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Science Saturday: Migrations & Sandy's Birthday
Jan
31
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: Migrations & Sandy's Birthday

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Could you travel hundreds, even thousands of miles only using your memory, or your sense of smell?

Come see how well you can migrate! Try matching scents as salmon do when they try to find their home river, create a bracelet that follows the long journey of a gray whale, and see if you can survive life as a migratory bird! Spend your day at the Museum as you learn just what makes these migrations so amazing! We’re also celebrating Sandy the Whale's 32nd Birthday! At 1 p.m. we'll sing happy birthday and serve cake to guests (first come first serve basis).

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, January 31, between 11 am and 3pm

Night Owl: The Science of Sex in Nature
Feb
14
7:00 pm19:00

Night Owl: The Science of Sex in Nature

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

This Valentine’s Day discover the secret love lives of animals, from fascinating romantic rituals to the science of attracting mates. Grab a drink, enjoy music, and take a closer look at our natural world at Night Owl! Make a full night of it and enjoy food from one of the gourmet food trucks that will be parked out front! *Please have your ID ready at the door so you are prepared for the drinks for donations inside! Friday,

$15 General Admission $10 Museum Members

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Member Exclusive:  Treasures from the Basement, Native American Baskets
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

Member Exclusive: Treasures from the Basement, Native American Baskets

Treasures from the Basement is a Members-Exclusive event where the Museum provides a rare and exclusive one-evening-only showing of part of its collection.

This first Treasures from the Basement event showcases the Museum's extensive Native American basket collection.  For this evening only, members get a rare glimpse of diverse artifacts such as Arctic baleen baskets, Pomo feathered baskets, and enormous Pima storage baskets.

This evening will also celebrate the Museum's Ohlone and Salinan baskets being publicly and safely exhibited again after five years of storage. Ohlone baskets are rare, with only a few dozen known to exist worldwide.

To herald this momentous occasion, Ohlone basketweaver Linda Yamane will be present showcasing baskets from her collection. Linda is a Rumsien Ohlone of the Native people of the Monterey area. Linda and her students are the only authentic Ohlone weavers alive today.

Feb
28
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: February

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, February 28, between 11 am and 3pm

Mar
28
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: March

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, March 28, between 11 am and 3pm

Photographer's Hour
Apr
17
8:00 am08:00

Photographer's Hour

Photographers may enter the show at 8 am, one hour before the show opens, on the first day of the show, Friday, April 17, 2015 to take photographs.

Photographs may be taken at anytime throughout the wildflower show.  Some photographers, however, like to take their time setting up a flower shot and arranging their lighting and angle just right. This can be difficult to manage while guests view the flowers. The Photographer's Hour provides a time to spend time on wildflower photography without guests present.

Please note that on the first day of the show the flowers are the freshest, but not all of the flowers are necessarily present. Small numbers of flowers can continue to arrive throughout the show. 

Apr
18
11:00 am11:00

Native Plant Fair

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Enjoy hands-on activities, current information, and volunteer activities—all having to do with native plants. Participating organizations include the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, the Bureau of Land Management, and more.

Demonstration: “Native Plant Gardening in Pots” with Patrick Regan.
Apr
18
1:00 pm13:00

Demonstration: “Native Plant Gardening in Pots” with Patrick Regan.

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Annual and Perennial wildflowers can be ephemeral beauties that may seem to be too wild or too exacting in their needs to try at home. But you can! Bulbs and seeds of many of our most common as well as unique and uncommon flowers can be grown in containers for the home garden. Possible combinations are almost endless. Native plant expert Patrick Regan will show examples of wildflowers in pots big and small and discuss tips for maintaining them through the bloom season and well beyond.

Apr
19
2:00 pm14:00

Lecture: “Revising the Monterey Flora” with Michael Mitchell.

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

If you’re interested in identifying wildflowers to the genus and species level, this lecture is for you. Corky Matthews’ book “the Plants of Monterey County – an Illustrated Field Key” has recently been updated. Michael Mitchell, editor of the new edition, will discuss the updates (including changes to taxonomic organization and the addition of hundreds of plants), and will give some hints on how to get the most out of the book.

