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About Sternberg

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History advances an appreciation and understanding of Earth’s natural history and the evolutionary forces that impact it. With an emphasis on the Great Plains, our goals are accomplished through research, publications, collections, interpretive exhibits, and educational programs created by our staff, colleagues, and community.

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Latest News

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Instructors to lead December trip to Costa Rica

02-28-2024

Camps Instructors Marjie and Maggie return again, this time to lead a trip to Costa Rica in December. This will be our first ever winter-break trip, and our return to international programs that we haven't done since our Australia paleontology program in 2019.... more

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Darwin Day lecture series planned on Feb. 22

02-20-2024

Sternberg researchers will celebrate Darwin Day on Feb. 22 with a special lecture series on how they use the museum's collections to student evolution.... more

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'Tea Rex' planned to celebrate 25th Anniversary of Sternberg Museum

02-20-2024

Sternberg Museum and Forsyth Library will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Sternberg Museum with an activity on March 4 from 2-4 p.m.... more

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John Cody’s Moths Reemerge

02-07-2024

As the Midwest anticipates the rare co-emergence of the 13- and 17-year cicadas this spring, Sternberg Museum showcases its own entomological re-emergence. This one’s not as loud, but it’s much more beautiful. It features colorful watercolors of saturniid moths by the late Dr. John Cody. These exqui... more

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A New Way to Museum

A New Way to Museum is a fun new YouTube series hosted by the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Explore the Museum and the world around us from the comfort of your own home. New episodes drop every Thursday at 12 pm CT. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date with our videos.

A New Way to Museum

Sternberg Science Camps - Sternberg Museum Metaverse

Outdoor exploration is at the heart of our science camps and programs. Getting students outside interacting with nature, each other and instructors help to anchor our lessons with powerful firsthand experiences. We look forward to sharing the wonder of science and exploration with you this summer! Explore our virtual museum, fossil sites, and ecosystems in the Sternberg Museum Metaverse! Discover hidden passages in the musuem, uncover fossils in the fields, traverse the rainforest and see all the wonderful animals that live there! 

Sternberg Science Camps Information Into the Metaverse

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Brandon Schmidt

“This trip, overall, was the greatest life changing experience for me. It was like being so far away from all my troubles and so close to nature, and it gave me a sense of fulfillment. I like to say that it took nine days and 2,800 miles in total to make me feel as though I’m certain that I want to dedicate my life to biology and the natural sciences.”

Brandon Schmidt

Southwest Wildlife Biology Camp (2018, 2019)

Addison Lacy

“This camp was a great experience. I especially enjoyed taking a hike to the paleosols in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Ever since I was three years old, I’ve wanted to go into the field of paleontology. Going to camp really helped me see how much I love learning about paleontology and geology, and expand my knowledge on these subjects.

Addison Lacy

Paleontology Explorers Oregon (2019, accepted for 2020)