Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History


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Every Friday, October 26-November 16, 2018

Develop skills and techniques to photograph the vast universe under the night sky. Join Astronomy Department Manager, Javier Rivera, for a four class series on Astrophotography for beginners or non-photographers interested in astronomy. Students will learn how to take photographs of the Moon, planets, galaxies and nebulae with and without a telescope and have the opportunity of using the Museum’s 20” observatory telescope.
We will discuss basic astronomy in the planetarium, and students will have hands-on experience using their cellphone and DSLR cameras to photograph night sky objects.
Each student is required to provide their own cellphone and DSLR cameras (Canon™ or Nikon™).
Location: Palmer Observatory at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Contact information: or 805-682-4711 ext. 173
Geology Field Class: Our Geologic Environment
6 week class, Saturdays, September 15 – October 27 (no class on October 20)
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Join Dr. Sabina Thomas for an interactive course that introduces students to the fundamentals of geology and how the local environment has been shaped by Earth’s forces and processes such as earthquakes, plate tectonics and landslides.
Two classes will be scheduled at the Museum campus and four classes will be off-site at local Santa Barbara mountains and beaches.

September 22nd meet in front of the Museum, at the whale skeleton

Price of Admission: $75 members; $85 non-members, Spaces available, registration is still open at full cost, September 22nd will be the 2nd of a six-class series. Pre-registration required.

Contact information: or 805-682-4711 ext. 170
FIELD TRIP: Hiking Red Rock Mines
Sunday, December 9
9:00AM -2:00PM

Join Geologist, Susie Bartz on a field trip to Red Rock which follows the Santa Ynez River. Explore the old Los Prietos/Juniper mercury mining area through narrow valleys as Bartz teaches about how California’s fault lines formed the cinnabar, a hydrothermally enriched “red rock” ore of mercury.

Important Information: This field trip consists of a moderate 2.5 mile (roundtrip) hike on uneven and loose terrain, and requires the ability to climb up and down slopes with loose gravel and traverse through rugged arroyos. Participants must be in healthy, physical condition to participate.

Member $50, non-members $55
Pre-registration required; limited enrollment.
One day parking pass per vehicle included.
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Information: Call Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or