Upcoming Programs

Museum educational programs include workshops, lectures, movies, and field trips on natural and environmental topics throughout the year.

 

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Date

Time Program Title & Description

Location

Saturday, April 18 2:oo p.m.

The Fossil Guy

“Duck-billed Dinosaurs: Pretty Faces of the Cretaceous”

 

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns this spring with hands-on children’s programs on paleontology at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons at the University Of Iowa Museum Of Natural History. All "Fossil Guy" programs are free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Hall auditorium. Each program consists of a 30-minute talk by Johnson, a local avocational paleontologist, followed by 30 minutes of hands-on interactive time with Don’s collection of fossils and replicas. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children.

 

 

Macbride Auditorium

Saturday, April 25 & Sunday,

April 26

 

Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend

 

Join us for activity tables throughout the museum, and be sure to catch fun presentations from Professor KW Therm, the Fossil Guy, and author/illustrator Claudia McGehee.

 

 

Macbride Hall
Saturday, April 25 11:00 a.m.

Professor KW Therm

"All About Energy"

 

Doug Litwiller (aka “Professor KW Therm”) is the associate director of Energy Conservation in Facilities Management at the University of Iowa, and is one of many individuals at the university focused on reducing the University of Iowa’s energy consumption. The “Professor” will give the

audience members a light-hearted look at “all things energy” including information on how the university is reducing its carbon footprint and how you can reduce energy consump- tion at home. The “Professor” will be answering questions such as:

  • How much energy does the university consume?
  • What is the university’s energy bill?
    What is a Kilowatt-hour and why should I care?
  • What does an LED light bulb look like?
  • What is that large building with tall stacks sticking out of it?
  • What is coal?
  • How do I make sense of my energy bill?

 

Bring in a copy of your most recent energy bill so the Professor can explain what it means!

 

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub
Saturday, April 25 2:oo p.m.

The Fossil Guy

“The Rise of the Tyrannosaurs”

 

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns this spring with hands-on children’s programs on paleontology at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons at the University Of Iowa Museum Of Natural History. All "Fossil Guy" programs are free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Hall auditorium. Each program consists of a 30-minute talk by Johnson, a local avocational paleontologist, followed by 30 minutes of hands-on interactive time with Don’s collection of fossils and replicas. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children.

 

 

Macbride Auditorium
Sunday, April 26 3:oo p.m.

Claudia McGehee: "My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure"

 

Claudia McGehee is a Pacific Northwest native and Midwest transplant. An award-winning author and illustrator of three natural history picture books, she became captivated by Rockwell Kent and his family’s story after happening upon his paintings. McGehee’s lyrical nonfiction story “My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure” recounts the 1918–1919 winter spent on Alaska’s Fox Island from the point of view of nine-year-old Rocky, son of the painter Rockwell Kent. Vivid scratchboard-style illustrations echo the rugged subject matter with enchantment as Rocky explores the wilderness and becomes accustomed to island life. Including a Common Core teacher’s guide, this engaging book shows Alaska from a young boy’s appreciative and imaginative point of view. Specimens from the Museum of Natural History’s collections will be on display to complement the artwork shown from this book. Claudia will discuss the natural history and other aspects of research involved in making this latest picture book.

 

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub
Friday, May 1 6:oo-9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Engineering & Innovation

[For students in Grades 1-5, Pre-registration is required, $30 fee per child per program]

 

Ever wondered what it takes to design a bridge or create a hovercraft?  Put your brainpower to the test and see what amazing things you can invent and discover!

 

Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for a fun evening of pizza and STEM activities! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child will receive their own official MNH Miner Helmet with headlamp to keep, and the group will explore the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. Parents will drop the children off at the beginning of the program and pick them up when the program is over, with Museum staff and volunteers leading the program and activities. Night at the Museum is sponsored by Gilbert Street Papa John’s Pizza in Iowa City.

 

Iowa Hall entrance
Saturday, May 2 2:oo p.m.

The Fossil Guy

“Feathered Dinosaurs Yesterday & Today”

 

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns this spring with hands-on children’s programs on paleontology at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons at the University Of Iowa Museum Of Natural History. All "Fossil Guy" programs are free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Hall auditorium. Each program consists of a 30-minute talk by Johnson, a local avocational paleontologist, followed by 30 minutes of hands-on interactive time with Don’s collection of fossils and replicas. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children.

 

 

Macbride Auditorium

Sunday,

May 3

3:oo p.m.

Movies@MNH: Earth Flight: North America

 

[61 minutes, No Rating]
David Tennant narrates this awe-inspiring journey across six continents, filmed over four years with help from camera-carrying birds, drones, paragliders and remote-control microflight planes. What would it be like to see the world from a bird’s perspective? To experience riding on the backs of bald eagles and snow geese or flying alongside a flock of brown pelicans as they scan and dive for fish in the ocean below. State-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques have now made it possible to do just that and more as ‘Earthflight” takes viewers on a breathtaking aerial adventure over six continents. It took “Earthflight” series producer John Downer and his team four years to film more than 100 bird species in 40 different countries. Using strategically placed cameras, including tiny HD cameras placed on the backs of trained birds, this six-part series captures amazing viewpoints that have never been seen before.

 

 

Macbride Auditorium
Thursday, May 7 7:oo p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar:

Speaker/Title TBA

 

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History hosts the monthly Explorers Seminars Series on Thursday evenings, featuring interdisciplinary public lectures by researchers from the University of Iowa and beyond who explore science, the environment, prehistory, culture and the interactions of such topics. A cross-section of UI departments are represented in the series each semester, including Anthropology, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, and Engineering. The seminars take place monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Each program involves an approximately 45 minute lecture, followed by discussion and refreshments from Molly’s Cupcakes in Iowa City.

 

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub
Friday, May 8 6:oo-9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Engineering & Innovation

[For students in Grades 1-5, Pre-registration is required, $30 fee per child per program]

 

Ever wondered what it takes to design a bridge or create a hovercraft?  Put your brainpower to the test and see what amazing things you can invent and discover!

 

Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for a fun evening of pizza and STEM activities! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child will receive their own official MNH Miner Helmet with headlamp to keep, and the group will explore the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. Parents will drop the children off at the beginning of the program and pick them up when the program is over, with Museum staff and volunteers leading the program and activities. Night at the Museum is sponsored by Gilbert Street Papa John’s Pizza in Iowa City.

 

Iowa Hall entrance