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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History sponsors special 6-day Monarch Migration tour to Mexico

Among the many miracles of nature, it’s difficult to match the marvelous and mystifying migration of the monarch butterfly.

Pacific Grove, CA, July 17, 2019 – Among the many miracles of nature, it’s difficult to match the marvelous and mystifying migration of the monarch butterfly.

Recognized by their vivid, orange-and-black wings, these slight insects (weighing less than a dime) are better known for an instinctive internal compass that guides them on an ancestral migration from the shores of Pacific Grove to central Mexico and back.

To honor this well-traveled butterfly (Danaus plexippus) more appropriately called “wanderer,” the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History invites the public to follow this remarkable path on a six-day trip to Mexico from Feb. 8-13, 2020.

Stand amid the fir-covered mountains and witness an awe-inspiring spectacle firsthand as the well-traveled monarchs flutter, dip and swoop overhead. Participants will see countless millions on the roost in the early morning, as well as in flight at midday, feeding on wildflowers and watering at streams.

Program highlights:

• Hike or ride horseback to two monarch sanctuaries, where the butterflies finish their 2,000-mile journey, flying up to 100 miles a day at heights of 10,000 feet.

• Spend time exploring the colonial town of Angangueo in far eastern Mexican state of Michoacán, home of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

• Explore the pyramids of Teotihuacaìn, one of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican sites of pre- Columbian times.

• Visit Mexico City’s Zoìcalo, the heartbeat of the city and one of the largest squares in the world, along with the historic Metropolitan Cathedral.

• This interactive experience includes: expert naturalist guide; accommodations; activities and entrance fees; in-country transportation; meals and beverages; carbon offsetting; donation to Pacific Grove Museum; and departure tax.

Cost for this life-changing trip is $2,065, and does not include international airfare, gratuities or items of a personal nature.

I saw two wonders on our trip to Mexico. One wonder was the tens of millions of butterflies that we saw. The numbers were staggering. It’s hard to find words to describe what we saw. The other wonder was seeing firsthand how the local community protects the butterflies and the environment where the monarchs overwinter. Mexico City and the ruins were great, too! — Craig Noke, previous participant

For information on this excursion, contact Juan Govea (govea@pgmuseum.org) or visit holbrook.travel/pgmnh-mx20.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History hosts innovative leaders of Think Beyond Plastic as part of its Hardcore Natural History series

Thinking beyond plastic represents one of the most daunting challenges we face in our efforts to protect the health of a planet in peril.

Pacific Grove, CA, July 11, 2019 – Thinking beyond plastic represents one of the most daunting challenges we face in our efforts to protect the health of a planet in peril.

On Thursday, July 18, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will host two leaders of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution.

Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter, co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, will discuss their work with local agricultural supply chains as part of the museum’s Hardcore Natural History Series.

Called “The Plastic Link in the Agriculture Supply Chain,” the talk takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Available through the museum website at www.pgmuseum.org, tickets are $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers and $15 at the door.

To ensure a rich pipeline of innovation, Think Beyond Plastic is building an “innovation ecosystem” that connects industry, investors and innovators. To support this ecosystem, Think Beyond Plastic operates an innovation center with a network of regional user facilities for design, testing, characterization and prototyping across the planet, as well as the International Space Station.

Russo and Baxter believe that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good.

Russo is an associate professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies graduate program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the board of numerous NGOs and businesses. Russo has started and run numerous high-tech businesses, and her experience includes executive management from start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology, Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC).

Baxter is a former program director with the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation, the world’s largest early-stage investment vehicle for startup companies. The program’s mission is to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. He is a longtime mentor and member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a fellow with the Innovation Accelerator, a public private partnership with the National Science Foundation to facilitate the commercialization efforts of small businesses.

For more information, visit www.thinkbeyondplastic.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.thinkbeyondplastic.com

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Hosts Exciting, Informative Events for Both Children and Adults From July to September 2019

The Museum is Now Open 7 Days A Week.

Pacific Grove, CA, July 11, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for July to September 2019.

Here are the events scheduled so far for July – September, 2019. Events are held at the Museum, except where noted, at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Jul 10, 2019

SUSTAINABLE PACIFIC GROVE: CAN PG BE PLASTIC-FREE?

