California Living Museum — or CALM — exists to display and interpret native California animals, plants, fossils and artifacts for education, recreation, conservation and research. Founded in 1980 and opened to the public in 1983, each year an estimated 100,000+ visitors come to CALM. Of that number, CALM provides education to more than 16,000 Kern County School children annually through on-site programs. Another 80 programs are presented off-site in classrooms, organizations and community events.
Open Daily: 9am - 4pm
Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Adults – $10
Seniors (60+) – $7
Children (3-12) – $5
Children under 3 – Free
Military/Veterans (w/ID) - FREE
Group rates are available with a minimum 1-2 week advanced reservation for groups of 20+
CALM is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CALM is located on 14 park-like acres and features over 100 species of non-releasable animals and California native plants. Only animals injured or who cannot survive in their native environment are housed at CALM, which is accredited through the Zoological Association of America. Natural exhibits include: an open black bear exhibit, bird of prey exhibit with hawks, owls and eagles, a mammal round that houses bobcats and several species of foxes, a waterfowl pond with resident mallards that attracts spring and fall migrants, deer yard, an underground reptile house, and a children's petting zoo with domestic animals. CALM also provides a glimpse of the diverse natural habitat zones that mimic the rich California landscape with a wide variety of plant life and natural habit zoo.
CALM enjoys an important cooperative breeding relationship with Los Angeles and San Diego Zoos, exhibiting 5 of only 47 endangered desert bighorn sheep on exhibit throughout the entire country and the award-winning Cats of California exhibit, featuring bobcats and mountain lions.
The California Living Museum is located 15 minutes east of downtown Bakersfield at 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy (between Lake Ming and Hart Park).