Draper Natural History Museum Programs
Natural history programs take participants beyond the walls of the Center. Through field trips, presentations by experts in their fields, and special events, there are many opportunities to experience Yellowstone’s nature first-hand and up-close.
Our 2017 Lunchtime Expedition series begins in April and runs through December, the first Thursday of each month. These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.
- July 6: Jesse Boulerice with Past, Present, and Future for Black-footed Ferrets in Wyoming
- August 3: Todd Wilkinson and Tom Mengleson with An Afternoon with Grizzly 399
- September 7: Larry Todd with High Elevations, Old Sites, and New Perspectives on Human Paleoecology in Wyoming’s Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- October 5: Corinna Riginos with Oh Deer! The Problem of Roads as Barriers to Deer Migrations and Movements in Wyoming
- November 2: Craig Lee with The Archaeology of Alpine Snow and Ice in the Mid-latitude Mountains of the Greater Yellowstone and Beyond
- December 7
Evening Talks followed by Reception
These talks take place at 5:15 p.m. and are followed by a reception.
- June 23: Steve Horan with Finding and Photographing Subjects for the People of Yellowstone Book
- July 27: Robert Smith with The Yellowstone Hotspot: Past, Present, and Future
- August 9: Larry Sessions with Chasing the Moon’s Shadow: The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017
- August 16: Kristine Sowl with Home of Massive Bears and Diminutive Geese: Wildlife Tales from the Alaska Peninsula (co-hosted by the McCracken Research Library)
Draper Museum Raptor Experience
The Draper Museum Raptor Experience is a live raptor education program of the Draper Natural History Museum. What better way to celebrate the wildness of this wonderful area than by sharing some of its most spectacular wild animals with our guests? Visitors can get an up-close-and-personal view of some of Wyoming’s most recognized predators—the birds of prey! Click through to the Raptor Experience page, or visit our blog and facebook page to find out more!
This program of the Draper Museum is funded in part by the W.H. Donner Foundation and the Donner Canadian Foundation—the latter in partnership with the University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.
The staff of the Draper Natural History Museum lead a variety of popular field expeditions each year. Past trips have taken participants to the field in search of golden eagles, owls, the predators of Yellowstone, and Big Horn Basin geological wonders.
For more information about any of our Field Expeditions, e-mail Draper Curator Dr. Charles Preston or call him at 307-578-4078, or e-mail Interpretive Specialist Emily Buckles or call her at 307-578-4110.
A Night at the Museum: Natural History Sleepovers
We offer a limited number of sleepovers for organized groups of young people and chaperones. If you have a scout troop, youth group, or other organized group, we can create a unique and memorable event for you. Typical activites include:
- Nature-themed crafts
- Active nature-themed games
- Flashlight scavenger hunt though the Alpine-to-Plains trail gallery
Please e-mail Draper Curator Dr. Charles Preston or call him at 307-578-4078.