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.  

Events and programs



Stand Up For Science
A Benefit for the KU Natural History Museum
Friday, April 13
6:30 pm
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Science is key to addressing our complex challenges for advancing human well-being, including sustaining the planet, achieving breakthrough discoveries in energy, medicine and food production, and championing what is fact over what is fake.  At the KU Natural History Museum, we know the transformative power of science: our science research, education and outreach experiences inspire creativity and discovery among adults, families and schoolchildren from Kansas and beyond.

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 auctions. Tickets available now.


Film Screening Double Feature

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry and Dolores 
Wednesday, March 14
5:30 pm A Portrait of Wendell Berry and Dolores 7:15 pm
Liberty Hall
Co-sponsored by: the KU Environmental Studies Program, the Department of American Studies, the Department of Sociology, and The Commons
Tickets for the evening available here.  

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky, who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, Look & See blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape. 

Dolores profiles Dolores Huerta, one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one's life to social change. 


prairie park science fair

Prairie Park Elementary School Science Day
Saturday, March 10
Prairie Park Elementary School - 2711 Kensington St.

We'll be at Prairie Park Elementary School for their Fourth Annual Science Discovery Day.  This community-wide event will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities centered around all things science.  Come see the KU NHM booth to explore “Who Pooped in the Past?” where children will examine real fossil coprolites, learn about different types of trace fossils, and make their own fossil coprolite to take home.



Bitcoin talk

The Bits Behind Bitcoin
A Science on Tap Event with Terry Soo
KU Department of Mathematics
Wednesday, March 14
7:30 pm
For this Science on Tap, we're featuring a mathematician in honor of Pi Day (3.14, of course). The first bitcoin was mined a little over nine years ago; at that time one bitcoin would have had little or no value. After two years, it achieved parity with the dollar, and by the beginning of this year, one bitcoin was worth over ten thousand dollars. Although bitcoin is not physically mined by prospectors, the mining of bitcoin has many parallels with mineral mining. We will discuss some of the mathematical ideas behind secure communication systems and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. We will dine on spam and hash while miners find golden nonces, but we will try not to speculate on the whether bitcoin will displace centralized  government backed currencies or go the way of the Dutch tulip.

Make it a full evening and catch Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry at Liberty Hall at 5:30 pm, then Science on Tap at Free State at 7:30 pm, and round out the evening with Nerd Nite at 8:30 pm featuring Pi Day activities at Maceli's Banquet Hall. 



Collections Up Close
Tuesday, March 13
11:30 am - 1 pm
Kansas Union

We have more than 5 milllion specimens in our entomology collection. Stop by the Kansas Union during your lunch hour and see a few of the amazing insects from the museum's collections. 

Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 17
1 pm
Downtown Lawrence

We'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Day downtown with our Stand Up for Science float, so watch for the dancing T. rex!

Discovery Day: Reptiles
Sunday, March 18
1-3 pm
KU Natural History Museum

Join us for the March Discovery Day featuring reptiles from across the world. Discover hands-on educational activities for parents and children and explore the museum in a new way.