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DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE UPCOMING PROGRAMS, WEEK OF OCT. 19
The Museum is open to the public (with advance reservations), and will continue offering a variety of virtual programs. Please see below for this week’s exciting line up. All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: Our curators and educator performers are also available to help support your content and programming needs with interviews and demonstrations.
Tools @ Tea Time: Gamification
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m., register here
Tools @ Tea Time is an opportunity for educators to see cool ideas and brainstorm with colleagues. By age 21, the average child has played 10,000 hours of video games—the same amount of time they’ve spent at school. What can schools learn from the power of games? Come consider the possibilities of gamification for your instruction with Quist Middle School Assistant Principal Kevin Marlatt, and how a tool like Classcraft can support you and your students.
Weekly Wow: Art Station Titan
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., $20, register here
Blast off to new discoveries with this live program that merges space science and scientific illustration! Titan is Saturn’s largest moon and one of the most fascinating places in our solar system. Groups will learn how to capture their own Titan investigations using scientifically accurate illustrations, just as other great scientists have done throughout history.
Each participant will need a piece of orange paper, a white colored pencil, and a black colored pencil, or similar materials. This is a live, two-way interactive webcast with multiple groups participating. Sessions are 45-minutes long, and groups will be able to submit their questions via the chat throughout the program. Suggested grade level is 3 – 8, but all are welcome.
Indigenous Film Series: Places of Memory
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., register here
Join us for a program including screenings of two short films followed by a discussion. In “He Hekenga T?hura,” 86-year old Sir Hector Busby (Te Rarawa) sat down with his nephew Allan George just weeks before his passing to share stories about his legacy of celestial navigation and waka carving. In what would be his final interview, Busby reflects on his life’s achievements and desire for future generations to carry on these traditions.
When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he was instrumental in changing the course of history of his people. With help from his grandparents, father, and younger brother Reg, Davidson committed to carving the first totem pole in Old Massett on Haida Gwaii in nearly a century. In “Now Is the Time” on the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, filmmaker Christopher Auchter set out to tell the story from a Haida perspective, weaving together animation and modern-day interviews with original footage of the pole’s raising to capture the story of three generations of Eagle and Raven clan working together. “When Robert carved, it helped open a locked door, which allowed a culture to thrive again. Witness for yourself what happens when art is brought back,” Auchter said.
This program is presented in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.
Science Live: Mummies of the World
Thursday, Oct. 22, noon, via Facebook
Mummies draped in unwinding linens and rising from their tombs are staples of Halloween lore and decor, but Michele Koons, Ph.D., knows that mummies aren’t frightening—they’re fascinating! As the curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Koons uses modern technology to study ancient places and peoples and unravel mysteries of the past. What can mummies (and more) tell us about human history? What new discoveries will archaeologists make as technology advances? Note: Images of human remains are in this presentation.
Wolves in Colorado: The Experience of Living With Wolves
Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m., register here
For many in the Lower 48, the idea of living alongside wolves isn’t theoretical: it’s a practical reality. Residents of the Northern Rockies and the Upper Midwest have had Canis lupis as a neighbor for decades now and understand the values, concerns, and tradeoffs in a way that few others can. As Coloradans begin to head to the polls to determine the fate of Proposition 114, these communities can offer lessons and paradigms for what lies ahead should wolves eventually return to the Centennial State.
Join us on Thursday, Oct. 22, as our five-part series concludes with first-person stories and lived experiences from Shane Doyle (Apsaalooke/Crow), an educational and cultural consultant; Denny Iverson, Rancher and Logger at Iverson Ranch (Montana) and Secretary of the Blackfoot Challenge; and Kim Skyelander, Associate Director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University. They’ll talk about wolf-human co-existence strategies and share what they’ve learned about balancing diverse viewpoints, in addition to answering viewer questions during the moderated discussion.
This free public webinar is presented by the Institute for Science & Policy and Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Conservation, the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, CSU Extension, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The session will also be livestreamed on Facebook.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Date Night: Supernatural (Adults Only)
Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m., suggested donation, register here
Grab your mug of tea or a pumpkin spice latte and cozy up for a journey to autumnal other worlds. 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.
To Howl or Not to Howl: The Legend, Myth, and Evolution of Wolves and Their Kin
Monday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., $40, register here
It all started with wolves! Venture into the world of the Canidae family and discover the uniqueness of wolves and their relatives with instructor Sue Ware, Ph.D. 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.
This online class includes three sessions on Mondays, Nov 2, 9, and 16.
Date Night: Reality Bytes (Adults Only)
Thursday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m., suggested donation, register here
Delve into the metamorphosis matrix and coding for good. Immerse yourself in multiple realities while discovering the science behind the synthesized.
About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be a catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum offers a wide variety of engaging exhibitions, programs, activities, and scientific research to inspire public appreciation and understanding of the wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. Information: dmns.org or 303.370.6000. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Inst