Why is it critical for us to totally rethink our dependence on convenience and single-use plastics? What can we do to support the city and our businesses during these changing times? How does supporting these city codes help in joining the Zero Waste effort? Join us to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Jul 18, 2019

HARDCORE NATURAL HISTORY SERIES — THE PLASTIC LINK IN THE AGRICULTURE SUPPLY CHAIN

Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter are the co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, the leader of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution, with focus on innovative product delivery systems. At Hardcore Natural History, they’ll be discussing their work in agricultural supply chains in our area.

Jul 20, 2019

JUNIOR NATURALIST EXCURSION — GARLAND RANCH

The Junior Naturalist Club will head back to the Carmel Valley for its July excursion, where we’ll be joined by the Museum’s Watershed Guardians Coordinator, Matt McConnell, for an exploration of the Carmel River and its many inhabitants. We’ll ‘fish’ for macroinvertebrates and hike a gentle loop trail while learning about watersheds and the importance of clean, cool rivers.

Junior Naturalist Club Membership required.

Jul 25, 2019

MEMBER EVENT — “BIG SUR FOG: THE SCIENCE AND THE HISTORY”

With Pacific Grove’s notorious summer fog rolling in, we welcome museum members to join us inside our Bird Gallery for a special presentation of the documentary “Big Sur Fog: The Science and the History”. This will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Director and Writer Steven and Mary Albert.

Sep 12, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 — DAY 1

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Sep 13, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 — DAY 2

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Sep 14, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 — DAY 3

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Sep 15, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 – DAY 4

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Oct 5, 2019

ANNUAL GALA

Sip, Savor and Enjoy in the Museum on October 5th, 2019!

For more information on Museum events, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Hosts Exciting, Informative Events for Both Children and Adults from June through July 2019

The Museum is Now Open 7 Days A Week.

Pacific Grove, CA, June 07, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for June through July 2019.

Here are the events scheduled so far for June -July 2019. Events are held at the Museum, except where noted, at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, 2019 2nd Annual Monterey Bay Jade Festival

The Monterey Bay Jade Festival is an annual gathering of jade vendors, enthusiasts, artisans and collectors with a common interest for the world of jade. This year’s event will take place at Monterey Bay Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Friday, June 7 from 1:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday, June 8 from 10:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, June 9 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, June 13, 2019 Hardcore Natural History Series

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Join us for a conversation about one teenager’s personal project to clean the oceans in our area. Alex Weber and her father Mike have been free diving off the coast for some time. A few years ago, Alex was struck by the number of golf balls that littered the ocean floor around Pebble Beach. Alarmed by what that addition of plastic might do to the ecosystem, she took on a personal crusade to clean the ocean floor around Pebble Beach. At HNH, we’ll be hearing more about her journey, the scientific paper she has published, and how this one project is reshaping policy and the ocean ecosystems along our coast.

$5 Members Online • $10 Non-members Online • $15 At The Door

Thursday, June 20, 2019

5:30pm-7:30pm

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

As we wrap up Volunteer Month, we want to celebrate our volunteers who help keep the museum running! We could not do it without you, and to show our appreciation, we invite our volunteers to the museum for Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. We will have a raffle for prizes and will be giving out awards for an evening our volunteers will not want to miss!

Friday, June 28, 2019 False Food Exhibition Opening Reception

False Food seeks to bring awareness to plastic pollution and the imperiled ecosystem through a presentation of plastic artifacts, fatally ingested by albatross, in aesthetically constructed images. With False Food, Jerry Takigawa creates paradoxical beauty that sustains the dialogue about a tragedy of our own making. This exhibit will run from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, September 15, 2019 in the museum’s Special Exhibit Gallery.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Junior Naturalist Excursion

Moss Landing Marine Labs

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Junior Naturalist Club will head to Moss Landing for its June excursion to pay a visit to the famous Moss Landing Marine Labs. The club will be treated to guided tours of the MLML museum and laboratory spaces while learning about the cutting edge science and rich history of this Monterey Bay icon. The tours will start at 10:00 am. Junior Naturalist Club Membership required.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Hardcore Natural History

The Plastic Link in the Agriculture Supply Chain

6:30pm – 8pm

Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter are the co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, the leader of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution, with focus on innovative product delivery systems. At Hardcore Natural History, they’ll be discussing their work in agricultural supply chains in our area.

