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The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for March, April and May 2020.

(TRAVPR.COM) CA - February 24th, 2020 - Pacific Grove, CA, February 24, 2020 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for March, April and May 2020.

Here are the events scheduled so far for March, April, and May 2020. Events are held at the Museum, except where noted, at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Member Event: Birding by the Bay

8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020

Canyon Del Rey Blvd, Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940

Members are invited to join us at Frog Pond Wetland Preserve as we wake up with the birds for some spotting and identifying! Amanda Preece, Board Member of the Monterey Audubon Society and with California State Parks at Asilomar, will be leading the walk as we peer through our binoculars to get a better look at those flighty friends that live all around us. Preece is no stranger to birds - making her living restoring native habitats and leading bird walks at Asilomar, pursuing a graduate degree in environmental science with her thesis related to songbird use of nest boxes, and spending her free time as a Black Oystercatcher monitor among other volunteering pursuits.


For members who do not have binoculars, we will have some on hand to share.

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Night Owl: Prehistoric Party

7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020

Are You Ready To Party Like It's 19 Million Years Ago?
Join Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History as we put on a Night Owl fundraiser of epoch proportions! This will be your opportunity to get up-close to fossils from our collection, while enjoying games, craft drinks, delicious bites, and tromp-stomping music. Rediscover your sense of wonder while supporting the museum during this ancient after-hours event — extinction not guaranteed! Prehistoric costumes encouraged, and special prizes will be awarded for best costume.

$29 for members online, $39 for non-members online, and $49 at the door, which includes two food tickets and one drink ticket. Proceeds support museum education programs. Must be 21 and older. Visit for tickets and further information.

Hardcore Natural History: When Plants Rules the Earth — The Legacy of the Carboniferous

6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Carboniferous Period of geologic time stands as a critical period in the history of the earth. Dr. Edward Clifton will describe how a combination of plate tectonics, global climate change and the evolution of land plants converged to create the coal resources that fueled the Industrial Revolution. We will visit the vast swamps that covered much of North America, Europe and Asia, noting the unique flora and fauna of the time. Wear everyday clothes — the Carboniferous climate was more like that of today than nearly any other period of geologic time. But you might want to bring repellent — Carboniferous insects were huge!

$5 for members online, $10 non-members online or $15 at the door.

Science Saturday — Bees, Wasps, Honey, & Hives
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020

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 as you complete a craft, and learn about some of our most important local pollinators. As always, admission to Science Saturday is free.

California Naturalist
11 weeks, every Wednesday starting Wednesday, March 25 thru June 3 (plus five Saturday field trips), from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? Would you like to learn about the amazing and unique ecology of California? If so, become a Certified California Naturalist! The Museum is partnering with University of California Cooperative Extension to offer this 12-week certification program. The California Naturalist class covers the natural and cultural history of California, with an in-depth look at our local ecology. Through field trips, classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of our region.

For further information and to enroll, visit

Smart Gardening Fair

10 am.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the UC Master Gardeners will be partnering with the Museum to host the Smart Garden Fair. This event will feature speakers, demonstrations, marketplace, and plant sale in the Museum’s Native Plant Garden.

Botanical Sketching Workshop

1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2020

Wildflower Month continues! Learn to draw our native wildflowers with local science illustrator Erin E. Hunter. The workshop will cover some basic plant anatomy and botanical drawing techniques. All skill levels welcome! $35 members, $45 non-members, 25 spots available.

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59th Annual Wildflower Show

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 17-Sunday, April 19, 2020

For over half a century this Wildflower Show has been one of the largest on the Northern and Western Hemispheres with over 600 species and varieties of wildflowers. This is truly an event that generations of families can remember.

The Museum partners with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to hold this cherished annual event. More than 30 members of the Native Plant Society spend over a week scouring Monterey County and beyond collecting the finest specimens of wildflowers blooming that spring. Botanists, garden enthusiasts, and people just looking for flowers they would like to plant in their gardens will all appreciate this comprehensive and spectacular array of wildflowers.

Science Saturday — Day of the Dinosaur

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020

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. As always, admission to Science Saturday is free.

Illustrating Nature Exhibition Opening

5:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2020

The Museum invites you to attend the free opening reception for the 2020 Illustrating Nature Exhibit. Each year the Museum partners with the prestigious Science Illustration Program at CSUMB Extended Education to present art in the service of science. View artwork by the program's graduating students, who are sought after by scientific institutions and publications around the world.

This six-week exhibition begins Friday, May 1st, and runs until June 14, 2020.

Walk of Remembrance

1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020

The 2020 Walk of Remembrance, honoring the lives of early Chinese-American settlers, will begin with introductions at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and include light refreshments. Museum Executive Director Jeanette Kihs and fifth generation Chinese Fishing Village descendant Gerry Low-Sabado will be among those greeting visitors to the event. Low-Sabado will speak about her quest to tell her ancestor’s Chinese-American story. There will be a facilitated discussion to discover connections about how our own experiences impacts and influences history. The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team will lead the walk to Lovers Point, then along the rec trail, to the site where the village once stood. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the half-mile trek.

Member Appreciation Night

5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2020

As a thank-you to Museum members and their continued support, we welcome members to join us for a night of hospitality to show our appreciation! The Museum opens its doors to members of all ages for beverages, refreshments, and crafts to celebrate the wonderful people who help make our mission possible.

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Children’s Exhibit Opening

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020

Bring the family and come explore our newest addition to the museum: Children’s Exhibit-BUGS! This newest exhibit is dedicated to our youngest visitors, and to celebrate the grand opening, we will have delightful crafts and fun activities!

Nature Journaling in Monterey Bay with John Muir Laws

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Monterey region is a wonderful place to keep your own nature journal. Learn fundamental strategies and techniques to get your observations to paper! We will begin with a workshop, and end with a lecture and book signing from none other than John Muir Laws. Laws’ books will be available for sale in Museum Store. $35 for members, $45 for non-members, 35 spots available.

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For more information on Museum events, call (831) 648-5716, email or go to the website at

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Agassiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for over 135 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

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