Jan 14
2021 Oregon Stewardship Award

Nominations open Saturday, January 2 through Sunday, January 31 The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is inviting nominations for the 2021 Oregon Stewardship Award. Spearheaded by the museum's advisory council, the award recognizes an environmental or cultural heritage project that involves th...
January 14

Nominations open Saturday, January 2 through Sunday, January 31 The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is inviting nominations for the 2021 Oregon Stewardship Award. Spearheaded by the museum's advisory council, the award recognizes an environmental or cultural heritage project that involves the community and aligns with the museum's mission to inspire stewardship of our past, present, and future. The $1000 award includes recognition of the project and its organizer(s) in the Oregon Heroes section of our Explore Oregon exhibit. Learn more about the award. Online nominations open Saturday, January 2 and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 31. The 2021 awardee will be announced on March 1.

Jan 15
Little Wonders: Museum Fun for Preschoolers

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month, come and see, touch, hear, smell, and taste your way through crafts and activities celebrating the five se...
January 15

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month, come and see, touch, hear, smell, and taste your way through crafts and activities celebrating the five senses! Head to Little Wonders Online beginning Friday, January 15 and join the fun! We'll also enjoy a live, virtual story time that morning at 10:30. Preregistration is required for the story time and space is limited to 25 participants. There is no cost to participate. Little Wonders activity kits: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum is temporarily closed to the public and we are unable to offer Little Wonders kits for pickup at this time. Rest assured that you can enjoy this month's activities using easy-to-find materials at home, or simply modify the activities to suit your needs. MNCH members can order up to two free activity kits by completing our request form; we will mail kits to members while supplies last.

Feb 1
Explore from Home: DNA—Cracking the Code!

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Explore from Home/Explora desde casa programs offer online museum adventures for the whole family—featuring hands-on science and culture activities, crafts, games, and more! Varying in length from 15 to 60 minutes, there are activities for children of all...
February 1

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Explore from Home/Explora desde casa programs offer online museum adventures for the whole family—featuring hands-on science and culture activities, crafts, games, and more! Varying in length from 15 to 60 minutes, there are activities for children of all ages. Our next Explore from Home adventure begins Monday, February 1, with DNA—Cracking the Code! DNA is the code behind all of life on Earth. Join us online and explore how this code helps animals thrive in their diverse habitats. We'll look at animals' adaptations, extract DNA from an onion, and create code for our very own imaginary critters! This program is made possible with support from the University of Oregon’s Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Feb 3
Ideas on Tap: Saving California Condors

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Kelli Walker, senior keeper of California condors at the Oregon Zoo, for a look at the zoo's condor breeding program and how it's helping to conserve th...
February 3

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Kelli Walker, senior keeper of California condors at the Oregon Zoo, for a look at the zoo's condor breeding program and how it's helping to conserve this critically endangered species. THREE WAYS TO WATCH: Register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on our Facebook page, or catch it later on our YouTube channel. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home.

Feb 11
LOVE SCIENCE? You'll love the museum store.

Charles Darwin's birthday meets Valentine's Day during the museum store's annual Love Science sale! From barware and jewelry to books and toys, we've got a science-themed gift for every valentine on your list—plus our all-new Love Science gift bags, chock full of museum store favorites. Take 10 perc...
February 11
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Charles Darwin's birthday meets Valentine's Day during the museum store's annual Love Science sale! From barware and jewelry to books and toys, we've got a science-themed gift for every valentine on your list—plus our all-new Love Science gift bags, chock full of museum store favorites. Take 10 percent off all non-consignment purchases (20 percent off for museum members and UO faculty and staff), and receive a free tote bag with your purchase of $50 or more. Visit our website to learn more.

Feb 18
Darwin Talks: Can de-extinction reverse mass extinction?

DARWIN TALKS: The Science and Ethics of De-Extinction The Museum of Natural and Cultural History celebrates Charles Darwin's birthday with our annual Darwin Conversations, held virtually this year. Join us online as we explore current extinction trends and weigh the pros and cons of bringing extin...
February 18

DARWIN TALKS: The Science and Ethics of De-Extinction The Museum of Natural and Cultural History celebrates Charles Darwin's birthday with our annual Darwin Conversations, held virtually this year. Join us online as we explore current extinction trends and weigh the pros and cons of bringing extinct species back to life. Can de-extinction reverse mass extinction? We appear to be triggering extinctions at rates that are on par with some of planet's largest mass extinction events. Join Douglas McCauley, marine ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to explore the science behind this unfolding mass extinction—and whether de-extinction can help put on the brakes. THREE WAYS TO WATCH: Register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on our Facebook page, or catch it later on our YouTube channel. This program is made possible with support from the University of Oregon’s Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Feb 19
Little Wonders: Museum Fun for Preschoolers

