Students from Willett Elementary School on a field trip to the MWFB get a chance to explore the bird collection to learn about animals' adaptations.
The Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology is not generally open to the public, but organized groups (school classes, home schoolers, retirement clubs) of any age may make advanced reservations to visit. Please read below for more information.
Tours for UCD staff, faculty and students
We encourage and welcome tours for UC Davis students and courses (lectures and labs), student organizations, and staff groups. A guided tour can be tailored to a specific topic or theme. At this time, there are no fees for groups within the UC System. Please contact our Collections Manager, Irene Engilis, to schedule a visit.
Tours for the Public
The Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology is not generally open to the public, but organized groups (school classes, home schoolers, retirement clubs) of any age may make advanced reservations to visit. Tours cost $4.00 per person, with a minimum of $32.00 (8 people). Please look through our calendar of scheduled tours and outreach events below to find an opening that works for you. The collections are closed for public tours on Mondays and Fridays. Due to our dynamic schedules days that appear available may not be. To book a tour, please contact our Collections Manager, Irene Engilis. Please include your name, school/group address, number in group, general ages of participants if under 18, and purpose of the tour (for example; science field trip requirement, exploring songbirds, understanding adaptations, general tour, etc.)
Our research facility is not designed for large groups and we can accomodate up to 12 people per tour. Large groups will be split into smaller groups and we can assist in coordinating a concurrent alternative activity (tour of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, tour of the California Rock Garden, bird walk etc.)
A guided tour can be tailored to a specific topic, theme or interest. Most tours provide an overview of the history and scope of the collection. We explain the different ways we prepare specimens and the importance of maintaining collections for scientific research. We try to make the tours engaging and we welcome your questions and curiosity.
We are located on the University of California, Davis campus in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology in the Academic Surge Building, room 1394. Click here for an interactive campus map, or here for a PDF map to the MWFB.
There are several parking lots within walking distance of our location. They include several lots along La Rue and the campus South Entry Parking Structure. Click here for an interactive campus map, or here for a PDF map to the closest parking locations to our building. Parking at UCD costs $6/day per vehicle, and the rate is subject to change. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the parking pass dispenser machines located in each parking lot. Buses are advised to park in South Entry Parking Structure, located south of the Mondavi Center at the intersection of Old Davis Road and Hilgard Lane.
For more information on contact our Collections Manager, Irene Engilis at (530) 754-8813.