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).

April 16: Native Plant Mini-Talks 

Have you been interested in incorporating native plants into your landscape but haven’t known which kinds to use? In the Native Plant Mini-Talks, we will cover three basic areas that many gardeners are interested in. Each talk will last approximately 15-20 minutes and will include slides and potted examples of the plants mentioned in the talks. Free for Spring Plant Sale participants. 

  • 10 AM – Gardening for Birds – Enjoy natural insect control by inviting their predators (birds) to your yard. In this talk, we will introduce you to native plants that you can use to make your garden more attractive and beneficial to birds. 
  • 12 PM – Plants for Shade – Gardening in the shade instead of sunshine can present a unique set of challenges. In this talk, we will introduce you to some of the native plants that can thrive in shady conditions. 
  • 2 PM – Gardening for Butterflies - Starting your own butterfly garden can be as easy as planting flowering plants that will provide nectar for adult butterflies. You can also incorporate host plants for the caterpillars to support their whole life cycle. In this talk, we’ll walk you through some of the basics of starting your own butterfly garden and help you learn about plants that would be appropriate for this kind of garden. 

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.