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Adult Swim

Friday, September 20, 2019
5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Enjoy the Sea Center’s unique hands-on exhibits after the kids have all gone home!

Bring your friends or a date to get your hands wet touching friendly Swell Sharks, anemones, and sea stars. Go upstairs to be mesmerized by our Moon Jellies, Two-Spot Octopus, and Mantis Shrimp.

Enjoy breathtaking evening views of Santa Barbara’s coastline over a glass of Deep Sea wine and light nibbles from C’est Cheese (included with admission).

Must be 21+ with valid ID.

Information: Contact Sea Center Visitor Services & Events Coordinator José Lobato at 805-962-2526 ext. 101 or jlobato@sbnature2.org

Ticket Cost:
Member: $20.00
General Admission: $25.00

Birds of Autumn Eight-Week Class

Monday, September 23, 2019
8:30 AM–10:30 AM

Eight-week class
Mondays: September 23–November 11, 2019; 8:30–10:30 AM

Explore Santa Barbara County’s beaches, woodlands, parks, and preserves in this eight week field class with expert naturalist Rebecca Coulter. Participants will meet at a different location each session to study fall migration and its changing of the guard, as our summer migrants leave us for the south, while winter visitors arrive from the north.

Bring your binoculars and all your senses to explore the best birding hotspots of the region! This class is suitable for all birders, levels new to experienced.

Pre-registration required.

$75 Members, $85 non-members

Class schedule and birding meet-up locations will be sent via email after registration.

Community Education Class Refund Policy: Refunds are available if you cancel your registration a minimum of two weeks prior to the class/fieldtrip’s date. Due to registration challenges, no refunds are available after that time. Due to processing charges all cancellations/refunds will incur a 10% fee regardless of cancellation date.

Information: Community Education Manager Stefanie Coleman, scoleman@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 170.

Birds of the Santa Ynez Valley Five-Week Class

Thursday, October 10, 2019
9:00 AM–11:00 AM

Five-week class
Thursdays: October 10–November 7; 9:00–11:00 AM

Enjoy exploring the best birding spots of the Santa Ynez Valley and learn the fundamentals of birding, including identification, life histories, habitats, and ecology. Birders of all levels can learn something from expert birder and wildlife biologist, Fred Emerson, (Ph.D. Cornell University).

Pre-registration required.

$65 Members, $75 non-members

Class schedule and birding meet-up locations will be sent via email after registration.

Community Education Class Refund Policy: Refunds are available if you cancel your registration a minimum of two weeks prior to the class/fieldtrip’s date. Due to registration challenges, no refunds are available after that time. Due to processing charges all cancellations/refunds will incur a 10% fee regardless of cancellation date.

Information: Community Education Manager Stefanie Coleman, scoleman@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 170.

More about your teacher: Dr. Emerson has been a teacher, researcher and biologist for federal, state, and local conservation agencies, universities, and museums for over 25 years. He leads only a few birding classes annually, so don’t miss your opportunity, register early.

Cocktails with a Curator: Saving the White Abalone

Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Following years of sharp decline in numbers caused by overharvesting, the White Abalone was the first marine invertebrate listed as endangered in the United States.

For more than a decade, the Sea Center has been part of a collaborative effort to reproduce the marine snail in captivity with the goal of increasing their numbers in the wild.

Learn first-hand how White Abalone are bred in captivity, what role the Sea Center plays in the White Abalone Restoration Consortium, and how SBMNH scientists and collections have contributed to the biological and anthropological knowledge on abalone.

Enjoy delicious seafood appetizers from Bluewater Grill, Uncorked, and chef Pete Clements. Wine provided by Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard. Enjoy coastal-themed cocktails by Cutler’s Artisan Spirits. Create your own beautiful take-home craft.

Participating experts include:

  • Live Collections and Husbandry Manager Thomas Wilson
  • Aquarist Nora Frank
  • Curator of Malacology Daniel Geiger, Ph.D.
  • Curator of Anthropology John Johnson, Ph.D.
  • NOAA Natural Resources Management Specialist Melissa Neumann, Ph.D.

Ticket Cost:
Member (Naturalist-level and above): Free
Member (Family Plus-level and below): $35.00

Marine Wildlife Field Four-Week Class

Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:00 AM–11:00 AM

Four-week class
Saturdays: October 12–November 2; 9:00–11:00 AM

Note: Class on 10/26 will be at low tide from 2:00–4:00 PM

Join biologist Tyler Haven on an outdoor survey of the marine animals and coastal habitats of the Santa Barbara region. Participants will learn about special adaptations these groups have developed to survive in the beautiful and diverse Santa Barbara Channel. Class includes fish dissections, kayaking, tide pool explorations, and more!

Pre-registration required.

$65 Members, $75 non-members

Class schedule with meet-up locations will be sent after registration via email.

Community Education Class Refund Policy: Refunds are available if you cancel your registration a minimum of two weeks prior to the class/fieldtrip’s date. Due to registration challenges, no refunds are available after that time. Due to processing charges all cancellations/refunds will incur a 10% fee regardless of cancellation date.

Information: Contact Community Education Manager Stefanie Coleman at scoleman@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 170.

Ticket Cost:
Member: $65.00
Non-Member: $75.00