Feb 25
Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years—The Eugene Story

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers,...
February 25
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change. Through photographs, recorded interviews, and historical archives, Racing to Change explores how racist policies and attitudes created a pressing need for bold civil rights activism in Eugene. Firsthand accounts from movement organizers, former UO students, elected officials, and other members of Oregon's black communities paint a vivid picture of the area's past, and urge us to take part in building a more just future. On view through May 10, 2020.

Mar 4
Ideas on Tap: Where is My Arm?

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, join University of Oregon human physiology professor Andy Karduna for Where is My Arm?—a discussion about proprioception, or how we know where our body is in spac...
March 4
Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, join University of Oregon human physiology professor Andy Karduna for Where is My Arm?—a discussion about proprioception, or how we know where our body is in space. Admission is free and food and beverages are available for purchase. Learn more at mnch.uoregon.edu/learn/ideas-on-tap.

Mar 5
"On Rising Together: Creative and Collective Responses to the Climate Crisis"

With each record-breaking storm or flood it becomes clearer that climate change and rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States. Writer Elizabeth Rush travelled from vanishing shorelines in New England to inundated bayous in Louisiana to chronicle the impact of sea level rise on ...
March 5
First United Methodist Church

With each record-breaking storm or flood it becomes clearer that climate change and rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States. Writer Elizabeth Rush travelled from vanishing shorelines in New England to inundated bayous in Louisiana to chronicle the impact of sea level rise on vulnerable communities and ecosystems. She employed a literary approach for her recent book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. “I believe that language can lessen the distance between humans and the world of which we are a part; I believe that it can foster interspecies intimacy and, as a result, care.” Elizabeth Rush, the Oregon Humanities Center's 2019–20 Robert D. Clark Lecturer, will give a talk, “On Rising Together: Creative and Collective Responses to the Climate Crisis,” on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. in Eugene. What might we learn from the people living on climate change’s front lines about the future that we share? In her talk, Rush will speak about a small community on the eastern shore of Staten Island––a place that hurricane Sandy both undid and remade from the ground up––investigating the storm’s aftermath and the radical decisions residents made about how to overcome their shared vulnerability. She will give voice to those who have traditionally been left out of environmental discourse and how we might make the conversation more whole moving forward. Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Gaurdian, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and the New Republic, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship, awarded by Brown University; the Society for Environmental Journalism Grant; the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship; and the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University, and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.

Mar 6
Free First Friday at the Museum

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.
March 6
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.

Mar 7
GRAND OPENING WEEKEND: Natural Athletes

Hightail it to the museum for a track and field competition like no other—with cheetahs, kangaroos, chimps, and other mammals all going for gold! From the javelin throw to the high jump, learn which animals would triumph on the track, and explore the amazing adaptations that make it all possible. Th...
March 7
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Hightail it to the museum for a track and field competition like no other—with cheetahs, kangaroos, chimps, and other mammals all going for gold! From the javelin throw to the high jump, learn which animals would triumph on the track, and explore the amazing adaptations that make it all possible. Through colorful displays and interactive stations, you’ll delve into TrackTown culture, learn about health and fitness research happening at the University of Oregon, and be inspired to move your body toward optimal wellness. On view through August 30, 2020 Grand Opening Weekend: Join us for a weekend-long celebration of animal athletes! Explore the new exhibit, create your own animal crafts, and get moving with track & field-inspired activities at this family friendly event. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount. Not a current member? New memberships are available for 20 percent off throughout the weekend. Visit mnch.uoregon.edu for details.

Mar 12
Local Legends: Women in Sports

Celebrate Women's History Month with a panel of legendary female athletes. Bev Smith, Becky Sisley, Lois Youngen, and Grace Golden will reflect on their experiences as athletes, coaches, and advocates for women in sports. Moderated by Peg Rees, past director of Physical Education at the University o...
March 12
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Celebrate Women's History Month with a panel of legendary female athletes. Bev Smith, Becky Sisley, Lois Youngen, and Grace Golden will reflect on their experiences as athletes, coaches, and advocates for women in sports. Moderated by Peg Rees, past director of Physical Education at the University of Oregon, the panel will be followed by an audience-driven discussion. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount. More about the panelists: Bev Smith is a three-time Olympian and former UO women’s basketball player and coach. Becky Sisley is a USATF Masters American and world record holder. Lois Youngen was a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Grace Golden is a Becky L. Sisley Awardee and the Program Director and Clinical Research Coordinator for the Graduate Athletic Training Program, UO Department of Physiology.

Mar 14
Second Saturdays at the Museum

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. In March, we'll have Fun with Fossils, exploring the amazing stories of the giant spiked-tooth salmon and other animals from Oregon's deep past. A drop-i...
March 14
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. In March, we'll have Fun with Fossils, exploring the amazing stories of the giant spiked-tooth salmon and other animals from Oregon's deep past. A drop-in event, Second Saturday is perfect for children ages three and up with an accompanying adult. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Mar 20
Little Wonders: Museum Fun for Preschoolers

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event. This month's theme is Fascinating Flowers. Enjoy crafts, games, and a story about one of nature's most beautiful things. Included with regular admission; fr...
March 20
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event. This month's theme is Fascinating Flowers. Enjoy crafts, games, and a story about one of nature's most beautiful things. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Mar 24
Certified Interpretive Guide Training

In partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is proud to offer a four-day interpretive guide training course. The training focuses on planning and presenting programs for visitors at interpretive sites like museums, nature centers, parks...
March 24
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

In partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is proud to offer a four-day interpretive guide training course. The training focuses on planning and presenting programs for visitors at interpretive sites like museums, nature centers, parks, zoos, and historic sites. It also provides powerful communication tools for teachers, law/code enforcement officers, librarians, and anyone who works with members of the public to capture attention, explain a resource or idea, and inspire positive action on the part of an audience. The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will aid you in improving your presentation techniques. The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. **Registration is now full. Please email robyna@uoregon.edu to get on the wait list.**

Apr 1
Ideas on Tap: The Truth About Dishonesty

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, join David Markowitz, assistant professor in the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, for The Truth About Dishonesty, a discussion of how ...
April 1
Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, join David Markowitz, assistant professor in the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, for The Truth About Dishonesty, a discussion of how deception plays a fundamental role in our lives—from how we date to how we use language, and why detecting deception is such a challenge. Admission is free and food and beverages are available for purchase. Learn more at mnch.uoregon.edu/learn/ideas-on-tap.

Apr 3
Museum of Natural and Cultural History Annual Dinner: Fossils and our Future

Social hour: 5:30 p.m. Dinner and talk: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Giustina Ballroom Join museum paleontologist Edward Davis for an evening of food, drink, and conservation science! Enjoy cocktails and live music during the social hour, then sit down to a delicious dinner that celebrates sustainable, pl...
April 3
Ford Alumni Center

Social hour: 5:30 p.m. Dinner and talk: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Giustina Ballroom Join museum paleontologist Edward Davis for an evening of food, drink, and conservation science! Enjoy cocktails and live music during the social hour, then sit down to a delicious dinner that celebrates sustainable, plant-based cuisine and local wines. During dinner, we'll journey with Davis into Oregon's deep past, uncovering what fossils can teach us about our ecosystems in the present and future. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Each ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, a three-course dinner, and wine. Tickets are $80 for MNCH members and $95 for the public. Tables of eight are available for $600. Tickets on sale now. For more information, call 541-346-1671 or email rhyde@uoregon.edu.

Apr 4
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Smithsonian affiliates across the nation are proud to join in this collective celebration of conservation, biodiversity, and Earth Optimism. Enjoy free admission for two when you present a #MuseumDay ticket, available for download beginning February 27 ...
April 4
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Smithsonian affiliates across the nation are proud to join in this collective celebration of conservation, biodiversity, and Earth Optimism. Enjoy free admission for two when you present a #MuseumDay ticket, available for download beginning February 27 at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Apr 9
Eugene's Black Communities—Then and Now

Join Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, Deborah Reynolds, Elder Roy Samuels, Jennifer Broadous-Scurlock, and Callan Coleman as they share stories from Eugene's civil rights years and their ongoing experiences as members of Eugene's Black community. Moderated by Oregon Black Pioneers President Willie Richardson...
April 9
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, Deborah Reynolds, Elder Roy Samuels, Jennifer Broadous-Scurlock, and Callan Coleman as they share stories from Eugene's civil rights years and their ongoing experiences as members of Eugene's Black community. Moderated by Oregon Black Pioneers President Willie Richardson, the panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Apr 11
Second Saturdays at the Museum

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. In April, we'll gear up for Earth Day 2020 with a celebration of our Beloved Earth. Through science experiments and hands-on fun, you can explore what makes...
April 11
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. In April, we'll gear up for Earth Day 2020 with a celebration of our Beloved Earth. Through science experiments and hands-on fun, you can explore what makes our planet so special—and learn how we can keep it that way. A drop-in event, Second Saturday is perfect for children ages three and up with an accompanying adult. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Apr 17
Little Wonders: Museum Fun for Preschoolers

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event. This month's theme is Earth Day! Come learn about how we can care for our planet through games, crafts, and a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax. Inc...
April 17
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event. This month's theme is Earth Day! Come learn about how we can care for our planet through games, crafts, and a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Apr 22
Earth Day at the Museum

Join us in celebrating our home planet—and the people who steward it—with an afternoon of Earth science Walk & Talks, plus Earth Day cupcakes. Walk & Talks begin at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail...
April 22
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join us in celebrating our home planet—and the people who steward it—with an afternoon of Earth science Walk & Talks, plus Earth Day cupcakes. Walk & Talks begin at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Apr 23
Organized Bigotry—A History of Hate Groups in Oregon

Join Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and a national expert on the history of hate violence, for an examination of hate groups in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. What are the impacts of these groups on People of Color, other minorities, and our democratic institutions? Wh...
April 23
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and a national expert on the history of hate violence, for an examination of hate groups in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. What are the impacts of these groups on People of Color, other minorities, and our democratic institutions? What actions we can take to counter the hate? Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Apr 29
Climate Change Research Symposium

The University of Oregon Climate Change Research Group and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History present the 9th annual Climate Change Research Symposium, showcasing scholarship from multiple disciplines on climate-related issues. The symposium features research by UO faculty, graduate students...
April 29
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The University of Oregon Climate Change Research Group and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History present the 9th annual Climate Change Research Symposium, showcasing scholarship from multiple disciplines on climate-related issues. The symposium features research by UO faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. It’s open to the public as well as the UO community, and admission is free. Learn more at climatechange.uoregon.edu.

May 6
Ideas on Tap: Advanced Analytics in Sports

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, join Courtney Cox, assistant professor of race and sport at the University of Oregon, for a look at the sports industry's use of quantitative data to predict and ...
May 6
Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, join Courtney Cox, assistant professor of race and sport at the University of Oregon, for a look at the sports industry's use of quantitative data to predict and enhance athletic performance—and explore what it all means for athletes, from the weekend warrior to the Golden State Warriors.