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Science and Nature Night for Teachers

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us for an open house-style evening of science that centers on natural history and the study of the natural world. There will be live demonstrations and learning stations set up throughout the museum for hands-on exploration! This is a FREE event just for teachers to explore where science and nature connect!

From 5:10 p.m. – 6:40 p.m., our Naturalists will lead demonstrations throughout our Center on the following topics:

Engineering Fruits
At this station, we will use the engineering process to explore seed dispersal by wind. Our challenge will be to design and build seed-bearing fruits that can be carried by the wind while discovering the importance of adaptation in nature as well as our thought processes.

Getting Outside with Your Students
We know that getting kids outside provides them with great sensory and educational experiences, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. We’ll discuss some solutions to overcoming these challenges and share some of the methods and activities we like best for exploring the outdoors. We’ll also talk about some of the new iPhone and iPad apps that can enrich nature exploration.

Sunlight and the Seasons
Check out our newest exhibit, and see exactly what causes the seasons on planet Earth. With our new interactive Magic Planet globe, you’ll get also get a preview of some of the exciting things on the horizon for our Museum Field Trip program!

Nature’s Showstoppers
If you’ve seen the striking display of a male sage grouse, or even just heard the enthusiastic singing of birds in spring, then you know that male animals often have more elaborate physical traits than females. We’ll delve into the specifics of sexual selection through an interactive game that you can take back to your classroom!

Bring a colleague, grab some refreshments, and wander through our exhibit hall to explore the many resources of MNHC! We will feature the following self-guided investigations:

Microscopes in the Classroom
It’s amazing what details we can see and what we can learn when we examine natural specimens up close. We’ll have our field microscopes, hand lenses, and dissecting scope out for you to explore. We’ll share some easy techniques for creating study specimens for your classroom.

Scientific Illustration Success!
Drawing is not only fun, but a great tool for learning natural history. Check out our insect collection and learn some simple techniques to make scientific illustration a little easier for students.

Learning from Skulls
Studying animal skulls can tell us a lot about what animals eat, but we can also learn about what senses they rely on, and sometimes even where they live. We’ll have lots of skulls on display for you to explore.

…and more! You can also explore our library, exhibits, and see some of our Nature Discovery Traveling Trunks on display.
Can you join us?

RSVP and we’ll be sure to have plenty of refreshments and after-school snacks! RSVP to Lisa: lbickell [at] montananaturalist [dot] org.

Thanks to Grizzly Liquor and Big Sky Brewery for providing refreshments for the evening!

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February 28
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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