Natural Sciences

Gallery of California Natural Sciences

Get a fresh focus on California’s natural history in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences! Investigate seven places depicting the rich diversity of climate, geology, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife in California, and learn about current research, contemporary issues of land use, environmental conflict, and conservation projects in our biologically-unique state.


Natural Sciences Tours 2018–2019

Grades K–6
Look into treetops, burrows, caves, and underwater realms to discover the diversity of homes found in the natural world. Learn how plants and animals use and adapt to their unique environment, and consider how their basic needs for survival compare with our own.

Grades K–6
Predator or prey? Travel through the Gallery of California Natural Sciences to make observations about how various plants and animals of California adapt and survive in their environments. Learn about feeding strategies and food webs to probe the complex relationships that bind living things together.

Grades 3–4
Explore the enduring relationship between California Indians and the land. Learn how Native communities are tied to natural resources, and how they have carefully tended our state’s diverse ecosystems over time. Consider changes to the land in recent history, and how California Indians are impacted by, and responding to, environmental issues today.

Grades 3–6
What kind of place will California be tomorrow? Explore our state’s unique ecosystems, and discover how the natural environment has changed over the last 200 years. Learn about human impacts on the land and its resources, and consider how we might face environmental challenges now and into the future.


Days: Thursday and Friday 
Please note: Gallery tours are not available from January 17–March 15 and April 11–May 31.

Times: 9:45 am and 11 am
Tours are 45 minutes long unless otherwise noted.

Fees: $4.50 per person
A ticket must be purchased for every student and chaperone. Oakland School District schools may use a code to receive 30% off.

Note: Classes will be divided into small groups. Each tour will be slightly different. If your students have been assigned a worksheet, please wait until after your tour is finished to have them complete it. Please provide your students with writing surfaces and pencils. Pens are not allowed in the galleries. 

*Please note, content may include sensitive material related to tour themes. OMCA Docents aim to provide age-appropriate programming for each group. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 510-318-8470.

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