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100 ways to Support the Museum

Please consider a donation this year in honor of the Museum’s Centennial.
Donors of $100 or more will be listed in the Centennial Report distributed in spring 2017.

We truly appreciate your support!


 



1  To honor the Museum’s Centennial year!
 

  Because “This place is more fun than Disneyland!” (said a visiting 2nd grade student)
 

  Albert Einstein! He visited the Museum with his wife Elsa in 1931.
 

  Because we don’t receive local, state, or federal government funding, we depend on the generosity
              of the community.
 

  Planetarium shows! We are the only place to rocket through space on the central coast.
 

  The strawberry anemone at the Sea Center.
              (Check it out and then grab some strawberry ice cream next door!)
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Nature Adventures™ camp where campers participate in four or more Science Explorations
              every day.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Monthly Science Pubs at Dargan’s - the perfect occasion to relax while quenching your
              thirst for knowledge about science and nature.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  You get to press the rattlesnake exhibit button every time you visit.

100 reasons support the Museum  The Butterfly Pavilion! We have a garden with more than 1,000 free-flying butterflies!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Marine Hall, which boasts a life-size replica of a Giant squid, the largest invertebrate animal in
              the world.

100 reasons support the Museum  You can bellow in the belly of Chad the blue whale.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We’re open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM seven days a week, 362 days a year!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Free admission! It’s offered the third Sunday of January, February, March, April, September,
              October, November, and December.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  FREE PARKING!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Nature Trail, which features Coast redwood trees which are among the oldest living trees on
              Earth and have a lifespan of up to 1,800 years.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Badgers, foxes, and bears, oh my!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Dreier Mine, a favorite spot for children and adults alike in the Mineral & Gem Gallery.


 100 reasons support the Museum  The Geology & Paleontology Hall, which features the most complete Pygmy Mammoth skeleton
               ever found.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We’re situated on 17 acres of riparian oak woodland along beautiful Mission Creek.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Best picnic spot EVER!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our bird egg collection, which has more than 11,000 egg sets from 1,300 species.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our backyard is your backyard!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Getting your hands wet in the new Intertidal Wonders touch pools at the Sea Center.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  “If you truly love Nature, you’ll find beauty everywhere.” Vincent Van Gogh
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We connect people to nature for the benefit of both.
 

  We’re one of the few organizations in the world to have a gallery combining history, science, nature,
              and art – the John & Peggy Maximus Gallery.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Quasars to Sea Stars program, which encourages local teens to take Museum and science-
              focused classes, explore science-related careers, and gain work experience at the Museum and
              Sea Center.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Because we are the coolest place in Santa Barbara to earn community service hours.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  A chance to check up on your favorite Eyes in the Sky birds Puku, Ivan, Athena, Max, Kachina,
              Kanati, and Kisa.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  You can use the Eckmann Grab to retrieve specimens from the ocean floor, then chat with a
              Sea Center interpreter as you examine your findings under a microscope.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Anthropology collection of rare Indian basketry and fiberwork.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The archaeological collections, which include approximately 75,000 specimens from 200 sites in the
              greater Santa Barbara area and the Northern Channel Islands.
 

100 reasons support the Museum   The Museum’s John P. Harrington Collection, which has 300 microfilm reels of ethnographic and
               linguistic field notes, photographs, and correspondence.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Curiosity Lab! An inviting place for families to explore the natural world through cool hands-on
              activities such as making animal track impressions.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Being able to curl up with a good book in the Curiosity Lab tent!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We’ve got answers! Write down a question on a leaf from the Tree of Wonder, and check back in to
              find your answer on a new leaf!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Magic Planet, which is a stunningly animated representation of Earth’s atmospheric,
              oceanographic, geological, and planetary processes.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Because we are the ONLY Museum in the world to display a vomiting seagull! Eeeuuuww!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We started in 1916 as the Museum of Comparative Oology - an area of study that focuses on the
              eggs and nests of birds.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We’re visited by more than 20,000 schoolchildren every year, many of whom return for another
              visit with their family and friends.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We have teams of second graders examining plant and animal fossils and engaging in simulated
              digs to excavate and identify animal skeletons.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We throw great Star Parties and you’re invited! Attend one of the monthly star parties and view
              objects in the night sky through our telescopes, and bring your astronomy and astrophysics
              questions – we’ve got answers!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our upgraded observatory has a new, state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope perfect for viewing
              celestial objects.
 

100 reasons support the Museum   You can navigate the twisting, winding path of Boulder Alley.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We’re a favorite haunt of Anna’s Hummingbird.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  When there’s water, you can find frogs, crawfish, and steelhead trout in Mission Creek!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival! Get your tickets now to the best and biggest
              Wine Festival around!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Because our Collections and Research Center houses over 3 and 1/2 million specimens.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Museum’s Library, a major research facility devoted to natural history, the environment,
              and California Indian culture.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  It’s 2016 and we’re celebrating 100 years of serving the Santa Barbara Community.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Mention “Reason number 53” in the gift shop to get a free Museum pencil.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Whether you’re eight or 88, we’re all about lifelong learning.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We give free family passes to visiting students from local schools to encourage them to return with
              their families.
 

100 reasons support the MuseumWe have more than 87,000 square feet to explore at our Mission Canyon campus!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Sea Center is the most significant marine educational institution in the Santa Barbara
              Channel watershed.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  ¡Se habla español!