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month, we'll bite into the science of animal teeth. What if you had teeth like a shark or snake? What would you e...
February 19

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month, we'll bite into the science of animal teeth. What if you had teeth like a shark or snake? What would you eat? Through crafts and other hands-on fun, we'll discover what teeth can tell us about how and what animals eat. Head to Little Wonders Online beginning Friday, February 19 and join the fun! We'll also enjoy a live, virtual story time that morning at 10:30. Preregistration is required for the story time and space is limited to 25 participants. There is no cost to participate. Want a little help gathering the materials? We now have Little Wonders activity kits, available for pick-up at the museum starting Thursday, February 18. Kits are $5 each; MNCH members are entitled to two free kits each month; discounted kits are available to Oregon Trail or other EBT card holders. Supplies are limited and kits are available on a first- come, first-served basis. Pick up your kit Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Feb 25
Darwin Talks: Can—and should—we bring back extinct species?

DARWIN TALKS: The Science and Ethics of De-Extinction The Museum of Natural and Cultural History celebrates Charles Darwin's birthday with our annual Darwin Conversations, held virtually this year. Join us online as we explore current extinction trends and weigh the pros and cons of bringing extin...
February 25

DARWIN TALKS: The Science and Ethics of De-Extinction The Museum of Natural and Cultural History celebrates Charles Darwin's birthday with our annual Darwin Conversations, held virtually this year. Join us online as we explore current extinction trends and weigh the pros and cons of bringing extinct species back to life. Can—and should—we bring back extinct species? Bringing back recently extinct species sounds like a good idea, especially if people were responsible for their extinction. But what’s involved, ethically as well as scientifically? Join Ross MacPhee, the American Museum of Natural History's senior mammalogy curator, for a lively discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls of de-extinction biology. THREE WAYS TO WATCH: Register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on our Facebook page, or catch it later on our YouTube channel. This program is made possible with support from the University of Oregon’s Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Mar 3
Ideas on Tap: Housing Instability and Eugene's Vulnerable Populations 

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, Join University of Oregon sociologist Claire Herbert for a look at Eugene's affordable housing crisis and what it means for the city's students, former priso...
March 3

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, Join University of Oregon sociologist Claire Herbert for a look at Eugene's affordable housing crisis and what it means for the city's students, former prisoners, and others at risk for experiencing houselessness. THREE WAYS TO WATCH: Register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on our Facebook page, or catch it later on our YouTube channel. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home.

Mar 19
Little Wonders: Museum Fun for Preschoolers

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. Rain, snow, ice...where does it all come from? This month we look outside to explore the water cycle and how it shapes...
March 19

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. Rain, snow, ice...where does it all come from? This month we look outside to explore the water cycle and how it shapes the world around us. Head to Little Wonders Online beginning Friday, March 19 and join the fun! We'll also njoy a live, virtual story time that morning at 10:30. Preregistration is required for the story time and space is limited to 25 participants. There is no cost to participate. Want a little help gathering the materials? We now have Little Wonders activity kits, available for pick-up at the museum starting Thursday, March 18. Kits are $5 each; MNCH members are entitled to two free kits each month; discounted kits are available to Oregon Trail or other EBT card holders. Supplies are limited and kits are available on a first- come, first-served basis. Pick up your kit Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Apr 7
Ideas on Tap: Beneath the Tips of Greenlandic Icebergs

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join University of Oregon oceanographer Dave Sutherland for a discussion of the iceberg life cycle, and learn how Greenlandic iceberg melt is affecting globa...
April 7

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join University of Oregon oceanographer Dave Sutherland for a discussion of the iceberg life cycle, and learn how Greenlandic iceberg melt is affecting global climate, from sea level rise to ocean circulation. THREE WAYS TO WATCH: Register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on our Facebook page, or catch it later on our YouTube channel. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home.

Apr 16
Little Wonders: Museum Fun for Preschoolers

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. April showers bring May flowers, but how do flowers spread their pollen? Join us this month as we discover the wonderf...
April 16

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. April showers bring May flowers, but how do flowers spread their pollen? Join us this month as we discover the wonderful world of pollinators. Head to Little Wonders Online beginning Friday, April 16 and join the fun! We'll also enjoy a live, virtual story time that morning at 10:30. Preregistration is required for the story time and space is limited to 25 participants. There is no cost to participate. Want a little help gathering the materials? We now have Little Wonders activity kits, available for pick-up at the museum starting Thursday, April 15. Kits are $5 each; MNCH members are entitled to two free kits each month; discounted kits are available to Oregon Trail or other EBT card holders. Supplies are limited and kits are available on a first- come, first-served basis. Pick up your kit Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.