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Sunday, March 1
 

8:00am

Buy One Get One Free Coupon from SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort
About Is an octopus smarter than a fifth grader? Find out at SEA LIFE Aquarium! Meet the giant Pacific red octopus, tunnel through the shark tank, and visit the Ray Lagoon to find a mermaid's purse. We champion the cause of marine conservation through education, awareness, and direct action. Throughout Science Month, enjoy a Buy One Get One Free offer for kids. Pre-Registration Required No Links SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort
 
Wednesday, March 4
 

4:00pm

The Greenovation Forum: New Sources of Water
About Join a dynamic town hall style meeting that brings together academia, industry, government and the non-profit sector to discuss practical solutions for sustainability. This month's topic: New Sources of Water - Desalination to Re-Use: With demand for water projected to increase, we must explore new sources of potable water. Be part of a discussion and the potential solution for new technologies and innovative methods to meet San Diego's future water needs.
http://esi.ucsd.edu/greenovation
Pre-Registration Required Attendance is free, but attendees are required to RSVP by emailing or calling Michelle Jensen at mijensen@ucsd.edu or 858-822-2521. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us Greenovation Forum Tags UCSD, discussion, water, conservation, biology, society
 
Thursday, March 5
 

10:30am

Creation by Evolution
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About This workshop introduces new ways of dealing with such fundamental questions as How old is the Universe? How can there be something out of nothing? The core of the workshop is the use of a linear time line to illustrate the amazing growth of complexity along otherwise unimaginable expanses of time. The wide-ranging session brings in elements of particle physics, cosmology, astrophysics, astrochemistry, biology and astrobiology alongside links to art, philosophy, myth and religion. The presenter, Dr. Francisco Diego, is a world-renowned educator based in the UK. He is a professor with the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at University College London (Observatory), and the Vice President of the Association for Astronomy Education (AAE). Participation will be pre-arranged with local schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, teachers Areas Physical World, Nature, Science All Around Us Tags school field trip, workshop, biology, chemistry, physics, evolution

4:00pm

Film Screening and Discussion: Future Conditional
About How can we cope with the spread of toxic pollution? Join Mesa College Professor Don Barrie for a preview of the stunning film, Future Conditional, and a candid discussion on the link between environmental change, how to handle the spread of toxic pollution, and the future health of our planet. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Adults Areas Nature, Science All Around Us, Business & Innovation San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, lecture, conservation, environment, chemistry
 
Friday, March 6
 

9:00am

Become a Scientist for a Day!
About Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, is home to sensitive Coastal Mediterranean and fascinating rocky intertidal habitats. Join staff marine ecologist Dr. Benjamin Pister and the Cabrillo National Monument tidepool monitoring team for a unique, behind the scenes, hands-on look at this important component of the Vital Signs Monitoring Program at San Diego's National Park. Learn how park scientists and visiting researchers study and care for plants, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, birds, terrestrial and marine invertebrates, lichens, weather, water and air quality. This is a unique opportunity for 6 volunteers (2 per day) to work alongside Dr. Benjamin Pister and his team. Pre-Registration Required Space is very limited and you must apply by February 15, 2009, to be considered. To apply, please send an email to Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Subject Line: Become a Scientist for a Day! In your email, please indicate your availability between March 6-8, explain why you would like to participate in this program, and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Participants must be 18 years or over and must sign a National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) Agreement to participate. Contact person, Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife, workshop
 
Saturday, March 7
 

9:00am

2009 Walk the Watershed, Chollas Creek
About San Diego Coastkeeper and Groundwork San Diego-Chollas are proud to present the 2nd Annual Walk the Watershed - an outdoor, fun, interactive, and free event that will introduce and connect community members to one of San Diego's most unique watersheds. During this short walk, participants will take the scenic route following Chollas Creek upstream, through rare Cactus Wren habitat and the restoration and community enhancement projects of local organizations. At the end of the tour, food and educational outreach will be provided with African Dance, Recycling, composting workshops and much more. Walk begins at the four acre open space parcel adjacent to Millenial Technology School and ends at Market Creek Plaza. Walk 9:00am - 11:00am. Festival 11:00am - 1:00pm.
http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org
Pre-Registration Required For more information on Walk the Watershed contact Sarah Blakeslee at sarah@sdcoastkeeper.org or 619.758.7743 ext. 115 Links | Link to Location East County Audience Family, Adults, Middle School, High School Areas Nature San Diego Coastkeeper and Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Tags conservation, water, wildlife, biology

9:00am

Estuary Explorers
About Teachers, step into the world of a field biologist in this hands-on training. Experience the estuary - pinch plants that adapt to salt, catch plankton, observe birds, and travel through a watershed. After you're done, you can bring your students on the exploration too! Links Location South County Audience Teachers Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, teacher workshop, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife

