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Houston Museum of Natural Science

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5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
http://www.hmns.org/

February 2020

AT: DIY IRL: Adventures of Light and Color

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$18 – $30

From firefly flashes and rainbows to things that glow-in-the-dark, explore eye-catching effects and the science behind them. This evening you will experiment with color, fluorescence, luminescence and more to learn about light.

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March 2020

AT: Space Out! Expedition Reef

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$14 – $25

Tonight we travel to inner spaces! Plunge into the bustling, biodiverse communities hidden within coral reef ecosystems around the world to discover how corals live, breathe, and reproduce. "Expedition Reef" digitally recreates coral reef environments for a truly immersive, full-dome experience. We will explore coral reefs teeming with life and learn how scientists are racing to develop sustainable solutions to protect these vitally important ecosystems for the future. Joining us for discussion this evening are marine biologists specializing in reef…

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AT: DIY IRL: Build Your Own Butterfly Garden

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$30 – $45

Texas is home to the most butterfly species in the United States, but their habitats are shrinking every day. You can help our native pollinators by creating a new habitat right in your own yard or patio. Seasonal species featured in the Cockrell Butterfly Center rainforest are three neotropical butterfly species--Ruby-spotted Swallowtail, Zebra Longwing and Silver-studded Leafwing. In this class led by HMNS Butterfly Rearing Coordinator Jeff Cummins, you will learn which plants the adults and baby butterflies (caterpillars) in…

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AT: Fantastical Beasts: Shellabration of Mollusks and their DIY Homes

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$18 – $30

Dive into Earth's largest ecosystem and examine intriguing examples of diverse ocean life. Discover Malacology - the study of mollusks, invertebrate creatures with soft, unsegmented bodies, many of which house themselves in shells. This fascinating and highly diverse group of animals includes more than 100,000 species, ranging in size from snails so small that we can barely see them to giant squids more than 60 feet long. This interactive class includes a time in the Hall of Malacology.

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AT: Better Safe…Don’t Let Texas Mess with You

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$27 – $40

Learn to stay safe outdoors while getting up close and personal with the toxic creatures and plants in the museum’s collection.

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April 2020

AT: Road Trip! Coastal Birding Mega Migration

April 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$75 – $90

The Texas Coast is a top destination for birders from around the globe. Discover the numerous fascinating birds that can be seen on the Texas coast. Learn about avian ecology and behavior, as well as the natural history of this region. Many different types of birds will be seen--one highlight being the roseate spoonbill rookery. Whether this is your first or fiftieth birding trip, you will see and learn something new. Our guide on this journey is Ken Groue who…

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AT: Space Out! Spring Stargazing Class

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$14 – $25

Constellations change with the seasons, and what can be seen depends on your location on Earth. Whether or not you attended the Winter Stargazing Class on January 15 (above), you shouldn't miss this tour of the spectacular spring constellations with astronomer James Wooten. The class will be in the Burke Baker Planetarium where, rain or shine, the night sky of this specific evening will clearly be seen.

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AT: Senior Science: Our Vast Ocean, Earth’s Most Diverse and Unexplained Ecosystem

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$10 – $20

Still curious after all these years? Explore a wide variety of topics with like-minded learners. Includes admission to a featured exhibition hall.

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AT: Fantastical Beasts: Amazing Arthropods

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$18 – $30

Live giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, stunning walking sticks, tarantulas and much more! Tonight you will meet living insects and other arthropods and learn about their native habitats and unique adaptations for survival. This class includes a time in the Insect Zoo.

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AT: Citizen Science: Save Houston’s Biodiversity with Your Phone by Jaime Gonzalez

April 21 @ 6:30 pm - April 22 @ 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$10 – $16

Houston is well known for its world-class medical center, port, energy industry, and its stunning human cultural and ethnic diversity. Yet, few know that the Houston-Galveston region is also a pulsing biodiversity hotspot, home to everything from bald eagles to hammerhead sharks. Now this natural diversity and beauty is imperiled by a variety of threats. Conservationists are racing to understand, document, and conserve our area³ stunning flora and fauna, and they need your help as a citizen scientist! Join award-winning…

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May 2020

AT: Fantastical Beasts: Native Texans, Lone Star Critters

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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$18 – $30

Travel across our great state, meeting our native species along the way. From the humidity of the Gulf Coast, to the arid mountains of West Texas, to the flat plains of Central Texas – animals have adapted to survive in our diverse state to meet their basic needs of food, water and shelter. From alligators and snakes, to toads and tortoises, Texas has an amazing range of native animals, some who are threatened and endangered. This class includes a time…

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