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Come visit the HSU Natural History Museum at 1242 G Street, Arcata!

Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Admission costs $15 family (2 adults and 4 kids) $6 adults, $3 seniors, students, and kids 3 years old and above. Toddlers are free. Our gift store is a fun place to explore and it is free.

Make a donation

Wildlife Tracking Workshops with Phil Johnston are here!

We are offering Wildlife Tracking Workshops every other Saturday Sat. Feb. 1st - Apr. 11th. From May - Sept. 2020 they will commence once a month on the first Saturday. Then next one will be Sat. Feb. 29th.

Cost $25, NHM members $20, seniors and students (w/ID) $15

Phil is a very passionate and skilled senior tracker. During these workshops you learn a lot more than matching animal tracks to a certain species. Information about animal behavior, diet, gait patterns, habitats, and much more are discussed. Your senses will be opened up to the world of our local wildlife. Workshops are limited to 20 people and are geared towards young adults and older. Call us to save your spot! 826-4479

If you have signed up - meet at Natural History Museum at 9:15 a.m. We have paperwork to fill out and we need to keep track of attendance. The workshops last all day and Phil selects a location based on outside conditions. All workshops are non-refundable (however, you can transfer them to someone else or move to a different day).

CLICK HERE for a pdf of the Tracking Workshop Flyer

Phil's website

The CyberTrack Track and Sign Certification Weekend is Sat. Apr. 25th and Sun. Apr. 26th and is full (limited to 11 people). If there are 7+ interested people, there will be an additional workshop on Mon Apr. 27th and Tues. Apr 28th.

For more information on CyberTracker Certification contact Phil 415-488-7561 or email or go to the website below.

CyberTracker website:

Spring 2020 Lecture Series: All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Arrive early for a good seat and please park on the street. We appreciate donations.

Fri. Jan. 31st: Phil Johnston "Wildlife Tracking: Learning the Original Science and Why it Matters".

Thurs. Feb. 13th: Joe Tyburczy "Early Results from the Humboldt Ocean Carbon Observatory - ocean acidification, eel grass, and how they interact in Humboldt Bay"

Thurs. March 5th: Marie Antoine "Lichens and Bryophytes: adventures in the microcosm". Lichens and bryophytes occur in almost every terrestrial habitat, yet they are often misunderstood or overlooked altogether. Learning about these fascinating, beautiful, and ecologically-important organisms will enrich your life.

Thurs. April 9th: Barbara Clucas "Human-Wildlife Interactions and How we Value Wildlife"

May and June TBA

Fall 2019 Lecture Series:

Oct. 2019 Dr. John DeMartini "Delving into the Lives of Clams"

Dec. 2019 Michael Kauffmann "Conifers Country: 2019 Updates from the Field"

The museum has a new LITTLE FREE LIBRARY donated by Philip and Manette Gerstle in remembrance of Ken Aalto, a retired HSU geology professor who helped map some of our local rocks and was admired in our community.

Little Free Libraries are increasing throughout the state and are a great way to make connections throughout a community.

Feel free to take a book and put one in its place.

SHOP AT OUR UNIQUE STORE: We have one-of-a-kind gifts for the "kid" who likes nature discovery. We have moon telescopes, microscopes, minerals, fish fossils, shark teeth, magnets, and replicas. Have fun with science kits, identification guides, stuffed animals, and a host of interesting and educational books!

Looking through our shop is always free.

Support the HSU Natural History Museum by becoming a member.You can now become a member or renew your museum membership online. Click here

Natural History Museum Memberships: We have student, individual and senior memberships at bargain rates! At the family level or above ($60) you automatically join the ASTC Passport Program and can get in free to hundreds of other museums and science centers around the country. Please go to the memberships link for more information.

Our honeybees have left for a better home. We think mites drove them out. We should get more bees Spring 2020.

Artist: Logan Naylor, HSU art intern through Gallery Studies


Thanks go out to all of the business that supported this event as well as to all of the people who were in attendance and to those that have supported and continue to support the museum over three decades!

Celebrating 30, Looking to 40!

CHECK OUT OUR FUN PHOTOS (click on the link below)

WISH LIST: We depend on community support. Your financial and item contributions sustain the HSU Natural History Museum for our community. We are a non-profit organization.

  • Portable sink for our classroom.
  • Donated carpentry skills for improving exhibits
  • Bathroom wall cabinet (24"x32 or 36")
  • Custom sign for the south facing museum wall
  • 2" self-standing non-illuminated magnifier
  • lockable 4-drawer filing cabinet
  • rolling wooden stands or custom made wooden stands for heavy specimens (rolling either 12x12" or 12x16")
  • Office supplies such as ink cartridges, laminate, sharpies, foam core, sturdy velcro, and much more!
  • We depend on community support. Monetary donations can be mailed to 1242 G. St., Arcata, CA 95521

    Click here to make an online donation

    Please call the front desk for more information (826.4479)

    Financial contributions are tax deductible and always appreciated!


    SRL The mission of the museum, through its collections, exhibits, and programs, is to inspire an understanding and appreciation of the dynamic natural world. By exploring the museum, we hope visitors are inspired to get out and explore other magical places in northwest California. We also hope to provide a learning laboratory for Humboldt State University students. Please take a tour and send any suggestions to the webmaster.