9:00am

Become a Scientist for a Day!
About Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, is home to sensitive Coastal Mediterranean and fascinating rocky intertidal habitats. Join staff rine ecologist Dr. Benjamin Pister and the Cabrillo National Monument tidepool monitoring team for a unique, behind the scenes, hands-on look at this important component of the Vital Signs Monitoring Program at San Diego's National Park. Learn how park scientists and visiting researchers study and care for plants, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, birds, terrestrial and marine invertebrates, lichens, weather, water and air quality. This is a unique opportunity for 6 volunteers (2 per day) to work alongside Dr. Benjamin Pister and his team. Pre-Registration Required Space is very limited and you must apply by February 15, 2009, to be considered. To apply, please send an email to Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Subject Line: Become a Scientist for a Day! In your email, please indicate your availability between March 6-8, explain why you would like to participate in this program, and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Participants must be 18 years or over and must sign a National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) Agreement to participate. Contact person, Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife, workshop
 
Sunday, March 8
 

9:00am

Become a Scientist for a Day!
About Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, is home to sensitive Coastal Mediterranean and fascinating rocky intertidal habitats. Join staff rine ecologist Dr. Benjamin Pister and the Cabrillo National Monument tidepool monitoring team for a unique, behind the scenes, hands-on look at this important component of the Vital Signs Monitoring Program at San Diego's National Park. Learn how park scientists and visiting researchers study and care for plants, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, birds, terrestrial and marine invertebrates, lichens, weather, water and air quality. This is a unique opportunity for 6 volunteers (2 per day) to work alongside Dr. Benjamin Pister and his team. Pre-Registration Required Space is very limited and you must apply by February 15, 2009, to be considered. To apply, please send an email to Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Subject Line: Become a Scientist for a Day! In your email, please indicate your availability between March 6-8, explain why you would like to participate in this program, and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Participants must be 18 years or over and must sign a National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) Agreement to participate. Contact person, Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email Benjamin_Pister@nps.gov. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, biology, environment, conservation, water, wildlife, workshop
 
Monday, March 9
 

4:00pm

Endangered!
About Interact with scientists at the Beckman Center for Conservation Research at the Wild Animal Park as they demonstrate state-of-the-art methods for rescuing and saving endangered species and their habitats. Target audience is 5th graders and up. This event is free of charge and no pre-registration is required. The event will be held at the Beckman Center for Conservation Research, headquarters for the research arm of the San Diego Zoo. Attendees will drive to the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in Escondido as they normally would (signs posted from Interstate 15), but instead of turning left into the Main Park Entrance, they will continue east on the highway to the very next left turn (there is a driveway there with a closed gate). An employee at the gate will let visitors through, but just in case, attendees can press the button labeled ""Beckman Center"" on the keypad to the left of the driveway and someone will answer and be able to open the gate (there will also be posted directions there at the gate). Once inside the gate, attendees need to make an immediate left turn, and the Beckman Center is the last building on the right; there will be plenty of parking right out front of the building.
http://www.zooconservation.org
Pre-Registration Required This event is limited to 100 attendees. Attendees are requested to RSVP directly to Maggie Reinbold at mreinbold@sandiegozoo.org Links | Link to Location East County, North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers Areas Nature The San Diego Zoo's Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES) Tags biology, wildlife, conservation

6:30pm

Perspectives on Ocean Science: Life in the Extreme: The Rock Bottom of Antarctica's Food Chain
About Hubert Staudigel, Geologist and Antarctic Expedition Leader Recent discoveries from seafloor and other rocks suggest that Earth's crust might be host to vast, unexplored ecosystems of microbes. Join Hubert Staudigel as he describes his recent expedition to Antarctica and how he is exploring inhospitable environments for microbes that may provide clues to the early history of life on Earth. Free for Members, $8 for non-members.
http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/Calendar/index.php?date=2009-03-09#1740
Pre-Registration Required Pre-registration required. Click here to register. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature Birch Aquarium
 
Thursday, March 12
 

3:30pm

What's the Danger in Being Endangered?
About San Diego County has more endangered species than any other area of its size in North America. Investigate one of the sensitive birds at the Tijuana Estuary - what scientists know about then and how they study them. Links Location South County Audience Grade School Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop
 
Saturday, March 14
 

12:00pm

Saturday Science Club for Girls: Forces of Nature
About Each Saturday session will be filled with new challenges, hands-on activities and interaction with local women scientists. This month, explore the challenges facing earth scientists while designing monitoring devices for volcanoes and creating earthquake-proof buildings. Cost: Science Center members $10 per person; nonmembers $12 per person; Audience: 5th - 8th grade girls.
http://www.rhfleet.org/education/SatSciClub
Pre-Registration Required Pre-registration required: Please call (619) 238-1233 ext. 802 to make reservations. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Family, Middle School Areas Science All Around Us Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

