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.:
- Arboretum and Public Garden, headquartered on LaRue Road
- Bohart Museum of Entomology, Academic Surge Building
- California Raptor Center, Old Davis Road
- Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, Academic Surge Building
- Paleontology Collection, Earth and Physical Sciences Building
- Phaff Yeast Culture Collection, Earth and Physical Sciences Building
- Viticulture and Enology Culture Collection, Earth and Physical Sciences Building
The following will be open from noon to 4 p.m.:
- Anthropology Museum, Young Hall
- Botanical Conservatory, greenhouses along Kleiber Hall Drive
- Center for Plant Diversity, Sciences Lab Building
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Bee Biology Road
- Nematode Collection, Sciences Lab Building
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.
Author - Communications specialist
Butterfly specimens will be showcased at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sue Bohannan of Fairfield examines plants in the Botanical Conservatory. She was at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day to lead a Solano County 4-H STEM Project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)