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Sunday, 08/20/17
  • Sensory Friendly Day @ The TechSensory Friendly Hours are a time for families to enjoy a quieter, less-crowded visit to The Tech at a discounted rate. This opportunity may be appealing to parents of children who have mobility challenges, struggle to communicate or become easily overwhelmed by stimuli. During these hours, The Tech will offer:A ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  price can be found on website
  • Eve of Totality: Sunday FundayGet prepared for the August 21st solar eclipse by learning how eclipses are formed and everything you need to know to safely observe one.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
  • The Bait and Switch A Discussion of Seafood Fraud in Los Angeles and Santa CruzSeafood is a global commodity with a worldwide consumption rate that consistently strains supply. High demand, paired with the complex nature of the seafood supply chain, has allowed for seafood fraud, or the mislabeling of seafood, to go relatively undetected for years. Now, scientists across the globe are using genetic ...
    Where:  Santa Cruz Cost:  Free with admission
Monday, 08/21/17
  • Solar Eclipse Day at the HallOn August 21st, North America gets a front row seat to a rare and exciting event"an eclipse of the sun. Enjoy hands-on eclipse activities and catch this fascinating astronomical event at the Hall, starting at 8:30 a.m.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  See weblink
  • Observe the Solar EclipseOn Monday, August 21 Earth’s Moon will pass between the Sun and our home planet to create a spectacular astronomical event - a total solar eclipse!  Viewers across the country in a narrow band between Oregon and South Carolina will observe the eclipse’s total phase, as the Sun’s visible surface ...
    Where:  San Carlos Cost:  Free with admission
  • Partial Solar Eclipse ViewingMonday, August 21, 2017, is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse!  For those along the eclipse path of totality, which stretches from Oregon across the country to South Carolina, the Moon will cover the Sun, and day will briefly turn into night!  The Bay Area will enjoy a ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  Free
  • Total Solar Eclipse: Live from the U.S.A.
    Gather at the Exploratorium to watch our live broadcast of the total solar eclipse happening across the United States. Learn about solar eclipses and observe a partial solar eclipse outside on the Exploratorium’s Plaza.Our live-stream team will travel to two sites Madras, Oregon, and Caspar, Wyoming to capture the “Great American ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:   Included with museum admission.
  • Fish DaysLearn about fresh water fish that are found in  local ponds and rivers.  Games show native and non native fish and how they arrived at Tule Ponds.  Compare fishing ponds for people versus fishing ponds for wildlife.   Explore how the early peoples of area went fishing as well as the ...
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • The Great American Solar EclipseCelebrate the solar eclipse on August 21 at the Academy and beyond!The "Great American Eclipse" takes place on Monday, August 21, when the shadow of the Moon sweeps coast-to-coast across the United States. This is the first time since 1979 that a total eclipse will be visible from the continental ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  included with admission
  • Telescope Sonification with Kronos Quartet
    When the moon passes between the sun and the Earth on August 21, it won't make a sound but Exploratorium composer Wayne Grim and the world-famous Kronos Quartet will turn the total solar eclipse into a piece of music unlike any other. Join us for Grim's sonification of the eclipse,performed live by Kronos ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Special Ticket required will include museum entry
  • Measuring and modeling ecological interaction in the oceanScientists are increasingly asked to determine how climate change and human actions will affect marine ecosystems. Predicting how species will respond to these perturbations is challenging because they affect not only individual organisms, but also the ecological connections among them. In the past, these connections often had to be inferred ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 08/22/17
  • Understanding the Role of Sinus Parasites in Cetaceans Stranded Along the California Coast
    Cetaceans strand for a variety of reasons, including infectious disease, trauma, intoxication and parasitism. Small cetaceans commonly have parasites that inhabit the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. Worms can inhabit the sinuses, as well as the ear canal and middle ear. These parasites have occasionally been found damaging the nerves and brain ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 08/23/17
  • Sex, life, and adaptive matterA hallmark of life is plasticity that enables reproduction, evolution, and environmental adaptivity. A question we ask in my research group is whether these remarkable features in nature can be realized in the physical world. I will first describe some examples of collective phenomena that ensure species survival in the ...
    Where:  Moss Landing Cost:  Free
  • Close Encounters: Partial Habituation Of A Coral Reef Fish To Chronic Recreational SCUBA DivingDespite compelling evidence that recreational activities on land (e.g. hiking) can elicit anti-predator responses in prey species, and even trigger behaviorally mediated cascades via “fear effects”, analogous studies of the effects of recreational activities in marine systems (e.g. SCUBA diving) are rare. We measured the responses of a common herbivorous ...
    Where:  Tiburon Cost:  Free
  • The importance of species interactions in an era of environmental changeSpeaker: Chris Harley, Professor of Zoology, University of British Columbia
    Where:  Bodega Bay Cost:  Free
  • Simulating Cities: Data Science for Affordable HousingSophisticated computer simulations allow us to test hypotheses and see what patterns emerge and UrbanSim applies this practice to cities, offering visualization and analysis of highly varied data sets. Recently, new data collection methods have been developed that use web scraping to initiate a monitoring process for housing rental listings, ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $10 General, Free for Members
  • Skeptics in the Pub: Millbrae
    If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. We are a group who informally discuss the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale. HOW:   Presented free by the Bay Area Skeptics.WHY:   Because science is fascinating!             ...
