September 2014 Newsletter of the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
Museum Welcomes Visitors to Bring in Objects
Many people find and collect objects that they recognize but can’t identify. Could it be a rock or a fossil? A piece of mammoth tusk or a mineral? All these questions and more can be answered during Science in Action & Object I.D. Day, a FREE, family-friendly, science-packed day of fun from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Everything from bones and rocks to Native American objects and languages are brought in to the museum on this day for the experts to ponder over, identify and explain.
Show your membership card from any other the participating organizations to receive $5 off any listed organizations membership! Participating attractions include the Museum of Osteology, Myriad Gardens, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC Museum of Art, OKC Zoo, Oklahoma Historical Society, Sam Noble Museum and Science Museum Oklahoma.
Spike’s Club: Amazing Animals
Juniors Session (Grades 1 & 2): Tuesdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7
Seniors Session (Grades 3 to 5): Thursdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 9
From the rare and strange, to the colorful and cuddly, animals come in all shapes and sizes. We’ll discover the wildest creatures on earth and explore how animals use their senses to survive all sorts of amazing places! Click here for prices and registration.
Adult Invertebrate Fossil Field Trip
Member registration opens Aug. 4, non-members Aug. 13
Friday, Sept. 19, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join invertebrate paleontology curator Dr. Steve Westrop for an exciting journey into Oklahoma’s Paleozoic past. Explore life in Oklahoma’s ancient oceans with a close-up look at some of the museum’s finest invertebrate specimens then travel in museum vans to a site where you will find a variety of marine fossils that you can take home! Click here for prices and registration.
Family Workshop: Walk on the Wild Side!
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to noon
Get your hands and feet dirty as we discover and identify native Oklahoma animal tracks! We’ll begin our adventure at the museum as we explore the way animals move and what kinds of tracks we might encounter. Then we’ll caravan to a nearby park to begin the search! This event is for children 6 and up with an adult. Click here for prices and registration.
Educational programming is sponsored in part by Fowler Auto Group, Arvest Bank and Republic Bank & Trust. To enroll, call (405) 325-1008 or visit the website here.
September Marks 100th Anniversary of Extinction of Passenger Pigeon
1914: The first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is placed in Washington D.C. Charlie Chaplain stars in his second film, “The Tramp”. Doctors complete the first successful blood transfusion in Brussels, and World War I begins. When looking back on this most historic year, one critical event is often overlooked- the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Read the full story here.
RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species
Sept. 13 through Jan. 19, 2015
This exhibit includes well-known endangered species like bald eagles and sea turtles, but it also spotlights more unfamiliar species including the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly and the Higgins eye mussel. In addition to highlighting those species most in danger, the exhibition also celebrates endangered species making a comeback including the gray wolf and the American alligator, which have both rebounded from the verge of extinction.
Formed in Stone: The Natural Beauty of Fossils
July 4 through Jan. 4, 2015
The Sam Noble Museum hosts the temporary photographic exhibit Formed in Stone: The Natural Beauty of Fossils featuring an array of dazzling geometric designs on fossils dating from 80 to 455 million years old. The exhibit includes digital photographs magnified up to 60 times to reveal the hidden surface of each fossilized microorganism. Accompanying the image gallery are 12 diverse physical specimens, eight of which are from Oklahoma.
A private behind-the-scenes tour for you and seven friends!
When you become a member of the museum, you become part of an adventure that reaches back through millions of years of history to leave a legacy for generations to come. A Director’s Circle membership offers a unique look at the museum’s collections with a guided tour from director, Michael Mares and much more! Learn more here.
Monday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free First Monday
Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum the first Monday of every month. A school or group scheduling an education program (Discovery Room session, class, lab, docent tour, etc.) on a Free First Monday will be charged the program and admission rates as set forth by the education department. A school or group (scheduled or unscheduled) coming to the museum to tour exhibits on a Free First Monday will not pay admission.
Sunday, Sept. 7, 1 to 5 p.m.
Complimentary admission and family memberships at a discounted cost of $35 to all grandparents on Sunday, Sept. 7, in honor of National Grandparent’s Day.
Friday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: A Scientific Revolution: The Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes
Astronomy is going through a scientific revolution, responding to a flood of data from the Hubble Space Telescope, other space missions, large telescopes on the ground and super-computer simulations. Jonathan P. Gardner is the chief of the observational cosmology lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and the deputy senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. In this lecture he will discuss some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 20 years and the role that space telescopes have played in those discoveries. Complimentary admission.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum Day LIVE!
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free! The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Get yours today!
Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 to 5 p.m.
Science in Action & Object I.D. Day
Enjoy this FREE, family-friendly, science-packed day of discovery and fun featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities. Many people find and collect objects that they recognize, but can’t identify. Could it be a rock or a fossil? A piece of mammoth tusk or a mineral? Bring in your natural history objects to be identified! The Redbud Café will be open during the event. Complimentary admission.
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Did You Know?
Conservation is an ongoing effort. Did you know:
Since 1973, the Environmental Species Act has helped prevent the extinction of our nation’s wildlife treasures, including the bald eagle, the Florida manatee and the California condor.
In 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Services reported 2,054 species worldwide that are endangered or threatened. 1,436 exist in the US alone.
Freshwater ecosystems are home to more than 100,000 known species of plants and animals and are now one of the most endangered habitats in the world.
RARE: Portraits of Endangered Species examines the history, purpose, and effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and will be on display beginning Sept. 13. Sponsored by Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores.