John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.
We will look at the theme of disease through the lens of plants, diving into what is commonly referred to as “Sudden Oak Death”. Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen known to cause sudden oak death, will be explored by our expert guest Chris Lee, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Did you know that our oceans are getting noisier, that plants might grow better with classical music playing, or that NASA scientists have converted solar flares into sound waves to learn about the sun? From rabbit ears to bat echolocation, from owls in flight to dolphin sonar, the sense of hearing and the power of sound plays an important role in the natural world and how we study it.
Visit the newly renovated Museum Bird Gallery with Antonio Balesteri of Sky Patrol for an hour of feathery fun learning about the birds of prey of Monterey County!
Despite southern sea otter population growth since 1911, otters are faced with increasing challenges to their survival. One of the largest obstacles they face is a disease caused by the thorny-headed worm, a parasite known by scientists as an acanthocephalan.
Join us as we slither into the magical world of bats, spiders, and snakes. Learn about these amazing (and important!) animals as you visit fun and educational stations throughout the Museum.
Every Winter an incredible diversity of thousands of birds migrates south along the California Coast and the Monterey Audubon Society's SeaWatch initiative works to catalog the number and species that travel past our beautiful bay. Paul Fenwick of SeaWatch will join us as we discover more about some of the amazing species that will fill our skies this holiday season!
View live butterflies up close, migrate like a monarch, and learn how to garden with butterflies in mind. You can help our visiting monarchs by taking home your very own native wildflower pot!
Bring your rubber boots or water shoes as we get into the intertidal with our very own LiMPETS Program Coordinator, Hannah Sarver! We will explore this ecosystem and the fantastic creatures that inhabit it as we learn about sea stars, anemones, nudibranchs and much, much more!
Join us as state parks representative Dave Dixon guides us through the Coastal Dune ecosystem and reveals the hidden world of the federally threatened snowy plover. Come learn about the important role these birds play in our local ecosystems and how we can help preserve this incredible species for the future!
Join us for January’s Science Saturday, Amazing Migrations, as we investigate the world of long-distance animal travels. Whales, birds, insects, and more will be the focus of our deeper look at these natural phenomena.
This highest jumping, fastest flying, strongest biting Science Saturday of the year focuses on the Olympians in the animal kingdom. From falcons to mountain lions, and beetles to beavers, every athlete has a story to tell.
Explore the sweet-side of science as Science Saturday turns its attention to Bees, Wasps, Honey, and Hives. Do all bees make honey? How do you tell a wasp from a bee? Do all bees sting? Find the answers to all of your buzzing questions
Prepare for time-travel during this prehistoric Science Saturday, when we'll set our sights on the age of the dinosaurs. Presented in partnership with the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society, this event will feature fossils, footprints, and more as we learn what made the dinosaurs so successful, and also what led to their extinction.