Ready for UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day?

Are you ready for the eighth annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 16 when 13 museums and collections will be open on the University of California, Davis, campus?

The event, free, family friendly and educational, is always held on Presidents' Day weekend. It's billed as a time "to meet and talk with UC Davis scientists from undergraduate students to staff to emeritus professors and see amazing objects and organisms from the world around us."

The times will be staggered. Some collections will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and others, from noon to 4 p.m. Here's a list of what you can see, with links to their websites:

​Anthropology Museum (Noon to 4 p.m.)
 328 Young Hall and grounds
 
Arboretum and Public Garden (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Good Life Garden, next to the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Science Institute, 392 Old Davis Road, on campus
 
Bohart Museum of Entomology (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Room 1124 and hallway of the Academic Surge Building, Crocker Lane
 
Botanical Conservatory (Noon to 4 p.m.)
Greenhouses along Kleiber Hall Drive

California Raptor Center (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
340 Equine Lane, off Old Davis Road 
 
Center for Plant Diversity (Noon to 4 p.m.)
Sciences Laboratory Building, off Kleiber Hall Drive

Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (Noon to 4 p.m.)
Bee Biology Road, off Hopkins Road (take West Hutchison Drive to Hopkins (take West Hutchison Drive to Hopkins)

Marine Invertebrate Collection (not linked) (Noon to 4 p.m.)
 Sciences Laboratory Building, off Kleiber Hall Drive 

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Room 1394, Academic Surge Building, Crocker Lame

Nematode Collection (Noon to 4 p.m.)
Sciences Laboratory Building, off Kleiber Hall Drive

Paleontology Collection (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
 
Earth and Physical Sciences Building, 434 LaRue Road 

Phaff Yeast Culture Collection (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science, 392 Old Davis Road, on campus

Viticulture Enology Culture Collection (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science, 392 Old Davis Road, on campus

Want a peek at what happened last year? See the YouTube video, the work of UC Davis student Alexander Fisher-Wagner.

There will be plenty of attractions for youngsters, including the insect petting zoo at the Bohart Museum; dinosaur bones at the Paleontology Collection; carnivorous plants at the Conservatory; Vegemite and Kombucha (to eat!) at the Yeast Collection; demonstrations of eagles and hawks and other birds at the Raptor Center; prehistoric tool demonstrations (flint knapping, atlatl throwing) at tje Anthropology Collection; leaf rubbing and olive wreath crown making at the Arboretum; insect vacuum for observation at the Bee Haven, and pine cone petting zoo at the Herbarium.

Yes, you can pet stick insects at the Bohart Museum and pet pine cones at the Herbarium.

Meanwhile, you can find more information on the Biodiversity Museum Day website. (More information is pending)