Stay Healthy, Love Science, and Avoid Boredom at Home! There are lots of ways to learn while having fun at home. Raid your pantry and closets for everyday items you can use to explore science, math, and engineering. Art projects can inspire science investigations, too!

Lunch with Educator Performers: Great Science Fails

Ever wondered what DMNS' Educator/Performers talk about at lunch? We're sure you haven't, but you'll wish you had after you see the hilarity that ensues as staff gather for a virtual lunch.

Lunch with Educator Performers: Space Burps

Ever wondered what DMNS' Educator Performers talk about at lunch? We're sure you haven't, but you'll wish you had after you see the hilarity that ensues as staff gather for a virtual lunch.

Lunch with Educator Performers: Brontosaurus or Brontosaur-isn't?

Ever wondered what DMNS' Educator Performers talk about at lunch? We're sure you haven't, but you'll wish you had after you see the hilarity that ensues as staff gather for a virtual lunch.

Lunch with Educator Performers: Hypothetical Animal Match-Ups

Ever wonder what DMNS' educator performers talk about at lunch? We're sure you haven't, but you'll wish you had after you see the hilarity that ensues as staff gather for a virtual lunch and hysterical hypothetical animal match-ups!

Lunch with Educator Performers: Quackery!

Join us as DMNS' educator Performers chat behind the scenes about Quackery, Snake Oils and Miracle Cures!

Lunch with Educator Performers: Science Fiction & Science Fact

Join us as the Museum's Educator/Performers chat behind the scenes about Science Fiction & Science fact! 

Lunch with Educator Performers: Howling, Laughing, Humming

Join us as the Museum's Educator Performers chat behind the scenes about Howling, Laughing, Humming, and more!

Lunch with Educator Performers: So You Get Strangers to Eat Strange Foods in a Big Trailer?

Join four of the Museum’s knowledgeable and entertaining Educator Performers over lunchtime for a rousing discussion on the topic of the week. 

Lunch with Educator Performers: Why are there actors in my museum?

This discussion covers the Museum’s historical enactors program – our talented educator performers develop composite characters to bring science to life for guests. Will they be in character? Will anyone break character? Tune in and find out!

The Curious Case of Colorado Cannibal Alferd Packer

Betrayal, murder, and cannibalism. Get ready for a wild ride not for the faint of heart with DMNS Archaeologist Erin Baxter, and her take on the infamous Coloradian, Alferd Packer.

After the Asteroid: Colorado Discovery That Rocked the World

Drs. Tyler Lyson and Ian Miller share their discovery of how life rebounded after Earth's darkest hour!

Yuck! How Can You Eat That?

Genetics Lab Manager Tiffany Nuessle discusses how taste works and dispels some taste myths!

The Vigango Repatriation

Senior Curator of Archaeology Steve Nash discusses the Museum's decade-long and ultimately successful effort to repatriate sacred grave posts of the Mijikenda tribes of Kenya.

Spiders: Ask Me Anything

See her real life tarantula, and listen as Dr. Paula Cushing talks about her research exploring the evolution, diversity, and behavior of arachnids in Colorado and beyond. 

Science on the Spot: Earth Day

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, our collections staff share some images of objects in our collections along with stories of tragedy and hope that accompany them.

How to Build a Dinosaur at Home

The fossil preparation lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is currently closed, but our preparators are continuing to work on new scientific discoveries from their kitchen tables!

The Marvelous Moche

This presentation by Curator of Archaeology, Michele Koons, explores the politics and power of the Moche archaeological culture (250-900 AD) of the North Coast of Peru.

The Konovalneko Chronicles

Join Senior Curator of Archaeology, Steve Nash, for a fantastic, colorful, whimsical summary of recent work on a documentary film on the artist and his work.

Colorado's Last Grizzly Bear

Join John Demboski, curator of mammals, as he talks about the fascinating story of Colorado’s last grizzly bear. 

Beyond Bizarre: The Crazy Beast of Madagascar

An international team of scientists led by David Krause, senior curator of vertebrate paleontology, have discovered a new fossil mammal, Adalatherium hui, from the island of Madagascar. 

Tracks and Scat

Poop. Yeah, we said it...POOP! 

Sweet Fossils and Secret Depths of the Grand Canyon

Curator of Geology, James Hagadorn, talks about new work focused on dating and deciphering 500 million year old rocks and fossils from the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Educational Chicken Prep

Lab Preparator, Andie Carillo can make an at-home lab right in her kitchen! Using an uncooked chicken, see how she prepares birds in the lab.