$5 Members Online • $10 Non-members Online • $15 At The Door

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Junior Naturalist Excursion

10am – 12pm

Garland Ranch

The Junior Naturalist Club will head back to the Carmel Valley for its July excursion, where we’ll be joined by the Museum’s Watershed Guardians Coordinator, Matt McConnell, for an exploration of the Carmel River and its many inhabitants. We’ll ‘fish’ for macroinvertebrates and hike a gentle loop trail while learning about watersheds and the importance of clean, cool rivers. Junior Naturalist Club Membership required.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 Member Event

6pm-7:30pm

With Pacific Grove’s notorious summer fog rolling in, we welcome museum members to join us inside our Bird Gallery for a special presentation of the documentary “Big Sur Fog: The Science and the History”. This will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Director and Writer Steven and Mary Albert.

For more information on Museum events, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Extends Opening Hours to 7 Days a Week

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is now open seven days a week.

Pacific Grove, CA, May 15, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is now open seven days a week.

The hours for the Museum, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily, and on Mondays will remain open until 7 p.m., during the summertime farmer’s market (Memorial Day to Labor Day).

The Museum is closed for major holidays. Please check the Museum’s event calendar (https://www.pgmuseum.org/museum-events?view=calendar&month=05-2019) for holiday information.

The Museum will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019, in observance of Independence Day; at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, to prepare for the 135th Anniversary Gala; Thursday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday; Wednesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday; and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. The Museum is ADA accessible and a wheelchair is available upon request.

The reason the Museum elected to open for seven days is, as a well-used free resource for Monterey County, there will be more chances to accommodate families and field trips, and allow out-of-town visitors an extra day to visit the Museum.

For more information on the museum, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

(831) 648-5716

Fax: (831) 648-5755

admin@pgmuseum.Org

www.pgmuseum.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Support and celebrate Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History at its annual gala on Oct. 5

With roots dating back to 1883, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History inspires discovery, wonder and stewardship of our natural world.

Pacific Grove, CA, April 15, 2019 – With roots dating back to 1883, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History inspires discovery, wonder and stewardship of our natural world. This science-based learning resource inspires others to explore and conserve the natural and cultural wonders of the Central California Coast.

But it can’t accomplish all that without help from the community it serves.

Support and celebrate the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum and discover the “Wonder of the Museum,” at its annual fundraising event on Oct. 5.

This lively celebration will feature different aspects of local history over the past 136 years, six local wineries pouring wines, six local chefs providing food tastings, live music, a silent auction and an opportunity drawing.

“This event is our main fundraiser of the year, and as a nonprofit, we depend on our wonderful community support to help us accomplish our work,” said Executive Director Jeanette Kihs.

The museum encourages community members to join the growing list of confirmed participating sponsors and support the gala through a sponsorship. Those range from a $10,000 presenting sponsor to a $1,000 patron. Those interested should email Kihs at kihs@pgmuseum.org. Individual event tickets may be purchased for $100 each.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPATING SPONSORS

McIntyre Vineyards • Flywheel Wines • Morgan Winery • Blair Wines • Carmel Craft Brewing Company • Beach House at Pacific Grove • la Balena and il Grillo • Chef Dan Elinan at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and

Spa • Chef Chris Vacca at Hyatt Carmel Highlands • Unlimited Events • Richard Green Professional Portraits • Shutterbooth Fun Photo Booth • DJ Hanif Wondir

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

Phone: 831.648.5716

Website: www.pgmuseum.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Opens Illustrating Nature Exhibit with Opening Reception May 3, 2019

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History opens the 2019 Illustrating Nature exhibit with a free opening reception on May 3, 2019.

Pacific Grove, CA, April 9, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History opens the 2019 Illustrating Nature exhibit with a free opening reception on May 3, 2019.

The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Museum, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Each year the Museum partners with the prestigious Science Illustration Program at CSUMB Extended Education to present art in the service of science. One of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the nation, the Science Illustration Certificate at CSUMB prepares students who are sought after by renowned institutions and publications around the world.

Graduates’ work can be found at museums and science centers such as the Smithsonian Institution, New York’s American Museum of Natural History, California Science Center and the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History; in top science magazines such as National Geographic, Scientific American, American Scientist, Nature, Natural History and Audubon; at zoos, aquaria, and botanical gardens such as the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Kew Botanical Gardens, U.K.; as well as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and hundreds of equally respected organizations.

