Open House Welcomes Enthusiastic Visitors to Santa Cruz Office

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Scientists at the USGS offices in Santa Cruz, California participated in the Open House on Saturday, December 9, 2017, excited to share their science with the community.

This article is part of the January 2018 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter

In 2004, shortly after moving into new USGS offices in Santa Cruz, California, we hosted a large open house. Then we skipped a few years. Quite a few years.

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, we held our second open house at this location. Roughly 300 people interacted with 14 displays on topics ranging from seabird biology to mapping coastal landslides with drones. Scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC), California Water Science Center (CAWSC), and Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) eagerly shared their science with the community, including many children.

“The public was excited to see what we do,” said PCMSC Director Guy Gelfenbaum, “and many were engaged in interesting and meaningful conversations about the science.”

Exhibits and presenters included:

Several other USGS scientists and staff pitched in to create, set up, operate, and clean up the displays.

 

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