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KU Natural History Museum

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1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
785-864-4450 https://biodiversity.ku.edu

October 2018

Crimson & Blue Day Tours | KU Natural History Museum

October 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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If you're a prospective student visiting on Crimson & Blue Day, come explore the KU Natural History Museum using one of 14 discovery guides and scavenger hunts, and check out the new Silvisaurus exhibit on the third floor. Two behind-the-scenes tours of 40 minutes each…

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Deciduous Forest Discovery Day | KU Natural History Museum

October 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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It’s fall! Come to the KU Natural History Museum to explore all about deciduous forests–the animals and plants and how they interact to form a biome. You will find specimens on display, hands-on activities and scavenger hunts for the entire family.

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Macabre at the Museum | KU Natural History Museum

October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join the KU Natural History Museum for a spooky night in celebration of Halloween. From spiders and snakes to parasites, participants will explore the science of the creepy things that go bump in the night. See museum specimens, enjoy free refreshments, and win prizes.

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November 2018

Drop In & Draw: Museum Grotesques | KU Natural History Museum

November 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Come by the Natural History Museum to view and sketch grotesques before they go back to the seventh floor. Work alongside professional artists and sculptors, Laura & Karl Ramberg, who will be there to offer tips and tricks.

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Discovery Day: The Poles | KU Natural History Museum

November 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join the KU Natural History Museum for this event with hands-on science activities for children and families. Explore the biodiversity of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and learn about fossil plants that grew abundantly in Antarctica over 100 million years ago.

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December 2018

Discovery Day: Wildlife | KU Natural History Museum

December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Honor Wildlife Conservation Day a little early by joining the KU Natural History Museum to examine museum specimens from around the world and learn about global conservation efforts.

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January 2019

Museum Selfie Day | KU Natural History Museum

January 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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The KU Natural History Museum celebrates the sixth annual International Museum Selfie Day with selfie stations set up for pictures with the polar bear, the building's namesake Lewis Lindsay Dyche and other fun exhibits.

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Discovery Day: Kansas Day | KU Natural History Museum

January 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Celebrate Kansas Day a couple of days early as the KU Natural History Museum hosts a Discovery Day themed around everything Kansas—the state mammal, bird, reptile and lots more. Come explore museum specimens and engage in fun hands-on activities for the whole family.

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April 2019

FernGully: The Last Rainforest | Movie Night at KU Natural History Museum

April 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join the Natural Science Community Organization (NSCO) student group in exploring environmental awareness with a showing of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, ​​which inspired an entire generation to commit to environmental justice. This student and family event, sponsored by the KU Natural History Museum, will also…

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May 2019

Birds, Bones, and Beetles // An evening with author Chuck Warner

May 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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The KU Natural History Museum will celebrate the release of "Birds, Bones, and Beetles: The Improbable Career and Remarkable Legacy of University of Kansas Naturalist Charles D. Bunker" with author Chuck Warner during this event. Learn more about the important contributions assistant-turned-curator Charles Bunker made…

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KU Campus BioBlitz 2019

May 4, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Become a citizen scientist by joining the effort to document biodiversity on the KU Campus. The goal is to document as much biodiversity as can be found in a single day on the KU campus, archiving photos of each organism via the free iNaturalist citizen…

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Marine Life Discovery Day | KU Natural History Museum

May 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join KU Natural History Museum in discovering life under the sea with scientists and students from the Ichthyology Division. Come explore museum specimens and engage in hands-on activities all about the marine ecosystem.

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June 2019

Sea Science Summer Day Camp

June 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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$80

Explore the intriguing and diverse world of marine biology, from squid, salt to seashells and more during this one-day camp at KU Natural History Museum. Note: camp includes a fish dissection. Camp registration for ages 8 to 11 opens March 1 and closes May 24.…

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Adventures in Biology Summer Day Camp

June 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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$80

Discover your inner fox, fish, fungus and more at this camp from the KU Natural History Museum. Explore what we have in common with other living things and how we are related through activities in the museum and outside on campus. Note: camp includes a…

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Aquatic Biology Summer Day Camp

June 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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$80

Make a splash exploring our local waters during this one-day camp presented by KU Natural History Museum. Discover how the animals we find tell us if our water is clean, and learn to use water quality meters. Be prepared to get muddy and wet! Note:…

