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June 2021

Yoga at the Sam Noble Museum

June 7, 2021 @ 8:30 am - December 20, 2021 @ 9:25 am
Sam Noble Museum W. R. Howell Pleistocene Plaza, 2401 Chautauqua Avenue Norman, OK 73072 United States
Norman, OK 73072 United States

Yoga at the Museum is canceled for Monday, June 21.  Join OU Fit & Rec's Wild Yoga class at the museum to experience the breath, flow and serenity of natural history! Yoga on Mondays 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. This class is free to the University of Oklahoma Community (faculty, staff, students, retirees and museum volunteers). Participants must enter through the “Staff Entrance” door, just east of the main entrance. Instructions for class: Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals…

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Crafts and Tales

June 16, 2021 @ 11:15 am - December 22, 2021 @ 11:30 am

Join us for a story followed by an activity that can range from learning about a real specimen from our collections to crafting a thematic piece of artwork! Crafts and Tales (formerly Storytime at the Sam) takes place at 11:15 a.m. in the Great Hall every Wednesday. 

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Family Program: Explore the Dark

June 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chatauqua Ave
Norman, OK 73072 United States

What creatures can you discover living in the dark? Join us for a night of games, crafts and fun as we discover different dark environments and the animals and plants that call them home. This program also features exploration of the museum’s newest temporary exhibit, In the Dark. Deadline to Register: June 17 Price: $10 (Member Adult or Youth) and $15 (Non-Member Adult or Youth)

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Public Program: Glowing in the Dark

June 26, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a magical day as we explore bioluminescence! This bilingual (English and Spanish) program will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This program will feature crafts based on the glow of marine life, as well as the glimmer of land critters. There will be a variety of activities ranging from glow-in-the-dark stencil art to learning about what crawls beneath our feet! All activities are free with general admission. En español: ¡Únete a nosotros para un día…

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Programa Publico: Brillando en la Oscuridad

June 26, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

¡Únete a nosotros para un día mágico en el que exploraremos la bioluminiscencia! Este evento tendrá actividades de arte basadas en la fluorescencia de la vida marina y las luces tenues de criaturas terrestres. ¡Vamos a tener una variedad de actividades que abarcan desde manualidades fluorescentes hasta el aprendizaje de las criaturas que viven debajo del suelo que pisamos! Todas las actividades son gratis con la admisión general.

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July 2021

Little Scientists: Name That Dinosaur

July 8, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chatauqua Ave
Norman, OK 73072 United States

Note: This program is now full. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please contact Visitor Services at (405) 325-7977. How many dinosaurs can you name? Discover what ancient creatures roamed Oklahoma through games, songs, crafts and lots of fun for you and your little one! Deadline to Register: June 30 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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Public Program: The Amazing World of Bats

July 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a day of uncovering the unique world of bats! WildCare, a local animal rehabilitation center, will be on site to answer any questions you may have about helping injured animals. Do you have questions that you have always wanted to ask a mammal expert? Well, we’ll have those too! Dr. Brandi Coyner, mammalogy curatorial associate, will be answering questions and unveiling the threats that bats face. Through crafts and activities, you’ll also have the chance to learn…

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Family Program: A Night With Bats

July 23, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Explore the amazing life of bats! After a short exploration and introduction with a museum scientist, we will travel by caravan to a local park to encounter high-flying mammals and more! Deadline to Register: July 15 Price: $10 (Member Adult or Youth) and $15 (Non-Member Adult or Youth)

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August 2021

Public Program: Deep Space Exploration

August 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Are aliens real? How do scientists see deep space? Who are our space heroes? All of these questions will be answered, and more! Join us for a day of crafts and hands-on activities to better understand our galaxy. There will also be presentations by astronomer Dr. Wisniewski, astronomer, and the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, from Science Museum Oklahoma! This bilingual (English and Spanish) program will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All activities are free with general admission. 

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Family Program: Across the Pond

August 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What kinds of animals, plants and other organisms call ponds home? Join us as for some slippery, scaly fun to find out! We will meet at a Norman park and learn about frogs, fish, insects and other water-dwelling creatures. Deadline to Register: August 13 Price: $10 (Member Adult or Youth) and $15 (Non-Member Adult or Youth)

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Little Scientists: Creepy Crawlies

August 24, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: August 16 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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Tiger Scout Workshop: The Sky is the Limit

August 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: August 20 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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Webelos Workshop: Naturalist

August 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: August 20 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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September 2021

Adults Only Night: In the Dark

September 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
summer explorers

Under the cloak of darkness, the Sam Noble Museum beckons! Join us for a night of trivia, games and hands-on natural history. Explore our exhibits after hours, win prizes and experience the Sam Noble Museum like never before. You will also have the chance to check out our visiting exhibit In the Dark before it goes “dark” for good. Deadline to Register: September 3 Price: $25 (Member) $30 (Non-Member)

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Family Program: Butterfly Gardening

