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Adventures on the Nature Trails!

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The pond is full of wildlife in the spring and summer, including birds, insects, fish, frogs, and even turtles!

The first signs of spring are in the air, and that means the Howard Reynolds Nature Trails are stirring back to life. The nature trails are a great place to come relax, let the kids explore (and burn some energy), and get some fresh air. As we get further into spring and summer, all kinds of plants and animals will begin to arrive, emerge, and become active. From the gorgeous flowers to the birds, bugs, and lizards, the nature trails at the Sternberg Museum are a great place to spend some time outside as the weather warms up!

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A stick insect found on the nature trails

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Exquisite Miniatures

Nov 25, 2015 through May 31, 2016

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are a husband and wife team who capture the attention of viewers not with outstretched canvas but with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than nine square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification! Consequently, the Siegrists enjoy a dimension of cheap Cialis 20mg that few painters of standard easel-size paintings enjoy. The artists engage and draw their viewers ever closer to the point where they often become lost within the miniature world. Their compositions reflect broad and diverse encounters with nature and often stress biodiversity and the ecology of humans as well as wildlife.

 

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Museum Volunteer Opportunitites

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History offers many exciting and unique volunteer opportunities for members of our community.  Current volunteer possibilities include: Education assistants and on call tour guides, exhibits and archival work, and light administrative work.
The museum volunteer program is open to all interested individuals, retirees, working persons, or students. The only requirement is that volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Younger volunteers may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our volunteers come to us with a diversity of skills and interest. Whether you have an interest in natural history or just enjoy working with people, there are numerous opportunities to expand your horizons. Experience is not required. We will ensure that you have the training and support needed.
Contact Museum Outreach Coordinator, Ian Trevethan at (785) 639-4738 or email ijtrevethan@fhsu.edu for more information.

 

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Virtual Quilt Exhibition

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the quilt show page

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Galápagos

Galápagos

This exhibition explores the science and sensation of the Galápagos—the “cradle of evolutionary biology.” This remote archipelago inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, serves as living laboratory for ongoing scientific research, and became the very first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Sternberg Museum hosts the North American premiere of a new exhibit developed by the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Opening Fall 2016.


Visit the Galápagos Islands

Once you’ve seen the exhibit, go see the Galápagos Islands themselves. Join our special 10-day eco-travel adventure. You’ll hike, bike, kayak & snorkel your way to buy drugs from Canadian pharmacy on topcanadianpharmacy.org, visiting each of the 4 inhabited islands. Stay in quaint hotels and dine in local restaurants off the beaten path. Climb an active volcano, explore an ancient lava tunnel and learn about the delicate environment from an authorized Naturalist Guide. View unforgettable landscapes and enjoy many up-close encounters with diverse wildlife. Departing in Spring 2017.

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Denizens: Wildlife of the Western Frontier

The exhibit of 62 artworks presents the spectrum of 62 artworks of indigenous wildlife which graced the nineteenth century American West. These derivative original engravings were published in Harper’s Weekly, The Illustrated London News, The Aldine, and other historical sources.  The art forms include copper plate engravings, wood block engravings, and chromolithographs by artists including Frederic Remington, William de la Montagne Cary, John James Audubon, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Robert Woodville.

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2015 Summer Programs

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"Bringing Fossils to Life" – New Permanent Exhibit

Our newest permanent exhibit is open! Meet our Mudskippers, and learn about how some of today’s living organisms are similar to their fossil ancestors.

 

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Identifying and Keying Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Dr. J. R. Thomasson, Curator Emeritus of the Elam Bartholomew Herbarium at the Sternberg Museum, recently completed another very successful class on plant identification using the facilities at the Sternberg Museum and visits to four local wetlands.  The class, “Identifying and Keying Grasses, Sedges and Rushes” (collectively called graminoids), was held from June 3-6, and participants included a hydrologist from the USDA Forest Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, two environmental specialists from the Kickapoo Tribe Environmental Office in Horton, KS, an environmental engineer from Kleinfelder Inc. in Littleton, CO, and an entomologist and environmental specialist from Felsburg Holt & Ullevig in Lincoln, NE.  These professionals attended the class in order to acquire or strengthen their abilities in the field and laboratory to be able to accurately understand and identify graminoids, the primary and undoubtedly most important group of plants inhabiting the grasslands and wetlands of central North America and elsewhere.  Many of the environmental projects these class participants conduct for their companies and agencies in the “real world”, as one class participant put it, “seek to find ways of preserving our natural heritage that are compatible with continued human development.”  Increasingly many academic programs in university biology departments lack faculty whose core academic training is in plant identification, and especially in graminoids.  As a result, undergraduate and graduate students often receive inadequate background on identification of these critical plants during their academic training.  To help correct this deficiency courses like that taught by Dr. Thomasson are offered and sponsored by private companies, in this case Wetlands Training Institute of Glenwood, NM, who also advertise the courses and recruit for participants and qualified faculty to teach them nationwide.

 During the graminoid course field visits were made to four wetlands in the central Kansas area including a unique and rare, Ogallala spring-fed, fen in Ellis County that was the subject of two of Dr. Thomasson’s master’s students, The Haberer salt water marsh on the Saline River, fringe wetlands around Wilson Lake, and the emergent freshwater marsh at Cheyenne Bottoms. At each locality participants were provided with a basic understanding of the nature of the wetlands and then Dr. Thomasson led them through the site identifying primarily the grasses, sedges and rushes found growing there.  At one locality at WilsonLake a sedge, Carex amphibola, was observed by the class that Dr. Thomasson indicated he had never observed during any of his many previous visits to the site.  In addition to plants, students also encountered other unique “critters” at the field sites including an occasional tick, a massasauga rattlesnake at Cheyenne Bottoms, and hordes of deer flies at the Haberer marsh.

In the laboratory at the Sternberg participants were provided with lectures and handouts describing the basics and specifics of the morphological features and literature used in the identification of graminoids.  Species of graminoids used included many of those encountered at field sites, and Dr. Thomasson provided a CD of PDFs of color images of many of the species seen and dissected during the class.  Books such as Flora of the Great Plains and Field Guide to Sedge Species of the Rocky Mountain Region were also used by the participants to key and identify both known and unknown graminoids.

This is the third year and fourth class involving some aspect of plant identification that Dr. Thomasson has offered through Wetlands Training Institute at Cheyenne Bottoms Education Center and the Sternberg Museum.  All of the participants have indicated that they have learned a lot during the courses and that such courses are a valuable resource for those needing to identify plants especially in the grassland and wetland ecosystems. An additional course on non-graminoid plant identification will be taught by Dr. Thomasson at the Sternberg August 19-22, 2014 and courses for 2015 are in the planning.    

 

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Want to work with youth at the Sternberg Museum?

The Sternberg Museum education and outreach department is looking for enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to help work with youth groups in the Museum! If this sounds like an opportunity you are interested in, please contact the education director at dalevering@fhsu.edu.