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All upcoming Science & Nature programs

All upcoming Science & Nature programs

Showing programs 1 to 10 of 35
February 22, 2024

Did you know that your morning cup of coffee has the power to protect birds—or to destroy their habitat? Ruth Bennett, a Smithsonian research ecologist, journeys south to the coffee farms responsible for migratory songbird survival, exploring why some farmers are actively protecting bird habitats by growing coffee under native shade trees, while others are eliminating their winter habitat by cutting down cloud forest to grow more coffee. She also reports on how the Smithsonian is creating a market for coffee brands carrying its Bird Friendly certification.


February 25, 2024

Over the course of the last century, the work of two architectural giants, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, responded to nature in very different ways influencing other architects as well as builders and clients. In a three-part series, architectural professionals examine how contemporary architecture draws on the legacies of these groundbreakers in structures that integrate nature and eco-friendly considerations into their designs. This session highlights Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


February 27, 2024

Discover what it takes to keep the Smithsonian’s many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year. Smithsonian horticulturist Vickie Dibella takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations facility in Suitland, Maryland, whose greenhouses provide plants for the institution’s gardens and horticultural exhibits.


February 28, 2024

Though it lasted for only 50 years, the Japanese empire forever changed the geopolitical balance in Asia and left a complex legacy that endures to this day. In a winter series, historian Justin M. Jacobs takes you on a thematic tour of five fascinating topics in the history of the Japanese empire. This session's focus will be on the Tokyo Zoo


March 3 to March 4, 2024
In-Person
$630 - $945

There’s no better way to sweep away winter than with an overnight escape to the horticultural paradise that’s the Philadelphia Flower Show. And with a theme of “United by Flowers,” the 2024 edition is sure to provide plenty of color and extravagance. Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey leads the tour.


March 6, 2024

Discover the wild side of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean destination that you don’t need a passport to visit. Naturalist Matt Felperin shares his experience birding on the island­—which despite being about the size of Connecticut, boasts a surprising diversity of habitats, climate, and culture. He surveys the variety of endemic bird species that you can’t see anywhere else, as well as other fascinating flora and fauna.


March 7, 2024

Discover what it takes to keep the Smithsonian’s many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year. Smithsonian horticulturist Vickie Dibella takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations facility in Suitland, Maryland, whose greenhouses provide plants for the institution’s gardens and horticultural exhibits.


March 7, 2024

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio examines the intimate link between Leonardo’s art and his scientific experiments and observations. As he explores how he used his science to advance his art, and his art to inspire and to present his science, Livio brings together all Leonardo’s facets to create a portrait of the quintessential Renaissance Man. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


March 10, 2024

Did you know that there is a top-of-the-food-chain predator likely living in your neighborhood? This animal moves silently at speeds of 20 to 40 miles per hour and eats animals twice its size. Not a bear or mountain lion or coyote, it’s a Great Horned Owl, found in every state except Hawaii and in almost every habitat you can imagine. Naturalist Mark H.X. Glenshaw takes a close look at these magnificent creatures.


March 12, 2024

Physician John Whyte, chief medical officer of WebMD, delves into the fascinating microscopic universe of the gut microbiome—a complex community of trillions of microorganisms that play a pivotal role in our overall well-being—to explain how these tiny inhabitants influence our digestion as well as our immune system, metabolism, and even mood. He provides information to empower yourself to make informed choices for a healthier, happier gut and to learn about the factors that can influence it, such as diet and lifestyle choices, stress, and the use of antibiotics and probiotics.