Upcoming Events

  • 2017 Sep 16

    Exploring Science Together: Owls!

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Study the secretive world of owls! Learn together with hands-on activities about bird beaks and feet and examine real specimens from our museum collections. Learn about the specific owl adaptations that make them incredible nocturnal predators, by investigating real feathers and bones. Dissect owl pellets to learn the

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  • 2017 Oct 01

    Invisible Life: Exploring the World through Microscopes

    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

    Marshall Type Compound Microscope for the Invisible Life Class

    Journey with your family into the world of the microscopic with Harvard researcher Scott Chimileski and museum educator Wendy Derjue-Holzer. Learn about early microscopes on display in the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, try out modern microscopes, build simple microscopes, and use a macro lens to capture images with your smartphone.

    All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for elementary age students and their families to participate in together. Read more about Invisible Life: Exploring the World through Microscopes

  • 2017 Oct 07

    Drawing the Animals: A Four Week Course

    9:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Four Saturdays: October 7, 14, 21, and 28
    9:30–11:30 am

    Through observational drawing, students will learn basic drawing skills they can continue to improve on their own. Participants will practice techniques in the classroom followed by sketching animal specimens in the galleries, with support and feedback from the course instructor. 

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $110 members/$130 nonmembers.

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  • 2017 Oct 28

    Capturing Skeletons with Pencil and Paper

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Ages 9-13

    Get ready for Halloween by looking up close at real animal skeletons! We will explore a variety of different animal bones, learn why bones are important, and practice realistic drawing techniques for capturing them on paper.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $25 members/$35 nonmembers.

    Advance registration required.

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  • 2017 Nov 04

    Drawing Birds in Colored Pencil

    9:30am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Learn to capture birds with colored pencils in this hands-on workshop. Explore basic avian anatomy and observational drawing techniques, then dive into some techniques for working with colored pencils to build up rich colors and plumage textures. All skill levels are welcome.

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $40 members/$55 nonmembers.

    Advance registration required.

     

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  • 2017 Nov 04

    Capturing Birds of Prey with Paper and Pencil

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Ages 9-13

    Fierce talons, strong beaks, sharp vision? Look closely at hawk, eagle and owl specimens to discover what makes these birds such excellent hunters. Using specimens in the classroom and galleries, we’ll explore how to capture their forms on paper using realistic drawing techniques. 

    Instructor: Erica Beade

    Fees: $25 members/$35 nonmembers.

    Advance registration required.

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  • 2017 Nov 18

    Exploring Science Together: The Ice Age!

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Come investigate the Ice Age! Learn together with hands-on glacier demonstrations and activities, as well as real geologic clues about New England’s icy past. Examine the world of ice age animals by handling real fossils and exploring our collection of enormous Cenozoic Mammals. Step into the world of ice age man by

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  • 2017 Dec 09

    Consider the Lizard

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    What is a lizard, and how can it be used to answer questions about ecology and evolution? Through careful observations of lizards, see the characteristics that define lizards, and explore the question of how a lizard’s morphology relates to its habitat. Meet live lizards and take a brief behind-the-scenes tour of the lizard collection.

    Instructor: Joe Martinez, Curatorial Assistant, Herpetology Department, Museum of Comparative Zoology and Sofia Prado-Irwin, Doctoral student, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

    Fees: $45 members/$55

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