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Geology Explorations Summer Day Camp

June 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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$80

Become a field geologist for a day during this one-day opportunity from the KU Natural History Museum. Learn about rocks, minerals and fossils while exploring the geology of Kansas. Note: off campus field camp. Camp registration for ages 8 to 11 opens March 1 and…

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Forest Floor Summer Day Camp

June 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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$80

Explore the forest floor to learn about soil and the diversity of life it supports during this one-day camp from KU Natural History Museum. Note: off campus field camp. Camp registration for ages 8 to 11 opens March 1 and closes May 24. Call 785-864-4173…

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September 2019

Collections Up Close at the KU Natural History Museum

September 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Explore some of the Biodiversity Institute’s more than 9 million specimens rarely on display to the public. Each month, visitors are invited to take a closer look at some of these unique collections and enjoy insights from a graduate student researcher.

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KU Natural History Museum’s Pop Up Science | Nature’s Builders

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join the KU Natural History Museum for Pop Up Science, a  family-oriented program with hands-on science learning activities in one of the galleries. This month, museum volunteers will teach visitors about the animal engineers of the natural world and you can try your hand at…

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KU Natural History Museum at the Backyard Bash

September 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Don’t miss the KU Natural History Museum’s activity station at the biggest backyard on KU's campus—the historic Marvin Grove. The Backyard Bash is an annual artful celebration of nature includes different activities, games and performances. Visit the Natural History Museum's station to learn about insect…

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October 2019

Collections Up Close at the Museum

October 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Explore some of the Biodiversity Institute’s more than 9 million specimens. Each month, visitors are invited to examine one of the museum's fascinating collections with a graduate student.

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KU Natural History Museum Discovery Day: Fossils

October 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join the museum for this Discovery Day about fossils in honor of Earth Science Week. Explore the diversity of life that existed 500 million years ago, learn about global change through time and hear about paleontology field work from KU Biodiversity Institute scientists and students.…

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November 2019

Collections Up Close at the KU Natural History Museum

November 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Free

Explore some of the Biodiversity Institute’s more than 9 million specimens rarely on display to the public. Each month, visitors are invited to take a closer look at some of these collections and enjoy insights from a graduate student researcher. Kids and families welcome.

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KU Natural History Museum Pop Up Science! Cell Biology

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join the KU Natural History Museum for Pop Up Science, a family-oriented program with hands-on science learning activities in one of the museum's galleries. This month, museum volunteers will show you all about the basic structural unit for all organisms: cells! You’ll learn how to…

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December 2019

Collections Up Close at the KU Natural History Museum

December 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Free

Explore some of the Biodiversity Institute’s more than 9 million specimens rarely on display to the public. Each month, visitors are invited to take a closer look at some of these collections and enjoy insights from a graduate student researcher. All ages welcome.

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KU Natural History Museum Discovery Day: Endangered Species

December 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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The Endangered Species Act was signed into law in December 1973. To honor this legacy, this Discovery Day is all about endangered organisms. Learn what has been done to protect these species and what we can do to help. The museum will have specimens on…

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February 2020

KU Natural History Museum: Pop Up Science – Insects!

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Drop by Pop Up Science, a fun, family-oriented program for the younger set, with hands-on learning activities. This month the focus is on the incredible world of insects! Science Corps volunteers will have a live Madagascar Hissing Cockroach to pet and many other insect specimens…

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KU Natural History Museum Discovery Day: Celebrating Evolution

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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In honor of Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Russell Wallace’s winter birthdays, the KU Natural History Museum is holding a party. Enjoy cake and wear a party hat while exploring the science of the natural world. Meet museum scientists and learn about evolution and extinction with…

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March 2020

KU Natural History Museum: Collections Up Close – Botany!

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Did you know the KU Natural History Museum displays only about 1% of the vast collections they hold? Explore more of their behind-the-scenes specimens and learn how their collections inform research here and around the globe at Collections Up Close! This month they will share…

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June 2020

KU Natural History Museum’s Science-PALOOZA Summer Day Camp

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Fourth floor, Jayhawk Walk
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Join the KU Natural History Museum for a dynamic, fast-paced science adventure. Campers will participate in a range of engaging activities from across the sciences both in museum and at outdoor campus locations. Camp takes place indoors and outdoors. All indoor locations fully accessible. Outdoor…

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