The six-week exhibition opens Friday, May 3, and runs until June 16, 2019.

For more information on Museum events, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

News media: If images are used, please credit the artist.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Explore the Central Coast’s Natural Wonders this Summer with Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Summer Camps

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has announced that it is offering eight summer camp programs in 2019 for youths from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Pacific Grove, CA, March 18, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has announced that it is offering eight summer camp programs in 2019 for youths from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Participants will have fun exploring the natural world while engaging in enjoyable and educational activities. Programs fill up fast, so early registration is encouraged. This year, the Museum is offering eight excellent summer camp programs, including camps for TK-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade. Cost for all camps: non-member, $335; family member and above, $285.

Here are the summer camps for 2019:

CAMP FOR TK-2ND

For kids who will be going into TK-2nd grade in the fall (no younger than 4 years old at start of camp, must be potty trained).

OCEAN EXPLORERS CAMP — (6/3-6/7)

Exciting and hands-on exploration of life under the sea. Through themed activities, games, crafts, and walking field trips, campers will discover the endless wonders of life in the ocean. Explore tide pools, view plankton through a microscope, and more during Ocean Explorers Camp.

BUGGIN’ OUT CAMP — (6/10-6/14)

A week of creeping, crawling bugs at the Museum. Through hands-on activities, crafts, games, and more, we’ll uncover the world of bees, butterflies, spiders, and other many-legged creatures. Explore the Museum’s gardens and local parks as part of this adventure into understanding the amazing world of bugs!

DINOSAUR CAMP — (6/24-6/28)

A week of prehistoric wonder as campers explore the age of the dinosaurs. T. rex teeth, a mosasaurus skull, and an allosaurus claw are just a few of items campers will explore during this hands-on week of dino discovery. Campers will also dig for fossils, explore the museum’s exhibits, and create arts and crafts.

OUTER SPACE CAMP — (7/8-7/12)

Campers join in on a week of extraterrestrial exploration during the Museum’s first Outer Space Camp. Through games, activities, crafts, and exhibits, we’ll learn about the planets, stars, and galaxies that make up the Universe. Campers will create their own planets, design and launch jet-powered rockets, build a lunar lander, and more during an out-of-this-world week!

WILDLIFE SAFARI CAMP — (7/15-7/19)

A week of camp that will be all about animals. Meet the predators and prey (both the feathered and the furry) that call the Museum home. We’ll explore skulls, bones, nests, and more during this hands on week of animal adventures!

MYSTERIES OF NATURE — (7/22-7/26)

Everyone likes a good mystery. Campers join in on a week of sleuthing as they explore the mysterious, spooky, unusual, and fascinating parts of the natural world. Bubbling science experiments, homemade slime, and fantastical creatures will headline this week of unexpected science fun.

CAMP FOR 3RD-5TH GRADE

For kids who will be going into 3rd-5th grade in the fall:

EXPEDITION CAMP — (6/17-6/21)

Only explorers need apply. Join this camp for a week outdoors as the Museum takes summer camp on the road. Each day of camp will feature a new location, where campers embark on an adventure of discovery and learning within the unique settings of the area’s local parks and open spaces. Drop-off and pick-up locations will vary, and will be within a 10-mile radius of the Museum.

WOMEN OF SCIENCE — (7/29-8/2)

Join this girls-only week of summer camp as campers explore the lives of some of the world’s most famous and accomplished scientists. The spotlight turns toward famous botanists, biologists, astronomers, and more, as campers learn about the lives and accomplishments of some of the many amazing Women of Science.

Note: Campers are required to be within the specified grade and age range at the start of camp. Drop off for campers begins at 8:45 a.m. Pick up campers no later than 15 minutes after camp ends.

Please contact Nick Stong at stong@pgmuseum.org, call (831) 648.5716 ext. 20, or go to the website page at https://www.pgmuseum.org/summer-camp

for more information. For discounted registration, sign up to become a Museum member.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

(831) 648-5716

Fax: (831) 648-5755

admin@pgmuseum.org

www.pgmuseum.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Hosts Exciting, Informative Events for Both Children and Adults From April Through June 2019

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for April through June 2019.

