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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of adult programs designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world. Lectures and films, classes, field trips, panel discussions, and workshops provide opportunities to experience new ideas, develop new skills, meet active adults with similar interests, and learn from experts.

The Museum also offers a wonderful roster of family programs that create opportunities for parents and children of all ages to have fun learning together.

For more specific information about upcoming adult and family programs, please visit our Calendar page

Poet-In-Residence Program


Nature Poetry Readings & Workshops
With Chryss Yost, Poet-in-Residence for October and November

Poets-in-Residence will create poetry inspired by the Museum’s exhibits and magnificent natural setting and host poetry readings and poetry writing workshops. At the end of the year, a capstone reception and reading will present the works of all of the Poets-in-Residence to the community.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Centennial Year Poets-in-Residence program is generously sponsored by Nancy Gifford, Chaucer’s Books and Captured Spirit Photography.


(Photo Credit: Captured Spirit Photography; Image of: Chryss Yost, Poet Laureate)


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