Horned Dinosaurs of Colorado

Dr. Joe Sertich talks about how new discoveries from the Denver Basin like the Thornton Torosaurus are helping us understand this bizarre group of dinosaurs.

Endangered Species Day

Learn about the Black Footed Ferret that was rescued from becoming extinct and its breeding center here in Colorado. 

A Practical Guide to Colorado’s Cemeteries

Curator of Archaeology Erin Baxter, PhD, presents the art, history and archaeology of Colorado cemeteries. Baxter has a trove of local stories, headstone IDs, epitaph translations and tips for what to do if you find a tombstone in your backyard along with other practical knowledge for your next (recreational) cemetery visit.

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Measuring Biodiversity

Research Associate Ryan Jones shares how we measure biodiversity, how new species are described and the importance of maintaining biodiversity.

Preserving Your Treasures at Home

Your treasures are all around you. Conservator Jude Southward shares simple steps you can take to help them last longer and some tricks she uses to care for the Museum’s collections.

Scientists Video Archive

Watch these videos about our previously featured scientists to learn more about their work and inspire questions from your students.

Scientists in Action Broadcast Archive

Take your students on a virtual field trip with past recordings of our live broadcasts events with scientists where they work!

The Dinosaur on Your Dinner Table

Explore this virtual exhibit and learn about the largest living dinosaur and it's escape from the asteroid.

Stories in Stone: The Mineralogy of Vasily Konovalenko

Our Geology Curator James Hagadorn talks about the mineral choices and characteristics of our beloved gem sculptures.

 

Rise of the Mammals Documentary

Watch the latest videos on the Museum’s recent discoveries near Colorado Springs, including the NOVA documentary, Rise of the Mammals.

Beyond Bizarre: The Crazy Beast of Madagascar

An international team of scientists led by David Krause, senior curator of vertebrate paleontology, have discovered a new fossil mammal, Adalatherium hui, from the island of Madagascar. 

History of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The lecture is full of interesting twists, personal anecdotes and insights, big personalities, meanderings through familiar and unfamiliar content, and the kind of "we don't know's?" that set the imagination and curiosity spinning in new directions.

Stories in Stone: The Mineralogy of Vasily Konovalenko

Our Geology Curator James Hagadorn talks about the mineral choices and characteristics of our beloved gem sculptures.

 

Controlling the COVID-19 Epidemic in Colorado: A Conversation with Dr. Jon Samet

Jonathan Samet, MD, MS and Dean of the Colorado School for Public Health discusses solutions and challenges around slowing the spread of the disease, as well as insights gained from working closely with state officials on their public health guidance. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics: What Lies Ahead?

In part two of our ongoing COVID-19 webinar series, we’ll explore the science behind vaccine development and which medical avenues could prove most effective in quelling the coronavirus.

Testing for COVID-19 in Colorado

In the third part of our ongoing coronavirus webinar series, tune in for a discussion on Colorado’s approach to testing and how it fits into the state’s broader response. 

60 Minutes in Space

Hear a presentation by astrobiologist and research scientist for the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Graham Lau!

 

Science Behind SciFi

Have you been watching your favorite sci-fi movies? Delve into the science behind popular sci-fi movies with Museum scientists and Vincent Piturro, professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

Canaries in the Mine: Decline of North America's Birds

Last year, the headlines that 3 billion birds have disappeared from North America since 1970 shocked the world and captured our attention. Join avian conservation scientist, Arvind Panjabi, from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for a live virtual presentation to discuss this groundbreaking research.

The Great Debate: Pi vs. Pie

We’re teaming up with Denver’s beloved Buntport Theater for The Great Debate! A comedic debate between two opinionated amateurs. Who will you side with as they go head-to-head, toe-to-toe, in a not-so-scientific way, to finally put the great Pi(e) debate to rest? Vote your conscious because the stakes have never been more irregular or sweeter?! Grab your favorite beverage and Zoom in!

Donations are appreciated and will be split ​between Buntport Theater and the Museum.

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Digital Earth: Volcanoes

Take a virtual trip to volcanic sites around the world with Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, and Bob Raynolds, research associate. From ancient Pompeii to present day Yellowstone National Park, volcanoes have made their mark on people and landscapes. What dangers are seething just below the surface? Which volcano will erupt next? Learn the facts about this explosive geologic phenomenon!