Pacific Grove, CA, March 11, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for April through June 2019.

Here are the events scheduled so far for April-June 2019. Events are held at the Museum, except where noted, at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Steelhead Trout Monterey Public Library Program

3:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Learn about the story of local steelhead trout, a threatened fish that has had to struggle to survive in a changing environment. Discover the amazing journey of the steelhead from stream to sea and back again and explore some ways to help protect steelhead and the water resources they depend on for survival in a river near you. FREE

Junior Naturalist Excursion

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Junior Naturalist Club will explore the world of seaweeds. The club will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Hughey (Biology Professor at Hartnell College) as members embark on a seaweed excursion. Learn about seaweeds in the Museum’s classroom, search for specimens at nearby Lover’s Point Beach, experiment with seaweed pressing, and finish by tasting one of the delicious products of these fascinating algae. Interested in becoming a Junior Naturalist? Visit https://www.pgmuseum.org/junior-naturalist/

Northridge Science Saturday: Day of the Dino

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019

Location: Northridge Mall

Join museum educators at Northridge Mall as they share the wonders of our local natural history. This month return to the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth. There will be fun hands-on activities for learners of all ages. FREE

Hardcore Natural History Series — The State of Redwoods

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019

This event features “From The Big Sur Coast To Southern Oregon” with Dr. Emily Burns, lead scientist of the Save the Redwoods League, will be presenting an overview of the current status of the Coastal Redwood population. She will explore not only the whole population, but focus on our population of redwoods in the Santa Lucia range. Using recent research, she will show how the current tree populations are responding to climate change along our central coast.

58th Annual Wildflower Show

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21, 2019

For over half a century this Wildflower Show has been one of the largest on the Northern and Western Hemispheres with over 600 species and varieties of wildflowers. This is truly an event that generations of families can remember.

The Museum partners with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to hold this cherished annual event. Over 30 members of the Native Plant Society spend over a week scouring Monterey County and beyond collecting the finest specimens of wildflowers blooming that spring. Botanists, garden enthusiasts, and people just looking for flowers they would like to plant in their gardens will all appreciate this comprehensive and spectacular array of wildflowers.

Day of the Dinosaur — Science Saturday

10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019

Prepare for time-travel during this prehistoric Science Saturday, and set your sights on the age of the dinosaurs. Explore fossils, footprints, and more as participants learn what made the dinosaurs so successful, and also what led to their extinction. Admission to Science Saturday is free.

Walk of Remembrance

1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019

The 2019 Walk of Remembrance will begin with introductions at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and include light refreshments. Museum Executive Director Jeanette Kihs, and 5th generation Chinese Fishing Village descendant Gerry Low-Sabado will be among those greeting visitors to the event. Low-Sabado will speak about her quest to tell her ancestor’s Chinese American story. There will be a facilitated discussion to discover connections about how our own experiences impacts and influences history. The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team will lead the walk to Lover’s Point, then along the bike trail, to the site where the village once stood. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the half-mile trek.

With the shared goal of honoring the lives of early Chinese-American settlers, the Walk of Remembrance is made possible by a partnership between The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, The City of Pacific Grove, The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, and The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team.

Be sure to visit the Chinese Fishing Village exhibit when you visit the Museum. The exhibit tells the story of the residents of the Pt. Almejas / Pt. Alones Chinese Fishing Village.

Rocks and Minerals Monterey Public Library Program

3:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Join this program for a hands-on geology lesson as participants explore the three main rock types and learn about how each is formed. Students will learn the difference between a rock and a mineral, and will also have a chance to view museum specimens under a microscope. FREE

Member Event — Hummingbird Day at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hummingbirds just can’t resist the temptation of the plentiful supply of nectar at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. During the event, nature lovers will see and learn about these amazing birds and the gardens that host and support them. On this VIP tour for PG Museum members only, explore the arboretum with an expert-led tour through the garden to learn more about nature’s vibrant aerial acrobats, the hummingbird.

Northridge Science Saturday: Water Wild

Location: Northridge Mall

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019

Join museum educators at Northridge Mall as they share the wonders of our local natural history. This month we will be getting wild with water — rivers, lakes, oceans, oh my! There will be fun hands-on activities for learners of all ages. FREE

Member Appreciation Night!

