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Join us Thursday, October 7, at 7 pm PT for a free NightSchool livestream!

From sequoia seeds to sumac branches, life often relies on fire for growth. Hear from some of the people at the forefront of California’s fire management about how tending fires builds resilience for forests and people alike.

  • Deniss Martinez, PhD candidate at UC Davis, explains the critical importance of centering Indigenous communities in making decisions around the environment, and how to take actionable steps toward this through collaborative projects and shared governance.
     
  • Ron Goode, tribal chairman of the North Fork Mono, shares insights into the history of wildfires, how they have become the destructive force we see today, and how smaller, human-managed fires across the landscape can aid habitat restoration and set new life cycles in action.
     
  • Elizabeth Azzuz from the Cultural Fire Management Council gives an overview of the ways prescribed burns support Indigenous cultural traditions as well as the environment itself—and how they can foster deeper connections with the land in the process.

All NightLife virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

October 6th at 6:00 pm

Bird is the word! Flock over to NightLife for beers and birds in honor of this Oktoberfest tradition.

October 13th at 6:00 pm

Touch, smell, hear, taste, and feel your way through the museum for a night that just makes sense.

October 20th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different. For adults 21+.

October 27th at 6:00 pm

We’re dying to have you back at our annual Halloween bash for a spine-tingling night dead-icated to science!

Upcoming free virtual events

October 6th at 7:00 pm

What live everywhere there’s water, are invisible to the naked eye, and are essential to life on Earth? Diatoms!

October 20th at 7:00 pm

We’re throwing a mini-festival celebrating the ground beneath your feet.