Celebrating the Nature of California

Special Event | October 25 | 5-8:30 p.m. |  Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources

 Peggy Fiedler, Executive Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Ana M. Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District; Todd Dawson, Professor, Integrative Biology


Join us for a vibrant celebration of the nature of California to kick off the 2019 Bay Area Science Festival. Discover how the University of California Natural Reserve System is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecasting, and serving the people of California. Meet scientists working at the UC Natural Reserves, including partnership reserves located in the national parks, and hear about programs and opportunities for learning in these well-studied places. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the UC Berkeley Natural History Museums with entomology, paleontology, vertebrate zoology, and herbarium collections. Arrive early to register for a tour spot. Get an up-close view of remote sensing technology and aerial drones used to measure the “heartbeat” of California at NRS reserves and beyond. Explore ways to participate in citizen science, and study nature in your own backyard. Join us for a panel discussion about the future of land conservation in California featuring Dr. Peggy Fiedler, Director of the UC Natural Reserve System, Dr. David Ackerly, Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, and Dr. Ana Alvarez, Deputy General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, and other guests.

Event Schedule:
5:00 – 7:00 Refreshments, Exhibits & Hands-on Activities in VLSB Courtyard & lobbies
5:30 – 6:30 California Heartbeat Initiative – with Prof. Todd Dawson in VLSB 2063

5:30 – 6:30 - Natural History Museum Tours

7:00 – 8:15
The Future of California’s Nature:
Conservation leaders in conversation
In today's world of rapidly warming temperatures and rising seas, California's land stewards are working hard to protect the state's renowned biodiversity, unique ecosystems, and natural landscapes. Applying the best available science, land practices, and environmental technologies new and old is more important than ever. Achieving these goals in an atmosphere of shifting political winds and environmental conditions requires both thoughtful cooperation and establishing networks of new partners to share information, resources, and talent. Three leading Bay Area scientists discuss their hopes for how science-based land stewardship can ensure a vibrant California for the decades ahead.

 All Audiences

 All Audiences

 Food and Drink available