Happy 4th of July! Hope your day is filled with good food, fun, family, friends, and, of course, fireworks. If the heat gets to you, don’t just get out of the kitchen, come on down to the museum. Take out one of the new pop up kits and engage our guests. This month’s newsletter is a report from Judy Gradwohl, President and CEO.
Happy Summer! I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend filled with sunshine, burgers and hot dogs (or bratwurst) and maybe a bit of watermelon. Nothing says summer like watermelon and, of course, vacations. Here’s wishing you happy and safe travels. Make Balboa Park one of your destinations this summer. There will lots happening in the park. Don't forget to log your hours before June 30.
Happy May! If you haven't heard the exciting news from the Paleontology Department you're missing out on an important scientific discovery of the existence of humans in Southern California 130,000 years ago. Until recently, the oldest records of human sites in North America generally accepted by archaeologists were about 15,000 years old. This is HUGE. If you google Cerutti Mastadon Site you will find many, many media outlets reporting on the study.
Happy April Fool’s Day! Happy Easter! And Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month! Don’t forget the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is on Thursday, April 27. Please mail in your registration or drop it off in my office. Judy Gradwohl, President and CEO, will be talking with us promptly at 5:30 PM in the theater. Awards presentation will follow. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. Ultimate Dinosaurs will be open from 7–8:30 PM.
Can it be Spring so soon? All this funky weather we’ve been having has made life very interesting. Just wait for the wildflowers! On a recent rainy weekend we had 6,100 visitors and Ultimate Dinosaurs had not even opened yet! Come in and see the exhibition. It is absolutely amazing. We have a fun egg project coming up in mid-March. Read on for more details.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we LOVE our volunteers! You help support our mission in so many ways and we couldn’t do without your help. And there are plenty more opportunities. Spread the word. Now accepting volunteers as young as 9 years old (with a parent/grandparent) for Ultimate Dinosaurs. Check out the details on a Free Movie Night on February 15; 5:30 PM. You must RSVP through EventBrite so please read on for details.
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe and joyful holiday season. The New Year is time for new beginnings, renewel, and maybe transformations. TheNAT will be hopping in the coming year. Be sure to explore the Museum’s website for information on upcoming films and lectures.
Security is doing an inventory of the building access cards. At least 150 volunteers have these cards. There are numbers on the card, I need to know the first five. Please email to me ASAP.
Haylee Noye, one of our youngest volunteers, has been a lover of animals since before she could walk and her passion has never waned. So when she came with her mother to apply to care for the live animals it was tough to turn her away even though she was only 13 years old at the time. Live animal care is so important that we normally want the volunteer to be at least 18 but Haylee had experience with caring for a bearded dragon and a spark that made her special. Her mother agreed to accompany her so how could we turn her away?
Happy Holidays! Here’s hoping your holidays are filled with fun, friends, and family. It’s been one heck of year and we all deserve some joy. Don’t forget about the mistletoe bagging on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 starting at 10 AM. Read on for more details on how to get into the building. The front doors will not be open. And don’t miss the information on a special zoo tour on December 15 and an opportunity to help in the Exhibits Department.
Just listening to Maureen Lewis tell you about her life and her interests will exhaust you. She is one busy and curious woman who can’t get her fill of natural history and science. She is a Docent, Whaler, Exhibit Interpreter for traveling exhibitions, and a volunteer who will just pitch in whenever help is needed.