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Come celebrate an incredible moment in the history of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Learn how Museum scientists and their collaborators have pieced together the story of recovery after the asteroid impact and extinction of the dinosaurs. Enjoy a screening of the NOVA documentary “Rise of the Mammals” about this incredible discovery, explore the pop-up exhibition, After the Asteroid: Earth’s Comeback Story, and visit with some of the scientists involved. Space is limited and this event is anticipated to sell-out.
Wednesday, December 116:30 - 8:30 p.m.Phipps TheaterFREE
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series. Please use the IMAX Entrance on the East Side of the Museum.
The Fighting Cholitas, from director Mariam Jobrani, profiles the Cholitas that perform Lucha Libre in Bolivia. These bold, female wrestlers push the limits of their culture by performing the acrobatic maneuvers of Lucha Libre in the traditional long skirts that characterize the cholitas. (Moto Films, LLC, 2006, 21 min.)
4 Wheel War Pony. Skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Dustinn Craig shows us the world of White Mountain Apache skateboarders, and how the Apache culture of young men manifests itself within skateboard culture, resulting in a distinct blend of two cultures indigenous to the Americas. (White Springs Creative, 2008, 10 min.).
VANS Pass The Bucket Jeff Ament episode, Dir. Lukas Korver. From his humble beginnings in rural Montana, Jeff Ament, bassist and co-founder of Pearl Jam, witnessed both the tranquility of rural life and difficulties of growing up in extremely isolated areas. Remembering his roots and the self-confidence that skateboarding can inspire, Jeff is helping build an epic skate park on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. (An Über Content Production, 8 min.).
Skate Or Die REDBulletin, Director Danny Lee. A profile of the Stronghold Society’s Live Life Movement, focusing on the skate park built in Pine Ridge Lakota Country and its impact on Lakota youth. (2012, 10 min.).
Fast Horse, director Alexandra Lazarowich. One jockey, three laps, 400 years of skill: Indian Relay, known in Blackfoot country as “North America’s original extreme sport.” (Filmoption International, Inc. 2018, 13 min.).
Walt Pourier, Stronghold Society, will lead an audience discussion and Q&A following the films.
In January 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000-foot-high rock face in Yosemite National Park. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. He will share his story following a special screening of the documentary film The Dawn Wall.
All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.
Wednesday, January 086:30 - 8:30 p.m.Phipps TheaterFREE
Please join us for a program of animated short films from indigenous filmmakers, presenting:
Tribal Stories & Traditions, Contemporary Stories, Experimental Film, and a few selected to make you smile.
An audience discussion and Q&A will follow the film.
For 12,000 years, people have left a rich record of their experiences in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. In the new book The Capitol Reef Reader, award-winning author and photographer Stephen Trimble has put together 160 years worth of words by 50 writers, capturing the spirit of the park and its surrounding landscape through personal narratives, philosophical riffs, and historic and scientific records. The narrative is anchored by more than 100 photographs, including pictures from Trimble’s 45 years of hiking the park. Trimble will share some of these photos and stories as well as anecdotes from his detective work to unearth stellar pieces of writing to create a one-of-a-kind volume of this special place.
Book sale and Signing to follow
Get a taste of the geography that fosters one of the most beloved beverages in human history: wine! In this edition of Digital Earth, your guides Dr. Ka Chun Yu and Dr. Bob Raynolds will use satellite images projected on the planetarium dome to take you to the Andes mountains where you’ll find out what makes Malbec so delicious. And, of course, no wine tour would be complete without a wine tasting inspired by the places you’ll visit.
Wednesday, January 297 p.m.Ricketson AuditoriumFree
Go "behind the stories" in space science using the best images and animation available to help understand new developments. Seating is limited to first come, first served. Please use the West Evening Entrance on the west side of the Museum.
The next 60 Minutes will be on February 26
In 1979, the Museum produced The Last Question, a planetarium show based on a short story by acclaimed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov and narrated by the legendary Leonard Nimoy. The story takes place in 2061 and begins with a simple question posed to a computer. Now you can experience the cerebral tale as never before during this totally out-there event that combines visual elements digitized from the original glass slides, Nimoy’s voiceover, and today’s advanced planetarium technology. Swing by the cash bar before the show, and view items from the Museum archives, including objects related to Asimov and Nimoy.
