Past Programs

Below are a selection of our past events and programs, encompassing everything from lecture series to exhibition openings and community events.

To see a listing of our current and upcoming events, please visit our Programs page.

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Past Events

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say About Climate Change Policy?

13 October 2022: Robert N. Stavins

A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2022-2023

COMMUNITY EVENT

Walktober: A Visit to the Miniature Forest with Dr. Bernard Goffinet

Saturday, 8 October 2022Social media flyer for the museum program Visit to the Miniature Forest

10AM - 12PM

Hillside Environmental Education Park (HEEP)

159 Discovery Drive, Storrs, CT

Gain insights into the mosses of Northeastern Connecticut with Dr. Bernard Goffinet of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Join Dr. Goffinet on an easy hike through a portion of the 165-acre parcel known as the “HEEP”, or Hillside Environmental Education Park. The HEEP consists of uplands, meadows, woodlands, wetlands (including vernal pools) and riparian zones around Cedar Swamp Brook.

Participants will explore, discover, and hear stories about native mosses and the miniature forest that can be found right below their feet.

*** This event is FREE and open to the public but registration is recommended! ***

The program is open to adults and children, but children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike may be challenging for some and will include hilly areas. Items that may make your hike more comfortable:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water
  • Hats and long sleeves/pants

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COMMUNITY EVENT

UConn Extension's Bug Week: Parasite Day!Graphic illustration for Parasite Day

Come explore the wonderful, under-appreciated world of parasites!

Friday, 22 July 2022

12PM - 4PM

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Join us on in the Biology/Physics Building lobby on the UConn Storrs campus to explore the wonderful, under-appreciated world of parasites! As part of UConn Extension’s Bug Week 2022, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH), will host activities and displays for all ages for Parasite Day!

• Learn the defining features of a parasite
• Be a dog parasite detective
• See examples of the awesome diversity of parasites from real natural history specimens
• Participate in parasite paraphernalia giveaways
• Tour the Biodiversity Research Collections
• Visit parasitic plants in the UConn EEB Greenhouses
• Learn about the Nest Parasite Community Science project
• Enjoy a free cup of parasite-themed Dairy Bar ice cream

*** This event is FREE and open to the public! ***

 

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WORKSHOP

Aquatic Insects of Connecticut - Fly Tying Workshop

Learn how to tie fishing flies that mimic insects eaten by CT game fish with experts in fly fishing and entomology!

Saturday, 25 June 2022Close up of hands with a fly fishing lure and a line drawing of an insect

9AM - 4PM

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH), the Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association (CFFA), and the University of Connecticut’s Biodiversity Research Collections (BRC) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are collaborating to teach the first ever Aquatic Insects of Connecticut Fly Tying course (this course was rescheduled from a previously offered version this past April).

This one-day Saturday workshop will focus on learning about and mimicking native Connecticut aquatic insects that serve as critical food sources for the popular game fish in our state rivers. Participants will learn to recognize the primary groups of insects and how to tie patterns on hooks to simulate their behaviors and ecology while fly fishing in local rivers such as the Fenton, Farmington, and Willimantic Rivers. Participants are also encouraged to utilize their skills and the lures they construct with subsequent participation in the CFFA’s educational programs of casting and advanced tying.

Logo for the UConn Ecology and Evolutionary Biology DepartmentLogo for the Connecticut Fly Fisherman's Association

Registration fee is $15 and includes all supplies to tie three unique flies

Registration is limited to 20 participants, aged 14 and up

*** Participants aged 14-17 y must be accompanied by a chaperone. This chaperone does not need to pay or register, unless they also want to tie flies during the workshop! ***

Visit s.uconn.edu/flytying for more details.

Contact the CSMNH at CSMNHInfo@uconn.edu with questions or for more information.

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

The Promise and the Peril of Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change

21 April 2022: Sarah Cooley, Ph.D.

Director of Climate Science, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2021-2022

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Small Island Big Song: Intersection of Culture, Music and Environmental Issues

12 April 2022: A collaboration with Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts Director Rod Rock

https://www.smallislandbigsong.com/

Small Island Big Song is a music, film, live project featuring over a hundred musicians across 16 island nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, creating a contemporary and relevant musical statement of a region in the frontline of cultural and environmental challenges.

