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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

Lots of science fun!
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
Explore the exhibits!
Enjoy a lecture!
Enjoy a lecture!

The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early.

Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientis to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Beginning in October 2013, lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The lecture is free with purchase of the noon theater ticket. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store.


Human-Elephant Conflict in Africa: Is Translocation a Solution?

August 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

African elephants are placed in the paradoxical position of being simultaneously a vulnerable species which needs to be conserved, and a pest due to human–elephant conflict, resulting from human encroachment onto elephant habitat. Many solutions to this problem have been used, some more successful than others. Dr. Pinter-Wollman will discuss these potential solutions, with emphasis on translocations and their impact on elephant behavior.


Noa Pinter-Wollman is a research scientist at the BioCircuits Institute at UCSD. Dr. Pinter-Wollman received her B.Sc. summa cum laude in biology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis on her work on the behavior of translocated African elephants. She has since been studying the collective behavior of ant colonies and continues to combine animal behavior and conservation biology in her research.

Noon Theater Show: Africa: The Serengeti

A Musical Voyage to the South Pacific

October 6, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Greg MacGillivray's latest IMAX release, Journey to the South Pacific, will take you on an adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Steve Wood, the musical composer of Journey to the South Pacific, as he will speak about his month-long trip to the islands of Raja Ampat, located off the tip of the Island of New Guinea, in search of recording material and island music. He will take you along on his voyage of discovery in a land where people still get around in dugout canoes, but speak the universal language of music.   

Steve Wood has been collaborating with IMAX film maker Greg MacGillivray since his band, Honk, did the soundtrack for Greg's seminal surf movie Five Summer Stories in 1972.  He has gone on to compose more than 25 scores for Greg, 7 of which went on to win "Best Score" awards for IMAX films.  Music has taken him around the world many times and has allowed him to work with wonderful musicians including George Harrison (Everest), Paul McCartney (To the Arctic), Sting (The Living Sea and Dolphins), Dave Matthews Band (Grand Canyon Adventure), Crosby, Stills and Nash (Coral Reef Adventure) and many others.
Noon Theater Show: Journey to the South Pacific