Sierra College Natural History Museum announces spring/summer tour dates

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The Sierra College Natural History Museum has announced Saturday community tour dates for spring/summer 2013.

For the first time ever, the museum will host open hours on these same Saturdays only, from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors can take a tour, or just stroll around the museum on their own. Admission to the museum on these Saturdays is $2.50 per person, or for $1 more, sign up to participate in the tour. Children under 4 are free. (Admission prices differ for the May 4 event). For those who wish to just stroll around the museum without taking a tour, no signup is needed.

For more information about these events, visit, call 660-7923 or email


Natural History Museum Open House

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

This is the day to check out all the museum has to offer. There will be tours of both the Museum and Nature Preserve (weather permitting), and an opportunity to view the fossil preparation room. Two family-friendly lectures will be given during the open house. There will be activities specially designed for kids. During the event, new members can sign up and current memberships can be renewed. Members who sign up during the open house will receive a special gift.


Love is in the Air

10-11:30 a.m. Saturday Feb. 23.

Ah, spring – the time when nature prepares for the next generation. Birds are singing, butterflies take wing and big horn sheep bash their heads together. Finding and holding on to a mate isn’t as easy as it may seem. Males often have to battle to gain access to females and some males even sacrifice themselves as a tasty meal for their mates. Come to the museum and learn about all of the strange and wonderful ways that life leads to the next generation. This tour may contain material that is not suitable for younger ears; children 10 and older recommended.


Living Sustainably

10-11:30 a.m. Saturday April 20.

Earth Day is April 22 – what a great time to come to the museum and learn ways to help the environment. This tour will focus on things that can be done as local and global citizens to help the environment. Learn how organisms are affected by people’s actions and how small islands of habitat, like the museum’s Nature Preserve, can be essential to the survival of organisms. Open to all ages.


In Celebration of Nature

Saturday May 4, time to be determined

Join the museum to celebrate the start of spring. During this daylong event the museum crew will lead Nature Trail tours, teach basic flower identification, dissect flowers to see what is inside and learn about the animals that dwell among us. There will be activities designed for all ages. The California Native Plant Society will be on hand to show what native plants grow best in this area and they will have some on hand to sell. More activities will be added as the day gets closer. Admission to the Native Plant sale is free. Admission to be part of the activities in the museum is $5 for ages 4 to 11 and $8 for 12 and up.


Junior Naturalist Party

10 a.m. Saturday, June 8. Up to four hours long. More information will be provided as we the date approaches.