Sierra College Natural History Museum will open its 2011-2012 lecture series with the illustrated presentation, “Exploring the Himalayas and Mt. Everest” by Michael Kane, Sierra College Associate Dean of Sciences and Mathematics, on Friday on Sierra College’s Rocklin campus. Kane’s presentation will cover his 22-day trek in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley region that culminated at the Mt. Everest base camp. Numerous photos, along with lively descriptions of Sherpa life and his visit to the Khumjung Gompa to see a purported Yeti skull, will highlight Kane’s lecture, which starts at 7:30pm in Sewell Hall, room 111. In addition to spending the past five years at the helm of Sierra’s Science and Mathematics department, Kane has travelled extensively across the United States, South America and Asia as an educator, researcher, writer and photographer. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Secondary Education from the St. University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master’s in Applied Ecology from Eastern Kentucky University. This lecture is the opening presentation of the Sierra College Natural History Museum’s 2011-2012 lecture series. Tickets, which are available at the door, are $5 for general admission and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free to museum members. Proceeds benefit the Sierra College Natural History Museum. Sierra College’s Rocklin campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road. Parking permits, at $2 each, are required and can be purchased at dispensers located in the parking lots. For more information, call the Sierra College Natural History Museum at (916)-660-7926.