Get inspired, take action, be part of the green revolution on Earth Day! Join us on Saturday, April 20 at the San Bernardino County Museum for a full day of planet-friendly activities.

The San Bernardino County Museum, in partnership with the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, is excited to welcome renowned photographer, speaker, and community scientist Krystle Hickman to speak on the topics of melittology, community science, and photography as a tool for scientific discovery and ecosystem resilience.

The day will be buzzing with excitement as Krystle will take us on a journey to a deeper appreciation and understanding of nature’s charismatic creatures, native bees. Through her stunning macro photography, you will learn what makes them so special and recognize the signs of a healthy garden.

Following her presentation, visitors will get a chance to tour the museum’s water-wise garden with Krystle to try their hand at scientific photography and learn how to upload their observations for this years’ City Nature Challenge project on the iNaturalist app. She will share tips for photographing native bees for ID in your own backyard, city parks, or nature preserves with a camera or cell phone. Topics will include basic camera settings, how to use the histogram, and advice for choosing a lens. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and cell phones! Those that participate will have the opportunity to win one of seven Krystle’s Native Bees of The Western United States flashcard decks, featuring her photography.

The fun continues in the afternoon where visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to make seed bombs with native plant seeds (while supplies last) and hang out with Curator of Integrated Biology, Mackenzie Kirchner-Smith, who will be outdoors in our courtyard talking about citizen science and teaching visitors how to use the iNaturalist app to document the wildlife in our local region.

The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child ages 6 to 12). Children five and under and Museum Foundation members are admitted free. Parking is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

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