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April 12, 2021 Date

Upcoming Events

Science Pub From Home: Focus on Orchids: Microscopic Oberonia
Monday, April 12
Get closer than ever to delicate flowers in a favorite family: orchids. From casual orchid-lovers to professional researchers, all are welcome as Curator of Malacology Daniel...
6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Conversations with a Curator - Economy of the Chumash: Shell Bead Money
Thursday, April 15
Presented by Associate Curator of Anthropology Brian Barbier, M.A. The Chumash people produced shell beads for thousands of years in the Santa Barbara Channel region. Join us...
5:00 PM–6:00 PM
Online Workshop: Art Meets Science – Block Printing Botanicals
Saturday, May 1
Join Maximus Gallery Curator Linda Miller as she gives a sneak peek into our summer exhibit, A Medicine to the Mind, which traces the four-hundred-year-old history of illustra...
11:00 AM–12:15 PM
Science Pub From Home: Humans and Mountain Lions in California
Monday, May 10
Explore how human presence impacts Mountain Lion behavior, movement, and survival. The Santa Cruz Puma Project has been studying Mountain Lions (or pumas) in the Santa Cruz Mo...
6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Conversations with a Curator - Digging Deep into Dinosaur Evolution
Thursday, May 20
Presented by Teen Programs Manager and Paleontologist Jenna Role, M.S. Over hundreds of millions of years, dinosaurs developed a remarkable diversity of traits and lifestyles...
5:00 PM–6:00 PM
Conversations with a Curator - Scallops, Oysters, and Mussels, Oh My!
Thursday, June 10
Presented by Curator Emeritus of Malacology Paul Valentich-Scott Marine bivalve mollusks (scallops, oysters, mussels, and clams) are the top consumed seafood around the globe...
5:00 PM–6:00 PM
Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival
Saturday, June 25
Guests will sip and savor 100+ of the Central Coast's best wineries and culinary delights while enjoying a splendid summer afternoon in the Museum's oak woodland along Mi...
2:00 PM–5:00 PM