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Naturally Different

Explore and discover the wonders of nature in The Museum Backyard. Climb boulders,  build a fort, search for bugs and small critters, create mudpies, explore the water course, perform on stage, and so much more.

Meet other families and make new friends.  Enjoy being outdoors in The Museum Backyard.


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Guests are invited to enjoy the Backyard during regular Museum hours. All guests must enter through the main Admissions Office. Guests are also welcome to explore the Nature Club House when it is open and staffed.

Club House hours change from week to week. Hours are posted each week outside of the Admissions Office and on the deck of the Club House.

May 23 - May 30, 2016

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10:00AM-Noon

Wednesday: 10:00AM-2:00PM

Thursday: 10:00AM-Noon

Friday: 10:00AM-Noon

Saturday: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Monday: Closed

For more information, please contact Justin Canty at 805-682-4711 ext. 162 or


Explore nature with our Backyard Naturalist on select Saturdays at 2:15PM. Engage in hands-on activities in the beautiful outdoor settings of the Museum.

Groups explore the Oak Woodland and/or Riparian ecosystems. Activities may include invertebrate search, leaf rubbings, sound mapping and more*.

SIGN-UP and MEET at the Courtyard just past the Admissions Office between 2:00-2:15PM. (Space is limited).

PLEASE check the online Museum calendar to verify program dates. No ONE programs are offered on the third weekend of each month.

Caution: May involve exploration through uneven terrain. Close-toed shoes are required.
*Activities and times are subject to change based on capactiy and weather conditions.


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