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,

July 26, 2014

2:00 p.m.

“Iowa Birds of Prey” with the Macbride Raptor Project
Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm, Macbride Auditorium (2nd Floor)

 

The Macbride Raptor Project, a collaboration between the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College, will visit the Museum of Natural History with a live hawk and live owl for an interactive public program about Iowa Birds of Prey. The Macbride Raptor Project focuses on research, rehabilitation, and education regarding raptors in Iowa and across the globe. Visitors will also learn about identification characteristics and habitat requirements for the raptors brought as part of the program. For more information, click here.

 

Macbride Auditorium

Thursday,

August 28, 2014

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Week Open House

 

Iowa Hall

Friday, September 5, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: "Natural Disaster Masters"

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

The world we live on is dangerous but also fascinating.  Come learn what makes the ground quake, volcanoes erupt, tsunamis rise, and much more so you can become a true natural disaster master.

 

Iowa Hall

Sunday, September 7, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Movies@MNH: Title TBA

 

Macbride Auditorium

Friday, September 12, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: "Natural Disaster Masters"

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

The world we live on is dangerous but also fascinating.  Come learn what makes the ground quake, volcanoes erupt, tsunamis rise, and much more so you can become a true natural disaster master.

 

Iowa Hall

Thursday,

September 18, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

Cornelia Lang, UI Physics and Astronomy

 

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History sponsors the monthly Explorers Seminar Series, with interdisciplinary public lectures featuring researchers who explore culture and the environment in a variety of ways and locations. A cross-section of departments are represented in the series, including Anthropology, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, and Engineering. The seminars take place monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Each program involves an approximately 30-45 minute lecture, followed by interactions with the speaker and refreshments.

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub, 3rd floor

Thursday,

September 25, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Professor K.W. 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 consumption at home.  The “Professor” will be answering 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 located at the intersection of Riverside Dr. and Burlington St.?
  • 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!

 

Macbride Auditorium

Friday, October 3, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Cosmic Crusaders

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Let’s go star-gazing!  Come explore our immense universe full of planets, stars, and other celestial bodies that amaze and inspire.

 

Iowa Hall

Sunday, October 5, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Movies@MNH: Title TBA

 

Macbride Auditorium

Friday, October 10, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Cosmic Crusaders

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Let’s go star-gazing!  Come explore our immense universe full of planets, stars, and other celestial bodies that amaze and inspire.

 

Iowa Hall

Thursday,

October 16, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

National Fossil Day

Chris Brochu, UI Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History sponsors the monthly Explorers Seminar Series, with interdisciplinary public lectures featuring researchers who explore culture and the environment in a variety of ways and locations. A cross-section of departments are represented in the series, including Anthropology, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, and Engineering. The seminars take place monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Each program involves an approximately 30-45 minute lecture, followed by interactions with the speaker and refreshments.

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub, 3rd floor

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

International Archaeology Day Events

 

  • Pentacrest Lawn Activities (weather permitting):

Flintknapping, atlatl and dart throwing, Native American games, hide processing, cat tail processing, Team         Archaeology riders, Office of the State Archaeologist displays and information, coloring tables and childrens activities

 

  • Macbride Hall laboratory tours:

UI Department of Anthropology and Museum of Natural History laboratory tours covering in North American prehistoric pottery, flint knapping research, Paleolithic research in Namibia, Neolithic research in Portugal, excavation of several mammoths from central Iowa, and more.

 

Macbride Hall and Pentacrest Lawn

Friday, October 24, 2014

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Creepy Campus Crawl: "Kingdoms of Discovery"

 

Description coming soon!

 

Macbride Hall

Saturday, November 1, 2014

2:00 p.m.

The Fossil Guy: "Twilight of the Dinosaur Age"

 

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns in November with educational paleontology programs for children 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 include 30-minute talks with audience participation followed by 30-minutes of hands-on interaction with Don’s extensive fossil and replica collection. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children and their families. Don is an amateur paleontologist from Fairfax, IA with a special interest in fossil vertebrates.  His collection of fossils and fossil replicas is one of the largest in Iowa, and he has experience collecting fossils in Iowa and other states out West

 

Learn about the last dinosaurs to roam the earth over 65 million years ago including Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, duck-billed dinosaurs, raptor dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, ostrich-like dinosaurs, and more.  See genuine dinosaur fossils including bones, eggs, teeth, and claws!  View dinosaur replicas and models including a T. rex jaw, duckbill skull and skin, dinosaur nest, and raptor skeleton just to name a few.  Examine small fossils of other plants and animals that lived at this time.  Don will share his experiences hunting for dinosaur fossils in the badlands of South Dakota and Montana to conclude the program.

