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Engage in science and learning with these fun, FREE activities from our education team. Most use basic household supplies.
Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is the state's premier museum of natural history. With four floors of interactive hands-on activities and exhibits, visitors of all ages will find something fun to do at Morrill Hall. Our 70,000 square foot museum features Nebraska's past and present biological diversity, its cultural heritage, and tons of great fossils. Check out our Visible Lab to see our Collections people working on actual research. We're also home to "Archie," the world's largest fully mounted and composite Colombian mammoth fossil. Located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus, we hope you enjoy your visit.
What's Going On?
Join UNSM & Lincoln City Libraries for stories, songs, and movement about the natural world. All ages welcome but activities planned for ages 3-5. FREE virtual event via Facebook Live.
The month's storytime is about camels.
Did you know that orioles go wild for grape jelly? We will learn about safely feeding birds, discuss how to be a good bird neighbor, and explore the spring migration of our orange friend, the oriole. Make a bird feeder so that you can attract birds to your area and make your own ornithology observations!
We live in a world where we create and interact with data every day. We use our phones and computers to transmit data via messages, emails, and files, from one person to the next. The world is also a noisy place and errors can occur whenever data is transmitted from one device to another. We generally do not notice errors because most times they are fixed before we even see that an error has occurred. Join computer scientist Dr. Bonita Sharif from the UNL Department of Computer Science and Engineering and her graduate students, Cole Peterson and Niloofar Mansoor, in this game-driven activity where you will learn about how data is transmitted and checked for errors.
Register in advance to participate in this free program over Zoom or watch on the Morrill Hall Facebook Page (@UNSMMorrillHall).
Stressed? You’re Not Alone, Especially at the End of Life
Join us to learn more about how scientists study the end of life experience with Katie East, PhD Student in Anthropology.
Have you heard of forensic anthropology from TV or news stories? Do you think you know what it is? Well, you might be surprised!
Join Katie East, a forensic anthropologist in Nebraska, to discover what forensic anthropologists can learn from skeletons and how they do their work. During this virtual Sunday with a Scientist, we’ll work with Katie to learn some forensic anthropological skills. We’ll practice thinking like a scientist and then put our skills to the test to solve a mystery.
This interactive program will involve hands-on activities and lots of audience participation.
Register in advance to participate in this free program over Zoom: (https://unl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqcOiurDwqH9359jz7Q3Z2tVGLnnARNAsu) or watch on the Morrill Hall Facebook Page (@UNSMMorrillHall).