CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Kicks Off Fall Season Sept. 20

Date: 09-10-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Hands-On Exhibit Gives Close-Up Look at Bats

The Gateway Science Museum at California State University, Chico will kick off its fall exhibit season on Sunday, Sept. 20, with bat house construction demonstrations, lawn and garden activities and a live bat presentation. The activities take place from noon to 5 p.m.

During the event, visitors will learn about the importance of bats and other nocturnal creatures found here in the North State.

The activities celebrate the museum’s new exhibit, “Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats,” produced and toured by Evergreen Exhibitions. Through a mixture of photos, models and interactives, this hands-on exhibit explores the world of these wonderful and ecologically important creatures and turns common myths upside down.

Continuing to show at the Gateway is “Modern Farming—Land, Water, People and Science.” This interactive exhibit looks at the North State’s agricultural production, practices, science and community. The exhibit has been enhanced through input from CSU, Chico’s College of Agriculture, Butte County agricultural boards and numerous local farmers and ranchers.

Several other events are planned at the Gateway in September and October:

  • Volunteer orientations are offered Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12:15 to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 to 11:45 a.m. Registration is required. Please call (530) 898-3273 for information.
  • Every Saturday, the museum’s Investigation Station offers hands-on science activities. Workshops are 1 to 3 p.m.
  • The museum will host a botanical drawing workshop on Sunday, Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please call 530-898-4121.
  • Beginning Sunday, Oct. 11, the museum will host a garden-related activity from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every other Sunday

The fall exhibit season runs from Sept. 19 through Jan. 3, 2016.

The Gateway Science Museum is located at 625 Esplanade in Chico and, beginning Sep. 19, is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children and students and free for museum members and children under 3. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org or call 530-898-4121.