    Where:  Millbrae Cost:  Free- Pub is open for business
Thursday, 08/24/17
  • Introduction to Garden MaintenanceLearn gardening techniques to help care for your landscape, maintain aesthetic and keep it looking fresh! Desmond Murray (Presidio Nursery Community Coordinator & Longtime Bay Area Gardener), Rebecca Blanck-Weiss (Nursery Manager & Landscape Designer) and Will Schell (Nursery Intern), will emphasize natural pruning techniques, fertilizing, pest care, and water management ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Donations encouraged
  • Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: Lasers
    Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.In 1960, the laser was known as “a solution looking for a problem.” Now we can hardly imagine life without them. Learn what’s special about laser light, how it’s made, and how it’s used in everything from DVD players to eye surgery to ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  included with admission
  • Motion NightlifeThis week, NightLife explores the science and beauty of motion in the natural world - and on the dance floor.Brush up your moves and try out a dance class, including a rhythm and motion class from Dudley Flores, artistic director of the world-renowned Alonzo King LINES Ballet.Explore human-animal relationships with ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $15 General, $12 Members
Friday, 08/25/17
  • Wildflowers for Photographers, Poets & Artists Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self on an excursion to see and photograph (or sketch, paint, or write about) wildflowers on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. You're encouraged to share your best for a 'flower show' the next day from 3:00pm-4:00pm at ACR's Conservation Center. Dave will coach beginners on close-up flower ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 General, $15 Members/Students, Free < 18
  • Flores de Papel
    Make cheerful paper blooms with local artist Irma Ortiz. Traditionally used as party decorations, Mexican paper flowers are simple to create and charming to receive. All ages welcome.Irma Ortiz has been making flores de papel and candy skulls at the Exploratorium since 2008. She believes art is a very important part of her ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Included with museum admission.
  • Nerd Nite East Bay, Tommy and Pinball PlayThe Science of Pinball Success The amazing plays, “bad luck” and bright lights of the best pinball games are guided by principles of geometry, pattern recognition, physics, mechanical engineering, material properties and hand-eye coordination. Learn about simple scientific tricks to game geometry and manipulate math to free up free ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $15
  • Grounds for Science - Mummies, whiskey and capturing CO2Can We Stop Emitting CO2 While Still Using Fossil Fuels for Energy? As humans continue to emit CO2 from our power plants and vehicles, the global average temperature continues to rise. Our dependence on fossil fuels is causing this change in our climate, but we might be too dependent on ...
    Where:  Emeryville Cost:  Free
  • Biohack The Planet - A Biohacker Conference - Day 1A Biohacker is someone who is doing something interesting, new and creative with biology. While the term biohacker has historically been used to identify people working outside traditional environments our conference has a mix of people, Berkley and Stanford Professors, Bay Area CEOs and individuals working mostly out of their ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $35 - $100
  • Evenings with the Stars: Vardha Bennert - SOLD OUTOur 'Evenings with the Stars' programs are held annually as part of our Summer Series. Each year we bring world-renowned astronomers to the summit of Mount Hamilton for a night with the "stars" you won't forget!Activities include:Astronomy talk by "star" scientistsViewing through the historic 36-inch Great Lick Refractor telescopeViewing through ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $20
  • Free Admission to National Parks today celebrating National Parks BirthdayAdmission to all US National Parks is free today as we celebrate the birthday of our National Parks.
    Where:   Cost:  Free
Saturday, 08/26/17
  • Biohack The Planet - A Biohacker Conference - Day 2A Biohacker is someone who is doing something interesting, new and creative with biology. While the term biohacker has historically been used to identify people working outside traditional environments our conference has a mix of people, Berkley and Stanford Professors, Bay Area CEOs and individuals working mostly out of their ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $35 - $100
  • Family Bird WalkLet family walks become a shared time of nature learning. We’ll begin by helping kids create their personal bird watching field guides, and then head out onto the trails to find those birds. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Register ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Science Saturday: Fossils
    Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more. Spend the day learning about the animals and plants that lived on earth before humans. The Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society have partnered to lead Science Saturday this month, and they will have their private fossil collections ...
    Where:  Pacific Grove Cost:  Free
  • Wetlands Walking TourOur refuge consists of salt marshes, salt ponds, tidal and non-tidal sloughs. How do humans and wildlife depend on our wetlands? Come enjoy a 0.5 mile walk through the wetlands, while be depict the life and death struggles of our marsh inhabitants. Open to all ages but best suited for ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Explorables: Handmade Science
    Play around with paper in three activities inspired by our new Wildcard exhibition.Paper CircuitsUsing copper tape and surface-mount LEDs allows you to make fully functional simple or complex electrical circuits on a flat surface, such as a piece of paper. You can make light-up greeting cards, origami animals come to life, or ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Included with museum admission.
  • Indicators That Fox Are in Your Area
    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 ...
    Where:  Freemont Cost:  Free
  • Sailing Ships of SF BayIn commemoration of the building of the Matthew Turner, the first Brigantine ship to be built in California in 100 years.  This ship will have a permanent home on our Bay Model pier.  This program will cover some of the interesting early sailing vessels that made their way in and ...
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Jazz Under the StarsCome peer through our telescopes and see craters on the Moon, the visible planets, star clusters, and more while we listen to CSM's very own KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly.  Free parking in Marie Curie Lot 5.  Directions here.
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  Free
  • Music of the Spheres: Richard Kron - SOLD OUT
    Professor Kron is Assistant Chair for Academic Affairs of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He was director of the Yerkes Observatory 1989 - 2001. His research interest includes the evolution of stellar populations in galaxies (history of the star-formation rate), the cosmic evolution of ...
    Where:  Mt. Hamilton Cost:  $45-$210
  • The Search for Life Beyond EarthBesides Earth, several planetary bodies in our solar systems are recognized as having the potential to host primitive forms of life. This talk will describe why and how NASA plans to search for life on Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.Speaker: Carol Stoker, NASA Ames
    Where:  Mill Valley Cost:  Free
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