Sonoma State Science Festival:

A Walk Through the Watershed

April 13, 2013
9 am – 3 pm

Presented by:
School of Science & Technology and SSU Preserves

Welcome students and community members!

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The Science Festival celebrates scientific exploration at SSU. Join us to explore hands-on displays about local watersheds, science, and the SSU Preserves. All of the displays are designed and presented by students.

The SSU Science Festival includes something for everyone -- from the smallest scientist to the watershed ecologist or the simply curious. A 40-foot interactive display takes visitors on a journey down Copeland Creek to the Pacific Ocean with fun facts about habitats and information about how science is needed to understand water issues. Department laboratories and collections are open with hands-on displays about science and information about how to major in the program. Visitors can participate in activities, talk to students and faculty, and learn more about what scientists do. And the Science Festival is an opportunity to explore campus: take self-guided tours of Copeland Creek and campus gardens, view the Water Art Exhibit and KRCB's Watershed Stories series at the SSU Library. The Science Festival is presented on SSU's Seawolf Day, a day when prospective students and their families come to campus to learn more about an education at SSU.

Insecta-Palooza! Morphs into Science Festival

For those of you wondering where Insecta-Palooza! has gone, look no further. This fun event has metamorphosed into the SSU Science Festival. Many of our watershed displays are focused on insects, the most diverse life form in the watershed.


Questions? Contact: Claudia Luke, Director SSU Preserves, claudia.luke@sonoma.edu, 707-664-3416

Festival Program and Guest Displays

Things you can do at the Science Festival:

  • Visit the information desk for your science passport, self-guided tours of campus gardens, and enter to win prizes. Children can make a passport, get it stamped at each display and receive a reward of cool biology stickers at the SSU Preserves exhibit.
  • Walk Through the Watershed Exhibit – walk through this 40-ft exhibit and have fun with hands-on exhibits that show how the sciences increase understanding of local watersheds. Exhibits include water cycling with the Sonoma County Water Agency, a tidepool touch tank by the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, and displays about water from each of our departments.
  • Laboratory Exhibits - explore hands-on science activities with each of our science departments and other programs. Displays include Bernoulli’s Ball and other tours (Physics & Astronomy), scientific collections and local plants and animals (Biology), table-top questing (SSU Preserves), water relay races (Kinesiology), draw a skeleton (Nursing).
  • Learn about water with Russian Riverkeeper, Russian River Fly Fishers
  • Find out about SSU Water Programs: Freshman A Watershed Year (Science 120), Water Works, and the WATERS Collaborative
  • Are you a prospective student? Talk to faculty and students in our departments to learn more about majoring in science at SSU.

Guest exhibitors include:

  • Sonoma County Water Agency
  • UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory
  • Russian Riverkeeper
  • Russian River Fly Fishers

Directions and Parking

The Science Festival is hosted in Darwin Hall on the Sonoma State Campus.

  • Directions to Sonoma State University Campus:
    These directions will take you to the information booth on the south side of campus.
  • Parking: Parking permits are required on the day of the event and can be purchased at any of the parking kiosks on campus. Parking for the day is $5.
  • Directions to Darwin Hall: Select Darwin Hall in "Go to location." Entrances is on the north side of the building.

Downloadable Posters and Flyers

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Science Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our donors that made this event possible:

  • Cathy and Chuck Williamson
  • Jacques and Barbara Schlumberger
  • NASA Education and Public Outreach at SSU
  • Redwood Empire Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers
  • Russian Riverkeeper
  • SSU Instructionally Related Activities Fund

Event Donations

The Science Festival relies on generous support from you! Please join us in developing the Science Festival next year or explore other opportunities to become an important part of Science at SSU. To donate to SSU please contact:

Michelle Covington
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928