September 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Sam Noble Museum educators and Cleveland County horticultural educator Courtney Dekalb-Meyers to learn about the wonderful world of butterfly gardening! Your family will discover what kinds of flowers and plants can attract butterflies, explore the museum’s flower garden, make a fun butterfly craft, and get your own butterfly garden starter kit to take home! Deadline to Register: August 27 Price: $10 (Member Adult or Youth) and $15 (Non-Member Adult or Youth)

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Public Program: Monarchs at the Museum

September 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to tag and release a butterfly? This may be your chance! Join us as we learn about butterflies native to Oklahoma and monarch migration, and you will even receive a special packet of wildflower seeds to take home (while supplies last)! Okies for Monarchs will be here to answer any questions you may have about these special pollinators, and Cleveland County horticulture educator Courtney Dekalb- Meyers will present a talk. Fly along with us as we…

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Little Scientists: Birds

September 14, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: September 6 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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Little Scientists: Nature Art

September 28, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: September 20 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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October 2021

Wolf Scout Workshop: Digging in the Past

October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wolf Cub Scouts graphic

Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: September 24 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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Bear Scout Workshop: World of Sound

October 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bear Cub Scouts

Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: September 24 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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Little Scientists: Fall

October 12, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: October 4 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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Public Program: WeDigBio

October 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participate in a global science festival while assisting with the digitization of our collections! Participants will get to interact with real specimens to upload onto the database. This is a global event and live feeds will be on display throughout the afternoon to showcase everyone’s hard work! You will also get the chance to tour behind-the-scenes in some of our collections to see where your specimens have been stored all these years. Because of the nature of the event, typing…

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Family Program: Family Insect Safari and Macrophotography Workshop

October 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join artist Thomas Shahan to learn how to capture images of the tiniest of creatures! Families will learn the basics of macrophotography, visit the museum’s temporary exhibit Beautiful Beasts, make a fun craft and go outside to take photographs of their own. Deadline to Register: October 15 Price: $15 (Member Adult or Youth) and $20 (Non-Member Adult or Youth)

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Public Program: Spider Spectacular

October 23, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a day of sticky, stretchy and spooky fun! How did spider webs evolve? How do spiders liquidate their prey? These are a few of the weird and spooky questions we will craft our way through. Be sure to hunt for the spiders around the museum and learn about the things around which spiders crawl in Oklahoma! This bilingual (English and Spanish) program will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All activities are free with general…

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Adult Macrophotography Workshop

October 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Are you looking for a unique way to take photographs? Join us as we work with artist Thomas Shahan to learn some new and interesting approaches to capturing the perfect shot. Participants will learn about macrophotography techniques, visit the museum’s temporary exhibit Beautiful Beasts before taking macrophotographs on the museum grounds. Deadline to Register: October 15 Price: $25 (Member) $30 (Non-Member)

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Little Scientists: I’m a Scientist!

October 26, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: October 18 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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November 2021

Public Program: Día De Los Muertos Para Los Animales (Day of the Dead for the Animals)

November 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us to learn all about Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead! Day of the Dead is a Hispanic holiday that is celebrated all over Latin America. The Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) will be collaborating with the museum to provide Spanish content on-site! Part of a 3,000-year-old tradition, visitors will learn about celebrating the life that is no longer with us. As a natural history museum, visitors can also learn about and celebrate the animals who…

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Little Scientists: Wet and Wild

November 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: November 1 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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Webelos Workshop: Earth Rocks

November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webelos Cub Scouts graphic

Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: November 5 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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Tiger Scout Workshop: Tiger Tales

November 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tiger Cub Scouts graphic

Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: November 5 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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Family Program: Tinker Time

November 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What makes a lightbulb light up? How do circuits work? We will learn the answers to these questions as we tinker away with simple circuits and lemon lightbulbs before making our own light up creation to take home! Deadline to Register: November 12 Price: $15 (Member Adult or Youth) and $20 (Non-Member Adult or Youth)

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Little Scientists: Grossology

November 30, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: November 22 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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December 2021

Adult Program: Vertebrate Paleontology – Up Close

December 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of Jurassic proportions! Go behind the scenes as we take a tour of the vertebrate paleontology preparation lab and meet paleontologists from the museum. Afterwards, we will tour the Hall of Ancient Life and participate in microfossil picking. Deadline to Register: December 3 Price: $25 (Member) $30 (Non-Member)

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Bear Scout Workshop: Super Science

December 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bear Cub Scouts

Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: December 3 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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Wolf Scout Workshop: Air of the Wolf

December 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wolf Cub Scouts graphic

Earn a belt loop or pin at the museum! The Sam Noble Museum offers workshops for Scouts and troops throughout the year. Scouts explore museum galleries and engage in hands-on activities to earn a badge, loop or pin. Deadline to Register: December 3 Price: $15 (Scout) and $7 (Accompanying Adult)

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Little Scientists: Winter Animals

December 14, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts and museum exploration. Little Scientists is for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Deadline to Register: December 6 Price: $5 (Member Adult or Youth) and $7 (Non-Member Adults or Youth)

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