9:00am

San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture 2009 Symposium: Water: plants, agriculture and society
About Where will our water come from in 2050? Explore the amazing world of water from the molecular structure, to the way plants respond to drought conditions, to the global water situation. After participating in this all-day program, you'll never look at water the same way again. Pre-Registration Required Registration Fee: $25 for UCSD/Salk/Scripps affiliates; $100 for general public. To register Click here Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Business & Innovation, Physcial World, Science All Around Us San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture Tags UCSD, water, conservation, environment, biology, chemistry, physics

3:30pm

Marsh Madness
About Experience the world of an estuary - where the river meets the sea - the most productive natural habitat on the planet! You'll meet marsh species small and large, see science in action, and discover the many values of wetlands. Migrate on by for a few minutes or extend your stay. Links Location South County Audience Family, Grade School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop
 
Thursday, March 19
 

3:30pm

Pollution Solutions
About Will our beaches and estuaries be under water in 40 years? How will this affect you and wildlife? What can YOU do to reverse the trend? Links Location South County Audience Grade School Areas Nature Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop
 
Saturday, March 21
 

9:00am

Quail Botanical Gardens' Annual Herb Festival
About Explore the world of herbs at Quail Botanical Gradens' Annual Herb Festival. The two-day event features numerous lectures, workshops and children's activities: Chemist and aspiring chef Mary Dralle will talk about The Chemistry of Eggs Florentine and Rosemary Potatoes, and herbalist Charlotte Tenney will speak on The Science of Herbs. Then listen to Dr. Robert Bonakdar, Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center of Integrative Medicine as he addresses herbs and pain management. On Saturday, March 21, from 11am - 2pm, children's activities include story telling and wizardly goings-on in the Herb Garden. For a small fee, children can make their own potpourri pouch of secret herbal ingredients, learn about the legendary connection between Basil and Basilisks, and create their own basil seed starter pot shaped like a basilisk. Children will explore herbal references in children's literature such as the plants mentioned in Peter Rabbit and Harry Potter books. There will also be guided tours of the Herb Garden, the Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z of Herbs Information Booth, ongoing music, and delicious and healthy food. Most activities are free with Garden admission.
http://www.qbgardens.org
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Science All Around Us Quail Botanical Gardens Tags exhibit, workshop, envrionment, conservation, biology, botany

10:00am

Celebrate World Water Day
About Water is one of life's essential ingredients and life exists wherever there is water. Join us on March 21, 2009 to celebrate World Water Day with activities on water conservation, storm-drain runoff, native plants, oil spill cleanups, water quality testing, and the lagoon and ocean critters touch tank. Come, enjoy yourself and learn more about the world's most precious resource and how we can all become better, more responsible water stewards!
http://www.aguahedionda.org/
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family Areas Nature, Physical World, Science All Around Us Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Tags water, conservation, environment, biology, wildlife, workshop

11:00am

Ocean Family Fun
About Embrace family learning and togetherness by blending arts and crafts, science, special tours and one-of-a-kind activities for all ages as you explore the mysteries of the ocean! Program is free with a paid Aquarium admission. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Science All Around Us Birch Aquarium Tags UCSD, water, conservation, environment, biology, wildlife, workshop
 
Sunday, March 22
 

9:00am

Quail Botanical Gardens' Annual Herb Festival
About Explore the world of herbs at Quail Botanical Gradens' Annual Herb Festival. The two-day event features numerous lectures, workshops and children's activities: Chemist and aspiring chef Mary Dralle will talk about "The Chemistry of Eggs Florentine and Rosemary Potatoes,"? and herbalist Charlotte Tenney will speak on "The Science of Herbs."? Then listen to Dr. Robert Bonakdar, Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center of Integrative Medicine as he addresses herbs and pain management. On Saturday, March 21, from 11am - 2pm, children's activities include story telling and wizardly goings-on in the Herb Garden. For a small fee, children can make their own potpourri pouch of secret herbal ingredients, learn about the legendary connection between Basil and Basilisks, and create their own basil seed starter pot shaped like a basilisk. Children will explore herbal references in children's literature such as the plants mentioned in Peter Rabbit and Harry Potter books. There will also be guided tours of the Herb Garden, the Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z of Herbs Information Booth, ongoing music, and delicious and healthy food. Most activities are free with Garden admission.
http://www.qbgardens.org
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Arts & Humanities, Entertainment, Science All Around Us Quail Botanical Gardens Tags exhibit, workshop, envrionment, conservation, biology, botany
 
