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San Diego Natural History Museum Fall Programs

Summer is winding down, but the programs and events at theNAT this Fall are a great opportunity for learning about our natural history and environment.

If you haven’t been to the Titanic exhibit, you’ll want to hurry in before it leaves the museum on September 9th.  With authentic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, you will see and learn of the true stories of those who traveled on this fateful expedition.  The $27 ticket includes entrance to the rest of the museum as well. Other limited-time exhibits to visit are the The Horse and the photography exhibit, Vavra’s Vision: Equine Images.  Both exhibits celebrate the beauty and majesty of horses. These two exhibits will run through January 2013. TheNAT has several on-going exhibits to also enjoy.  The collection of almost 200 skulls is fascinating.  We could not believe how tiny some of the animal skulls were!  There are also the exhibits Water: A California Story and Fossil Mysteries.  Be sure to take your kids to the new kids’ play area: Camp-O-Saurus.  They will love the adventure of a dinosaur campground with tents, robotic butterflies, a plush “campfire pit,” books, and a dinosaur’s nest for kids to roll around in. They can nestle into a dinosaur nest, tell a T. rex tale by the campfire, or hide out in a tent with a book or a puzzle.

In addition to the great exhibits at theNAT, there are several giant-screen and 3D films featured. Ocean Oasis is on-going. Flying Monsters 3D and 2D Such is the Nature of Horses featuring Robert Vavra will play into January 2013. And Last Reef 3D will play through March 2013.  You can view trailers for each of the videos here.

The museum also has great family programs coming up in September.  My kids love The Magic School Bus series.  Every Sunday in September, free with admission, you can participate in Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle™ and The Magic School Bus.  The second Thursday of the month you can enjoy a Nature and Me Storytime with your 1-5 year-old child.  September 3rd will host a special family day celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Boarding begins at 11 am and ends at 3 pm. Looking for some free nature activities to do with your family?

The San Diego Natural History Museum sponsors free guided tours.  The following tours are coming up for you and your family to enjoy:

FLORIDA CANYON Easy 2 mile hike Sunday, September 16, 2012; 9–10:30 AM Enjoy this canyon preserved by Helen Witham Chamlee. Together with Docents of the San Diego Natural History Museum, Chamlee founded the Canyoneers in 1973.

(Balboa Park) From Park Blvd., take Morley Field Dr. east, crossing Florida Dr. At the top of the hill, turn right twice into the parking lot next to the lawn. Facilities at tennis courts.

MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK (KUMEYAAY LAKE) Easy 1 mile hike Saturday, September 22, 2012; 1–2:30 PM This short, easy hike along a cottonwood and willow shaded lakeshore is perfect for young children, seniors, and avid birdwatchers.

(Santee) From I-8, exit north on CA-125, then left onto Mission Gorge Rd. west, with slight right turn onto Father Junipero Serra Trail to the parking lot at Bushy Hill Drive. Water and facilities.

TECOLOTE CANYON NATURAL PARK (N. CLAIREMONT PARK) Moderate 4 mile hike Saturday, September 29, 2012; 1–3 PM Our trail takes us through Tecolote Canyon from Chateau Dr. to Balboa Ave. on an easy walk of about 4 miles. Tecolote Creek provides a riparian habitat. There are many old coast live oaks here.

(Clairemont) From I-805, exit west on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Turn left at Genesee Ave. and right on Bannock Ave. Alternate route: from I-5, take Hwy. 52 east to Genesee Ave. Go south on Genesee and turn right on Bannock Ave. Water and facilities.

San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado in Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

MUSEUM ADMISSION: $17 for adults; $15 for seniors; $12 for military, youth 13–17, students; $11 for children 3–12. Free for members. (San Diego residents can get in free to the museum on resident-free Tuesdays, but check details because some of the programs and events are not included)

Looking for other things to do in San Diego, visit…

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Birch Aquarium

Mormon Battalion Historic Site

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