JUNE

The Coelacanth: "Old Four Legs" and the KU Fish Collections 
A Kansas City Science on Tap event
with Andy Bentley, collection manager of fishes
7:30pm, June 26
Bier Station taproom, 120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO

The coelacanth is one of the most enigmatic fish on earth.  Thought to be extinct until 1938, it is a pivotal species in the evolutionary process of the movement on to land.  Come and learn more about this fascinating species and the specimen in our collection of almost 700,000 fish specimens at the Biodiversity Institute.

 

Discovery Day: BugBlitz Insect Photography
10am - 12pm, June 27
South Park, Lawrence KS

Our summer BugBlitz Youth Photography competition is now open! Do you like taking nature photographs? Are you interested in the exciting world of insects? Then this event is for you! Celebrate summer and drop by the Gazebo at South Park in Lawrence on Wednesday, June 27th, from 10am-12:00pm for this family-friendly event.  Discover how to take insect photos with your smartphone or tablet right in your very own backyard or in the park. This event will offer photography tips & tricks for young citizen scientists.

 

Final Friday
5-9pm, June 29
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

At this month's Final Friday in downtown Lawrence, be sure to stop by and see us in front of the Watkins Museum of History. Our friends from the Spencer Museum of Art will be there too!

 

JULY

Through A Glass Wildly: A Celebration of the Panorama with Elizabeth Schultz
6:30-8:30 pm, July 11

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the museum's historic panorama, Professor Emerita of English Dr. Elizabeth Schultz will read from her book of poems Through A Glass Wildly inspired by the panorama. Join us for the reading and for the dessert reception to follow.

 

Exploring the Birdlife of Guyana
A Science on Tap event
with Mark Robbins, collection manager, ornithology
7:30pm, July 18
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS

What birds are found in some of the world’s most difficult places to access? KU ornithologist Mark Robbins will share what it was like to document birdlife on a remote tabletop mountain in Guyana that is one of the wettest places on the planet, and what discoveries he and colleagues from the Smithsonian made during the expedition.

 

Discovery Day: Panorama Celebration!
1-3pm, July 22

It's the 125th anniversary of the 1893 World's Fair, where the museum's famous panorama was first displayed!  Join us in celebrating the historic panorama by making your own miniature panorama, learning about the history of the 1893 World's Fair, and trying your hand at traditional games played at the fair.

 

AUGUST

Panorama 125

2-3:30pm, August 17

It's the 125th anniversary of the 1893 World's Fair, where the museum's panorama was first displayed. Enjoy free Cracker Jacks (which also first debuted at the 1893 World's Fair) and explore the museum's historic panorama!