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Have your students enjoy learning while interacting with fossils, skulls, feathers,and more! We specialize in hands-on learning and exploration through a variety of materials difficult to find elsewhere.

We can accomodate field trips from groups of all ages from pre-schoolers to seniors. When planning your visit there are two options: 1) formal programs and 2) self-lead

Please go to our Educators link for more detailed information.

CLICK HERE to go to an online class visit request form

As of Spring 2018 we have a new education coordinator, Hanna Nielsen.

Hanna is passionate about using education to connect people to the natural environment. Raised in Arcata, Hanna grew up exploring the coastal dunes, hiking the redwood forests, and walking the marsh. Her love of nature encouraged her to obtain a BA in Religious Studies and Biology with a focus on how worldview shapes ones' relationship to the environment. Since then, Hanna has used her background to focus on environmental education and outreach specializing in community engagement and messaging with an emphasis on climate change. Her experience as an environmental educator includes developing and piloting the first regional climate change curriculum in the state of California for schools around Humboldt Bay. She has also worked for the City of Arcata Environmental Resources Department, City of Berkeley Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, and has been a camp instructor for several local summer camps. She is looking forward to using her passion for environmental education, connection to the Humboldt Bay region, and her interest in community engagement to support her role at the HSU Natural History Museum.


We offer a variety of DISCOVERY DAYS with interactive hands-on activities for the whole family. Each one has a theme including Rocks and Minerals, Anthropology, Zoology, and Astronomy.

Our next Discovery Day TBA


We strive to offer thought-provoking and informative evening lectures to the community at large with a wide variety of nature based topics from dinosaurs to dinoflagellates. Donations are appreciated.

Past topics have included: Sea Star Wasting Disease, Citizen Science Projects, Lichens and Bryophytes, Humboldt Flying Squirrel, The Art of Wildife Tracking, the Golden Age of Dinosaurs, and the Real Mars!

Our next lecture Thursday, Feb. 7th: "Sequoia Park Zoo: How a Little Zoo Can Make a Big Difference" presented by Gretchen Ziegler


We are the headquarters for the northern portion of the Region 1 CREEC Network. CREEC (The California Regional Environmental Education Community Network) is a program of the California Department of Education that fosters regional partnerships throughout the state of California to promote environmental literacy. For more information, please click on the link below.

Click here to go to the CREEC Region 1 Network's website


webquest imageAttention Teachers: we now have downloadable webquests to use with our virtual exhibits. These are 30 minute computer-based lessons that can be used as a pre and/or post visit assessment of student learning.

See our exhibit link to assist you.






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