Cal Day at the MVZ


Every year on Cal Day, the MVZ hosts its largest single open house event. We display some of our more interesting specimens, provides hands-on experiences with animals like snakes, frogs, lizards, tuco-tucos, rabbits, salamanders, and hedgehogs, and at the same time, teaches the public about the environment and animal biology.


Katya Mack, Noelle Bittner and friend at CalDay

This is the only opportunity most people get to see the insides of one of North America’s largest collections of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Since the MVZ has no regular public exhibits, we make an extra effort to meet the public and show off our collections during UC Berkeley’s annual open house.


With the help of Treefrog TreksPapaya Pythons, the East Bay Vivarium, and our volunteers, staff and students, we have snakes and other animals for the public to view and hold.

Our curators, undergraduate and graduate students, and volunteers plan, staff and run this event and are here to share their enthusiasm about the collections, natural history, and to show off the animals and displays. Plan to meet us.

Cal Day is held every April on a Saturday from 9 AM – 4 PM. Check the Berkeley website for the next date!

Hope to see you there!