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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of programs designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world. Lectures and films provide opportunities to experience new ideas, develop new skills, meet active adults with similar interests, and learn from experts.

For more specific information about upcoming classes and workshops, please visit our calendar page.

Cachuma Lake Reservoir:
Body of Water, Body of Contradictions

Liz Gaspar, Former Cachuma Lake Park Naturalist
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Farrand Hall

Cachuma Lake was created in the 1950s to store water for Santa Barbara County communities and the agricultural industry. Though managed for human use, this reservoir behaves in many ways like a natural lake. Join Liz Gaspar and hear about the many ways the lake is a “water body of contradictions,” serving at times as a benefit and a detriment to both humans and wildlife. Liz will provide a more detailed look at the lake's effects on birds.

Abundant Harvests: The Archaeology of Industry
and Agriculture at San Gabriel Mission

Lecture by John Dietler, Ph.D., RPA
Monday, May 1, 2017
Farrand Hall

Mission San Gabriel Arcangél was known as the Pride of the Missions due to its legendary agricultural productivity and its prominence in Southern California as a center of commerce and social interaction during the mission period. The first archaeological data recovery project worked within the mission’s garden area and revealed more than 300,000 artifacts and 45 archaeological features. It examined the economic and social organization of the mission and revealed a dynamic and resilient native population that, despite clear hardships, was well-supplied with domesticated meat and locally gathered plant foods.

Information: Call Tacy Kennedy at 805-682-4711 ext. 141 or

TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean 
An enthralling journey into the surprising 
and poetic workings of the tide.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 
Farrand Hall 

Join writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White, the author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, as he takes readers across the globe on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide. Jonathan will highlight excerpts and stories from his travels ranging from discussions on tides with French monks to Arctic Inuit elders historical perspective on tidal spirits and the threats of rising sea level.

$10 Members; $12 non-members Buy Tickets 
Information: Call Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or



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