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By Kathy Keatley Garvey on February 8, 2018

The Sacramento region is invited to explore the diversity of life during  on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event, set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Displays at 13 museums and collections on campus will range from dinosaur bones, praying mantises and hawks to honey bees, California condor specimens and carnivorous plants. Last year's event drew more than 4,000 visitors. 

The day celebrates scientific connections between people, animals and the environment, and the work that we do at UC Davis to sustain a healthy planet.

Biodiversity Museum Day a family friendly event

This is a family friendly, science-based event, says Biodiversity Museum Day Chair Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator for the .

All 13 museums or collections are within walking distance on the central campus except for the on Bee Biology Road, west of Highway 113, and the Raptor Center on Old Davis Road, south of Interstate 80.

Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • , Good Life Garden, next to the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science , 392 Old Davis Road, near the Mondavi Performing Arts Center
  • , Room 1124 Academic Surge Building, Crocker Lane
  • , 340 Equine Lane, off Old Davis Road and south of Interstate 80
  • , Room 1394, Academic Surge Building, Crocker Lane
  • Paleontology Collection, Earth and Physical Sciences Building, 434 LaRue Road
  • , Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, 392 Old Davis Road
  • , Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, 392 Old Davis Road

 Open from noon to 4 p.m.

Metallic ggreen bee
Bees will be on display at the  (Kathy Keatley Garvey/UC Davis)
  • 328 Young Hall and grounds surrounding the building
  • , 124 Cruess Hall, off California Avenue
  • , greenhouses along Kleiber Hall Drive
  • , Sciences Laboratory Building, off Kleiber Hall Drive
  • , Bee Biology Road, off Hopkins Road west of Highway 113 (take West Hutchison Drive to Hopkins)
  • , Sciences Laboratory Building, off Kleiber Hall Drive

Get more details about the day and each program on the Entomology and Nematology News blog.

is communications specialist for the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Her popular blog, , is renowned for her expert photography.