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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

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Opens Exhibit Oct. 5, Exploring Its 135-Year History

A new exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will examine its own 135-year history when it opens Oct. 5, at the Pacific Grove institution.

Pacific Grove, CA, September 21, 2018 — A new exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will examine its own 135-year history when it opens Oct. 5, at the Pacific Grove institution.

The exhibit, “135 Years of Natural History,” will have an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, in the Special Exhibits Gallery at the Museum.

This exhibit will explore the museum’s history from its beginnings in the Pacific Coast chapter of the Chautauqua Literary and Science Circle in 1879, through the several expansions and reorganizations of the 20th century and up to how the Museum is honoring its legacy through extensive outreach and education programs. The original Museum opened in 1883.

“This is a pretty exciting exhibit,” said Juan Govea, Director of Exhibits and Education. “The exhibit will take people from the 1880s until now, speaking to changes at the Museum, from building to expansion, through stories and by showing bits of our collections that coincide with their times. There’s a lot of variety and lots of areas where people can interact.”

Govea said the exhibit will feature items from the Museum’s extensive collections, models, art pieces, specimens, and vintage photographs. “It’s a journey from one era to the next in five major blocks,” he said.

When he was asked what he discovered about the Museum that surprised him, Govea said he was reminded of the prominent role women played and still play, in the history of the Museum. For example, of the original association, nine of the 12 members were women and Mary E. B. Norton was one of its first curators. Women continued to play a prominent role in the Museum’s progress over the year. The current executive director is also a woman, Jeanette Kihs.

History of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Chautauqua (shuh-TAH-kwuh) Literary and Scientific Circle established its Pacific Coast branch in Pacific Grove in 1879. A two-week Chautauqua assembly was held here every summer, featuring lessons, exhibits, lectures, picnics, and concerts. Over the years several members felt the need to have a storeroom and exhibition site to house collections of nature’s wonders and to make them available for study.

In 1883, a petition calling for a Museum building was signed by Professor H. B. Norton, Dr. J. H. Wyeth, Dr. C. L. Anderson, Miss Lucy M. Washburn, Miss Mary E. B. Norton, and Professor Josiah Keep. The petition was sent to F. S. Douty, secretary of the Pacific Improvement Company, a small wooden octagonal building on their land the Chautauqua Museum’s first home.

The original Chautauqua Museum in Pacific Grove was initiated at the second meetings of the Chautauqua Assembly in 1881, and the actual Museum was founded in 1883. The Museum was created to house collections of nature’s wonders and to make them available for study. In 1900 the Chautauqua Museum disbanded to form a more permanent organization as the Pacific Grove Museum Association. The Pacific Improvement Company donated the Museum’s current lot to the Association, and the Museum subsequently moved into a large building on its current site.

The Association maintained the Museum until 1916 when it was transferred to the City of Pacific Grove through a Charter election. The Museum remains city owned and is operated by a non-profit 501.c.3, The Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove. The Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1972, the first such institution in Monterey County.

About The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has served as a hub of natural science on the Monterey Peninsula for 135 years, bringing together professional scientists, amateur naturalists and artists of the natural world throughout its history as it continues to do today.

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.

165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

(831) 648-5716

Fax: (831) 648-5755

admin@pgmuseum.org

www.pgmuseum.org

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Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is Ideal Venue for All Events Surrounding Nuptials, as Well as Anniversaries, Reunions, Graduations, Meetings, Workshops, Holiday Parties, and More

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History serves as the perfect wedding venue for all of the events surrounding your special day

Pacific Grove, CA, May 29, 2018 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History serves as the perfect wedding venue for all of the events surrounding your special day — engagement parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, elopements, ceremonies and receptions — all in the heart of Pacific Grove.

Steps from Lovers Point and the Pacific coastline, the museum provides an aesthetically interesting backdrop. The central coast Native Plant Garden bursts with more than 100 species of wildflowers, herbs, and trees. Take your vows under the iconic Buckeye tree and then meander indoors for cocktails and reception. And, it’s all ADA accessible.

Enjoy this non-traditional venue for other events with family, friends or associates. With a variety of options, both outdoor and indoor, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will make your occasions memorable and unique. The museum can host receptions, dinners, cocktail parties, corporate events and meetings, birthday parties, bridal/ baby showers, and more. Contact the museum’s event specialist to schedule a site visit and begin planning the perfect event.

Facility options available for weddings and events include:

Entire Facility Rental: Rent the entire museum, including the galleries, garden and kitchen preparation areas for a large party or celebration. Up to 150 capacities. $3,500 for weddings, $3,000 for other events.

Bird Gallery: Large auditorium, audio/visual with large screen available. Up to 150 guests. $1,400 for weddings, $900 for other events.

Main Gallery Wing: The main gallery boasts beautiful hardwood floors with an upper mezzanine and includes side galleries. Up to 150 guests. $1,700 for weddings, $1,300 for other events.

Native Plant Garden with Education Room: The central coast Native Plant Garden is an ideal setting for small weddings or outdoor gatherings. Includes the use of the adjacent Education Room. Up to 75 guests. $1,400 for weddings, $900 for other events.

Fee for kitchen use for catering is $200, and cleaning fee, for dining or over 50 guests, is $250.

Additional rental items include; 6-foot tables, chairs, water pitchers, water dispensers, outdoor heaters, and some A/V equipment.

Current members of the museum are entitled to 10% off the total price of a rental. Current members and new members who book an event during the month of June, will receive 20% off rentals.

Contact Event Coordinator Maya Freedman at the museum at (831) 648-5716 ext. 16 or freedman@pgmuseum.org for more information, to schedule a site visit to discuss the many options, or submit a booking request to get started. Request forms can also be filled out 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 ex 16

services@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 57th Annual Wildflower Show April 20-22

One of the largest wildflower shows in the Northern and Western Hemispheres returns April 20 through April 22 to The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Pacific Grove, CA, March 24, 2018 — One of the largest wildflower shows in the Northern and Western Hemispheres returns April 20 through April 22 to The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

The 57th Annual Wildflower Show will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20-22 at the Museum, 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, and will feature more than 600 species and varieties of wildflowers, truly an event that generations of families can recall fondly.

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 this spring.

Botanists, flower and 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.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the days of the event. Admission prices are as follows:

>$8.95 for adults who live outside of Monterey County

>$5.95 for youth ages 4-18, students with ID, and military who live outside of Monterey County

>Free for 3 years old and under.

>Free for Museum members and CNPS members

>$5 admission for Monterey County residents

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 Receives Statewide Award for its LiMPETS Education and Monitoring Program

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has been selected to receive a 2018 Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education for its LiMPETS environmental monitoring and education program.

Pacific Grove, CA, January 13, 2018 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has been selected to receive a 2018 Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education for its LiMPETS environmental monitoring and education program.

The Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence in Museum Education competition is a joint project between the California Association of Museums (CAM) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Museum’s LiMPETS (Long-Term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) program was just one of the many entries CAM received from a diverse range of institutions representing the significant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system.

The six award-winning organizations will be presented with their awards by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (or his designee) at the CAM Annual Luncheon in Palm Springs on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, held in conjunction with CAM’s annual conference.

Created in 2002, the LiMPETS Network is a free environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups. This hands-on program was developed to monitor the ocean and coastal ecosystems of California’s National Marine Sanctuaries to increase awareness and stewardship of these important areas. It is a collaborative effort among the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Greater Farallones Association and California’s National Marine Sanctuaries.

Two distinct monitoring programs make up the core of the LiMPETS network: the Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program and the Sandy Beach Monitoring Program. Both programs are free and designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scientific process firsthand.

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