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Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 8 to 9 a.m.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 9 to 10 a.m.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 10 to 11 a.m.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Join maritime historian Pete Lesher and discover the traditions of life on Tangier Island, a distinctive Chesapeake Bay community tied to the ways of the water.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Across the centuries, forms of mental disturbance have frightened, fascinated, and haunted us—and in many cases, sparked the creative imaginations of great artists. Author Andrew Scull traces the long and complex history of unreason and our attempts to understand it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The host of the upcoming six-part PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman takes us on a fascinating journey through our inner cosmos, exploring the story of how your life shapes your brain, and how your brain shapes your life.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:00 AM

A partnership between the Smithsonian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a rare chance to go behind the scenes at this center for cutting-edge energy science. This one-of-a-kind study tour brings you into the heart of Oak Ridge’s past and present, guided by the staff and the scientists who lead and conduct its research.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Ride the rails with historian Joe Nevin and the steam engine Mountain Thunder on a round-trip though stunning fall scenery—one of the last before the historic 1916 engine leaves the rails for its latest restoration.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Go behind the scenes at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. Staff members lead a daylong visit that focuses on their fascinating and important work in wildlife and natural resource science.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Kris Tompkins discusses the career path that took her from CEO of Patagonia Inc. to key player in the creation of the future Patagonia National Park.

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Spend a day at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, for a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve aglow with fall foliage.

Monday, October 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

If you’ve been hooked on the podcast “Serial,” you’ll want to hear what Timothy G. Keel, a major case specialist with the FBI, has to say about the complexities, challenges, and techniques connected with investigating long-unsolved murders.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Go deep into Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley on an excursion into the region’s   ancient past. Visit Skyline Caverns in Front Royal, Cave Ridge Cellars in Mount Jackson, a family-owned winery, and end the day at Endless Caverns in New Market.

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Explore the remarkable role fungi play in our planet’s ecology with mycologist, Arctic explorer, and author Lawrence Millman.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Conservation photographer Ian Shive offers an illustrated guide to some intriguing destinations for outdoor lovers: urban wildlife refuges found near many major cities.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Deepak Chopra, an expert on alternative medicine, shares a bold new understanding of our genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can help us to make that leap into “radical well-being.”

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Join Russell Gammon, one of Africa's top wilderness guides, for a virtual trek through Africa’s KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area. KAZA, which comprises some of southern Africa's best-known parks, is our best hope for the preservation of African elephants in the wild.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

In this all-day seminar, explore the works of the great scientist-writers—from Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle, through 20th-century classics in biology, physics, and cosmology—which over the centuries moved scientific development forward.

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Once thought of as the seat of our soul, the heart still retains some of its mystery today. Author Rob Dunn tells the sometimes gory but always mesmerizing story of our most vital organ.

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