100 reasons support the Museum  We host outstanding traveling exhibits like Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived and
              A T. rex named Sue.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Curator of Anthropology John Johnson, who headed a team that investigated the earliest evidence
              for people in our region at the Arlington Springs Site on Santa Rosa Island.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Curator of Ethnography Jan Timbrook, who specializes in material culture and ethnobotany and
              is the author of Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of
              Southern California.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Dr. Krista Fahy, the collection manager of the ornithology and fish collections, who prepares and
              curates specimens and tissues used in research projects all over the world.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Paul Collins, who has conducted focused field studies on the bats of
              central California, the endangered California Tiger Salamander, and on a variety of declining land
              birds found on Vandenberg Air Force Base – yet his principal focus has been on the terrestrial and
              vertebrate fauna of the California Channel Islands.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Curators of Malacology Daniel Geiger and Paul Valentich-Scott, who are internationally renowned
              experts in their field and in the course of their research have described numerous new species
              including Haliotis geiger (Geiger) and Wallerconcha sarae (Valentich-Scott).
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Got a question about bugs? Curator of Entomology Matthew Gimmel has answers.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Curator Linda Miller and Exhibit Designer Marian McKenzie, who showcase exquisitely detailed
              and breathtakingly beautiful natural history art prints in the John & Peggy Maximus Gallery.


100 reasons support the Museum  Larry the Groundskeeper! Our grounds include beautiful plants and trees such as the red bud tree
              growing near the Museum entrance, an exquisite Cup of Gold vine in the courtyard, and Matilija
              poppies near Chad the Blue Whale.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Curiosity Lab, which features “Sandy,” a life-size replica of an Elephant Bird skeleton…
 

100 reasons support the Museum  …and you can find an Elephant Bird egg replica above the fireplace in the Museum’s
              Admissions office!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Explorations! field trips! Our Leadership Circles members provide critical support for the Museum
              and also get to go on great Explorations! fieldtrips!
 

  Our annual Members’ Party! All Museum members get to explore the Museum after hours, get their
              faces painted, and enjoy delicious food.
 

  Programs like Antarctica: On Thin Ice and A Sip, A Stroke, A Songbird.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  In 2014 the Museum hosted a Symposium on Human Origins, inviting an international cadre of
              scientists to demonstrate and debate the latest findings in early human evolution.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Lucky visitors will occasionally get to see live gray whales making a stop near the Sea Center as
              they migrate up and down the California coast.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Sea Center participates in the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program.
              Go to http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/abalone/abalone.html/
              to learn more about the importance of abalone conservation.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  10,000 likes on Facebook and counting! Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already!


100 reasons support the Museum  On Memorial Day weekend alone we had 3,000 visitors.


100 reasons support the Museum  Where besides the Museum store can you get butterfly t-shirts, octopus mugs, rock candy
              AND astronaut ice cream?
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The Dino Dig sandbox is the perfect place to dig around for bones and hone your
              paleontological skills.
 

  How long is a gray whale? Pull the blue rope at the Museum to find out!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Take a close look at wriggling swell shark embryos still inside their eggs at the Sea Center.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Hundreds of couples have tied the knot in the oak woodlands across the creek and cut the cake
             in Fleischmann Auditorium.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We have a truly awesome army of volunteers. In 2015, 845 people contributed 35,500 hours,
              equivalent to 17 full-time staff.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our courtyard fountain features 400 year-old Assyrian tile that was painstakingly restored by
              Conservator-in-Residence Amy Green.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The best birding classes in Santa Barbara are taught right here by Fred Emerson, Guy Tingos,
              and Museum Volunteer Coordinator Rebecca Coulter!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  When Mission Creek is dried up, the recirculating waterway in our Backyard offers a cool
              environment for kids to make dams, pump water, climb rocks, splash around, and gain
              confidence in exploring nature freely.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  At AstroVaganza you can launch a rocket, freeze a flower in dry ice, and learn cool facts about our
              solar system.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We have more than 6,000 members!* (We surpassed the 6,000 mark on June 30, 2016)
 

100 reasons support the Museum  We’re a fun and unique children’s birthday spot. 20 of your family members and friends get
              free admission!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Collections and Research Center houses a powerful SEM microscope frequently on loan to
              visiting students and scientists from all around the state.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Annual Mission Creek Gala raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit our children’s
              education programs. In 2016, the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Gala raised over half a million dollars
              for science education!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Enjoy specialty cocktails and appetizers while getting an up close and in-depth look at some of the
              Museum’s collections of awe-inspiring specimens at our annual Cocktails with a Curator. This year’s
              theme – Out of the Cocoon –  was an enormous hit.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Our Centennial Poets-in-Residence program has invited Santa Barbara Poets Laureate Sojourner
              Kincaid Rolle, David Starkey, Perie Longo, Paul Willis, and Chryss Yost to create poetry inspired by
              the Museum’s exhibits and magnificent natural setting.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  You can enter the Surge Tank Tunnel and go face to face with living tide-pool inhabitants.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  The chance to feel the sandy texture of a swell shark or a thornback ray at Shark Cove!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  You came here as a child, you came here with your kids, and you plan on coming with
              the grandkids.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  Even though you’ve seen every exhibit at least 50 times, you jump at the chance to visit again.
 

100 reasons support the Museum  It’s a great place to bring out-of-town friends!
 

100 reasons support the Museum  You know you’re established when you’re a stop for the Santa Barbara Trolley!
 

100 reasons  
Our curators write and publish cool academic articles such as
From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene: 20,000 Years of Ecological Change and
the Future of Biodiversity on California’s Channel Islands
” (Paul Collins, BioDiversity Magazine).

 

 

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