The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of Southern California & Baja California—from past to present—at The Nat.
Happening now: Nature Explorer Family Day (through 3 PM). We’re exploring nature’s wonders and getting ready to participate in the City Nature Challenge later this month. Nature Explorer Family Day is made possible with support from @subaru usa, and activities are included with admission.
The Nat was fortunate when Rafael Alcala joined the Animal Care team. Rafael has a menagerie of reptiles of his own and he wanted to give back to the community by sharing his knowledge and expertise. Along with eight other volunteers, he ensures our live animals are well cared for and well fed. He has trained many new volunteers and helped set up a feeding schedule that makes everyone (volunteers and animals) happy. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
Meet Natalie Galeana, Susana Caracoza, Kendall Abady, Blake Jenkins, and Kyley Jones, our Zooarchaelogy volunteers. Zooarchaelogy is the study of animal remains at archaeology sites, and these volunteers are fascinated with the bones. Next time you visit, it’s possible you’ll end up meeting one of them in our Demonstration Lab on the third floor. Thank you, team, for your enthusiasm and dedication. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
Did someone say scorpions? John Meitz is happy to take one off anyone’s hands. John is The Nat’s resident scorpion expert. He volunteers each week in the Entomology Department, curating a collection of scorpions that haven’t been touched in years. A former San Diego Zoo animal keeper who worked with birds, John fell in love with scorpions when someone tossed him in with the “bug people.” Prior to the Zoo, he was the lead artist for Top Gun—not the movie Top Gun, the REAL Top Gun. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
Do you want to meet the friendliest person on the high seas? Well, that’s Dee Keyes, one of our Museum Whalers, naturalists on board whale watching cruises offered by Hornbower Cruises and Events. Dee makes sure she speaks to everyone on the boat so they can fall in love with the whales just as she has. She headed up the mentor committee this year so she could impart some of that terrific hospitality to the new volunteers. Thank you, Dee, for making everyone’s day a great day. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
The Secret Society of Adultologists on Friday, May 3 is going to be wicket fun. Try your hand at a game of croquet with the Mission Hills Croquet Club during our garden party-themed event. Additional activities include chatting with Museum scientists and educators, access to all exhibitions, a rooftop bar, and more. #secretsocietyofadultologists #secretsociety #sandiegoevents #sdevents #gardenparty #adulting
No one captures the spirit of the outdoors better than Stacey Vielma. The current vice president of the Canyoneers, Stacey fields numerous emails about local trails when she isn’t at one of her many jobs. It’s a wonder she has time to lead hikes. But hike she does, just about every weekend as a Canyoneer guide, ready to share her vast knowledge of nature. She’d love to have you join her in the great outdoors. Check out The Nat’s website for the complete schedule of #canyoneer hikes. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
Would you like a tour of one of our exhibitions? Anita Musser is ready and waiting. A Docent for more than 15 years, Anita shares her enthusiasm willingly and with a ready sense of humor. Not only does she lead superb tours, she is also vice president of the Docents. The Nat is lucky to have such a dedicated supporter. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
Come to The Nat on a Thursday or Sunday and you are sure to run into Bill Barbour. He roams the Museum, talking with guests and quizzing the little ones on animals and natural history facts. His favorite spot is Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage because “there is so much to see.” He’s also our resident cookie man who brings in freshly-baked cookies once a week for staff. Thank you, Bill, for adding your charm to The Nat. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
Meet Maddox and Jack Macy, two bundles of energy and curiosity. They, along with their mother, Megan, volunteer at The Nat by inviting museum guests to play fun, interactive games like Scat Match or Bat True-or-False. They leave a lasting impression on guests. Thank you, Macy family, for being part of ours. #nationalvolunteerweek #nvw #celebrateservice
At Tuesday night's Nat Talk, wildlife biologist Shannon Rankin will share how underwater sounds help scientists understand the feeding, migration patterns, mating habits of marine life. For more infomation, head over to sdnat.org/nattalks
The Secret Society of Adultologists is celebrating San Diego's flora with a garden party. You don't want to miss this after-hours, 21+ event of croquet, crafts, science, and more. Get your tickets now and don't miss this exciting garden-themed celebration. For more information: sdnat.org/SSA
There are still a few tickets left for The Botany Bash on April 27. Our gala is an annual benefit that raises vital funds to support the museum’s conservation research and education. Enjoy great food, signature cocktails, a tequila tasting, rooftop jazz, and unique auction items you won't find anywhere else including a behind-the-scenes tour of our research collection and a private, guided hike with a Canyoneer. Tickets start at $175. Details at sdnat.org/gala.
Did you ever want a private, guided hike one of the San Diego County’s gorgeous trails? Or a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s research collection? These are just a few of the custom experiences that will be available in the auction at this year’s Botany Bash on April 27. Tickets are still available at sdnat.org/gala.
Did you know the Eastern Pacific Gray Whale takes a 12,000-mile round trip journey each year from the Arctic to the breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California Sur? They eat very little (if at all) on the journey. Now is the time for them to head back north to enjoy a well earned feast. Don’t miss your chance to join the museum-trained naturalists on board a Hornblower whale watching trip. Photo by Joe McKenna. http://ow.ly/80By30o7ZwC