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Controlling the COVID-19 Epidemic in Colorado: A Conversation with Dr. Jon Samet

Jonathan Samet, MD, MS and Dean of the Colorado School for Public Health discusses solutions and challenges around slowing the spread of the disease, as well as insights gained from working closely with state officials on their public health guidance. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics: What Lies Ahead?

In part two of our ongoing COVID-19 webinar series, we’ll explore the science behind vaccine development and which medical avenues could prove most effective in quelling the coronavirus.

Testing for COVID-19 in Colorado

In the third part of our ongoing coronavirus webinar series, tune in for a discussion on Colorado’s approach to testing and how it fits into the state’s broader response. 

COVID-19 On The Front Lines

As the battle against COVID-19 unfolds each day in America’s hospitals, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other caregivers are working tirelessly to diagnose, treat and improve patient outcomes. Their selfless efforts in the face of an unprecedented epidemic have earned commendation nationwide, and their stories from the front lines help us look beyond statistics to understand the true human impact of the disease.

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Make a Stegosaurus Sculpture

Learn how to make a Stegosaurus out of Play Doh. Come sculpt with us!

Related content: Virtual Sculpt-a-saurus  

Lemon Dissection

Gather your lemon, knife, and cutting board and take a closer look at lemons!

#DMNSScienceParty

Join our #DMNSScienceParty and beat boredom with our At Home Science Flyers.

Human Skeleton Worksheet

Using the helpful questions and word bank, identify the different bones in the human skeleton! When you are complete, make it your own. You can color it, name it, add a background and then take a photo and have an
adult post it online to #DMNS.

Sourdough Starter

Learn the science behind making a sourdough starter with Education/Performer Kristina.

Creating Colors

Have fun mixing colors in an easy and contained way! This activity can be done with children of all ages. 

Making Waves

Some kinds of energy travel in waves. Here’s a way to visualize them.

Las Burbujas (Bubbles)

Para todas las edades. ¿Cómo se forman las burbujas? ¿Qué tipo de experimentos puedes hacer con burbujas?   ¡Vamos a probarlos!

Fun with Eggs: Meringues with Kristina

Learn the science behind making Meringues!

Origami Butterfly

Create a beautiful butterfly while learning more about these special creatures.

Ramps and Rollers

Investigate cause and effect. Observe object properties and characteristics of building materials, ramps, rollers, and sliders to discover that objects move differently depending on materials and shape.

Stay At Home Activities for Kids

Amanda, educator/performer at the Museum, shares some activity ideas that she has been using at home with her own kids. Learn how to save frozen superheroes, build cardboard skee ball, and teach literacy with materials you find in your backyard.

 

Extracting DNA in Your Kitchen Experiment

Learn how to extract DNA! Strawberry fruits have long DNA strands that are easy to see, so they are a good choice for DNA extraction.

Astronaut Training Course

Astronauts train and maintain healthy lifestyles to be physically fit for space travel. Learn how to train like an astronaut and prepare for your first space expedition with this activity guide!

Making Instruments

We are curious, creative, and playful! Discover how sound changes with the length of an air column.

Egg Drop

Can you protect your egg from breaking like the landers and rovers?

Bone Go: Crossword Puzzle

Challenge your bone knowledge!

Lemon Volcano with Tessa

Learn the science behind making a Lemon Volcano!

Science Smash with Jose: S'mores!

Learn the science behind making S'MORES!

Be a Sound Artist at Home

Learn how to become a sound artist like they do in the movies!

Pepper Dissection

Grab your peppers and join Jenna in this fun dissection! Learn the scientific names for different parts of peppers, and use your senses to make observations. What color is the pepper? What does it smell like?

Viscosity Experiment

Prepare for a fun viscosity experiment with Jose!

Counting Pikas in a Population

Age Range: Ages 10-17.  In this activity related to ecology, ecosystems and populations, you will learn a fun way to estimate the number of pikas in a population using a method that scientists actually use. As a way of integrating math into your learning, you can also make calculations to test and see if the method really works.

 

 

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Animal Interactions - Pikas & their Predators

Age Range: 10-17.  In this activity related to ecology, ecosystems, predator-prey relationships, energy food chains, and populations, you will play a game to see how weasels control the size of the pika population and how pikas control the size of the weasel population.  Using math, you'll also calculate how populations can change.