Dr. Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science, will lead a Q&A after the program. No late admittance.
In 2008, two sailors drifted across the north Pacific to Hawaii on a raft named Junk, made from 15,000 plastic bottles tied in old fishing nets stuffed under a Cessna 310 Aircraft. The 88-day, 2,600-mile voyage was designed to build a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution. This adventure has been captured in the book Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution. Author Marcus Eriksen will share how a grassroots movement developed into massive global coalitions demanding better waste management and corporate responsibility to make smarter products and packaging. Eriksen will also be on a panel about the future of plastics to complement the upcoming exhibit, The Plasticene, opening at the Art Students League of Denver in January. The exhibit explores the full extent of our relationship with plastic as contemporary artists work with materials you may or may not realize are plastic, from acrylic to silicone to Tyvek to yoga pants.
For more information about the panel and exhibit, visit www.asld.org.
Book sale and signing to follow.
Celebrate Darwin’s birthday by spending an evening with the affable Charles Darwin. Enactor Brian “Fox” Ellis is back by popular demand to bring Darwin to life. Hear humorous tales of Darwin’s training as a naturalist, his insights into South American geology, his discovery of strange creatures on the Galápagos archipelago, and most important, the scientific evidence that led to his revolutionary theory. Equal parts dramatic storytelling, stand-up comedy, and show-and-tell, Ellis immerses you in the intellectual world of one of history’s greatest scientific minds.
Charles Darwin, brought to life by enactor Brian “Fox” Ellis, leads you on this unique tour through the Museum’s dioramas. Meet Darwin in South America and walk on over to the Galápagos Islands. Hear stories of his discoveries and the 10,000 specimens he collected. Ask questions and share insights with this great man. Darwin will offer an exclusive look at the specimens in our dioramas and the evidence behind his “rEvolutionary” ideas. Reservations required.
Wednesday, February 267 p.m.Phipps TheaterFree
Go "behind the stories" in space science using the best images and animation available to help understand new developments. Seating is limited to first come, first served. Please use the East IMAX Entrance on the East side of the Museum.
Experience fascinating rock formations from the age of the dinosaurs and paddle your way along the Colorado River with geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds as your time-travel guide. Camping along the river’s banks and exploring Dominquez Canyon will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time.
Explore the interactions that occur every day in nature while canoeing the gorgeous canyons of the Gunnison River. With Museum educator and naturalist Tim Blesse, you’ll deepen your understanding of ecology and critical water resource issues. K–12 teachers may receive re-licensure credits. A pretrip workshop at the Museum on Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., is available to all participants and is required for re-licensure credit. For adults, with family and friends age 16+ welcome.
Embark on a memorable weekend with space scientist Dr. Ka Chun Yu as you revel in both earthbound scenery and the breathtaking skies above. Without the interference of city lights, learn about planets, constellations, and deep space.
Paddle along one of the longest stretches of tranquil wilderness water in the western United States, just north of Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah. Geologist and paleobotanist Dr. Ian Miller will be your guide as you marvel at colorful sandstone walls hundreds of feet high and explore canyons and ancient rock art
Thursday, January 238 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
The secret to a good winter birding day in Colorado is to find a nice mix of waterfowl and other over-wintering birds. Our day will begin along the South Platte River because as lakes, ponds, and reservoirs freeze, the moving open waters of the Platte host thousands of waterfowl along its passage through Denver. There are prime locations for 15 or more species of ducks, geese, and grebes. The riparian vegetation along the river hosts good numbers of songbirds, and raptors cruise the skies above. Then we’ll move west to several fine winter birding sites along the Front Range. Destinations will depend upon recent bird activity
Transportation is not included. Participants caravan from a meeting location. The meeting locations for bird walks vary with each outing, so please consult your reminder email for final information.
