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. One of our upcoming events is a fly-tying workshop in collaboration with the Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association.

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 and UConn Extension’s Bug Week.

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 3 days before the event.

Upcoming Events

OPENING RECEPTION

Right Below Your Feet: A Beautiful Evolutionary Success Story

26 October 2022: Wilbur Cross Building, Lobby RotundaGraphic for opening of Right Below Your Feet

Reception begins with refreshments at 3:00PM, with remarks to follow

Join the CT State Museum of Natural History as we welcome Dr. Bernard Goffinet and Mark Smith to discuss their photographic exhibition and the intrinsic beauty of the group of plants known as bryophytes.

“Right Below Your Feet” introduces a group of organisms called bryophytes, also known as mosses, liverworts and hornworts. With about 20,000 species in the group, bryophytes exhibit a broad range of physical features and sizes. Unlike most flowering plants, bryophytes can often survive significant water loss. This allows them to thrive in many environments across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from bare rock surfaces to leaves. This exhibit offers a magnified look at bryophytes, and highlights some of the features that have contributed to their remarkable evolutionary success.

The exhibit was planned and produced by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Goffinet Lab (Bryology and Lichenology) in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and Mark Smith, co-owner and founder of Macroscopic Solutions.

Dr. Goffinet and Mr. Smith will talk about how they created the images in the exhibit, from collecting specimens in the field to their use of a Macropod System to capture such intricate details. Real specimens will also be on display at the opening. Visitors will have an opportunity to examine specimens up close and ask questions.

 

*** The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended!!! ***

If you require accommodations to participate, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or CSMNHinfo@uconn.edu by Friday October 21.

Parking information can be found at https://csmnh.uconn.edu/parking/

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This exhibit was funded by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History with additional support from a National Science Foundation grant entitled Collaborative research: Diversity of the moss Physcomitrium pyriforme: significance of autopolyploidy within a phylogenomic and experimental framework, awarded to Dr. Bernard Goffinet in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (No. DEB-1753811).

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

America’s Public Lands: A Political and Conservation Success Story

17 November 2022: John Leshy

Emeritus Distinguished Professor, University of California, Hastings College of Law

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

Teale Lecture poster for 2022-2023

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

The Extreme-Weather Climate Gap: Implications for Cities, Risk, and Vulnerability

2 February 2023: J. Marshall Shepherd (Virtual Presentation)

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Georgia

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

Teale Lecture poster for 2022-2023

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

From Vulnerability Indices to Profiles

2 March 2023: Arun Agrawal

Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

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

Teale Lecture poster for 2022-2023

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

World Without Us, World With Us

23 March 2023: Alan Weisman

Author of The World Without Us, Journalist, Co-Founder - Homelands Productions

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

Teale Lecture poster for 2022-2023

EDWIN WAY TEALE LECTURE SERIES

Biodiversity Science and Solutions for the Anthropocene

27 April 2023: Andrew Gonzalez

Professor and Liber Ero Chair in Biodiversity Conservation, Department of Biology, and Director of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, McGill University

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

Teale Lecture poster for 2022-2023