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Monday, 01/01/18
  • New Years Day King Tides WalkDuring one of the year's highest tides, explore the history, recent restoration, and a future of rising sea levels on the Berkeley waterfront. Meet at Sea Breeze Deli, S. side of University Ave. at W. Frontage Rd., just west of I-80 -- plenty of parking, and easily reached by bicycle ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Tuesday, 01/02/18
  • King Tide WalkJoin Exploratorium staff at Pier 3 on San Francisco's waterfront (meet on the Bay side of the Seaside Restaurant) for a stroll along the waterfront to observe, photograph, and discuss the King Tide. We'll talk about what causes the tides, why we have King Tides at this time of year, ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  Free
  • A Walk Amongst Kings: King Tides WalkTake time out on your lunch break and view the highest tide of the season. Stroll the Tidelands Trail with Carmen Minch and view how tidal marshes help prevent flooding of manmade infrastructure and help to reduce the impacts of sea level rise.
    Where:  Fremont Cost:  Free
  • Car-sharing Network Optimization Driven by High-resolution Data, Simulation and Discrete OptimizationWith the increase in connectivity and in real-time responsiveness, travelers and vehicles are becoming "real-time optimizers" of their trips. The urban mobility challenges and breakthroughs of the next decades will be marked by our ability to optimize the aggregate performance of large-scale transportation systems while accounting for how the hundreds ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
Wednesday, 01/03/18
  • First Free Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery MuseumFirst Wednesdays are free for all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.  Group visits of 10 or more people are not available on Free Wednesdays.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Free First Wednesday at UC Botanical GardenEvery first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Newt Discovery StationNewts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. The Garden is home to two newt species, Taricha torosa (California newt) and Taricha granulosa (rough-skin newt). Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free with admission
Thursday, 01/04/18
  • After Dark: Bright and Shiny
    Get your razzle-dazzle on and explore nature’s brilliance from the gleam of an insect’s wing to the brightest stars in the sky. Listen to steelpan music, play with prisms and lasers, and reflect on illuminating artworks.A Light History of the Universe with Linda Shore7:00 p.m. | Kanbar ForumJoin Dr. Linda Shore to explore ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door
  • Cafe InquiryMeet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry|San Francisco.For more information or if you have questions please email
    Where:  Menlo Park Cost:  Free
  • Agar Art Contest 2018 - Learn How to Make Bacterial Art
    • What we'll doCounter Culture Labs is proud to be hosting the American Society for Microbiology Agar Art Contest.Come and learn how to make colorful and unique living art. Design your own art piece using our colorful bacteria and then submit your piece for a chance to win.We will be ...
    Where:  Oakland Cost:  $15
Friday, 01/05/18
  • Biodiversity Bioblitz Come explore the Modini Mayacamas Preserves with other serious “nature nerds” and experts. Our goal is to add species records each season to the Biodiversity of the Modini Mayacamas on iNaturalist. Each of us tends to spot, and share enthusiasm and knowledge about, species that others rarely notice. Mark your ...
    Where:  Geyserville Cost:  $20 suggested donation
  • First Friday Family Night at CuriOdysseyFamilies with small children can swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to live music including soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s.  Purchase ...
    Where:  San Mateo Cost:  $12.50-9.50 / Free with Admission / Members Free
Saturday, 01/06/18
  • Nature Walk by the BayTake a gentle walk around the Marina's flat dirt trails and enjoy the local weather and bayside wildlife. We'll keep the pace slow for all ages and abilities. Meet in the parking lot near the restroom. Questions? (408) 355-2240​​​. Editor's note: There appear to be two walks scheduled at Alviso Slough ...
    Where:  Alviso Cost:  Free
  • Trekking the ModelJoin a ranger-guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000.
    Where:  Sausalito Cost:  Free
  • Science on the Screen: 'Ponyo'Science lovers unite! Science on the Screen creatively pairs cutting-edge science presented by leading science and technology experts with classic science fiction films. The series reveals the science of everyday living, explores where science and art connect, and inspires students to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and ...
    Where:  San Francisco Cost:  $18 General, $10 Students & Teachers
  • Watching Our Universe Grow Up: Radio Snapshots Through Cosmic TimeHow did the first generation of stars and galaxies form in our Universe? Astronomers don’t know. We have ideas, to be sure, but they’re hard to confirm with observations because prior to the formation of the first stars and galaxies, it’s not clear what we can look at! In the ...
    Where:  San Jose Cost:  Free
Sunday, 01/07/18
  • COSMIC GOLD: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, & the Origin of the Heavy Elements
    Scientists have recently developed an entirely new way to “see” the universe: using gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including black holes and neutron stars. Remarkably, they have also helped solve a longstanding puzzle about where ...
    Where:  Novato Cost:  Free
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