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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.

The Museum


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Latest News


Science campers uncover partial mosasaur


A partial mosasaur has been added to the collection at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The specimen was uncovered by a group of science campers under the direction of David Levering, Sternberg's assistant director of sciene camps. It was discovered on the Smoky Hill Ranch in this fall wher... more


4-H student receives help identifying specimens


Hays High School junior Mariella Dreiling and her mother Monica recently visited the museum to receive help from director Reese Barrick in identifying some geological specimens. Mariella collected several specimens from Gove and Ellis Counties as part of a 4-H project for the Ellis County Fair. Mari... more


Summer intern joins Sternberg staff


Atlanta native Claire Duerr has joined the Sternberg Museum staff as a summer intern. Duerr, a biology and anthropology major at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., will be entering her senior year when she returns to school this fall. She began working at Sternberg on June 10 and will be primar... more


Dr. Jackson Roberts co-publisher of collections-based research


Zoology Collections Manager Dr. Jackson Roberts recently published with colleagues from the Field Museum, the Iridian Genome Project, the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences, and the University of Texas - Arlington a paper depositing 18 new whole snake genomes representing 18 snake... 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.  

A New Way to Museum

Sternberg Science Camps

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!

Sternberg Science Camps Information


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)