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

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.

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.

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 events include the Connecticut Archaeology Fair, UConn Extension’s Bug Week and The Last Green Valley's Walktober.

If you require an accommodation to attend any of our events, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or at least 3 days before the event.

Upcoming Events


10 June 2023Graphic showing the tools needed for tying flies for fly fishing to advertise a museum workshop

Aquatic Insects of Connecticut – Fly Tying Workshop

Saturday, 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!

Building on the success of last year’s event, 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 their Aquatic Insects of Connecticut Fly Tying Workshop!

Participants will learn to recognize the primary insect groups 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 encouraged to use their new skills and lures with subsequent participation in the CFFA’s educational programs of casting and advanced tying.

Registration fee of $15 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 by Monday, June 5, 2023.

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Registration is limited to 15 participants and closes June 5 or when registration is full.


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27 July 2023

SAVE THE DATE: UConn Extension's Bug Week Parasite Day!

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

Thursday, 12PM-4PM

University of Connecticut Storrs

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 2023, 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
• More activities coming soon!

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

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or by Monday, July 24, 2023.


7-11 August 2023

Archaeology Field School for Adults with the Office of State Archaeology

The 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 be once again offering their week-long Archaeology Field School for Adults.

A test pit surrounded by the archaeological tools used at a typical dig siteMonday-Friday, 9AM-3PM

South Glastonbury, CT

Registration Cost: $300 for week-long field school

Participants will gain hands on experience contributing to an authentic and significant archaeological investigation, working with primary sources at a 17th-century English colonial site in South Glastonbury, Connecticut. You can learn more about the history of the Hollister field site by visiting the OSA website. 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 July 24, 2023.


If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or by Monday, July 24, 2023.


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