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.
Lunchtime Expeditions Lectures
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. We’re working on finalizing our schedule for 2019; here’s what’s confirmed so far, and we’ll post additions as we have them:
- February 7: Zach Hutchinson with Bird Banding in the Big Empty
- March 7: Andrew Rossi with It’s Not Child’s Play: Dinosaurs, Citizen Science, and the Experience Economy
- April 4:
- May 2: Leslie Patten with a talk about mountain lions
- June 6:
- July 11: note the change to the second Thursday of the month
- August 1: Mike Kochert with Fifty Years of Studying Golden Eagles: What Have We Learned?
- September 5: Jeremy Johnston with a talk on conservation
- October 3: Doug Smith with Wolf Populations in Yellowstone National Park
- November 7:
- December 5:
Draper After Dark Lectures
This series, also generously supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation, takes place once a month (exact date depends on speaker) June through August at 5:15 p.m.
- August 22: Todd Surovell with The First People and Last Mammoths in Wyoming
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, Bonnie Lawrence-Smith or call her at 307-578-4020, 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:[email protected] or 307-578-4020