Come discover the wonders waiting for you at the Sierra College Natural History Museum
Event DetailsGet to Know Your Local Museum! If you haven't had a chance to visit the Sierra College Natural History Museum or attend one of our lectures, now is your opportunity! We would like to welcome you to come and check out all that we have to offer at this FREE family friendly open house. We will be offering tours of both our museum and the nature preserve (weather allowing). You will even have the chance to view our fossil preparation room. Two family friendly lectures will be offered as well. Activities specially designed for kids are planned. We can't wait to show you our wonderful collection that has been built up through donations, students and our faculty. If you like what you see, during the event, you'll have the opportunity to join our family by signing up to become a museum member or renew your existing membership. Special gifts will be given to all new members who sign up during this event. The open house is the perfect event for all ages. Information can be found on our website at www.sierracollege.edu/museum or you can call (916) 660-7923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 so much available for everyone.
Open House Program
- Mini-tours will be available all day: Take a guided mini-tour of our Museum facilities with one of our Museum Docents. They will show you our collection, teach you a bit about the ecology of our area and even entertain you with stories of the plants and animals of our region. To take a tour of the Museum, meet your Docent under the Grey Whale in Sewell Hall.
- Nature Trail Tours: Would you rather explore the outdoors? Meet your Docent at the Cactus Garden in front of Sewell Hall to take a tour of our outdoor facilities. Tours of our Nature Trail will take place at 10:00am and 12:00pm. Tours of our Rock Walk will take place at 11:00am and 1:00pm
*These tours will be weather dependent, heavy rain will cancel outdoor tours.
Attend one of our family friendly lectures:
- Geology and Plate Tectonics of the Central Sierra Nevada: Ever wonder why the Sierra Nevada look like they do? Well, at 11:00 you can find out. Come and see a lecture presented by Richard Hilton, Professor of Geology at Sierra College, this 45-minute, photo/lecture will be about the geology and plate tectonics of the central Sierra Nevada.
- California Forests: Want to learn a little bit more about the forests of California? Joe Medeiros Emeritus Professor of Biology and Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra College Press, will give a 45-minute long program on the wonderful forests in our backyard. Our California forests are the most diverse in the world!
- See a Planetarium Program: At 12:00 Dr. David Dunn, professor of Astronomy, will present a Planetarium Program! This is a first for our Open House! The Planetarium only seats 50, so be sure to get there early to get your seat. (Children under 7 are not recommended, since it can get pretty dark in the Planetarium).
Participate in activities for the younger explorers:
- All day long we will have activities for children occurring throughout the Museum. From touch tables to art activities, children will find much to discover in the Museum!