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All upcoming Science & Nature programs

All upcoming Science & Nature programs

Programs 1 to 10 of 26
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Since Jaws scared a nation of moviegoers out of the water nearly 50 years ago, great white sharks have attained a mythic status as the most frightening and mysterious monsters to still live among us. Journalist Susan Casey became obsessed with these awe-inspiring creatures and has joined scientists on their expeditions to study the species. Dive in as Casey discusses her time spent among the great whites as well as the latest in great white shark research.


Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 7:00 p.m., to Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 9:00 a.m. ET
In-Person Sleepovers

In-person Program: Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums! Geared for children ages 8 to 14 years old, accompanied by an adult.


Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

From their intricate social structures to their remarkable hunting techniques, otters captivate observers with their cleverness, charisma, and resilience. Erin Whatley and Paul Bradenburger, animal keepers with Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, reveal fascinating details about the natural history of these furry, semi-aquatic mammals—and reveal secrets of otter care at the zoo.


Friday, August 2, 2024 - 7:00 p.m., to Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 9:00 a.m. ET
In-Person Sleepovers

In-person Program: Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums! Geared for children ages 8 to 14 years old, accompanied by an adult.


Wednesday, August 7, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Over the centuries, wild cat species have been inspirations for art, religion, mythology, and legends. They have also been a source of terror for many humans. Despite this, cats have somehow ingratiated themselves into our homes. Biologist Robert Johnson examines their evolution, highlights some of the most intriguing species, and provides insight into feline behavior, conservation status, and adaptations that make cats such effective predators.


Saturday, August 10, 2024 - 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ET

Rise early and enjoy a delightful summer walk at Virginia’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens with American Horticultural Society international travel guide Keith Tomlinson. The 95-acre setting features thousands of ornamental and native plants in numerous collections; lakes and adjacent forests that attract a variety of birds; a restored log cabin that embodies the colorful history of the garden; and a unique Korean bell pavilion.


Saturday, August 10, 2024 - 7:00 p.m., to Sunday, August 11, 2024 - 9:00 a.m. ET
In-Person Sleepovers

In-person Program: Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums! Geared for children ages 8 to 14 years old, accompanied by an adult.


Friday, August 16, 2024 - 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ET

Rise early and enjoy a delightful summer walk at Virginia’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens with American Horticultural Society international travel guide Keith Tomlinson. The 95-acre setting features thousands of ornamental and native plants in numerous collections; lakes and adjacent forests that attract a variety of birds; a restored log cabin that embodies the colorful history of the garden; and a unique Korean bell pavilion.


Saturday, August 17, 2024 - 8:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

The geography and environment of the Mid-Atlantic were shaped over hundreds of millions of years by influences including the impact of a massive meteor; four tectonic mountain-building events; ice sheets and tropical oceans; plants and animals; and at least 15,000 years of human habitation. Environmental historian Hayden Mathews interprets the many layers of the region’s natural history as he leads a tour to three sites in Calvert County, Maryland: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Calvert Marine Museum, and Flag Ponds Nature Park.


Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The conservationists who worked to create the National Park Service found willing partners in the nation's railroads. When that goal finally became a reality in 1916, a mutually beneficial relationship began that extended through most of the 20th century. Patricia LaBounty, a curator at the Union Pacific Museum, draws on archival photographs to illustrate the surprising role railroads played in the development of Western national parks.