Upcoming Events

  • Mar 07

    Biodiversity in the Avian World

    9:30am to 12:00pm


    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Who would guess that parrots are closely related to songbirds, or that falcons are only distantly related to their look-alikes, hawks and eagles? How is it that hummingbirds have the rare ability (in the avian world) to detect sweet tastes? Explore the newly renovated Birds of the World gallery with Harvard doctoral students Allison Shultz and Maude Baldwin and consider the suite of adaptations that allows birds to live across the globe, even in the most extreme environments.

  • Mar 10

    Animal Artists: A Four Week Course

    3:40pm to 5:00pm

    Ages 7–11

    Four Tuesdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31; 3:40–5:00 pm

    Sketch face-to-face with a zebra, ostrich, or tiger and learn to draw animals from the museum’s collections. Students focus on new animals each week and practice using different media. By the end of this four-week course, students will have gained greater confidence in their skills and a new appreciation of the animal world. 

    Instructor: Erica Beade

  • Mar 14

    Exploring Science Together: Minerals!

    10:30am to 12:00pm


    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    What makes a mineral a mineral? Find out in this hands-on and interactive program. Be a geologist for the day and learn how to identify minerals. Discover the secret properties that make some minerals truly unique. Participate in gallery explorations of our mesmerizing mineral collections. Investigate the different uses of minerals and even create your own mineral pigment artwork to take home! All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for students grades K–5 to learn with their families.

    Instructor: Amy Gunzelmann

  • Mar 21

    Capturing Insects with Pencil and Paper

    2:00pm to 3:30pm


    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Antennae, horns, wings, and compound eyes! Participants will observe the shapes, colors, and patterns seen in a variety of insects and learn some techniques for drawing them realistically in both black and white, and color. 

    Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers.
  • Mar 28

    Go Wild! Connecting Kids with Nature



    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

    Scott Sampson, Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

  • Apr 04

    The Art of Botanical Drawing

    9:30am to 11:30am


    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Four Saturdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25

    Explore the beauty and variety of plant forms using pencil, watercolor, and colored pencil. This four-week course will introduce botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening, shading, and color. All skill levels are welcome. 

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $95 members/$110 nonmembers.