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Upcoming Events:

Lectures • Art • Tastings • Exhibit

Dear Members, our lectures have become so popular, sold out with a long waiting list, and cost prohibitive due to the increase in reception costs, staffing and cleaning. In order to continue with our lecture series we will be charging $5 for members and $15 for non-members beginning with the April lecture. RSVPs and pre-payment will be required due to limited seating.

Our live presentations are great, but if you have missed any lectures, please visit our Lecture Series Archive and scroll down to Lectures. The Potter Hotel lecture by Neal Graffy is now online.

two men in a submarineWithin the Minds of Submariners: A Cold War Saga Beneath the Pacific on the SPY SUB

Thursday, March 9

Dr. Roger C. Dunham will take you into the minds of three sailors aboard the submarine, describing the psychiatric and near-death experiences during this search, and providing the additional information about the sacrifices of the sailors as well as the consequences for the United States in the Cold War. A waitlist will be started the day of the lecture at 6:15 pm.

Four Nations Fundraiser

Saturday, March 25

Celebrating Santa Barbara Maritime History Honoring Ernest H. Brooks II. For Details and Registering

The Geology of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel and The Chumash Use of Asphaltum Exhibit Opening Reception 

Thursday, April 6

This will be phase one of a broad exhibit plan featuring Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel. For Details and RSVP

SOS 2016 Events:

SOS museum of natural history anniversary

Community Centennial Celebration

Sunday, January 24

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will celebrate its 100th birthday and a century of providing science and nature education to generations of visitors, from toddlers to seniors. The Community Centennial Celebration will include FREE admission for every visitor as well as a slice of birthday cake at 2:00 PM.

SOS-Share your story

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is looking for your most memorable Museum stories to help celebrate our Centennial year in 2016. Share Your Story>

SOS California Science Pub

Science Pub – El Niño: What Does It Mean and When Will It Start?
Monday, January 11 at Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Underwater Park Day FestivalUnderwater Parks Day Festival

Saturday, January 16 at the Sea Center

Celebrate the biodiversity of marine animals living in our coastal waters. Investigate a micro marine ecosystem, spy on shore birds, embark on an ocean knowledge quest, meet birds of prey up close, and create ocean-themed art.

Carpinteria State Beach Tide Pool
Field Trip: Carpinteria State Beach Tide Pools
Saturday, January 23 Carpinteria State Beach

Join Sea Center Aquarist Tyler Haven at low tide to explore the flora and fauna of the intertidal zone. Dress appropriately as tide pooling requires a willingness to get wet.

Gorgonian Coral SpeciesScience on Site: World of Gorgonian Coral Species
Saturday, January 30

Discover the fascinating world of Gorgonian Corals with Dr. Beth Horvath, Associate Professor of Biology from Westmont College. Identify corals under a microscope and see what happens when you dissolve a coral branch.

Inspire a generation - SOS CaliforniaInspire a New Generation

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Docent Registration Now Open.


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SOS 2015 Events

Folk & Tribal Arts Show,
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
December 4th – 6th

Science Pub
Dargan’s Irish Pub
December 14th, 5:30 pm

SBMM 15th Anniversary Party
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
December 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Family Nature Day
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
December 20th

SOS Holiday Party
University Club of Santa Barbara
December 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Join Us Aboard the Condor Express!
Saturday – June 22nd
Sea Landing Dock
301 W. Cabrillo Blvd, SB
Boards: 8:00 am – 10:30 am