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, July 30, 2016 - 8:30 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, July 30, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Secrets of the Dwarf Planets
Should we feel sorry for Pluto since it’s been reclassified from planet to dwarf planet? Not at all, says Jim Zimbelman, a geologist at the Air and Space Museum. He uncovers why Pluto has plenty of fascinating company in the outer solar system, where startling new discoveries are being made.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 6:45 PM
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, August 6, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles
Evening 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, August 6, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Wizarding Gene: Scientific Fact and Fantasy Fiction
In a muddle understanding how Muggles can have wizards on their family tree? Using principles of genetics and genomics, Eric Spana of Duke University’s biology department casts a scientific eye on of the world of J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books to explain how their characters come by their magical abilities.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum
Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:00 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.
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
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
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
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