 

 

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Tie Dye Fun

Age Range: 10-14.  Tie Dyeing is a fun, creative art project you can do at home.  This activity shows you how to do it. Can you predict what kind of pattern your tie dye will make?  Try it out with the help of an adult and see if your predictions are correct!

Paper Chromatography

Age range:  6-12.  In this activity, we will learn about paper chromatography and along the way we’ll also make a chromatography “flower”.

Astronaut Helmets

Age range: 4-8.  Through art and play, we will make space helmets to learn about how astronauts protect themselves in space.

Las Burbujas (Bubbles)

Para todas las edades. ¿Cómo se forman las burbujas? ¿Qué tipo de experimentos puedes hacer con burbujas?   ¡Vamos a probarlos!

Building Bridges

Age range:  4-12.  Design and build a bridge and understand how they work. Different types of bridges can serve different purposes depending on how they are built.

Plate-o-Saurus

Age range:  5-8.  Cut out and create your own models of dinosaurs

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Zip Line

Age range:  5-13. Design your own home-made zip-line by using gravity. 

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Build a Space Colony

Age range 8-11.  Build a colony that could sustain human life on Mars

Making Oobleck at Home: Fun with Physics!

Age range 9-11.  Learn about states of matter--by making Oobleck!

Bird Watching in Your Neighborhood

Age range 5-13.  Make observations of birds in your neighborhood by keeping a birdwatching journal.

Blended On-Line Course: Argumentation - The Language of Inquiry

Grades:  5-12

Summer On-line Workshop, June 22-25 & 29-30 (9 a.m.–12 p.m.)           
Fall On-line Lesson Implementation September 7–October 18
Final Face-to-Face (at the Museum) October 17, 2020

2 Graduate Level Credit Hours + Certificate for 15 hrs toward CLDE certification

Discover new ways to get all learners in your classroom excited about the “sense-making” part of their investigations, simulations and labs. During this on-line and face-to-face course, you will learn-by-doing practical strategies to enrich and motivate your students’ discourse, writing and reading. Have fun as you observe, practice, plan and implement research-based strategies that support all learners.

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Tools @ Tea Time

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in to get tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and share strategies with other teachers as we transition to remote learning.

Video Recording Tools: Tools @ Tea Time

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in to get tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and share strategies with other teachers as we transition to remote learning.

Archive: Making Argumentation Work in On-Line Environments (Webinar)

How can we use scientific argumentation as a way to continue building community and connection with our students in on-line learning environments during the time of COVID 19? What might Argumentation look like on-line? 

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Archive: Explore Before Explain with Patrick Brown (Webinar)

Take a moment to connect online with other teachers and pick up some new tips to spruce up and deepen your lessons for the end of the year

Dr Lori Desautels (The Brain and Adversity): Tools @ Tea Time Archive

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in to get tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and share strategies with other teachers as we transition to remote learning.

Scientists in Action: After the Asteroid [Broadcast Archive]

Sixty-six million years ago, an enormous asteroid collided with our planet and brought the age of the dinosaurs to a dramatic end. But how Earth made a comeback after the impact has long been unknown to science ... until now! Join paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a live virtual look at a groundbreaking new discovery made by the Museum.

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Scientists in Action: Ancient Mummies New Discoveries [Broadcast Archive]

As the curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dr. Koons uses modern technology to study ancient places and peoples and unravel mysteries of the past.

Scientists in Action: Bird Brained [Broadcast Archive]

Ever wondered about the birds that migrate through your town each year, or what separates a blackbird from a blue jay?

 

Related content: Built to Fly  

Scientists in Action: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them [Broadcast Archive]

Join the Education Collections team—who have the very cool job of caring for some of the artifacts and specimens—as they take you behind the scenes to explore why the collections are safely preserved and how these objects play a starring role in research, education, and museum magic.  

Scientists in Action: From T-rex to Turkey [Broadcast Archive]

That’s right – every bird alive today, from ostrich to oriole, pigeon to penguin, are descendants of theropod dinosaurs like T. rex and Velociraptor.

Scientists in Action: Virtual Voyage Through the Universe [Broadcast Archive]

No spaceship? No problem. Space scientist Dr. Ka Chun Yu will be your students’ guide on a virtual adventure through space.