California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center was founded in 1996 with the purpose of educating the public about the history, culture, and contemporary life of California Indians and to honor their contributions to civilization.

The Museum provides California Indians and the public with a first class museum facility in which to portray California Indian history and culture from an Indian perspective. In addition, the museum showcases and encourages the present-day renaissance of California Indian culture, affirming its survival and continued vitality in the face of extreme adversity. Finally, the museum provides opportunities for Native Americans to receive training and experience in a variety of fields such as museum direction, curation, design, and interpretation.


  California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95403



Native STEM Makers Program

Program description

The CIMCC Native STEM Maker Program demonstrates how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are used in traditional lifeways, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) application, and how they are incorporated in contemporary methods. The Native STEM Maker Program includes adaptations of our traditional ecological knowledge presentation, digital media presentation, and guided tour of the museum (excludes mobile program visits).

The CIMCC STEM Maker Program is also available in a mobile format. This mobile program consists of two STEM stations and a brief lesson associated with each station. The mobile program does not include the adaptations of the traditional ecological knowledge presentation or the digital media presentation.

Booking / scheduling contact

Laura Mendoza

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Media Arts, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: Native American
Program type: Field Trip, Online/Streaming
Population served: Grade 01, Grade 02, Grade 03, Grade 04, Grade 05, Grade 06, Grade 07, Grade 08, Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Social Studies and/or History
Bilingual: No


Two or more years of educational programming experience: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes