September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

September 2014 Events in CSTA’s Region 1

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

by David Pummill

pic_mapSacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: 916-808-5888
Saturday, September 13, 2014: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Deaf Awareness Day
Join us for a special day for our deaf and hard of hearing community sponsored by NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Zoo will have ASL interpreters on site for the event.

Saturday, September 27, 2014: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Red Panda Day
Learn about Red Panda conservation! Kids and adults can become “Red Panda Rangers” after stopping at various stations and completing activities.

Pacific Coast Air Museum
One Museum Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95043
Phone: 707-575-7900
Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the premier North Bay family fun event!
Held at the Charles M. Schulz– Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, California.
Sit in the cockpits of our vintage aircraft, and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. We feature one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. More opportunities to “Climb Aboard” this fall can be found online.

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-964-4352
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 20, 2014 through Sunday, September 28, 2014
Our Fall Plant Sale at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will give you plenty of time to shop in order to get your plantings in before winter! Gardens’ Members receive 20% off; non-members receive 10% off. There is also a table with select plants up to 50% off! Sale is available during Gardens’ normal operating hours and runs from Saturday, Sept 20 through Sunday, Sept 28.

Members Only Preview Night, Friday, Sept 19 from 5:30-7:00pm: Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, along with first choice of the best plants.

Bird Watching with Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
The Gardens attract more than 150 species of birds that live in or visit each year. Join one of the monthly Audubon Society walks. Monthly walks are as follows:
Beginning Birding: 1st Saturday, 9:00 am
Early Bird Walk: 3rd Wednesday, 8:00 am (May through October)

The Gateway Science Museum at California State University, Chico
625 Esplanade (near Bidwell Mansion), Chico CA 95926
Phone: 530-898-4121
gateway@csuchico.edu
Class Field Trips Fall 2014 Scheduling Open Now!

The Museum will be closed September 1-26, 2014 for exhibition installation.

A note from the CSTA Region 1 Director:

Please send monthly news and events for CSTA Region 1 to David Pummill. Region 1 includes: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba Counties. (The cut-off date for publication in the upcoming California Classroom Science is usually a week to ten days before the end of the previous month.)

Written by David Pummill

David Pummill

David Pummill is a retired California science teacher and CSTA’s Region 1 Director.

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