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A Unique Field-Trip Opportunity for Title I Middle Schools

For a limited time this spring, Google is providing financial assistance to make field trips to the National Museum of Natural History possible for middle-school students from Title I schools in the D.C. area. For teachers interested in bringing their class or entire grade to the museum for a field trip, this is a unique opportunity to do so....Read more
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Students handle real human bones in Q?rius during a Field Trip Day Sponsored by Google in 2015. Photo by Fiona Wilkinson, Smithsonian.

Learning to Love Microscopic Fossils

When I think of paleobiology, my brain automatically screams “dinosaurs,” but if there is one thing I learned this summer it is that there is more to the Department of Paleobiology than giant Triceratops skulls and ancient T. rex teeth....Read more
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YES! intern Gabe peers into a microscope and sees ostracods, right, a type of microscopic marine fossil. Photos by YES! intern Gabe, Smithsonian.

Teens Explore Forensic Anthropology in 'Mystery at Yorktown Creek'

Erosion along a creek bed in Yorktown, Va., exposed something startling: a human skeleton! Scientists excavated the bones to prevent them from being washed away and destroyed, then brought them to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to be analyzed by our forensic anthropologists. Who was this person, when did he or she live, and what can we learn about his or her life?...Read more
Q?rius volunteer Victor Guerrero shows students a human jawbone during the "Forensic Mysteries: Mystery at Yorktown Creek" school program. Photo by Jennifer Renteria, Smithsonian.

Celebrate Pollinators, the Real Party Animals

No celebration would be as festive or delicious without the contributions of pollinators and the plants they pollinate. The importance of the nectaring visits made by bees, butterflies, beetles, bats, birds, flies, and other small animals as they go from flower to flower, carrying and dispersing pollen, is evident in one-third of our daily diets....Read more
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Bees and other pollinators are the focus of National Pollinator Week, June 15-21, 2015. Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian Institution.

February Events in Q?rius: Sand Creatures, 'OrKID' Festival, Invasive Species, and More

Did you know that thousands of microscopic species live between sand grains on beaches around the world? Or that elephants, lions, and camels used to live in North America? Or how you can help combat invasive species? Come to Q?rius this month and see the tiny sand dwellers through a microscope, contemplate returning some large mammals to our continent, and learn more about invasive species....Read more
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The 'OrKID' Family Festival on Feb. 21 will feature some activities in Q?rius and other places in the Museum. Photo by Ian Chalmers.

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