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 finalizing our schedule for 2019; we’ll post the final details as soon as we have them:
- May 2: Leslie Patten with Ghostwalker: Exploring an Animal Living at the Edge of Human Awareness
- June 6: John Mionczynski with Some Interesting Plants of the Ancient People of the Yellowstone
- July 11: Robert B. Smith with Anatomy of Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin and Its Ties to the Yellowstone Magma Reservoir (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 Theodore Roosevelt, the Unscrupulous Concessioner, and the Insane Adversary
- October 3: Doug Smith with Wolf Populations in Yellowstone National Park
- November 7: Speaker TBD
- December 5: Tony Mong from Wyoming Game & Fish
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.
- June 19: Michael D’Emic with How Fast Did Dinosaurs Grow Up?
- July 18: Anthony Caragiulo from American Museum of Natural History
- 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, contact Interpretive Specialist Emily Buckles at [email protected] or 307-578-4110.