These programs (unless otherwise noted) are open to the public and are free with paid general admission or Heard Museum Membership. Many of these programs will have an outside component. Please dress appropriately. Click here to preregister (required).

May 21:  An Introduction to Fossil Preparation 

9:30 a.m.

For many like the Heard Museum Paleontology Lab volunteers, the opportunity to work on fossilized reptiles, dinosaurs, and fish from the Paleozoic is a dream job that has gripped the imagination of so many of us since childhood. At the Heard Museum, dreams can come true when you become a volunteer. On Saturday May 21st, learn about the current preparation being done in the lab, the methods and materials we use, and what it takes to become a fossil preparator. 

June 18: Pond Ponderings 

9:30 a.m.

Learn about the life in and around ponds. You never know what you may find: dragonflies as adults and as aquatic nymphs, tadpoles and frogs, turtles, minnows, or maybe even a ribbon snake. We’ll look at these organisms up close and discuss why water is so important to the ecosystem.  We’ll also look at at aquatic and semi-aquatic plants and discuss why they’re just as important in habitat.  Be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little wet and shoes that will be ok with a bit of mud.