UC Davis Puts the 'Bio' in Biodiversity Museum Day

Feb 15, 2017

"Bio" means "life" or "living things," and that's just what you'll see on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the sixth annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day.

You'll see plenty of life and previous life, from bugs to bones--that is, from walking sticks to dinosaur bones. You'll see honey bees--they're vegetarian--and carnivorous plants--they like protein.

You'll see people learning about the 12 museums or collections around the UC Davis campus.

It'll be both educational and entertaining.

The family friendly, science-based event, set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free: free admission, free parking, and, of course, free encounters with the scientists. Food will be available for purchase.

The event will "showcase natural history, biodiversity and the cultural-ecological interface," said Biodiversity Museum Day coordinator Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator for the Bohart Museum of Entomology. All collections are within walking distance on campus except for the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road for the Raptor Center on Old Davis Road.

The following will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

The following will be open from noon to 4 p.m.:

All participating museums and collections have active education and outreach programs, Yang said, but the collections are not always accessible to the public, Yang said.   In the event of rain, alternative locations are planned for the outdoor sites. Maps, signs and guides will be available at all the collections, online, and on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, @BioDivDay.

To get started, you can download a map on the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day website.