We seek volunteers with pick-up trucks (without camper shells) to help us pick up mulch either in Ben Lomond or Watsonville, transport it to the Museum, and help us unload it. If you are the intrepid person we seek, please email email@example.com or call 420.6115 x15.
Coming soon, Movies at the Museum makes its debut! This fall, we are introducing a monthly movie series and our first theme is “Weird Science.” We will host a sci-fi/horror film and bring a keynote presenter to share the facts behind the fiction of each film. There will be refreshments, beer, wine, popcorn, and plenty of creepy preserved specimens hangin’ around to complete the weird science feel. Our first film will be Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds – based on a true story that happened here, in the Monterey Bay! Go to our Facebook Movies at the Museum page and let us know that you plan to attend, as space will be limited.