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 CSMNHInfo@uconn.edu at least 3 days before the event.

Upcoming Events

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

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

5 April 2023

More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, An American Love Story with Janet L. Pritchard

Book cover for Janet L. Pritchard's book More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, An American Love Story3-5PM

Barnes & Noble UConn, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs, CT

Talk begins at 3:00PM, with refreshments and book signing to follow.

The CT State Museum of Natural History is pleased to be hosting Janet L. Pritchard for an artist’s talk and signing event for her book More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, An American Love Story.

Janet L. Pritchard is a landscape photographer and Professor of Photography at the University of Connecticut. The artist will share her captivating photographs and insightful personal stories about Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, paying tribute to a complex ecosystem where wild nature and culture meet, and the complexities of our relationship to the natural world are revealed, unlike any other place.

 

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or CSMNHinfo@uconn.edu by Friday March 31.

 

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

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COMMUNITY EVENT

Saturday, 22 April 2023

Earth Day Walk and Clean Up at New Storrs Cemetery with Dr. Erin Kuprewicz

10AM-12PM

New Storrs Cemetery, 85 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, CT 06268

Join mammalogist Dr. Erin Kuprewicz, from the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH), on a guided walk and trail cleanup on the UConn Storrs campus to celebrate Earth Day.

Dr. Kuprewicz will discuss her ongoing research in the massively collaborative camera-trapping project Snapshot USA while we learn about Connecticut forest mammals and clean up an active forest survey site. "Snapshot USA" was launched in 2019 to survey terrestrial wildlife populations across the United States and make data freely available to everyone. This project involves over 115 collaborators from every state in the USA and has been running every fall for the past four years!

 

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CSMNH at 860-486-4460 or CSMNHinfo@uconn.edu by April 17, 2023.

Participants aged 14 and under must be accompanied by a chaperone.

 

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

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