Southern California and the Baja California Peninsula are linked together by more than a name. Nature knows no borders. Get to know more about our incredible neighbors in nature by visiting Expedition Baja or by using any of the resources here.
Whether you’re a school teacher, an at-home learner, or just curious, you’ll find videos, field guides, activity sheets, and other resources to help you learn—whatever your educational needs. Our own researchers have been exploring and studying the region in tandem with scientists in Mexico for over a century, so we have a lot to share.
There's an endless amount to learn and explore about this region. See what subjects catch your interest and let's get started together.
Plants have developed special adaptations to survive. Our researchers study plants in the Baja California Peninsula, looking at their unique adaptations and the relationships they have with other species in their region. Students will get a chance to step into the shoes of our botanists: identifying plant specimens, discovering the unique ways that plant and animal species are connected, learning to use a plant press, and much more! Check out this middle school Teacher Kit from our Nature to You Loan Program.
Bringing your middle school to see Expedition Baja? The lessons in this brand-new curriculum guide serve as pre-visit and post-visit activities. They provide students with a feel for what it’s like to be a researcher working in Baja. They’ll learn about real-life scientists, engaging in mock data analysis and discussing how they can be an advocate for conservation.
From the archives of PROBEA—a past environmental education training program for teachers exploring the ecosystems and habitats of our binational region—you’ll find loads of Spanish-language curricula for grades K-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10+, as well as English-language curriculum for grades 7-9.
Explore the intersection of land and sea through our Ocean Oasis Field Guide and Teacher’s Guide. Discover plant and animal life or learn about plate tectonics. This retro-looking website was developed in 2000 but is still relevant today. You can also enjoy the original film in our giant screen theater.
What is that? A question any field guide should help answer. Check out our Baja California Plant Field Guide or be a part of the BajaFlora project. Stay tuned as we release more.
From quick clips about dunes to in-depth talks in both English and Spanish, see a list of videos featuring current research and more through our Baja California Peninsula playlist on YouTube.
Looking for some quick information about the Baja California Peninsula you can share? We've got you covered.
Are you a researcher? Just want to know what a scientific expedition entails? It’s hard to protect what we don’t understand, and so expeditions help scientists, land managers, and conservationists understand what's in an ecosystem, how it flourishes, or what's causing harm.
We're always discovering and learning. You can find out what we’ve been up to in the field or learn about our expeditions. Here are a few reports about these scientific excursions to the Baja California Peninsula. All reports are bilingual (in English and Spanish) e-readers, with plenty of full-page photography.
Science communications is an important and growing field in our information age. Students are asked to think critically about news stories or to write factual and eye-catching articles, headlines, and editorials. You can find some examples to explore topics in science journalism here. We also just have cool stories to share!
Stay tuned, because there's always more to come.
There's always more to explore and something new to learn. Our blog is always updated with tales from the field, or you can get the latest research and museum news in your inbox. Here you'll find our latest stories from the Baja California Peninsula.
Dr. Jon Rebman, Museum curator and the Mary & Dallas Clark Endowed Chair of Botany, spent 10 months in La Paz, Baja California Sur as part of a work assignment. While there, he increased binational collaboration with Mexican scientists and students, conducted extensive botanical research in the southern part of the Baja California peninsula, and wrote a new bilingual, plant field guide for the Cape region. Read more.
After years of research, miles of field work, and countless hours poring over herbarium specimens and scientific publications, Curator of Botany Jon Rebman, Ph.D., has discovered seven cacti that are new to science. These newly named species, just published in the scientific journal Madroño: A Western American Journal of Botany, include six chollas and one species of prickly-pear, all endemic to the Baja California region. Read more. Read more.
By now, the Museum’s Atlas programs should be familiar to you. Years ago, we published the renowned San Diego County Bird Atlas, and we continue to work toward completion of the Plant Atlas and Mammal Atlas. We are proud to announce one more addition to these highly successful citizen science research projects, the Amphibian and Reptile Atlas of Peninsular California. Read more.
Over the decades, we’ve collaborated with many incredible organizations in the Baja California Peninsula. If you’d like to learn more about the peninsula's conservation organizations, wildlife, and scientific research, we invite you to check out some partners with fantastic resources of their own and whose work is featured here.
And even more resources are coming soon, so be sure to check back throughout 2023.
Whether you choose to visit Expedition Baja, participate in remote learning programs, tune in for a Nat Talk, or sign up for any of our newsletters, there's always something to explore.