The lecture will be followed by a ticketed performance at Jorgensen, and will be associated with other events (e.g. panel discussions, artist interviews)

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2021-2022

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Understanding Institutional Diversity and Lack of Transparency in Environmental Organizations

24 March 2022: Dorceta E. Taylor

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Yale School of the Environment

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2021-2022

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

The View from Here: A Geologist’s Perspective on Living Through Climate Change

10 February 2022: Andrea Dutton

Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Andrea Dutton

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2021-2022

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Public Participation and Policy-making in an Environment and Climate Emergency

2 December: Patrick Devine-Wright

Professor of Human Geography, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2021-2022

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Ending Population Growth: A Race Against Ecological Limits

21 October: Jane O'Sullivan

An image of a densely populated street juxtaposed with a deforested area and a single person

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia, and Co-convener of The Overpopulation Project

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2021-2022

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

The History & Future of Conservation

30 September 2021: Michelle Nijhuis

Michelle Nijhuis and her book Beloved Beasts

Journalist and Author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

Teale Lecture poster for 2021-2022

OPENING RECEPTION

Natural Selection is Amazing! Exploring the Dazzling Diversity of Treehoppers

12 March 2020

Treehopper Exhibit

One group of animals expresses the power of natural selection in a particularly vivid way. This group shares a unique physical structure, not seen in other animals, that manifests itself in a dizzying array of fascinating and beautiful forms. This exhibit explores how the amazing power of natural selection has shaped the natural history of one lineage of insects—the treehoppers.

LECTURE SERIES

Climate Change Action: Learn what you can do locally to help address climate change

8 March 2020: Beth Bernard, Project Learning Tree

Beth Bernard

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth (preschool-grade 12). Beth will lead children's activities during this session.

This lecture series was co-sponsored by the CSMNH and Joshua's Trust.

Climate Change Action Poster

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

We are not pricing climate risk: A Wall Street perspective

5 March 2020: Robert Litterman

Robert Litterman

Chairman of Risk Committee at Kepos Capital, LP

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

LECTURE SERIES

Climate Change Action: Learn what you can do locally to help address climate change

9 February 2020: State Representative Christine Palm David Michel

Representative Christine Palm

Representative Christine Palm recently submitted legislation to ensure that climate change is addressed in CT school curricula. Representative Michel will share their experiences of this process with us.

This lecture series was co-sponsored by the CSMNH and Joshua's Trust.

Climate Change Action Poster

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Connecting with Organisms—Restoring the Human Connection with Nature

6 February 2020: William "Ned" Friedman

Ned Friedman

Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

LECTURE SERIES

Climate Change Action: Learn what you can do locally to help address climate change

12 January 2020: Dr. Anji Seth

Dr. Anji Seth

Dr. Seth, UConn Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Director of Applied Research for the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaption, will present a talk on regional climate adaptation—how will a changing climate affect us on a local rather than a global scale?

This lecture series was co-sponsored by the CSMNH and Joshua's Trust.

Climate Change Action Poster

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

The Shape of Storrs with Dr. Robert Thorson

7 December 2019

An image of Horse Barn Hill

Join us for a very special Saturday presentation by Robert Thorson on the natural history of UConn! In his recent UConn Magazine feature, Dr. Thorson tells the story of the pre-agricultural origins of the UConn campus. Thorson takes the long view in “The Shape of Storrs,” making a direct link between our emotional attachment to the scenery of Horsebarn Hill, the physical layout of campus, Dairy Bar ice cream, and the special soil that made the 1698 Storrs Family farm successful enough to outlast others. In this unique public talk, he will share the fascinating story that explains why Charles and Augustus Storrs would ultimately have the opportunity to donate their land for an agricultural school in 1881.

This lecture series was hosted by the CSMNH and the Institute of the Environment.

