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We're calling Cupid to help us throw a Latin-inspired art night, complete with music, tacos and tequila. 

Spend Valentine's Day (a day early) at NHM!

First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!

From the Ground Up:
Building a Backyard for the City

Citizen Science Manager Lila Higgins is tracking the latest and greatest developments in the Museum’s new outdoor habitat, the Nature Gardens!
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Citizen Science and Cocktails

When researchers and the public work together, it's always a reason to celebrate. Join us at Citizen Science and Cocktails events to hear from researchers about their citizen science projects.
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Do You Want To Start Your Own Veggie Garden?

NHM's master gardner Florence Nishida explains why we should start our own healthy vegetable garden at home. Fall gardening classes start soon, part of our new and expanded Workshops program! 
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Lectures, Discussions, and Screenings


Evening Lecture with Dr. Donald Johanson

Thursday, January 29, 2015 ǀ 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Face to Face with Lucy: 40 years later

The 1974 discovery of Lucy prompted major rethinking about the origins of humankind.  Our family tree was redrawn and Lucy was assigned to a new species, Australopithecus afarensis. This species exhibited an intriguing mix of primitive ape-like features, such as a small brain, and human-like characters such as the ability to walk upright, much like modern humans.

Now, 40 years later it is appropriate to assess the continuing importance of Lucy for human origins studies and also for what she tells us about being human in today's world. More so than ever before it is critical that we reflect on our place in nature and assess our responsibilities to the planet.

Dr. Don Johanson is a leading paleoanthropologist who discovered our benchmark ancestor “Lucy” 40 years ago, along with many subsequent finds. He speaks globally, has co-authored nine books, and is the Founding Director of the Institute of Human Origins.

Copies of Lucy’s Legacy and From Lucy to Language will be available to purchase in the Museum Store.

Program Schedule:
6:30 pm Doors Open / Reception
7:00 pm Lecture followed by Q&A and book signing
9:00 pm Event concludes

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: E-mail to let us know you are coming!

Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit

February 24 and 25, 2015 ǀ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Presented by NHM and the G3, Green Gardens Group

It's dry and getting drier here in the arid West. But drought is just a symptom of something much more insidious called desertification - creating a man-made desert out of a historically dry area.

In order to influence policy and projects aimed at reducing the effects of climate change, the Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit Partners invite you to join the dialogue and claim a leadership role in building the formula for abundance and urban resiliency:

Living Soil + Carbon Sequestration + Native Plants =
Soil Security = Water Security

Over two days in February 2015 our internationally renowned speakers, in dialogue with YOU, our Summit attendees, will share strategies for:

  • Restoring urban soils
  • Reducing drought
  • Creating a more verdant and economically viable city, and
  • Sequestering carbon in the soil biome to reverse climate change.

Click here for more informaton and register today!