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Educator Appreciation Night at theNAT

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 4–7 PM

Come meet our Education staff and mingle with other educators throughout the county.  Dinner and drinks will be provided as well as a chance to win marvelous prizes. All permanent exhibitions will be open, including our most recent addition, Coast to Cactus in Southern California.

Behind-the-scenes tours of our research departments will be available on a first come, first served basis. Explore the programs and resources we offer at the Museum as well as what we can bring to your school.  

We are pleased to offer the first 400 educators the opportunity to tour the traveling exhibition, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed that evening.

Register your class for a school program at this event and receive a discount.*

Click here to RSVP for Educator Appreciation Night by October 27.

As our way of thanking you, this event is free to all current educators in San Diego County.

4 PM       Registration at north entrance (near the fig tree)

4–7 PM    Dinner and drinks in the Atrium

               Tour exhibitions and learn about resources we offer

5–6 PM   Visit the Nature to You Loan Library

               Behind-the-scenes tours of our research departments

6:30 PM Prize drawings announced (must be present to win)

*Discount is not retroactive

Educator Appreciation Night is generously supported by the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Education Trust and Personal Touch Dining. The Environmental Science Education Center (ESEC) is funded by Price Philanthropies and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

About our Education Programs

The Environmental Science Education Center (ESEC) is a comprehensive resource of programs that inspire understanding, respect, and responsible action for our environment. Through our many programs we are able to serve more than 160,000 people annually! 

  • ESEC School Programs seek to compliment classroom education through self guided exhibit exploration; Docent led tours, hands-on science workshops, and films in our giant-screen theater. We offer nearly 30 different school programs for Pre-K through 8th grades based on natural history themes and California state standards. Our Museum on Wheels and outreach programs bring the Museum to you! In addition, the Canyoneers connect students with their local environments through nature walks around San Diego County.  
  • Regularly scheduled family programs such as Ms. Frizzle, Family Days, and Nature & Me Storytime, strive to create quality family time while instilling a love of nature in our visitors. Our summer day camps cultivate young minds with hands-on natural-history lessons and activities that both entertain and educate youth from Pre-K through 5th grade. For naturalists of all ages we offer guided nature hikes, whale watching, film festivals, and expert lectures. 
  • The Museum’s Loan Program, Nature to You, allows schools, libraries, families, and the public access to an education lending collection of over 1,300 specimens that represent the biologic and geologic diversity of the southwestern United States, Baja California, and the world. Membership in the program provides a year of check-out privileges to its collection of specimens.
  •  PROBEA (Proyecto Bioregional de Educación Ambiental) is the Museum’s Bioregional Environmental Education Project. Its goals are to inspire teachers through innovative environmental education curricula, strengthen communities via conservation efforts, and foster idea-sharing and collaboration on environmental topics between Mexico and the United States. 
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