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Play Date at NMNH: Prehistoric Sea Creatures

One-Time Events Join us on Tuesdays for special family play dates with museum educators! Tuesday, August 16 is all about prehistoric creatures of the Cretaceous ocean!  Families can learn about and make close observations of select pieces from our specimen collection, measure themselves in relation to a mosasaur (a very large marine reptile!), and create your own Cretaceous ocean mural. Come and join us for a fun time learning through play and exploration all about these prehistoric sea creatures. The event is part of our drop-in program, Play Date at NMNH. Play Date at NMNH is a program designed for early learners and their caregivers and families. Activities are designed with early learners in mind, but all ages are welcome. Location: This program is held in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Please enter through the Constitution Avenue entrance. Q?rius is located on the right as you enter the museum. Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Featured Event: Central OPA use ONLY. Topics: Science & Nature. Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Play Date at NMNH: Beguiling Birds

One-Time Events Join us on Tuesdays for special family play dates with museum educators! Tuesday, August 23 is all about birds! Families can look at select pieces from our collection related to birds, explore materials birds might use to make their nests, and create their own take-home craft to help them look for birds in your neighborhood and around the museum!   The event is part of our drop-in program, Play Date at NMNH. Play Date at NMNH is a program designed for early learners and their caregivers and families. Activities are designed with early learners in mind, but all ages are welcome. Location: This program is held in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Please enter through the Constitution Avenue entrance. Q?rius is located on the right as you enter the museum. Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service,… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Featured Event: Central OPA use ONLY. Topics: Science & Nature. Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

The Future of Seafood: How Aquaculture Connects Local and Global Communities

One-Time Events Where does your seafood come from? Meet Imani Black, former oyster farmer and founder of Minorities in Aquaculture. Learn about the past and present of the Chesapeake Bay and how aquaculture is changing its future for communities. Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 1st Floor, Our Places Exhibit, off the Rotunda. Cost: Free. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Lectures & Discussions. Related Exhibition: Our Places: Connecting People and Nature. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Featured Event: Museum Level Featured Event. Topics: Science & Nature. Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Growing Community Series - Thriving Fauna

One-Time Events GROWING COMMUNITY Gardens are more than seeds and soil. They have been sites of community empowerment, allowing us to connect with the land, feed family and community, and form emotional bonds. What happens when these spaces are no longer available? How can we retain the ability to steward our green spaces and our communities? During this six-part series, workshop attendees will explore how a connection to community, cultural traditions, and well-being can be achieved through gardening in small spaces. Participants will also explore how these smaller thriving green spaces serve as sites of community and habitation for residents of every shape and form. Guest gardener - Nathan Erwin Who are the people in our neighborhood? In our last workshop, we met some of the neighbors who are essential to healthy communities, we can all call home.  This workshop introduces us to more personalities whose presence lets us know that our community is thriving as a whole. As we do maintenance in the late summer garden, facil… Sponsor: Anacostia Community Museum. Venue: Anacostia Community Museum. Event Location: Hybrid - Virtual and in person at the Anacostia Community Museum (only 15 slots in person). Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GBCczLWzS0KdURZ9TYASkQ. Cost: FREE. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GBCczLWzS0KdURZ9TYASkQ. Categories: Kids & Families. Workshops. Webcasts & Online. Featured Event: Central OPA use ONLY. Saturday, August 27, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Play Date at NMNH: Our Places and Nature Exploration

One-Time Events Join us on Tuesdays for special family play dates with museum educators! Tuesday, August 30 is all about exploring your connection with nature! Families can experience different hands-on activities and play options inside our newest exhibit, Our Places! This exhibit invites visitors to explore the connections they share with nature. This Play Date is designed around the theme of your family's connections to nature and the nature around you. Come explore with us!  The event is part of our drop-in program, Play Date at NMNH. Play Date at NMNH is a program designed for early learners and their caregivers and families. Activities are designed with early learners in mind, but all ages are welcome. Location: This program is held in Our Places, on the first floor of the museum. It is located off the rotunda and is next to the Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals.  Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: 1st Floor, Our Places Exhibit. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Featured Event: Central OPA use ONLY. Topics: Science & Nature. Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Play Date at NMNH: Fossil Discoveries