6-8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019

As a thank-you to museum members and their continued support, the museum welcomes members to join the museum for a night of hospitality to show their appreciation! The museum opens its doors to museum members of all ages for beverages, refreshments, and crafts to celebrate the wonderful people who help make the museum’s mission possible.

Water Wild — Science Saturday

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019

The museum is making a splash during the last Science Saturday of the school year, taking a deep dive into the wonderful world of water. What is a watershed? Where can you find a steelhead? Find out while participants explore all-things aquatic while completing a craft, activities, and more. Admission to Science Saturday is free.

2nd Annual Monterey Bay Jade Festival

Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Monterey Bay Jade Festival is an annual gathering of jade vendors, enthusiasts, artisans and collectors with a common interest for the world of jade. This year’s event will take place at Monterey Bay Custom House Plaza, in Monterey.

Friday, June 7 from 1:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

For more information on Museum events, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Hosts One of Largest Wildflower Shows in Northern and Western Hemispheres April 19-21, at the Museum

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History hosts one of the largest and longest-running wildflower shows in the Northern and Western Hemispheres featuring more than 600 species and varieties of wildflowers, April 19-21, 2019, at the museum.

Pacific Grove, CA, February 19, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History hosts one of the largest and longest-running wildflower shows in the Northern and Western Hemispheres featuring more than 600 species and varieties of wildflowers, April 19-21, 2019, at the museum.

In addition, the Museum will host an evening to learn more about the tallest plants in the world as part of its Hardcore Natural History Series, “The State of Redwoods: From the Big Sur Coast to Southern Oregon,” with Dr. Emily Burns, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019.

The Museum also reports that the Western monarch butterfly population is at an all-time low and offers suggestions for how the public can help their plight.

The 58th Annual Wildflower Show will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. April 19, 20 and 21. The Museum partners with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to hold this cherished annual event. More than 30 members of the Native Plant Society spend over a week scouring Monterey County and beyond collecting the finest specimens of wildflowers blooming in spring.

Botanists, garden enthusiasts, and people looking for flowers they would like to plant in their gardens will all appreciate this comprehensive and spectacular array of wildflowers.

Admission to the Wildflower Show and Museum (tickets can be purchased at the Museum on the days of the show):

·$8.95 for adults who live outside of Monterey County

·$5.95 for youths ages 4-18, students with ID, military who live outside of Monterey County

·Free for 3 years old and under

·Free for Museum Members and CNPS Members w/membership cards

·$5 admission for Monterey County residents

Dr. Burns, lead scientist of the Save the Redwoods League, will be presenting an overview of the current status of the Coastal Redwood population. She will discuss the whole population, then focus on the population of redwoods in the Santa Lucia range. Using recent research, she will show how the current tree populations are responding to climate change along the central coast.

Tickets for the redwoods event will be available in March.

For more information on all events at the museum, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

In related news, the Monarch population is at an all-time low, according to the 2018 Xerces Society Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, in which Pacific Grove is included.

The PG Museum has offered guidelines about what the public can do to help the plight of the Western Monarch:

>Do not plant milkweed if you live within 5-10 miles of an overwintering site. This “no-milkweed zone” includes all of Pacific Grove. These areas are not part of milkweed’s historic range, and the introduction of the non-native plant can disrupt natural migratory patterns and introduce increased levels of monarch parasites.

>Instead, Pacific Grove residents who are interested in supporting monarchs should plant nectar-bearing (flowering) plants, specifically ones that will bloom in the fall, winter, and/or spring when monarchs are on the peninsula. These flowers will provide food for adult monarch butterflies, which is the only life cycle stage that would naturally occur here.

>Refrain from using pesticides around your home (herbicides and insecticides), as these can harm monarch butterflies when they visit your garden.

>Support legislation that protects habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Habitat loss is one of the leading causes of population decline of the western monarch butterfly.

>Volunteer. Educating the public about the importance of protecting these important overwintering sites is a great way to spread awareness for the plight of the monarch and its amazing migration. Inquire about volunteer opportunities at the pgmuseum.org/volunteer/ No experience necessary.

For more information on the Western Monarch, visit https://xerxes.org/save-wester-monarchs.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

(831) 648-5716

Fax: (831) 648-5755

admin@pgmuseum.org

www.pgmuseum.org

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org