Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Monday, September 5, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Monday, September 5, 2016 - 1:00 PM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Eric Green, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Travel Among the Stars … Shall We?: The Feasibility of Space Travel
4-Session Evening Course
Is it truly possible to travel to Mars? In the past 25 years, we have detected thousands of confirmed planets, including many that are potentially habitable for humans. But will we be able to get to these distant destinations in space? Sten Odenwald, a NASA astronomer, looks into the feasibility of space travel and what is needed to be ready for such an undertaking.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana
All-Day Tour
Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.  
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 8 to 9 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 9 to 10 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Morning Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 10 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Afternoon Tour
Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Abstraction Takes Shape: 3D Printing and Math
Spend an afternoon watching and learning as mathematician and 3D designer Laura Taalman gives a 3D-printing demonstration and explains the process of transforming abstract geometrical ideas into beautiful objects.
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Fairy Gardens and Victorian Fancies: Miniature Landscape Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens
The Victorian-era craze for designing whimsical small-scaled gardens worthy of fairy visitors is blooming again. Create some garden magic guided by horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens in this hands-on session and take home a mini-landscape of your own.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM
A Postal Salute to National Parks: Ethel Kessler on Designing Commemorative Stamps
The centennial year of the National Park Service is being marked by the U.S. Postal Service with the release of a pane of Forever stamps that celebrate 16 national parks, created by award-winning stamp designer Ethel Kessler. She talks about the commemorative collections and how they represent the regional diversity of the National Park System.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana
All-Day Tour
Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 8:00 AM
What is Your Attachment Style?: Building Better Relationships Through Science
According to psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine, each of us has one of three distinct attachment styles that describe our behavior in a relationship: anxious, secure, or avoidant. Find out what your own style is—and how to figure out the style of others. It can make a big difference in how we manage our close relationships.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Madagascar: A Lost World, Found
RESCHEDULED: Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, had managed to keep its secrets for 40 million years. Among them were plants and animals that had evolved in isolation since the days of the dinosaurs. Edwin Smith, a biologist at the National Zoo, delves into some of Madagascar’s storied mysteries and explores the possibilities of the island’s future as human civilization expands across the once-isolated home of its unique plant and animal species.
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Rock Creek Park: Washington’s True Wild Side
In a presentation that is a virtual journey through Rock Creek Park, local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley talks about its history and shares her impressions of its natural wonders. Part of a Lecture & Bus Tour Combo.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Fairy Gardens and Victorian Fancies: Miniature Landscape Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens
The Victorian-era craze for designing whimsical small-scaled gardens worthy of fairy visitors is blooming again. Create some garden magic guided by horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens in this hands-on session and take home a mini-landscape of your own.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Making the Most of Your Memory
Are you worried about your memory, or someone else’s? Understand more about how memory works and how you might optimize yours from Barry Gordon, a nationally recognized expert on memory and memory disorders. It is an evening you won’t forget.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:45 PM
A Rock Creek Park Tour
Daytime Bus Tour
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park System with a daylong guided visit to DC’s own contribution to that spectacular natural collection—Rock Creek Park—with local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Part of a Lecture and Tour Combo.
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Inside Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Where the Manhattan Project Began
4-Day Tour
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 4-day 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.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Meet Astronaut Mike Massimino—No Ordinary Spaceman
Former astronaut Mike Massimino is the veteran of NASA space flights aboard space shuttles Columbia and Atlantis. His final mission was to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. He tells a compelling story about following a dream and what having the “right stuff” really means—at NASA, in space, and in life. 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Medical History in Philadelphia: Including America's Oldest Hospital
All-Day Tour
Join museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker for a close-up look at the rich and fascinating of Philadelphia as a center of American medicine. Explore the home of pioneering surgeon Philip Syng Physick, the Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Mutter Museum.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Celebrating National Refuge Week: Behind the Scenes at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge
All-Day Tour
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.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Origin Stories and the Star Wars Trilogy: Joseph Campbell and Myth in the 21st Century
Joseph Campbell called mythology “Humankind’s one great story.” Explore that story with Doug Herman, senior geographer at the American Indian Museum, and Robert Walter, president and executive director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, as they carry on a wide-ranging conversation about myths, culture, and what it means to be fully human.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features William Gahl, Clinical Director, National Human Genome Research Institute and Director, NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Autumn at Monticello
All-Day Tour
Among the long list of Thomas Jefferson’s many personas are two that he particularly cherished: gardener and farmer. Spend a day in the Virginia countryside with horticulturist Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens focusing on Jefferson’s legacy as a man of the soil.
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Welcome to the Universe: An Intimate Look at the Stars
This evening, take a seat and listen in as world-class astrophysicists J. Richard Gott and Michael A. Strauss engage in a conversation that takes you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, they address questions that stretch our imagination.
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Challenges in Cheetah Conservation
Laurie Marker, founder of the Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund and Suzan Murray, the director of the Smithsonian Global Health Program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, delve into the complex network of social, economic and environmental problems that must be unraveled if the cheetah, Africa's most endangered big cat, is to have a permanent place on Earth.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Giants in the Sky: Military Aircraft
All-Day Tour
Join transportation expert Scott Hercik at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware as he goes behind the scenes and onboard some of the largest and most specialized aircraft ever to fly with the United States military.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Your Brain in the Digital Age
Have you ever wondered how our brain allows us to make decisions in light of the barrage of external and internal stimuli we confront daily? Sarah Shomstein, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at George Washington University, addresses the science behind that question and suggests ways we might enhance the brain’s ability to keep us focused.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Spiders: Predators and Prey
Tonight, Hannah Wood, curator of arachnids and myriapods at the Natural History Museum, discusses the natural history of spiders and puts a surprising spin on the story of a remarkable species.
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:45 PM
A Spectacular Day at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
All-Day Tour
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.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 7:30 AM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Julie Segre, Head, Microbial Genomics Section and Chief, Translational and Functional Genomics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Gary Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM