Events and programsAt the KU Natural History Museum, we offer dozens of science outreach programs annually in the museum and througout the community. From hands-on activities for families such as Discovery Days to talks for adults such as Science on Tap, there is something for everyone. Browse featured events here or see our full list of programs at our calendar of events.
Discovery Day: Earth Day
Saturday, April 21
11:30 am - 4 pm
For this special Discovery Day, we're joining in the City of Lawrence Earth Day celebration. We'll take our mobile museum to South Park to mark the occasion. The City of Lawrence will kick off festivities with a parade at 11 am and a celebration in South Park from 11:30 am - 4 pm. See the mobile museum and enjoy one of our hands-on activities.
After you've been to the parade and Earth Day festivities, head up to the Spencer Museum of Art for Art Cart: Gel Printing with Plants, from 1-4 pm Saturday, April 21. The Spencer Museum of Art exhibition "Big Botany" invites exploration of humankind's deep connection and fascination with the plant kingdom. Stop by the Spencer to create prints inspired by microscopic cross-sections of plants. Experiment with this gel printing technique and take a look at plant samples under the microscopes.
Day of Creativity: People. Plants. Play
Sunday, April 29
KU Natural History Museum and Spencer Museum of Art
Cultivate your creative side: join KU’s two museums and numerous community partners for demonstrations, performances, and hands-on activities that explore the intertwined relationships of art, science, people, and the plant world. Free and fun for all ages!
This event takes place at both the Spencer Museum (1301 Mississippi St) and the KU Natural History Museum (1345 Jayhawk Blvd). Our museums are only a 2-minute walk apart so you can easily explore what both have to offer.
Visit the event page for a full list of activities.
Sunday, May 6
12 - 4 pm
The KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum, in partnership with Baker Wetlands and Monarch Watch, will host a BugBlitz citizen science event that will bring together KU scientists, professional photographers, families, and other community members to find and identify as many insect species as possible in one day.
Data will be added to the iNaturalist database, and an insect species list will be generated for the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center.
The event will also include a youth photography competition. Children and families can learn about nature photography, shooting images of insects and what to look for when shooting a photo. Images can be entered in our nature photography contest in June.