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3 Popular San Diego–Area Lecture Series Worth Checking Out

By Beth Demmon
Birch Aquarium
Birch Aquarium

Some of life’s most valuable learning experiences happen outside of classrooms. These three educational series cover a variety of scientific topics and aim to enlighten guests through cutting-edge research, real world experiences, and tangible takeaways for lifelong learners of all ages. The only requirements to participate are an open mind and a thirst for knowledge.

THE JEFFREY B. GRAHAM PERSPECTIVES ON OCEAN SCIENCE AT BIRCH AQUARIUM
For more than 30 years, Jeffrey B. Graham shared his knowledge of marine biology with San Diegans through his work at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California–San Diego. During his tenure as interim executive director of the Birch Aquarium in the early 2000s, he launched a monthly lecture series to share scientific discoveries with the public—the first iteration of what’s now known as The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series. Every month, Scripps scientists present their research to attendees, with subjects ranging from developments in aquaculture to the role of plate tectonics. Come prepared to learn something new about the vast mysteries of the ocean deep.

SHARP MINDS AT FLEET SCIENCE CENTER
The Fleet Science Center kicked off the Sharp Minds Lecture Series more than ten years ago in an effort to enrich the lives of local seniors and invite them to enjoy the facility during less crowded times. As part of the Senior Mondays initiative—where adults 65+ can enjoy admission for only $10—the series has covered topics like antibiotic-resistant bacteria and exploring genetic links to autism. Held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, attendees can anticipate an hour-long lecture, plus a question-and-answer session with the expert speaker, followed by the theater show at noon.

ADULT GARDENING CLASSES AT OLIVEWOOD GARDENS AND LEARNING CENTER
Get your hands dirty at this nonprofit National City community staple. Founded in 2010, the South Bay center focuses on organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, and provides hands-on training in a variety of outdoor and classroom settings. Classes take place almost every month on Saturdays and dig into discussions like pest control, seed propagation, and composting. Participants must be 15 years or older to attend. Comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and a hat are strongly recommended for this active outdoor class. Remember to bring plenty of water!

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Fleet Science Center
Fleet Science Center
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

PERSPECTIVES LECTURE SERIES
Second Monday of every month, 7–8 pm
RSVP recommended
$8 public/$5 student (Birch Aquarium members free)
All talks are recorded and made available
(for free) at ucsd.tv/oceanscience/aquarium.ucsd.edu/
experiences/programs/pos-lectures

SHARP MINDS LECTURE SERIES
First Monday of each month, 10:30–11:30 am
No RSVP
Free with paid Fleet Science Center admission
lovestemsd.org/sharp-minds-lecture-series

ADULT GARDENING CLASSES
Fourth Friday of most months, 9:15–11 am
No registration
$10 suggested donation
olivewoodgardens.org/gardening-classes/