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Natural History Museum Offers Tours to the Public This Fall

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MuseumDid you know that the Sierra College Natural History Museum gives tours to over 1500 school children every year? Now, for the first time in nearly 35 years, the Museum is offering the same opportunity to the community as well. Select from one of the tours listed below. The cost per person is $3.50 with children 4 and under free (though some age limitations apply). Space is limited so sign up early!

The Museum is an exciting place and a community treasure. Built in 1967, the Museum focuses, of course, on natural history.  There are over 70 animal head-mounts and 140 skulls on exhibit. Mammals from North and South American cover the walls. Among the exhibits hanging down from the ceiling are: a complete 38 foot long California Gray Whale skeleton, a Narwhale skull replica, a Bowhead whale baleen plate, and a complete Manatee skeleton. Also, journey back into California’s past and get a glimpse of what was swimming in and flying over our Mesozoic sea - models of a life-size Thalattosaur, Mosasaur, Plesiosaur, and Pterodon. The Museum has over 10,000 paleontology specimens! The Natural History Museum’s primary participants are the students of Sierra College who attend classes, field courses, lectures, seminars and demonstrations. But there's much available for everyone.

Get to Know Your Local Museum!

Saturday September 22 @ 10:00 a.m. (1 ½ hours long)

Come to the Museum and have a tour of our facilities. Learn about what we do in our community. We will show you our wonderful collection that has been built up from donations, students and our faculty. This basic tour will teach you a little bit about ecology and the world around us, as well as introduce you to this jewel of Placer County. Open to all ages. Limited to 40 participants. Please call 916-660-7923 or email to sign up.

Your Local Watershed

Saturday October 20 @ 10:00 a.m. (2 hours long)

The Dry Creek watershed flows through much of Placer County. Watersheds are important to healthy ecosystems, they clean the water, provide places for fish to reproduce and provide plants and crops with much needed water. Local conservation groups work regularly to ensure that our watershed is a healthy one. In this museum activity, you will actually learn one of the ways in which these organizations assess water quality - using the critters that live there! You will learn how to take samples from a creek and how to identify some of the critters that we find in the sample. This will be a fun, hands-on experience for those 8 and older! Dress to get a bit dirty. Limited to 30 participants. Please call 916-660-7923 or email to sign up.

What Can You Learn From a Rock?

Sunday December 1 @ 10:00 a.m. (1 ½ hours long)

A rock is a rock right? Well not so fast! Rocks can tell you the story of how mountains were formed, which way is north and if there was ever a glacier in the area. Geology can tell us about the history of our own backyard. Come to the Sierra College Natural History Museum to learn more about this fascinating field of study. Come and see examples of the minerals that make up rock. Come and see examples of the different types of rocks we have in California. You can even crack open some rocks to see what’s inside! You can also come and check out some of our great fossils.

Open to all ages. Limited to 40 participants. Please call 916-660-7923 or email to sign up.

The Museum also hosts a fascinating Lecture Series every year. These lectures are open to the public, for the minimal admission fee of $5 General, $2 Students/Seniors, and FREE to Museum members. Tickets are available at the door. 

The Sierra College Natural History Museum is located at 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at dispensers located in the parking lots. For more information, call the Sierra College Natural History Museum at 916-660-7926 or  

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