 

Macbride Auditorium

Sunday, November 2, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Movies@MNH: Title TBA

 

Macbride Auditorium

Friday, November 7, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Outback Adventure

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Crikey!  Explore the land down under, one of the world’s most distinctive and exciting landscapes. Experience some of the animals and cultural practices of Australia—kangaroos, crocodiles, didgeridoos, boomerangs, and much more

 

Iowa Hall

Saturday, November 8, 2014

2:00 p.m.

The Fossil Guy: "Survivor Among the Mammals"

 

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns in November with educational paleontology programs for children 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 include 30-minute talks with audience participation followed by 30-minutes of hands-on interaction with Don’s extensive fossil and replica collection. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children and their families. Don is an amateur paleontologist from Fairfax, IA with a special interest in fossil vertebrates.  His collection of fossils and fossil replicas is one of the largest in Iowa, and he has experience collecting fossils in Iowa and other states out West

 

 A wide variety of mammals roamed North America during the Oligocene Age approximately 30 million years ago, and their remains are preserved as fossils in the White River Badlands of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.  A mystery "to the death" battle between two of these mammals, Hyracodon and Hyaenodon, will be revealed.  Learn about many extinct herbivores including oreodonts, hornless rhinos, giant pig-like entelodonts, and three-toed horses!  To conclude the program, Don will share some of his experiences hunting for these fossil mammals in Nebraska.

 

Macbride Auditorium

Friday, November 14, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Outback Adventure

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Crikey!  Explore the land down under, one of the world’s most distinctive and exciting landscapes. Experience some of the animals and cultural practices of Australia—kangaroos, crocodiles, didgeridoos, boomerangs, and much more

 

Iowa Hall

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2:00 p.m.

The Fossil Guy: "Become a Pleistocene Private Eye"

 

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns in November with educational paleontology programs for children 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 include 30-minute talks with audience participation followed by 30-minutes of hands-on interaction with Don’s extensive fossil and replica collection. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children and their families. Don is an amateur paleontologist from Fairfax, IA with a special interest in fossil vertebrates.  His collection of fossils and fossil replicas is one of the largest in Iowa, and he has experience collecting fossils in Iowa and other states out West

 

 Learn how to be a “Pleistocene private eye”!  A special focus will be placed on the recovery of Ice Age remains of giant ground sloths and mammoths by crews from the UI Museum of Natural History.  See and touch mineralized bones of Ice Age creatures including mammoths, mastodons, cave bears, horses, bison, and deer.  View replica skulls of the saber-tooth cat Smilodon and the dire wolf from the La Brea Tar Pits in California.  Artifacts of Paleoindians will be used to help recreate the Ice Age world of North America. 

 

Macbride Auditorium

Thursday,

November 20, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

GIS Day Celebration

 

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History sponsors the monthly Explorers Seminar Series, with interdisciplinary public lectures featuring researchers who explore culture and the environment in a variety of ways and locations. A cross-section of departments are represented in the series, including Anthropology, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, and Engineering. The seminars take place monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Each program involves an approximately 30-45 minute lecture, followed by interactions with the speaker and refreshments.

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub, 3rd floor

Friday, December 5, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Hadrosaur Havoc

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Travel back in time to take a look into a diverse family of dinosaurs commonly known as ‘duckbills’.  Boasting some crazy head gear, they grew to be one of the abundant groups of dinosaurs during the Cretaceous Period.

 

Iowa Hall

Sunday, December 7, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Movies@MNH: Title TBA

Macbride Auditorium

Thursday,

December 11, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

Andrew Kitchen, UI Anthropology

 

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History sponsors the monthly Explorers Seminar Series, with interdisciplinary public lectures featuring researchers who explore culture and the environment in a variety of ways and locations. A cross-section of departments are represented in the series, including Anthropology, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, and Engineering. The seminars take place monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Each program involves an approximately 30-45 minute lecture, followed by interactions with the speaker and refreshments.

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub, 3rd floor

Friday, December 12, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Hadrosaur Havoc

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Travel back in time to take a look into a diverse family of dinosaurs commonly known as ‘duckbills’.  Boasting some crazy head gear, they grew to be one of the abundant groups of dinosaurs during the Cretaceous Period.

 

Iowa Hall