Apr
25
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: April

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, April 25, between 11 am and 3pm


Science Saturday: Monarch Magic
Nov
29
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: Monarch Magic

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Welcome the monarch butterflies back to Pacific Grove! Create a monarch chrysalis pin, view live butterflies, explore the Museum’s Monarchs Come Home exhibition, and get your face painted while you discover what makes our monarch butterflies special. Special guests will provide even more activities, music, and information. Join us for a day filled with monarch magic!

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, November 29, between 11 am and 3pm

Nov
15
10:00 am10:00

Member Exclusive: Geological Tour of Pt. Lobos

Do you know what caused these circular patterns?

Do you know what caused these circular patterns?

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.

Join this free, members-exclusive event where acclaimed geologist Ed Clifton, Ph.D. reveals fun and curious facts and significant geological history of Pt. Lobos. 

This geological story covers 80 million years with some of the oldest rocks being from a time when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth and pterodactyls dominated the sky.

Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Nov Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Nov
13
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: California Native Plant Society, Nov Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Don't miss engaging and educational California native plant lectures at the Monterey Bay Chapter of the Native Plant Society monthly general meetings. All are welcome at these free monthly meetings held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Exceptions to this meeting schedule include February, April, June, August, October and December, when there is no meeting. See the monthly newsletter for the lecture topic. A wide selection of books is available for sale at each meeting. The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is a member of a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. Our chapter covers Monterey and San Benito counties.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

Lecture: Audubon Presents "Undercover: The secretive lives of rails” with Laurie Hall.
Nov
11
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Audubon Presents "Undercover: The secretive lives of rails” with Laurie Hall.

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Laurie Hall is starting the sixth year of her Ph.D. in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.  She has spent the past five years up to her knees in mud, peering into the cattails, trying to understand one of the most secretive species of birds in the world-the Black Rail.  Her dissertation is focused on dispersal of rails among wetlands in northern California, and she uses a number of methods to measure wetland connectivity, including radio-telemetry, genetics, and stable isotope chemistry.  In her presentation, Laurie will describe population dynamics, connectivity, and habitat use of rails and discuss how her research will help inform conservation and management decisions for wetlands and their wildlife in the face of continued habitat loss and fragmentation caused by development and climate change.  Her work was recently highlighted in a Bay Nature article. http://baynature.org/articles/elusive-black-rail-may-adapt-better-than-youd-think/.  To learn more about Laurie and her research please visit https://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/beislab/rail/html/index.html.    

Doors open at 7:00PM. Talk to Begin around 7:30, at the PG Museum of Natural History.

Tuesday, November 11, 7 pm

Oct
25
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: Spiders & Snakes

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

What do you fear? Find out that it doesn’t need to be spiders or snakes! Hold a live snake, view live spiders, make a spider web, and join us for other fun crafts and activities as you trick-or-treat around the Museum while learning all about arachnids and reptiles! Don’t forget that downtown Pacific Grove will have lots of Halloween fun, including live music and trick-or-treating on Lighthouse Avenue. Stop by the Museum and Downtown PG for a fun day celebrating spiders, snakes, and Halloween!

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, October 25, between 11 am and 3pm

Lecture: Audubon Presents Marie Read and the Birds of the Mono Lake Basin
Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Audubon Presents Marie Read and the Birds of the Mono Lake Basin

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Join the Monterey Audubon Society and their presentation of nationally known bird photographer, Marie Read. Marie takes us on a journey exploring the birdlife of the Mono Lake Basin. Marie’s stunning photography, now featured in her newly released book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin, reveals the fascinating lives of the birds that breed or migrate through this spectacular birding hotspot. Signed books will be available for purchase.

Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Oct Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Night Owl: Botany & Brews
Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

Night Owl: Botany & Brews

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Learn the science of your favorite drink! Enjoy beer tasting from different plants and wine tasting from different grapes. Learn the process of home brewing beer, turning molasses into rum, and brewing tea and experiment with yeast/sugar combinations. Enjoy live blue grass music from the “Blue Tail Flies” and a no-host bar with wine, beer, and whiskey cider. (Please bring your ID!) Grab a bite from the food truck parked outside and come on into the Museum for a Night Owl evening! 

