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Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology / Outreach

   Education and Conservation through Preservation


The Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology has an active outreach program reaching over 2,000 students and hundreds of people annually. Traditionally our goal has been the education of undergraduate and graduate students at UC Davis. The MWFB collections and staff support over 50 courses across 25 different departments on campus, interacting with over 2,500 students annually. Through our Services Program, we use specimens to assist with species determinations and help train agency biologists in vertebrate identification.

Outreach Events

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Tabatha Yang, above right, explores the MWFB bird collections with an enthusiastic group of first graders from Willett Elementary School.

The MWFB is expanding outreach programs to include more opportunities for the general public to learn from our collections. Currently, we offer tours of the collections for groups with advanced reservations. As our program grows we plan to add more activities. If you have a suggestion or an idea about how we can be of service, please let us know.

We also provide specimens in response to requests for use by educators and researchers both on and off campus. Access to such a complete collection (in terms of species coverage) offers opportunities to a wide array of users. K-12 Education specimen loan requests can be made to our Collections Manager.

Research specimen loan requests must be made in writing to the Collections Manager and approved by our Curator. Please click here for more details on specimen loans.

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. For directions see our Campus Map or download a map to the MWFB.


For more information on tours please visit our tours webpage, or contact our Collections Manager, Irene Engilis at (530) 754-8813.

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

For more information, visit our volunteer webpage, or contact our Collections Manager, Irene Engilis at (530) 754-8813.



Summer Bio Boot Camp 2018

Bio Boot Camp (Students entering grades 7, 8 & 9)  ----- June 18-22, 2018

Together with the UCD Bohart Museum of Entomology we launched Bio Boot Camp in 2011, a camp for junior high aged students who are interested in the natural sciences. There is limited enrollment and so we ask that the students themselves be part of the enrollment process. This is a full day camp from 8:30 am-5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday morning we travel to Tahoe to the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) and the coastal UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Lab in even years (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020) for an overnight and exploration. We return to Davis on Friday afternoon. Transportation (vans), 3 meals and housing (bunkhouse or cabin) are provided.

This camp has an enrollment of 12 students and 2 instructors.
Monday-Wednesday: 8:30 am-5:30 pm & Thursday 8:30 am-Friday 5:30 pm (Total cost is $425)

Partial need-based scholarships are available.


Bio Boot Camp 2.0 (Entering grades 10, 11 & 12) -----July  22-28, 2018

Together with the UCD Bohart Museum of Entomology we launched Bio Boot Camp 2.0 in 2013 after much enthusiasm from Bio Boot Campers who graduated out of the junior high program. The camp  is  7 days and 6 nights, so Sunday at noon to Saturday at 2:30 pm (note new later pick up time in 2018). Pick-up and drop-off will be at the museums on the UC Davis Campus. The first night will be at UC Davis Quail Ridge Field Station outside of Winters, CA getting to know the Central Valley. We will be stopping at the UC Davis campus on Monday for part of the day before traveling to UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station outside of Truckee, CA  to conduct a project and explore the area. Transportation (vans), housing (tents/cabins) and food will be provided, but campers will be expected to help prepare group meals.

This camp has an enrollment of 10 students and 3 instructors. 
Sunday 12:00 pm -Saturday 2:30 pm (7 days, 6 nights) (Total cost is $795)

Partial need-based scholarships are available.

Applications are DUE: Friday, MARCH 9 at 6 PM
2018 acceptance/wait list response will be on or before APRIL 8

Enrolll in Bio Boot Camp

Please contact us for assistance in applying.


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MWFB Ornithologist, Dr. John Trochet, assisting Bio Boot Camp student in assessing the reproductive organs of a Yellow-billed Magpie specimen.

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Bio Boot Camp instructors Kyle Philips (left) and Matt Young (right with hat) demonstrating hands-on sein techniques for fish sampling to BBC students in the UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve.


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Bio Boot Camp instructor Bobby Walsh (far back left) with BBC attendees at the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Reserve.












Songbird Nestboxes

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