On Friday, February 24th, join us at the Museum from 6-9pm for our first Game Night!
We will have a variety of kid and family-friendly nature and science-oriented games up in the Museum for everyone to enjoy! We’ll have board games, contests, puzzles, and much more to get kids excited about fun with natural history.
Cost is $10 for Museum members, and $13 for non-members.
To join us, print and fill out the registration form below. You can also pick up a copy at the Museum front desk.
Hello there! For reasons we are still looking into, the link we sent out yesterday to the December members newsletter is redirecting to this page (what was our November 2016 newsletter).
Here is a link to the December 2016 members newsletter that definitely works. We hope you enjoy it, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
The following are requirements for all student participants for participation in this program:
Please read the following. Understanding of the information below is required to register for this program.
International Camps Deadlines
For international programs, the Sternberg Museum requires registration and
payment of the deposit to be complete by January 6th, 2017. If your application is accepted, the deposit becomes non-refundable. The deposit is used to hold the student’s place in the program, and cover a deposit fee with the guide service we are operating the trip through. For accepted applications, payment must be completed by March 3rd, 2017.
International Camps Refund Policy
Cancellations and withdrawals must be submitted in writing, via email or handwritten letter. Up to the registration deadline of January 6th, 2017, the deposit is fully refundable. After January 6th, 2017, the deposit becomes non-refundable. The remaining registration fee is due by March 3rd, 2017, 2017. The registration fee, excluding the deposit amount, is fully refundable until March 3rd, 2017. After March 3rd, the registration fee is only 50% refundable. After April 7th, the registration fee is non-refundable.
Please add that food on international trips is prepared by guides, service staff, or Museum education staff. We will do our best during international trips to coordinate with our guides and lodges we are staying in to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Contacting Your Child
During international programs, education staff will do their best to provide status updates for the trip via Museum Twitter and Instagram (@SternbergMuseum) accounts. Access to wireless internet or cellular data will be unpredictable. Please assume no news is good news if there are gaps in our online updates. Along with this, please do not count on being able to reach your student by phone reliably. If you need to contact your child during the program, please email them or the Education Director (DALevering@FHSU.edu). If you email the Education Director, he will transmit your message to your student, and follow up however necessary.
Transportation (International Programs)
Transportation for international programs is program-specific. Please see the individual program description, and contact the Education Director (DALevering@FHSU.edu).
K-5 After School Program
For more information or to download the registration packet for Adventures and Activities click one of the links below!
Click here to read the official Press Release!
Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History is proud to host the North American premiere of this engaging traveling exhibition.
The Galápagos archipelago has a natural environment that is unique on Earth and it is the “cradle of evolutionary biology”. Both of these facts led to the declaration of the archipelago as a national park of Ecuador and the first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
These plants’ and animals’ ancestors came over the ocean from the mainland. They arrived in an environment that was different from their land of origin, with different food, different enemies, and a different climate. In order to survive here, they had to adapt and change. This process of change is called evolution. The endemic species of the Galápagos Islands are testimony to evolution. Endemic species are like a history book that tells us about the course of evolution. If endemic species become extinct, we lose an important part of our Earth’s history.
EXHIBITION DATES: October 8, 2016 – February 21, 2017
On April 1, 2016, the Sternberg Museum launched a fundraising campaign to raise money to renovate the fossil preparation lab at the Museum.
To kick things off, we brought in world famous paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner to give public lecture on the Fort Hays State University campus. Dr. Horner gave an enthralling talk, “Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present, and the Future”, to an enthusiastic audience of all ages. During his talk, he explained how our view of dinosaurs has changed over the past 100 years, and how our view of dinosaurs will change in the very near future thanks to genetic engineering. Much of the research presented on dinosaur biology and behavior is the result of Dr. Horner’s impressive career, and a result of his involvement with the Jurassic Park franchise. After his 60-minute talk, Dr. Horner stayed for another hour, answering every question from the audience!
The following evening, the Museum hosted its Inaugural Museum Gala; Dr. Horner joined us for a second night as the special guest of honor. Featuring dinner, drinks, dancing, live animals, a silent auction, and demonstrations, it was a night to remember! Museum members, FHSU faculty and staff, and community members came out to support the Museum and have a ball. With all proceeds from both nights benefitting the prep lab renovations, we are on our way to an enlarged and improved space for hands-on learning, visitor interactions, student training, hosting workshop, and conducting scientific research! If you couldn’t join us for the Gala this year, we hope to see you next year – it will be a ROARing good time!