Upcoming Events

Format: 2018-02-25
Kids & Families

Expert Is In: Diversity of Flies: A Look at Predatory Assassin Flies and Their Pollen-Feeding Relatives

Thursday, March 1, 2018
2:00 pm

Explore the diversity of assassin flies, which are predators of other insects and spiders, and find out how they evolved over the past 112 million years. Discover what makes these predators unique and compare them to their closest pollen feeding relatives.

Questions? Email us: Qprograms@si.edu


Ethnographic Film Series: Oh What a Blow that Phantom Gave Me

Friday, March 2, 2018
2:30 pm

Oh What a Blow that Phantom Gave Me (John Bishop and Harald Prins, 52 min, 2003)

This film explores the work and life of anthropologist Edmund Carpenter (1922-2011), who from 1969-1970 carried out a project with his wife Adelaide De Menil Papua New Guinea exploring the impact of media on society.  The film examines Carpenter’s experiences and his understanding...


Citizen Science: Using Ginkgo Leaves to Track Earth's Changing Climate

Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:00 am

Researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. need your help to track climate change over millions of years – using only plants!

Despite having evolved before dinosaurs and having faced three mass extinctions, Ginkgo trees are still living today. Our project “Fossil Atmospheres” is creating a record of how the atmosphere has changed...


Science on a Sphere

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
11:00 am

Dive into dynamic visualizations on "Science on a Sphere" to explore the connections between the ocean, climate, and human activity.  Hear how communities are making a difference.

After Five

The Science of Flu: 100 Years of Fighting a Drifting, Shifting Virus

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:30 pm

Join us at the National Museum of Natural History for an interactive evening commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Hear about the history of the flu, see our collection of flu-carrying birds, participate in activities illustrating the spread of infectious disease, learn how vaccines are developed, and hear from health experts and scientists on what can be...