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Science & Nature Programs

Lecture/Seminar
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

If you’ve dreamed of glancing across a dry African savannah or standing beneath a jungle canopy, hoping to get a fleeting glimpse of a wild creature you’ve only seen in a zoo, follow veteran wilderness guide and wildlife photographer Russell Gammon on a virtual safari to his favorite wild places.

Lecture/Seminar
Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Victor Weedn, a leading expert on forensic science, offers a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating history of forensic science and its basic methods, current controversies, and future.

Tour
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Sherri Wheeler, the Smithsonian’s director of visitors services, is ready to give you a lively introduction to its 19 museums and galleries, 9 research centers, and one beloved zoo—a whirlwind virtual tour that covers destinations from D.C. to New York City, Massachusetts to Florida, and even Panama.

Lecture/Seminar
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 6:45 p.m ET

Explore the dramatic forces that have shaped the Icelandic landscape over 30 million years with geologist Tamie J. Jovanelly in a virtual tour that captures the island’s natural beauty and the relationships among structure, process, and time that influenced the island’s geologic evolution.

Lecture/Seminar
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. ET

Join geologist Kirt Kempter on a geologic exploration of three iconic national parks, a fascinating journey that examines how the spectacular landscapes seen by today’s vistors in the Colorado Plateau were shaped across time.

Lecture/Seminar
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The world held its breath, then rejoiced when the National Zoo’s giant panda, Mei Xiang, 22, gave birth to a healthy male cub in August. SCBI staff scientist Pierre Comizzoli, who oversaw the artificial insemination process, and Laurie Thompson, assistant curator for giant pandas at the Zoo, discuss the panda’s birth and provide an update on his growth and development.

Lecture/Seminar
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Why do people living in some areas of the world, called Blue Zones, live longer than the average person? Find out from John Whyte, WebMD’s chief medical officer who shares practical tips for longer lives—in your zone and beyond.

Tour
Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET

Whether they are park-like retreats, centers of research, or incorporate both, the world’s botanical gardens are museums with living collections that tell unique stories. Naturalist Keith Tomlinson surveys six of the most remarkable, covering gardens from Singapore to South Africa, Morocco to Missouri. This session focuses on Singapore's Gardens by the Bay.

Lecture/Seminar
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 8:00 p.m. ET

The Badlands of North Dakota transformed Theodore Roosevelt over the course of more than three decades, reinventing himself into the kind of vigorous outdoorsman he’d idealized as a youth—and that shaped his public image as president and a passionate conservationist. Roosevelt scholar and historian Clay Jenkinson tells the story that brings you into the heart of TR’s beloved west and the national park that bears his name.

Lecture/Seminar
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

For 16th-century Dutch explorer William Barents, larger-than-life ambitions and an obsessive quest to chart a path through the deepest, most remote regions of the Arctic ended in both tragedy and glory. Drawing on her new book Icebound, journalist Andrea Pitzer shares this gripping tale of survival in a conversation with wildlife biologist and author Jonathan C. Slaght.

Tour
Sunday, March 14, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET

Whether they are park-like retreats, centers of research, or incorporate both, the world’s botanical gardens are museums with living collections that tell unique stories. Naturalist Keith Tomlinson surveys six of the most remarkable, covering gardens from Singapore to South Africa, Morocco to Missouri. This session focuses on Marrakech's Majorelle Gardens and Istanbul's Nezahat Botanical Gardens.

Tour
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET

Whether they are park-like retreats, centers of research, or incorporate both, the world’s botanical gardens are museums with living collections that tell unique stories. Naturalist Keith Tomlinson surveys six of the most remarkable, covering gardens from Singapore to South Africa, Morocco to Missouri. This session focuses on Arizona's Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Lecture/Seminar
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Naturalist Scott Weidensaul is joined in conversation by Jennifer Ackerman, New York Times best-selling author of The Bird Way, as they explore the science and sheer wonder of global bird migration.

Tour
Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET

Whether they are park-like retreats, centers of research, or incorporate both, the world’s botanical gardens are museums with living collections that tell unique stories. Naturalist Keith Tomlinson surveys six of the most remarkable, covering gardens from Singapore to South Africa, Morocco to Missouri. This session focuses on Maryland's Brookside Gardens and Virginia's Meadowlark Gardens.

Tour
Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET

Whether they are park-like retreats, centers of research, or incorporate both, the world’s botanical gardens are museums with living collections that tell unique stories. Naturalist Keith Tomlinson surveys six of the most remarkable, covering gardens from Singapore to South Africa, Morocco to Missouri. This session focuses on Capetown's Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden.

Tour
Sunday, May 9, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET

Whether they are park-like retreats, centers of research, or incorporate both, the world’s botanical gardens are museums with living collections that tell unique stories. Naturalist Keith Tomlinson surveys six of the most remarkable, covering gardens from Singapore to South Africa, Morocco to Missouri. This session focuses on St. Louis's Missouri Botanical Garden.