Events

BML Event Announcements

Several times a month we send out announcements about public events and seminars hosted at BML. If you would like to receive email announcements of these events, please subscribe to our event announcement list:

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Public Tours

group toursPublic drop in tours are available most Fridays, 2:00-4:00 PM, for groups of less than 10 people.

Group tours may be scheduled by appointment on other weekdays.

For more tour information see Visiting BML


“Meet The Scientists” Open House

Open House

BML scientists opened their labs to the public in Sept 2014, for our fourth Open House. Over 1,300 people attended the event, receiving demonstrations and information from 120 enthusiastic scientists, staff, students and volunteers. Exhibits provided visitors with answers to questions ranging from “why is the ocean so cold” to the ecological importance of eelgrass beds. Hands-on experiences included tidepool animals, quizzes, microscopic identification of plankton and crafting kelp mobiles.

Dates for future open house events TBA.

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Seminar Series

Seminar SeriesBodega Marine Laboratory hosts a scientific seminar series at 4:00 p.m., select Wednesdays, in the BML Lecture Hall (unless otherwise noted). These talks are open to the public. Join us for coffee and cookies at 3:45 p.m. in the BML Great Hall.

See Seminar Series Schedule

BML Research Talks - Informal presentations by BML scientists that foster creative discussion and potential collaboration with other BML residents. Seating is limited and the schedule is subject to change.

See BML Research Talks


UC Davis Picnic Day

Picnic DayBML’s exhibit at UC Davis Picnic Day continues to connect BML to the campus community. For some students, Picnic Day has led to coursework and study at BML as part of their education. Picnic Day is the largest student-run event in the United States and is the annual Open House for UC Davis with over 50,000 visitors annually.


Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

Bodega Bay Fishermans FestivalBML contributes to the Bodega Bay community by volunteering assistance at the annual Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival, a two-day community event that hosts 25,000 visitors annually. In addition to providing the children’s touch tidepool and offering shuttle tours of BML, faculty, staff and students manage and sell beverages with proceeds going to the community. Each year features a different theme, and a “Bathtub Race”, setting the aquatic stage for themed floating vessels for which BML has won trophies for fastest and best-decorated “bathtub”.