There’s more to just the displays at the Pacific Grove Museum Of Natural History, as fascinating and informative as they are. The Museum also hosts a number of classes, seminars, workshops, field trips, summer camps and night-time events.

And the biggest event of the year is the Museum’s Annual Gala on Saturday, October 5, 2019. It’s not only the biggest, splashiest event of the year, but it’s the Museum’s major fundraiser, allowing the Museum to continue serving as a valuable community resource. The celebration will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 5, at the Museum, 165 Forest Ave., which will be closed during regular hours.  

Guests will sip delightful Monterey wines, including wines from McIntyre Vineyards, Flywheel Wines, Morgan Winery, and Blair Wines as well as craft beers from Carmel Craft Brewing Company.

Guests will also be able to savor the flavors of the best chefs of Monterey County, including award-winning chefs from the Beach House at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, La Balena and Il Grillo in Carmel, TusCA at the Hyatt Regency Monterey and California Market at Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands.

The event also features the music of the popular DJ Hanif, as well as a silent auction and opportunity drawings. Tickets are $100 per person and proceeds will help fund current and future Museum programs, and are available at pgmuseum.org. The annual gala helps fund the following events, with many more to be added as the year progresses.

Events

Hardcore Natural History Series — The Plastic Link In The Agriculture Supply Chain
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019
Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter are the co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, the leader of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution, with focus on innovative product delivery systems. At Hardcore Natural History, they'll be discussing their work in agricultural supply chains in our area.

Junior Naturalist Excursion —Garland Ranch
10 a.m.-noon July 20, 2019
The Junior Naturalist Club will head back to the Carmel Valley for its July excursion, where we'll be joined by the Museum's Watershed Guardians Coordinator, Matt McConnell, for an exploration of the Carmel River and its many inhabitants. We'll “fish” for macroinvertebrates and hike a gentle loop trail while learning about watersheds and the importance of clean, cool rivers. Junior Naturalist Club Membership required.

Member Event — "Big Sur Fog: The Science and the History"
6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019
With Pacific Grove’s notorious summer fog rolling in, we welcome museum members to join us inside our Bird Gallery for a special presentation of the documentary “Big Sur Fog: The Science and the History”. This will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Director and Writer Steven and Mary Albert.

Science Saturday — Funky Fungi
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019
Have you ever wondered where mushrooms come from, what that “moss” is hanging from the branches in an oak tree, or what lies beneath the rotting logs on a Redwood forest floor? Find out when we explore the hidden kingdom of fungus!

Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference 2019 — Day 1
9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.  

Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference 2019 — Day 2
8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.  

Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference 2019 — Day 3
8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.  

Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference 2019 – Day 4
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019
John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.  

Science Saturday — The Sounds of Science
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
Did you know that our oceans are getting noisier, that plants might grow better with classical music playing, or that NASA scientists have converted solar flares into sound waves to learn about the sun? From rabbit ears to bat echolocation, from owls in flight to dolphin sonar, the sense of hearing and the power of sound plays an important role in the natural world and how we study it.

Annual Gala
6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Sip, savor and enjoy in the Museum at its biggest event of the year!

Science Saturday — Bats, Spiders, and Snakes
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
Join us as we slither into the magical world of bats, spiders, and snakes. Learn about these amazing (and important!) animals as you visit fun and educational stations throughout the Museum.

Science Saturday — Magnificent Monarchs
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019
View live butterflies up close, migrate like a monarch, and learn how to garden with butterflies in mind. You can help our visiting monarchs by taking home your very own native wildflower pot!

Science Saturday — Amazing Migrations
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
Join us for January’s Science Saturday, Amazing Migrations, as we investigate the world of long-distance animal travels. Whales, birds, insects, and more will be the focus of our deeper look at these natural phenomena.

Science Saturday — Animal Athletes
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
This highest jumping, fastest flying, strongest biting Science Saturday of the year focuses on the Olympians in the animal kingdom. From falcons to mountain lions, and beetles to beavers, every athlete has a story to tell.

Science Saturday — Bees, Wasps, Honey, and Hives
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020
Explore the sweet side of science as Science Saturday turns its attention to bees, wasps, honey, and hives. Do all bees make honey? How do you tell a wasp from a bee? Do all bees sting? Find the answers to all of your buzzing questions

Science Saturday — Day Of The Dinosaur
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020
Prepare for time-travel during this prehistoric Science Saturday, when we'll set our sights on the age of the dinosaurs. Presented in partnership with the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society, this event will feature fossils, footprints, and more as we learn what made the dinosaurs so successful, and also what led to their extinction.

Science Saturday — Water Wild
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020
Dive in for a refreshing look at rivers, creeks, and streams. We'll focus on freshwater wildlife, watershed science, and the Museum's role in studying the health of these important places.

Go to pgmuseum.org to get an updated list of events.