Guided by Director of Education Heather Moffat, the Museum’s education programs experienced tremendous success in 2007. e School and Teacher Services department developed a new California State standards aligned Outdoor Nature Explorations program which allows students in grades K-6 to explore the natural world along Mission Creek and near the Sea Center. In addition, the Museum has partnered with Carpinteria and Santa Barbara School Districts in Science Matters, a new initiative funded by the California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP).
e Museum hosted a wide variety of children and family
programs throughout 2007 including the California Indian estival, Gross est, Heebie eebie Halloween, and Winter FUNderland. Local 2–14 year-olds also enjoyed our winter, spring, and summer Nature Adventures camps, particularly “Gross Camp” which was offered last summer in conjunction with the Museum’s Grossology exhibit.
Within Astronomy, our public planetarium shows had their best ever annual attendance. ese numbers were bolstered by the premier of Chumash Skies, a show developed by Museum staff which will be offered as part of the planetarium’s regular programming. e Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (AU), the Museum’s astronomy club, continued to hold their “Star Party” series, which also set record attendance numbers in 2007.
Finally, the Museum’s renowned Quasar to Sea Stars program continued to provide invaluable support to the Museum through the teen students’ participation in internships, programs, and community events. As part of their education program, the “Quasars” attended a 3-day field trip to Santa Cruz Island and
school services specialist elaine Gibson and a visiting school group explore the Museum’s creek environment for insects as part of the Outdoor Nature Explorations program.