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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.

Nature Club House Hours

October 24- November 1:

Monday, October 24: Closed

Tuesday, October 25: 10:00AM-Noon

Wednesday, October 26:10:00AM-Noon

Thursday, October 27:10:00AM-Noon

Friday, October 28: 10:00AM-Noon

Saturday, October 29: 10:00AM-2:00PM

Sunday, October 30: 10:00 AM-1:00PM

Monday, October 31: Closed

Tuesday, November 1: 10:00AM-Noon

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


On hiatus for 2016dig dirt outdoor play

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 NATURE CLUB HOUSE in the BACKYARD 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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