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Sierra College Natural History Museum hosts open house

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The Sierra College Natural History Museum at the Rocklin campus will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. This event is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The event will offer tours of both the museum and nature preserve (weather dependent). Visitors will even have a chance to view the fossil preparation room.

Tours will be conducted every hour on the hour, guided by museum docents. They will show visitors the collection, teach them a bit about the ecology of this area and even entertain with stories of the plants and animals of this region. To take a tour of the museum, meet the docent under the gray whale in Sewell Hall. Those who would rather explore the outdoors can meet a docent at the cactus garden in front of Sewell Hall to take a tour of the outdoor facilities. These tours may take visitors out to explore the Rock Walk, the Arboretum or take a short hike on the Nature Trail. These tours will be weather-dependent; heavy rain will cancel outdoor tours.

To give guests an idea of the types of lecture programs the museum offers, two lectures will be offered during this event. The first of these lectures is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be given by Professor Richard Hilton, author of “Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California.’ He will discuss the dinosaurs of California and the habitats that they lived in.

The second lecture will be at 1 p.m. and be given by emeritus professor of biology and editor-in-chief of the Sierra College Press, Joe Medeiros. This lecture will be an illustrated program of Earth’s incredible variety of life with a special focus on how important these life forms are to humans’ very existence on this beautiful blue-and-green planet. Both lectures are free to all.

All day long there will be activities for children occurring throughout the museum. From touch tables to art activities, children will find much to discover.

During this event, the museum will sign up new members and renewing existing ones. Members who sign up at this event will be given a special gift.

Learn more about our museum at www.sierracollege.edu/museum. To sign up to become a member, click the button on the left hand side of the page that says “Membership.”

Sierra College is at 5000 Rocklin Road. The open house is open to all ages. Information will be posted at www.sierracollege.edu/museum or call 660-7923 or email kcarroll@sierracollege.edu