For more than 20 years, the Santa Maria Natural History Museum has brought the sights and sounds of our region's natural beauty closer to children and adults.

Museum co-founder Virginia Souza talks to Molly Schiff, director of community and member engagement about the mission of the museum, and recent upgrades made to the facility and their plans for more.

Find out more about the museum and take a virtual tour of the facility, located at 412 S. McClelland St. in Santa Maria, on their website, smnaturalhistory.org.

Visit their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SantaMariaNaturalHistoryMuseum/

See more profiles of local Santa Maria businesses on SantaMariaTimes.com and learn more about the work of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce on their website, santamaria.com.

For more than 20 years, the Santa Maria Natural History Museum has brought the sights and sounds of our region's natural beauty closer to children and adults who don't have the same immersive relationship with nature as previous generations. 

Virginia Souza, board secretary and museum founder, started the museum with her mother to honor her father, who was born in 1921 and grew up when Santa Maria was a much smaller, more rural town filled with farms and open fields.

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Virginia Souza, Santa Maria Natural History Museum founder and board secretary. 

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Virginia Souza, Santa Maria Natural History Museum founder and board secretary.

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Virgina Souza, left, Santa Maria Natural History Museum founder and board secretary, participates in a video interview with Molly Schiff, director of member and community engagement for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

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Molly Schiff, director of member and community engagement for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

The Santa Maria Times has partnered with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce to highlight local businesses in Santa Maria and in Orcutt that have built their business futures here.

In an effort to show the impact that these businesses have on lives and communities in the Santa Maria Valley, we publish two business profiles a month, and one spotlight video in which a digital ambassador from the Chamber sits down and talks with a local business about why they made the choice to open here.

 

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