All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the program
Thursday, December 58 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
Time for our annual winter raptor trip to the plains, following the rural utility lines that raptors of many species use for perching and hunting. We may see red-tailed and roughlegged hawks, northern harrier, golden and bald eagles, falcons such as American kestrel, merlin, and prairie falcon, and perhaps an owl or two. Afterward, on to the riparian woodlands along the South Platte River, to look for woodpeckers, nuthatches, goldfinches, and sparrows. Somewhere along the way we usually find a surprise or two—maybe a Lapland longspur? Or a common redpoll? Anything might show up!
Thursday, February 278 a.m.- 5 p.m.$27 member, $35 nonmemberAges 18+
Cherry Creek always has one of the highest winter bird counts of any locality in Colorado. Parts of the reservoir remain open, attracting wintering “diving ducks” such as mergansers, scaup, and bufflehead, “dabbling ducks” like gadwall, mallard, and northern shoveler, as well as a good variety of grebes, loons, and gulls. Brushy habitat found throughout the park hosts spotted towhee, American tree sparrow, and white-crowned sparrow, and in the woodlands are nuthatches, chickadees, and woodpeckers. Cherry Creek’s extensive prairie areas has specialties such as northern shrike and merlin, along with early migrants like bluebirds and Say’s phoebe.
Fall Break and Winter Break Camps9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Grades K–1, Grades 2–3, & Grades 4–5
At the Museum, your child will spend school breaks experiencing fun and wonder, IMAX films and planetarium shows, and marvels of our exhibition.School Break Camps are offered weekly November 25–27 and daily December 23, 26, 27, 30, January 2, and 3.
June 8–August 7
Make their summer incredible at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Online enrollment for our hugely popular summer camp program begins soon!
Tuesday, December 3
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is hosting Home School Day! Admission is free, and you can purchase add-on experiences to your visit. Add-on experiences include IMAX, Planetarium & The Science Behind Pixar. The Experience & Partnerships Department will be hosting activities for home school families in the education studios from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Teens take over the Museum at this totally free, uniquely teen event. Blast off during a sci-fi, space-themed evening as you explore the stories of a place that continues to capture imaginations and spend some time in Space Odyssey before it closes for its transformation. It’s going to be awesome! Includes free snacks, entertainment, and activities. Spots limited.
Tuesday, December 107 p.m.–9 p.m.Grades 6–8Free
Enjoy this free trivia night after hours at the Museum! Brain-crushing science trivia and free snacks and drinks. Open to middle school students in grades 6–8. Spots are limited.
Teen Trivia Night is a free choice event for teens, ages 11-14 and in Middle School. Teens must bring and carry with them a photo ID (school ID works well) during the program and list an emergency contact upon registration.
Middle Schoolers may arrive on their own, but we rely on parents/guardians to plan for transportation for their children to and from the Museum. We ask that Middle Schoolers leave with an adult and may ask that they stay until one arrives. Parents/guardians and chaperones are welcome to stay in the café during the event.
This program is presented with the support of:
If you received a print at home ticket with your order, please print it out and bring it with you.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science exists to be a catalyst and ignite our community’s passion for nature and science. In order to fulfill our mission and live out our values, we strive to provide a safe place for everyone to follow their curiosity and desire for discovery. We ask that all teens respect each other and the Museum as they enjoy the night. The Museum reserves the right to refuse service to, or revoke access to anyone we determine is threatening this safe, inclusive environment.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec 10. Support Museum scholarships, which make science education experiences possible for 90,000 students each year. Ready to give now? Schedule your donation today.
SCFD Community Free Day- Out at the Museum
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Join us for our December SCFD Community Free Day, featuring family-friendly programming co-created with six LGBTQ-serving organizations: One Colorado, The GLBT Center of Colorado, Transgender Center of the Rockies, LGBTQ Student Resource Center at the Auraria Campus, Out Boulder, and PFLAG. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Current activities include:Sparkly slime make & takeMake your own identity flag pinsIdentity bracelet craftCommunity art projectsDrag queen story timePerformances from a variety of community groups (to be announced!)And more!
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