All guests are required to have a timed ticket for entry into the Museum. A separate, timed ticket is also required for all guests for: IMAX, Planetarium, temporary exhibitions, Discovery Zone (free), and Space Odyssey (free, reopening Nov. 13).
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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast hosts are here in Denver as part of their Extravaganza tour! You may have heard their award-winning science podcast, and perhaps you have read their best-selling book on critical thinking. Now watch them live on stage as they entertain and challenge your perception of reality. Joined by host and musician, George Hrab, the SGU crew will create a skeptical extravaganza of special significance!
Christian Cooper. John Muir. George Floyd. What does race have to do with it? In the compelling book "Black Faces, White Spaces", Carolyn Finney explores why African Americans are so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism. Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the “great outdoors” and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. As a National Parks Advisory Board member from 2010 to 2018 and a scholar-in-residence at the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College, Finney is at the forefront of a movement to understand how people negotiate their relationship to the environment. During this evening of impactful discussion, Finney will address how art, science, and popular culture create frameworks for engagement among individuals, communities, and organizations to nurture healthy relationships between humans and the environment.
This program is presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies with promotional support from Denver Audubon and Audubon Rockies. This event is free for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Audubon members with the promotional code.
Grab your mug of tea or a pumpkin spice latte and cozy up for a journey to autumnal otherworlds. Commune with animals, hear from Dr. Erin Baxter, acting curator of anthropology, and feel the pull of the moon while getting familiar with the way ancient people around the world celebrated the turning of the seasons.
Delve into the metaphorical matrix and coding for good. Immerse yourself in multiple realities while discovering the science behind the synthesized.
After a nearly 80-year absence, gray wolves appear to be on the verge of returning to Colorado. In July 2019, a lone radio-collared wolf became the state’s first confirmed Canis lupus sighting in the wild in years. Then, in January, a separate pack appeared in Moffat County in northwest Colorado. This November, voters will go to the polls to determine the fate of Ballot Proposition 114 which, if passed, would charge the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission with formally reintroducing wolves no later than 2023.
The potential return of this charismatic and controversial species has sparked a wide range of passionate reactions. Some Coloradans praise the restoration of an endangered apex predator to its ancestral range while pointing to the associated ecosystem benefits. Others are wary of the economic impact on agriculture and the challenges of adding wolves to the increasingly populated Western Slope. For generations, wolves and humans have navigated a fraught dynamic of coexistence. So what does the science tell us about the pros and cons of wolves returning to our backyard? And, if wolves are in Colorado’s future, how can society have an effective dialogue that uses science to inform policy and management?
In this special four-part webinar series, we’ll explore wolf reintroduction through the lens of science, policy, and lived experiences. Our diverse group of panelists will discuss the current state of wolf populations, dive into the data about the species’ role in the ecosystem, talk trade-offs, and hear firsthand stories from those who’ve already been living amongst wolves in other parts of the U.S.
The Science of Restoring Wolves to ColoradoThursday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. MT
Media Coverage and Public Perception of WolvesThursday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. MT
Community Perspectives and Conflict over WolvesThursday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. MT
The Values and Costs of WolvesThursday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. MT
The Experience of Living with WolvesThursday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. MT
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan. 12-21
Beetles comprise the largest group of animals on Earth, and new species are discovered on a daily basis. Marjorie Leggitt, an award-winning science artist, will guide you through the process of illustrating an anatomically accurate, textural beetle in vivid color. You choose the medium, watercolor or colored pencil. This all-levels workshop begins with an overview by Dr. Frank Krell, curator of entomology. Learn about the fascinating order of Coleoptera, a beetle’s anatomy and lifecycle, and the diverse roles of beetles as tormentor or benefactor. Select a beetle to illustrate from the Museum’s vast teaching collection. Follow Leggitt as she defines the steps to producing an accurate pencil drawing and shows you how to mimic texture intricacy and develop color luminescence. You’ll end up with a beautiful beetle portrait to take home and frame. During the first session, materials will be provided by the Museum and additional materials for students to bring will be discussed.
All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.
It all started with wolves! Venture into the world of the Canidae family and discover the uniqueness of wolves and their relatives with instructor Dr. Sue Ware. This animal family is found on almost every continent with species including foxes, coyotes, jackals, and dogs. Wolves have shaped the genetic makeup of all domestic dogs, our closest companions, who assisted us in the hunt and protected us against danger. Study the evolutionary past of canids and peer into their future.
Wednesday, Nov. 119 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We invite you to explore the new "Space Odyssey" before it opens to the public at these special members only preview days.
Please make sure you login to your online membership account with your email address and password to reserve your tickets. Timed tickets are required for everyone in your party, including children under 3. Admission is free for members.
Due to capacity we anticipate these events will sell out quickly. Flex tickets are not valid for this event.
Please enter through the Museum’s main entrance with your membership card or eCard and your timed ticket.
Tuesday, Nov. 176 - 9 p.m.
Celebrate the newly renovated “Space Odyssey” at this exclusive members only event!
Due to capacity we anticipate this event will sell out quickly. Flex tickets are not valid for this event.
Thursday, Nov. 129 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Museum open until 9 on most Fridays
Can't make it to the Museum during the day? Come for an evening visit during Friday Evening Hours! The Museum will be open until 9 p.m. on Fridays until October 30. Admission prices remain the same and, as always, admission is free for our members. Explore the wonder of "The Art of the Brick" and discover the dynamic relationship between dog and man in our newest temporary exhibition "Dogs! A Science Tail", opening August 14. We look forward to kicking off the weekend with you.
Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online where they will receive a special $1 discount per ticket. Members are encouraged to obtain their free admission ticket online, too.
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