Events

    2020 Jun 29

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Space! (Session 1)

    Repeats every day until Fri Jul 03 2020 .
    9:30am

    9:30am
    9:30am
    9:30am
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Look up! How do we explore beyond planet Earth? With live Zoom sessions, we’ll compare moon rocks to ones on Earth, explore how light helps us understand what stars are made of, discuss what signs of life we might see on Mars or Europa, and meet a scientist from Harvard who is studying space. At home, you’ll search out “secret” light, create your best Mars lander, safely observe the sun, map out astronomical distances, and chart constellations. A small packet of special materials will be sent to your home to help with your explorations.

    Additional supplies needed: Scissors,...

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    2020 Jun 22

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Spineless Wonders (Session 1)

    Repeats every weekday until Fri Jun 26 2020 .
    9:30am

    9:30am
    9:30am
    9:30am
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Come explore the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates, virtually, at the museum! During the live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant cockroach. Complete your own investigations at home as you learn how to collect and study creepy crawlies. A small packet of special collecting materials will be sent to your home to help with your discoveries.

    Additional supplies needed: An empty clear plastic jar with a lid and holes for insect collecting (for example, a cleaned peanut butter or mayonnaise jar);...

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    2020 Feb 08

    I Heart Science

    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, and carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Explore fermenting microbes in action as they perform in a musical art installation! Bring your own collections to show to local shell and minerals clubs. This program has something for everyone and is appropriate for children and adults of all ages.

    Note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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    2019 Oct 26

    Fabulous Fungus Fair

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, and labs—even in our own refrigerators. This is an opportunity to investigate fungal diversity and participate in hands-on activities led by Harvard students.

    Note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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    2019 Oct 16

    National Fossil Day

    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient trilobites, sea scorpions, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths, and more. Meet Harvard paleontologists and learn about the amazing prehistoric animals on exhibit. Bring your curiosity and questions to this event for all ages!

    Note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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    2019 Oct 06

    Reptile Day

    11:00am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Celebrate reptiles! Join Harvard students from the Harvard College Conservation Society for a variety of reptile themed activities including a scavenger hunt, storytime, and crafts. Come learn about the history and diversity of reptiles, and why they need to be conserved! All ages are welcome.

    Please note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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    2019 Aug 23

    Moth Meet

    9:00pm to 10:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join the Arnold Arboretum for a late night learning adventure to discover the nocturnal invertebrates that are flitting about the Arboretum after hours. Naturalist Sam Jaffe will start the evening in the classroom with some introductory information about the life-cycles of moths and other night flyers. He’ll then lead the group outdoors for a moth lighting at which we will admire and study a variety of nocturnal insects. Back in the classroom, microscopes and other field guides will allow us to make clear identifications of these lesser-seen beauties.

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    2019 Aug 22

    The Caterpillar Lab Visits the Arnold Arboretum

    Repeats every day until Mon Aug 26 2019 .
    10:00am to 5:00pm

    10:00am to 5:00pm
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    10:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    The Caterpillar Lab, from Keene, New Hampshire, comes to the Arnold Arboretum for 5 days of astonishing exhibits. Explore the amazing world of caterpillars on a whole new level. There will be live caterpillars, cocoons, hatched eggs, shed skins, and much more. Visitors of all ages will be amazed!

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    2019 Jul 28

    Catch Some Rays!—Solar Energy

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills, and share your findings with others.

    Catch Some Rays! will let you harness the power of the sun. Help to create solar ovens, test the ability of various garden bed coverings to keep roots cool, and plant a sunflower seed that will follow the sun.

    Please note: One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up.

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    2019 Jul 13

    Exploring Science Together: Bugs!

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Take a closer look and explore the world of minuscule bugs! Learn through hands-on activities designed to show you how to classify and identify these numerous and diverse creatures! Participate in activities in our incredible arthropods gallery. Observe and touch live invertebrates, and then go outside and collect some of your own. Dig in the dirt and learn how invertebrates help people compost food waste into soil. Create your own scientific equipment that will help you continue the study of entomology at home.

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    2019 Jun 23

    Get Your Hands Dirty!—Soil Science

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills and share your findings with others.

    Get Your Hands Dirty will allow you to stick your hands into the soil and really get to know it. You will have a chance to use digital probes, collect data, and then share that data with other scientists for a day.

    One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up.

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    2019 May 26

    Dissection Dramatics! Flower Form

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills, and share your findings with others.

    Dissection Dramatics will give you ample opportunity to fiddle with microscopes, hand lenses and digital scopes. Discover the secrets contained in a flower as you pull it apart piece by piece. Then test your puzzle making abilities as you attempt to put it back together.

    One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages...

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    2019 Apr 18

    Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Come see the world through the eyes of a scientist and explore what research reveals about life and our planet. Graduate students from the departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University will share their research through hands-on activities in the museum galleries. This program is designed to actively engage families in learning more about science and exciting new discoveries in our natural world.

    Note: Regular museum admission rates apply....

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    2018 Oct 28

    Fog x Kids: Family Drop In's: Engineering in the Fog

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building and Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Engineering in the Fog --make your own glasses to create your up close and personal Fog for ages 8 and up.  One adult may bring a maximum of three children; age suitability listed above after dates. Meet on the Hunnewell Building lawn to the south of the building.  Free, drop in, no registration required.

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    2018 May 17

    Public Observatory Night at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian "Extreme Spacecrafting: NASA's Parker Solar Probe"

    7:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden St., Cambridge

    In July 2018, NASA will launch a satellite 60 years in the making. The hottest mission under the Sun will visit - the Sun! It is an extreme mission - the fastest human-made object that will travel closest to the Sun at the hottest operating temperatures in history. Learn what went into building this satellite with Dr. Kelly Korreck, who will describe the strange Sun behavior that this mission aims to explain, and Dr. Tony Case, who will discuss the bravest instrument on board that peeks around the spacecraft's protective sun shade: the Solar Probe Cup. Rooftop observing will follow...

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    2018 Mar 15

    Tree Architecture

    1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    "Now is the best season for arborists. Leaves and flowers? That's just a distraction!" Join Andrew Gapinski, the Arnold  Arboretum's Manager of... Read more about Tree Architecture

    2018 Mar 11

    Learn to Observe: Tree Spotter Spring Training

    10:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    With nearly 4,000 different kinds of plants represented in the Arboretum's living collections, every day presents rich opportunities to see something new. If you enjoy learning about plants and their unique characteristics, you can contribute to science as a participant in our Tree Spotters program. This citizen science project opens a window into the Arboretum's phenology: the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out and flowering of trees in the spring and changing foliage colors in the fall. Your observations will...

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