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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of family programs designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world.  

Upcoming Programs (2017)

Science on Site
National Fossil Day:Fossils of Mammoth Importance

11:00 AM–2:00 PM
In Broder Hall

Join Dr. Jonathan Hoffman, Earth Science Collection Manager, to explore what fossils can tell us about past climate, sea level, ecology, vegetation, and more. Look through microscopes to compare pygmy and Columbian mammoth diets, learn about trace fossils, explore the island effect, and discover why Santa Barbara is so geologically unique compared to other parts of California. Plus, kid-friendly activities including: mineral replacement demonstrations, create your own mock fossil casts and more!

FREE with paid admission.

Information: Call Stefanie Coleman
at 805-682-4711 ext. 170





BranchOut: Nature Escape Room Events:

The Great Mammoth Hunt:

September 17 and October 21-22


Perilous Mountain Trek:

December 2,3, 9, & 10


BranchOut designs activities that give kids an experience in nature they will never forget. Modeled off the popular “escape room” movement, games are brought to life where kids are the heroes on a quest to solve an environmental mission before time runs out. Participants must work together to solve puzzles and challenges,
exploring nature and the great outdoors for clues.

Guardians are encouraged to participate with their child in this family event; all participating guardians/adults must also reserve a spot when signing up.

Members $12; non-members $18
Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Sign up at



Upcoming 2017 Family Friendly Festivals:

Tales and Scales @ Sea Center on Saturday, October 28, 11:00 AM-3:00PM
Supak'a: Chumash Gathering on Saturday, November 11

For more information about upcoming programs, please visit our Calendar page.
Please contact 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or if you have questions regarding family programs.  


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