Wednesday, March 25
 

6:30pm

SeaWorld San Diego's Family Learning Night
About As SeaWorld and Busch Gardens' animal ambassador, Julie Scardina has shared her life-long love of animals and commitment to wildlife conservation with audiences ranging from a few children in a classroom to millions of viewers on national television. On March 25, join her for 'SeaWorld San Diego's Family Learning Night' where she and some of her exotic animal friends will educate, entertain and amaze guests at the park's Nautilus Pavilion. The evening will begin with the chance for kids to touch sharks, see penguins up-close and take part in an educational conservation activity. From 7 to 7:45 p.m., Scardina will highlight the important role all animals play in the planet's ecosystem, with special emphasis on species that are or have been threatened or endangered, including an American alligator, bald eagle and lemur. Scardina is a fascinating animal expert with more than 20 years of experience in animal training and care. She has trained and performed with killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, elephants and many other species. Scardina is involved with several conservation organizations, including the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (which provides grants for research, conservation education, rescue and rehabilitation, and environmental protection around the world), the National Wildlife Federation and the World Wildlife Fund, which are just a few of the partners with SeaWorld's parent company Busch Entertainment Corporation. This event is geard for ages 9 and older. Pre-Registration Required This event is now SOLD OUT. We look forward to seeing you at other Festival events. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Family Areas Nature SeaWorld San Diego Tags conservation, nature, wildlife
 
Thursday, March 26
 

3:30pm

Oh Halibut!
About What happens to wildlife when shelter, food, water, and oxygen levels change in the wild? Find out in this fun simulation of everyone's favorite flounder. Links Location South County Audience Grade School Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Tijuana Estuary Tags Tijuana Estuary, biology, conservation, environment, wildlife, workshop

6:00pm

The Kelp Forest Ecosystem: Nature's Apartment Complex!
About Come and join us for a fun-filled evening exploring the underwater wonders of our local kelp forest. Learn all about kelp from the bottom (holdfast) to the top (canopy) and the diversity of organisms that utilize this marvelous ecosystem. Participate in a holdfast dissection to uncover tiny invertebrates that find protection there, discover the inner workings of sharks though a shark dissection, and learn about basic fish anatomy while making your own fish print to take home. Fun for all ages! Families welcome!
http://www.aquaticadventures.org
Pre-Registration Required Please RSVP to Aquatic Adventures by calling 858-488-3849. Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Teachers Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Aquatic Adventures Tags ocean, conservation, environment, workshop
 
Saturday, March 28
 

10:00am

Cabrillo National Monument Science Day
About Join scientists conducting ongoing research into the threatened coastal mediterranean and fragile rocky intertidal (tidepool) habitat, flora and fauna of Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park, and learn the most up-to-date status of the findings and results of their research. All presentations will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM in the Cabrillo National Monument visitor center auditorium. This program is open to the general public, but will be most suitable for middle schools students to adult. Public transportation (#84 bus) is available hourly to the park. Please contact Dr. Benjamin Pister, tel. 619-523-4582 or email for more infortion or schedule of presenters. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults Areas Nature Cabrillo National Monument Tags Cabrillo National Monument, environment, conservation, ocean, water

1:00pm

Flower Power - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
About THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OTHER FESTIVAL EVENTS Links Location North County Audience Grade school, middle school, Family, Teachers Areas Nature, Entertainment, Science All Around Us The Flower Fields Tags workshop, biology, nature

10:30pm

The Grunions Are Running
About On certain spring nights, hundreds of small, silvery fish called grunion ride the waves onto some Southern California beaches to spawn. This unusual mating ritual is a must-see! Join Dr. Karen Martin, Executive Director of the Grunion Greeters and Birch Aquarium Instructors as they guide you through an unforgettable night of activities. Learn more than you imagined about grunion and experience the excitement of watching grunion hatch right before your eyes! Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Pre-Registration Required Cost is $12. Space is limited. Attendees must make a reservation to attend by calling the Birch Aquarium reservation department at 858-534-7336. Links Location Central-Coastal, East County Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Nature, Science All Around Us Birch Aquarium and Grunion Greeters Tags UCSD, workshop, water, ocean, wildlife, conservation, biology
 
Sunday, March 29
 

12:00pm

River Bugs are Cool!
About Join scientists as they look for bugs in the San Diego River and learn how bugs can unlock secrets about the River's health. Activities include gathering bugs in nets, doing bug counts, and talking with water quality scientists and managers. Parking is available at the Mission Valley YMCA located at 5505 Friars Rd. Look for the blue tent visible from the parking lot to go to Mission Valley Preserve. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School, Middle School, Adults, Teachers Areas Nature, Science All Around Us The San Diego River Park Foundation Tags environment, conservation, wildlife, biology