Night Owl events are adults-only (ages 18+) 

$15 General Admission $10 Museum Members 

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Science Saturday: Sea Otters
Sep
27
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: Sea Otters

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week at the Museum! Find out if you’d rather have otter fur or blubber, see what it's like to eat like a sea otter, examine real otter fur, make a craft to take home, and more! Discover just how important otters are to Monterey Bay as you dive into their amazing world at September’s free family event!

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, September 27, between 11 am and 3pm

Pacific Grove Chinese Fishing Village Educational Panel Dedication Ceremony
Sep
20
10:00 am10:00

Pacific Grove Chinese Fishing Village Educational Panel Dedication Ceremony

  • Recreation Trail across from American Tin Cannery

Join the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, the City of Pacific Grove,  and Gerry Low-Sabado, a fifth generation Pacific Grove Chinese Fishing Village descendant at the unveiling of an educational interpretive panel to mark the former Chinese Village site in Pacific Grove.

Saturday, September 20, 10am - 11am

Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Sep Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Sep
11
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Native Plant Society, Sep Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Don't miss engaging and educational California native plant lectures at the Monterey Bay Chapter of the Native Plant Society monthly general meetings. All are welcome at these free monthly meetings held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Exceptions to this meeting schedule include February, April, June, August, October and December, when there is no meeting. See the monthly newsletter for the lecture topic. A wide selection of books is available for sale at each meeting. The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is a member of a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. Our chapter covers Monterey and San Benito counties.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Sep
9
6:00 pm18:00

Monterey Audubon Society, Sep Board Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Monterey Audubon Society's Board meeting is Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6pm. There is no Audubon lecture in September.

The next Audubon Society lecture is October 14, 7pm. This October meeting will feature nationally known bird photographer, Marie Read. Marie will take us on a journey exploring the birdlife of the Mono Lake Basin. Please check the Museum's October calendar for more details.

Aug
12
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Monterey Audubon Society, Aug Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

All monthly Audubon meetings are held at the Pacific Grove Museum on the second Tuesday of the month. All meetings are free and members and non-members are welcome! Doors open at 7:00 PM with soft drinks and cookies provided by MAS hospitality. Monterey Audubon has been devoted to the understanding, conservation and enjoyment of Central California's birdlife since 1943. We strive to connect communities and individuals to the region's avifauna through educational programs and outdoor recreation. As a chapter of America's oldest conservation group we are also committed to advocacy on behalf of native avifauna and ecosystems as well as the implementation of stewardship practices which conserve and restore the Monterey region's precious biological diversity and wildlife.

Aug
8
Aug 13

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Aug Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Jul
28
Aug 1

Summer Camp: Engineering in Nature

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Engineering in Nature
How are some lizards able to walk on water? How do paper wasps nest work? Why do pine trees like fire? Discover the answers to these questions as more as we attempt to duplicate some of nature’s engineering marvels.

July 28 - August 1, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Jul
26
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday - Birds, Feathers, & Flight

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

How do feathers help a bird fly?  What's the wingspan of a California Condor? Why do some birds have long bills while others have short, sharp beaks? Discover the answer to these questions and more at this month's Science Saturday!  Conduct experiments with bird feathers, see what it's like to eat like a bird, and make a bird window cling to take home and help protect birds in your neighborhood. There's a lot to explore during this day all about wings, nests, beaks, and birds!

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for ALL guests on Science Saturday!

Saturday, July 26, between 11 am and 3 pm

Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society, July Meeting

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Jul
7
Jul 11

Summer Camp: Art & Nature

Celebrate the beauty of art in nature! Explore the natural world of the Monterey Peninsula while photographing the wonders of the forest, painting a watercolor landscape at Lover’s Point, and making natural dyes from plants.

July 7 - July 11, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Jun
28
11:00 am11:00

Museum Tour

  • Museum Tour

Join the docent guided Museum Tour every Saturday at 11 am. A Maximum of 20 people can join this tour. Guests may sign up for the tour at the Museum front desk. Advanced reservations are not accepted.