Shape of Storrs Poster

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Hotter, Wetter, Drier: Contemporary Urbanization and Challenges for Sustainability

14 November 2019: Karen C. Seto

Karen Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography & Urbanization Science, Yale University

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Ending Extreme Poverty Without Endangering Ecosystems

24 October 2019: Paul Ferraro

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School & Whiting School of Engineering, John Hopkins University

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

COMMUNITY EVENT

Connecticut Archaeology Fair

19 October 2019

Children participating in a mock archaeology dig at Archaeology Day 2019

CSMNH participated in the Connecticut Archaeology Fair held at UConn. This event was dedicated to the career and contributions of State Archaeologist Brian Jones.
We held “shoebox archaeology” digs for children and these events were a huge success! Kids of all ages participated in simulated digs, unearthing artifacts, cleaning them, and preparing them for identification by professionals. These young archaeologists were able to unearth animal bones, musket balls, barn door hinges, and other amazing artifacts.

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Food Waste Policy: Using Systems Change to Stop Squandering One of Our Greatest Resources

19 September 2019: Emily Broad-Leib

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard University

Visit the Edwin Way Teale Lecture website for more information and the link to view recorded lectures.

WORKSHOP

AntU Toy Theater Workshop

5 & 6 September 2019

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut, in conjunction with UConn’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, will offer a free two-day community puppet workshop on Oct. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to design and build short toy theater shows about army ants and their associated species (their “guests”). The toy theaters created will be included in the new exhibition Army Ants and their Guests: Works Inspired by the Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer Collection, opening at the Ballard Institute on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be invited to perform their toy theaters at the exhibition opening.

This workshop and the Army Ants and their Guests exhibit are part of AntU, a UConn endeavor designed to involve a variety of academic disciplines to engage a broad audience in the wonders of the complex biological systems of army ants and their hundreds of associated “guests”. To learn more about AntU, visit Antu.uconn.edu.

Participants will build toy theaters with students and faculty from UConn’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in groups of three to four people. The toy theaters will be exhibited in the Army Ants and their Guests exhibition opening at the Ballard Institute on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Some toy theater productions may be performed as part of the opening events.

COMMUNITY EVENT

UConn Extension Bug Week: AntU Day

25 July 2019

Logo for Bug Week

"The Love Bugs", 12PM

Entomologists Charlie and Lois O'Brien amassed one of the largest private insect collections in the world over their careers and 55 years of marriage. Meet them in this amazing film, and see their remarkable collection as they begin to transfer their more than one million specimens of iridescent weevils and planthoppers to Arizona State University.

 

Bugs, Butterflies, Beetles, and More - Learn to Identify the Common Groups of Insects, 1PM

Did you ever wish you could identify "that bug" in your backyard? this is the place to learn! Entomologist Jane O'Donnell has managed the scientific research collections at UConn for over 30 years, and has many years of experience identifying local insects. She can help!

An image of the Bug Week 2019 flyer

ALL DAY: Be Our Guest and Activities for All Ages!

  • Bring your own insects and work with experts to learn how to identify them!
  • Take our insect identification challenge and win a cool prize
  • Tour the Biodiversity Research Collections
  • See a demonstration about silk moths and cocoons
  • Check out the live fungus-growing ant colony
  • Enjoy fun giveaways and Dairy Bar ice cream
  • Visit the UConn Rainforest

Presented by the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

Flyer for Bug Week 2019

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Orchids

Saturday April 6, 2019

Flyer for 2019 Orchid event

Celebrate rare orchids in bloom with two unique talks, world-class experts, and tours of the EEB Greenhouses!
 

Morning Tea with Charles Darwin—Almost Mad About the Wealth of Orchids, 11AM-12PM

UConn Professor Kenneth Noll portrays history’s most famous biologist and naturalist, Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin’s 1862 book Fertilisation of Orchids explores natural theology and the relationship between insects and plants that resulted in their beautiful and complex forms. Tea and scones will be served.

 

Understanding Orchids with Renowned Author William Culina, 1:30PM-2:30PM

Orchids are the most diverse, mysterious, and exotic plants in the world. Their popularity as houseplants has surged in recent years as advances in nursery production have made them inexpensive and widely available. Drawing from his award-winning Understanding Orchids, Bill will explore the fascinating, challenging, and deeply rewarding world of orchids. You will never see them the same way again!

 

Between Talks Visit the EEB Greenhouses

The greenhouses hold the broadest collection of global plant diversity in the Northeast—including over 200 species of orchids, many of which are not commonly grown. Staff will be on hand to guide visitors.

Presented by the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History