January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Events for February 2014

Posted: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Free Entry Days at:

Bay Area Discovery Museum, First Wednesday of the month
UC Botanical Gardens, First Thursday of the month
Oakland Museum of California, First Sunday of the month

Super-cool Science Parties and Lectures:

Nerd Nite East Bay, Last Monday of the month

Nerd Nite San Francisco, Third Wednesday of the month

Night Life, Thursdays, 6-10 pm, at the California Academy of Sciences

After Dark, First Thursday of the month, 6-10 pm, at the Exploratorium

Café Inquiry, First Thursday of the month, 6pm, at Café Borrone, Menlo Park

Highlighted Events in February:

Bird Walk Hike at Lake Merritt in Oakland

Saturday, 2/07 & 2/17 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Lake Merritt, Oakland

January is the perfect time to observe wintering waterfowl. Join the Lindsay Wildlife Museum for a morning of birding with experienced birdwatchers from the Mt Diablo Audubon Society. Bring your binoculars and learn how to tell the difference between a tern and a gull. Bird walk hike will be at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Map and directions will be sent after registration is completed.

Click here to register online

Salamander Search – Family Science Safari at YSI

Saturday, 2/07 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sanborn Science and Nature Center

Unravel the secrets of our unique newt population among the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains! Join us at the YSI Garden in Sanborn County Park to meet and touch some of our native Animal Ambassadors. Learn what they look and feel like, decipher their camouflage, and discover how to spot them in the wild. Then we’ll venture into the newt’s ecosystem to try to locate these and other native animals in their natural habitat.
To register online visit our website

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, 2/10 07:30 PM

Orpheum Theater, SF

Join us for an evening with Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, award winning- astrophysicist, author, and host of FOX’s Cosmos for an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it.

Click here for more information:

AAAS Family Science Days

Saturday & Sunday, 2/14 – 2/15

San Jose Convention Center

Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! Family Science Days are FREE and open to all, and features hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for K-12 children and their families. This free community science showcase is brought to you by AAAS, in partnership with the Bay Area Science Festival. The event also features a broad range of educators and scientists engaging the public in current science topics.

Click here for more information

Low Tide Walk

Saturday, 2/14 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Marine Science Institute

MSI takes to the tidepools for a treasure hunt of nature’s beautiful intertidal secrets. We’ll spend our time taking advantage of the low tide to reach the outer edges of Pillar Point, while taking in spectacular vantages as we slowly retreat to shore. Will we find crabs, sea stars, eels an octopus!? This is a great all-ages, family event. Space tends to fill up for these events quickly, so please RSVP soon.

For more information, click here

Fragile Waters

Tuesday, 2/24 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bay Model Visitors Center

There’s one chance to save the Southern Resident killer whales from extinction and that moment is right now. Blaine residents and documentary filmmakers Rick Wood and Shari Macy teamed-up with Orca Network to create a groundbreaking documentary film about the resident orcas, Chinook salmon and the environment they live in. The film tells the untold story about the decline of both the killer whales and Chinook salmon in the Salish Sea. Through interviews with the world’s leading orca experts, fishermen, hatchery 

Speakers: Rick Wood and Shari Macy, Producers

For more information,  click here

5 Tools You Can Use to Find the Elusive Gray Fox

Saturday, 2/28 2:00 PM – 3:30 AM

Don Edwards Refuge Headquarters & Visitors Center

Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud, or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights into the fox’s nature and their behavior during the walk. By the time we are through, you will have a set of “tools” you can use to identify the presence of foxes in any area that you are in. Bring a hat, binoculars, and good walking shoes.  Led by Bill Leikam, the Fox Guy.

Written by Minda Berbeco

Minda Berbeco

Minda Berbeco is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education and is CSTA’s Region 2 Director.

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