Stand Up For Science

A Benefit for the KU Natural History Museum
Friday, April 13
6:30 pm at Abe & Jake's Landing (8 E 6th St, Lawrence, KS 66044)

Science is key to addressing our complex challenges fo advancing human well-being: sustaining the planet; achieving breakthrough discoveries in energy, medicine and food production; and championing what is fact over what is fake. On Friday, April 13 we invite you to Stand Up for Science, a benefit for the KU Natural History Museum. At this event, we will transform Abe and Jake's Landing in downtown Lawrence into a virtual natural history museum with food and drink, entertainment, games and activities for adults, and live and silent auctions. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2018. To become a sponsor for this event, please contact us

Kansas Archaeology Day

Sunday, April 15
1-3 pm
Learn about archaeological study of cultures and people of the past in Kansas. Try hands-on activities and view demonstrations at this celebration of Kansas Archaeology Day.

Artificial Photosynthesis
A Science on Tap event with James Blakemore,
KU Department of Chemistry
Wednesday, April 18
7:30 pm
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St.

James Blakemore will lead this talk about “Artificial Photosynthesis," technologies that allow conversion of sunlight directly into useful chemicals and fuels.

Discovery Day: Earth Day
Saturday, April 21
11:30 am - 4 pm
South Park in downtown Lawrence

We'll take our mobile museum to South Park for this special Discovery Day in honor of Earth Day. The City of Lawrence will kick off festivities with a parade at 11 am and a celebration in South Park throughout the afternoon. See the mobile museum and enjoy one of our hands-on activities. 

Art Cart: Gel Printing with Plants
A Big Botany Event
Saturday, April 21
1-4 pm
Spencer Museum of Art

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 and experiment with this gel printing technique.  The KU NHM will have an activity table at this event, so join us!

Bonner Springs Library Youth Child Fair: Bones!

Saturday, April 28
9 am -12 pm
Bonner Springs Public Library, 201 N Nettleton Ave, Bonner Springs, Kansas

Learn all about fossilized dinosaur bones at this event held at the Bonner Springs City Library.

Day of Creativity: People. Plants. Play.
Sunday, April 29
12 - 3 pm
KU Natural History Museum and Spencer Museum of Art

Express your creativity at this joint event held at both the KU Natural History Museum and the  Spencer Museum of Art. Inspired in part by the themes of the Spencer Museum's exhibition Big Botany, this event includes a wide range of hands on activities, music, food, art and science.  A full list of activities will be posted on both museums' websites soon.


Collections Up Close
Tuesday, May 1
11:30 am - 1 pm
Kansas Union

For this Collections Up Close, we'll feature specimens from the paleobotany collection - some of which were gathered from Antarctica.

Dark Ecology
A talk by Timothy Morton
Wednesday, May 2
Spencer Museum of Art

As part of Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World, the Spencer Museum of Art will host Timothy Morton for a talk at the Spencer Museum. Morton is author of several works including Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence.  Patrons of KU NHM may enjoy this event held at our sister museum on campus.


Sunday, May 6

12 - 4 pm

Baker Wetlands

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. For more details, contact biodiversity@ku.edu.

Extraordinary Animals: Pollinator Pals

Sunday, May 13

1-3 pm

For this Extraordinary Animals program, we're partnering with the Lawrence Public Library and taking the program downtown!  Join us in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library to enjoy a program that features specimens from museum collections with a focus on pollinators - from bees to bats to birds.  Presentations will occur at 1:15, 1:45 and 2:15 pm, and we will have a fun craft activity as well. You can also check out the pollinator-themed book display put together by LPL.

International Museum Day
Friday, May 18
9 am - 5 pm
KU Natural History Museum and Spencer Museum of Art

Museums worldwide celebrate this day by encouraging the public to visit a museum, whether it's one in a far-off location or in your hometown. This event is organized by the International Council of Museums.

Art Cart: Nature vs Machine Drawings
Saturday, May 19
1-3 pm
Spencer Museum of Art

The exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World invites you to contemplate humankind’s deep connection and fascination with the plant kingdom. Using the Spencer Museum's Art Cart, you can create drawings and illustrations that depict the contrasts between the organic and non-organic world.  The KU NHM will have an activity table at this event, so come on out and join us!


Quest for T. rex
A Kansas City 
Science on Tap event
Tuesday, May 22
7:30 pm
Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory, Kansas City, MO
Speaker: Paleontologist David Burnham
During the past four years, KU paleontologist David Burnham has been spending part of each summer guiding an ever-changing roster of students, staff and volunteers in the eastern Montana badlands that are home to T. rex fossils. Join us to talk about what we've found so far, and talk about what makes this dinosaur so interesting to research.

Discovery Day: Pollinators
Thursday, May 24
10 am - 12 pm
KU Natural History Museum

This Discovery Day, held when Lawrence Public Schools are closed, will feature pollinators that are both familar and unfamiliar. Through hands-on activities, learn about pollinators and the role they play in the food we eat.  


Highlights from Over 100 years of KU Herpetology Research

Thursday, June 7


Linwood Community Library, 19649 Linwood Rd, Linwood, KS 66052

Speaker: Dr. Rich Glor, curator of herpetology

Join us at the Linwood Community Library as Biodiversity Institute curator Rich Glor discusses the fascinating history of herpetological research at the University of Kansas and explains exciting new methods utilized by KU herpetology scientists and students.


The Coelacanth: Old Four Legs and the Fish Collections at the Biodiversity Institute
A Science on Tap event
Tuesday, June 26
7:30 pm
Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory, Kansas City, MO
Speaker: Andy Bentley, collections manager, ichthyology
The coelacanth is one of the most enigmatic fish on earth.  Thought to be extinct until 1938, it is a pivotal species in the evolution of movement on to land.  Come learn more about this fascinating species and the almost 700,000 specimens of diverse fish at the Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.