Events and programsAt the KU Natural History Museum, we offer dozens of science outreach programs annually in the museum and througout the community.  From hands-on activities for families such as Discovery Days to talks for adults such as Science on Tap, there is something for everyone. Browse featured events here or see our full list of programs at our calendar of events.  

Events and programs




Citizen Science BugBlitz
Sunday, May 6
12 - 4 pm
Baker Wetlands

The KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum, in partnership with Baker Wetlands and Monarch Watch, will host a BugBlitz citizen science event that will bring together KU scientists, professional photographers, families, and other community members to find and identify as many insect species as possible in one day.

Data will be added to the iNaturalist database, and an insect species list will be generated for the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center.

The event will also include a youth photography competition. Children and families can learn about nature photography, shooting images of insects and what to look for when shooting a photo. Images can be entered in our nature photography contest in June.

Art Cart: Nature vs Machine Drawings
Saturday, May 19
1-3 pm
Spencer Museum of Art

The exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World invites you to contemplate humankind’s deep connection and fascination with the plant kingdom. Using the Spencer Museum's Art Cart, you can create drawings and illustrations that depict the contrasts between the organic and non-organic world.  The KU Natural History Museum will also have a nature activity table at this event. 


Quest for T rex

Quest for T. rex
A Kansas City Science on Tap event
Tuesday, May 22
7:30 pm
Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory, Kansas City, MO
Speaker: Paleontologist David Burnham
During the past four years, KU paleontologist David Burnham has been spending part of each summer guiding an ever-changing roster of students, staff and volunteers in the eastern Montana badlands that are home to T. rex fossils. Join us to talk about what we've found so far, and talk about what makes this dinosaur so interesting to research.


Discovery Day Pollinators

Discovery Day: Pollinators
Thursday, May 24
10 am - 12 pm
KU Natural History Museum

This Discovery Day, held when Lawrence Public Schools are closed, will feature pollinators that are both familiar and unfamiliar. Through hands-on activities, learn about pollinators and the role they play in the food we eat.