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 Lunchtime Expedition series runs from February through December, the first Thursday of the month. These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues and take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
- May 3: Dr. Charles R. Preston with The Eagle and the Rabbit—Predator and Prey in the Sagebrush Sea
- June 7: Brian Woodbridge with From Sagebrush Sea to Pacific Ocean: Golden Eagle Conservation in the Big Picture
- July 5: Gary Beauvais with The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database
- August 2: Larry Loendorf with Wildlife in Rock Art
- September 6: Holly Copeland with Wind Energy in Wyoming
- October 4: Zach Wallace with Golden Eagle Conservation in the Wyoming Basin Ecoregion
- November 1: Bonnie Lawrence-Smith with Golden Eagles in the Rock Art Record
- December 6: Bryan Bedrosian with Lead Poisoning in Wildlife
Past Lunchtime Expeditions: if you’re curious what we’ve been up to!
- April 5: Gretchen Hurley with From Ancient Rivers to Silent Cliffs: The Geomorphology of Golden Eagle Nesting and Hunting Habitats in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming
- March 1: Destin Harrell with Prairie Dogs: Ecosystem Engineers
- February 1: Corey Ancowith Leopards and Wolves and Skulls, Oh My! A tale of communicating science through natural history collections
Draper After Dark Presentations
These talks take place at 5:15 p.m. and are followed by a reception.
All Draper After Dark presentations have concluded for 2017. Please check back in February 2018.
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 are currently in the process of upgrading and enhancing our natural history sleepovers. We will be offering a limited number of sleepovers for organized groups of young people and chaperones beginning 2018. 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
- Night shift- Owl discovery
- Raptor Rap sheet- who dunnit
This is just a sample of the activities we will be offering.
For more information or to schedule a Night at the Museum experience contact:
Bonnie Lawrence-Smith, Curatorial Assistant: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-578-4020