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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

Special Iowa City Book Festival Edition

Brian Switek

 

Brian is the author of My Beloved Brontosaur and Written in Stone. His blog, Laelaps, is currently hosted by National Geographic.

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub

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

2:30 p.m.

Iowa City Book Festival Program- “From Page to Pathway: Connecting to our natural world through picture books” with author/illustrator Claudia McGehee

 

Iowa’s simple, elegant natural beauty has brought inspiration to writers and visual artists for generations. Many of the works that make Iowa City a City of Literature celebrate our surrounding landscape. The bonds between art, literature and nature are expressed in the children’s picture books as well and can be an invaluable tool in introducing children to nature. Iowa City based author/illustrator Claudia McGehee shares her experiences illustrating and writing nature focused picture books, and the inspirations behind her work. McGehee’s award-winning titles A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet, A Woodlands Counting Book and Where Do Birds Live explore and celebrate eco-systems found regionally and coast-to-coast. Her presentation will include ideas on how to use picture books to expand the outdoors for young readers, a survey of some favorite nature connected picture books, and a peek into her latest book projects echoing this same theme.

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub

Sunday, October 12, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Earth Science Week Activities: Identification Day and Displays


  • Identification table for rocks and fossils
  • Hands-on activity tables and demonstrations
  • Informational handouts

 

Iowa Hall

Thursday,

October 16, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

National Fossil Day

Jess Miller-Camp, UI Earth & Environmental Sciences

"Alligators, Ecomorphology, and the Myth of the 'Living Fossil'"

 

In our free, monthly, Cafe Scientifique-style series, Ph.D. Student Jess Miller Camp discusses American Alligators and their prehistoric ancestors.


American alligators have a lot in common with modern crocodiles. It makes sense to assume their last common ancestor looked the same, but most extinct alligators are small with short snouts and big, bulbous back teeth. American alligators break the "Law of the Unspecialized" and are certainly not "living fossils", a term with a whole host of problems.


Time for questions will follow the talk, and refreshments will be served. 

 

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Movies@MNH: Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3

 

The unforgettable story of the Ioway people continues where the award-winning Lost Nation: The Ioway left off in two one-hour documentary films. When the Ioway are forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to a reservation in Kansas, Ioway leader White Cloud (The Younger), believes his people must relocate to survive. But intermarriage, broken treaties, and the end of communal living leads to a split in 1878 and the establishment of a second Iowa Tribe in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Both tribes endure hardship and challenges to their traditions and culture to achieve successful land claims and self-determination in the turbulent 1970s. Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3 brings the Iowa story full circle.
[LENGTH: Ioway 2-55 minutes, Ioway 3-55 minutes; No Rating]

 

Macbride Auditorium

Friday, October 24, 2014

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Creepy Campus Crawl: "Kingdoms of Discovery"

 

MNH Title: “Kingdoms of Discovery”
General MNH Description: Be transported into your favorite magical realms for a night of marvelous discovery at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History!  Take an herbology class at Hogwarts and test your archery skills with the elves of Middle Earth.  Step through the wardrobe into Narnia, brave a winter storm with Elsa and Anna in Arendelle, or become a Viking hero with Hiccup and Toothless on the Isle of Berk.  Join us at this year's Creepy Campus Crawl for a thrilling adventure full of make-believe, magic, and learning.

 

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: The Monuments Men

 

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians (George Clooney’s character is based on University of Iowa own alum, Conservator George Stout.), all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed?
[LENGTH: 118 minutes; PG13]

 

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: Arctic Dinosaurs- Warm Blooded Creatures of the Cretaceous?

 

How is it that dinosaurs have managed to survive and even thrive in the gloom of the dark and frigid polar regions? This is one of the most intriguing enigmas in paleontology. And now, a unique field expedition to Alaska will utilize extreme engineering and perilous fossil hunting to defrost a jackpot of new fossil clues. With the help of stunning CGI, NOVA breathes life into the polar dinosaurs' lives and environment in vivid detail.
[LENGTH: 56 minutes; No Rating]

 

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