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. For more details, contact

International Museum Day

Friday, May 18
9 am - 5 pm
KU Natural History Museum and Spencer Museum of Art

Museums worldwide celebrate this day by encouraging the public to visit a museum, whether it's one in a far-off location or in your hometown. This event is organized by the International Council of Museums.

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 NHM will have an activity table at this event, so come on out and join us!


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
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 familar and unfamiliar. Through hands-on activities, learn about pollinators and the role they play in the food we eat.  


Highlights from Over 100 years of KU Herpetology Research

Thursday, June 7


Linwood Community Library, 19649 Linwood Rd, Linwood, KS 66052

Speaker: Dr. Rich Glor, curator of herpetology

Join us at the Linwood Community Library as Biodiversity Institute curator Rich Glor discusses the fascinating history of herpetological research at the University of Kansas and explains exciting new methods utilized by KU herpetology scientists and students.


Science on Tap

Wednesday, June 20


Free State Brewing Co.

Speaker: Dr. Leigh Stearns, Department of Geology


The Coelacanth: Old Four Legs and the Fish Collections at the Biodiversity Institute
A Science on Tap event
Tuesday, June 26
7:30 pm
Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory, Kansas City, MO
Speaker: Andy Bentley, collections manager, ichthyology
The coelacanth is one of the most enigmatic fish on earth.  Thought to be extinct until 1938, it is a pivotal species in the evolution of movement on to land.  Come learn more about this fascinating species and the almost 700,000 specimens of diverse fish at the Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.


Surveying the birdlife of Ayanganna tepui, Guyana

A Science on Tap event

Wednesday, July 18


Free State Brewing Co.

Speaker: Ornithologist Mark Robbins

The Ayanganna tepui is part of the tabletop mountains in the Guianan Shield, and from an ornithological perspective it had never been surveyed.  KU ornithologist Mark Robbins, along with colleagues from Smithsonian, surveyed the birdlife of Ayanganna in 2014. This presentation will highlight the difficulties of accessing this remote tepui, one of the wettest places on the planet, and what discoveries were made.