One-Time Events Join us on Tuesdays for special family play dates with museum educators! Tuesday, September 6 is all about fossils!  Families can learn about and make close observations of fossils from our collection, use science skills to make their own fossil discoveries, and think together about what those fossils teach us about ancient life. Come and join us for a fun time learning through play and exploration! The event is part of our drop-in program, Play Date at NMNH. Play Date at NMNH is a program designed for early learners and their caregivers and families. Activities are designed with early learners in mind, but all ages are welcome. Location: This program is held in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Please enter through the Constitution Avenue entrance. Q?rius is located on the right as you enter the museum. Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Featured Event: Central OPA use ONLY. Topics: Science & Nature. Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Women’s Environmental Leadership Lecture Series - I Was A Kid: Mapping Paths to STEM/STEAM

One-Time Events Join writer, artist, and comics creator Karen Romano Young of "I Was a Kid," in an exploration of how the intersection of science and the humanities can be a powerful tool in providing pathways into environmental advocacy and leadership through capturing the histories and voices of the people engaged in efforts to steward and safeguard Earth’s eco-systems. Conversation will trace Young’s personal and professional journeys and the development of "I Was A Kid," a comic multimedia initiative that engages comics, audio, text, and photos to provide opportunities for youth to envision themselves in the spaces and careers essential in addressing environmental issues critical to our present and future. This will be a hybrid event, offered in person and online. In-Person Location: This program will be held in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the National Museum of Natural History, 1000 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Please enter through the Constitution Avenue… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Anacostia Community Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor OR Online. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NIg4x9ocQ8y-HFXfrFlaFQ. Cost: Free. Registration is requested. See description for registration information. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Event Group: American Women's History (AWHI). Accessibility: Captioning. Featured Event: Museum Level Featured Event. Central OPA use ONLY. Saturday, September 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Play Date at NMNH: Marvelous Meteorites

One-Time Events Join us on Tuesdays for special family play dates with museum educators! Tuesday, September 13, is all about exploring the colors, shapes, and textures of objects out in space!  Families can learn about and make close observations of meteorites from our collection, explore how falling objects (like meteors) can create craters on surfaces, explore different colors of planets, and create your own meteor shower artwork. Come and join us for a fun time learning through play and exploration! The event is part of our drop-in program, Play Date at NMNH. Play Date at NMNH is a program designed for early learners and their caregivers and families. Activities are designed with early learners in mind, but all ages are welcome. Location: This program is held in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Please enter through the Constitution Avenue entrance. Q?rius is located on the right as you enter the museum. Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Ground Floor. Cost: Free. Categories: Kids & Families. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Featured Event: Central OPA use ONLY. Topics: Science & Nature. Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Beyond Neanderthals: Ancient DNA and the Denisovans

One-Time Events In a cave in southern Siberia, DNA reveals that Neanderthals once spent time there, along with another group of early humans: Denisovans. Previously a mystery, with only fragments of fossils found in the Denisova Cave, ancient DNA has allowed scientists to genetically identify the Denisovans and uncover surprising new information that many modern humans have both Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA.   Tom Higham, Professor of Scientific Archaeology at the University of Vienna, is at the forefront of this discovery. He has been working at Denisova Cave for the last decade with a team of researchers using new molecular methods to learn about the Denisovans, find out where and when they lived, how they interacted with Neanderthals and modern humans, and why they disappeared.  Moderator: Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. 11:30 a.m. Washington, DC; 8:30 a.m. Los Angeles; 1:30 a.m. Tokyo; 4:30 p.m. London   This program will be presented as a Zoom… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Online; Internet connection required. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Featured Event: Museum Level Featured Event. Central OPA use ONLY. Topics: Science & Nature. Thursday, September 15, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.