Join us for a vibrant celebration of the nature of California to kick off the 2019 Bay Area Science Festival. Discover how the University of California Natural Reserve System is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecasting, and serving the people of California. Meet scientists working at the UC Natural Reserves, including partnership reserves located in the national parks, and hear about programs and opportunities for learning in these well-studied places. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the UC Berkeley Natural History Museums with entomology, paleontology, vertebrate zoology, and herbarium collections. Arrive early to register for a tour spot. Get an up-close view of remote sensing technology and aerial drones used to measure the “heartbeat” of California at NRS reserves and beyond. Explore ways to participate in citizen science, and study nature in your own backyard. Join us for a panel discussion about the future of land conservation in California featuring Dr. Peggy Fiedler, Director of the UC Natural Reserve System, Dr. David Ackerly, Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, and Dr. Ana Alvarez, Deputy General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, and other guests.