Programs & Events

Arrow pointWith the goal of enhancing people’s understanding of natural and cultural history, the CSMNH develops and coordinates engaging learning opportunities that showcase research, scholarship, and creativity to various internal and external audiences. Our programs and events include: field-learning activities, workshops, lectures, and community outreach events.

Field-Learning Activities

Field-learning activities: Participants make field observations, test ideas, and use tools they may otherwise not have access to. Past field-learning activities include shoe-box archaeology digs, animal tracking tours, and bird walks.

Upcoming field-learning activities:

Archaeology Field School for Adults with the Office of State Archaeology

 

Workshops

Workshops: Museum workshops led by local experts offer hands-on learning activities to small groups of participants. Past workshops have focused on scientific illustration techniques and basic field archaeology methods and best practices.

Upcoming workshops:

Aquatic Insects of Connecticut – Fly Tying Workshop

Lectures

Lectures: Experts from diverse backgrounds, many recognized as leaders in their fields, share their knowledge with the public. Speakers explore contemporary issues and reveal ancient mysteries on varied topics. Recent past lectures have focused on taking local action to address climate change, the pre-agricultural origins of the UConn campus, and the story of Darwin’s fascination with orchids. In addition, the CSMNH co-sponsors the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series, which brings leading scholars from around the world to UConn to present public lectures on nature and the environment six times each year.

Upcoming lectures:

There are currently no lectures scheduled.

Community Outreach & Special Events

Community outreach events: These events involve the broader Connecticut community and help create awareness of and foster involvement in the CSMNH, emphasizing unique educational opportunities for the public at-large. Past community outreach events where the CSMNH has participated include the Connecticut Archaeology Fair, Willimantic's 3rd Thursday, Celebrate Mansfield Festival, UConn Extension’s Bug Week, and The Last Green Valley's Walktober.

Upcoming community outreach events:

Look for the Museum at Willimantic's 3rd Thursday Street Festival! You'll find us at Frog #188 in the Midtown section of Main Street with family-friendly activities in June and July.

Shark Day: Beyond Jaws!
 

If you require an accommodation to attend any of our events, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or CSMNHInfo@uconn.edu at least 5 days before the event.

Upcoming Events

WORKSHOP

A fly fishing lure with an illustration of the insect it is mimicking

Aquatic Insects of Connecticut Fly Tying Workshop

Saturday, 20 July 2024

9AM-4PM

UConn Storrs

Learn about and create lures mimicking the native aquatic insects that serve as critical food sources for popular game fish in Connecticut’s rivers!

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is excited to once again be collaborating with the Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association (CFFA) and the UConn Biodiversity Research Collections (BRC) to hold our Aquatic Insects of Connecticut Fly Tying Workshop!

Fly fishing experts will guide participants in constructing lures that mimic the shapes and behaviors of Connecticut’s aquatic insects, and entomologists will uncover the biology and ecology of insects and their role as an important food source for fish in local rivers like the Fenton, Farmington, and Willimantic.

Participants are encouraged to use their new skills and lures with subsequent participation in the CFFA’s educational programs of casting and advanced tying.

 

*** Space is limited and registration is required! ***
$15 for Museum Members
$20 for non-Members

Registration fee includes all materials to create 3 unique flies.

Participants aged 12 – 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or CSMNHinfo@uconn.edu by Monday, July 15, 2024.

 

Registration is limited to 15 participants and closes July 15 or when registration is full.

 

 

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SPECIAL EVENT

Graphic illustration for the event Shark Day Beyond Jaws at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

Shark Day: Beyond Jaws!

Saturday, 27 July 2024

1pm-5pm

Gant Science Complex Light Court, UConn Storrs

Join the CSMNH and friends to experience the remarkable diversity of sharks and their relatives!

The Museum is celebrating Shark Week with our very own exploration of sharks and rays, members of the group of cartilaginous fish known as elasmobranchs!

  • Learn about the world’s biggest shark, the world’s smallest shark, and some of the world’s weirdest sharks
  • Touch real shark skin and see real preserved shark and ray jaws
  • Be a shark detective to uncover little known animal facts and win a fossil shark tooth
  • Learn how sharks hunt for prey using special grasping, crushing, and tearing teeth

 

*** FREE and open to the public - with more details coming soon! ***

 

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or CSMNHinfo@uconn.edu by Monday, July 22, 2024.

 

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Thank you to our media sponsor Connecticut Public for their invaluable support!

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FIELD SCHOOL

12-16 August 2024

Archaeology Field School for Adults with the Office of State Archaeology

A test pit surrounded by the archaeological tools used at a typical dig siteThe Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, the Office of State Archaeology (OSA), and the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. (FOSA) are pleased to  once again be offering our week-long Archaeology Field School for Adults.

 

Monday-Friday, 9AM-3PM

South Glastonbury, CT

Registration Cost for week-long field school:

$300 - Museum Members; $350 - Non-Members

 

Participants will gain hands on experience contributing to an authentic and significant archaeological investigation, working with primary sources at a 17th-century colonial site in South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Days will start at 9am and end at 3pm, with a break for a brown bag lunch. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, mapping, data management, and artifact identification.

The program is designed to provide a deeper appreciation of the importance of archaeology as a tool for learning about Connecticut’s fascinating past. Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participant’s understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologist’s responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers.

Students of the Archaeology Field School for adults work at a site in Glastonbury ConnecticutThe Archaeological Field School is taught by Connecticut State Archaeologist Dr. Sarah Sportman with support from FOSA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology through education, public outreach, partnerships with local communities, financial support, and public assistance.

While the program is open to all adults, it may be of special interest to educators who teach history or social sciences in a classroom or museum setting.

 

Space for this program is limited!

Registration is open to adults aged 18+ and ends Wednesday August 7, 2024.

 
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