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Junior Naturalist: Gardening

Grow your love of nature at The University of Alabama Arboretum! During this Junior Naturalist program on May 29, 2024 from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm, participants will explore the significance of plants and nature through gardening. We will meet at the Arboretum. This program is geared for Grades 3-4. Date/Time Our Junior Naturalist Program is available on May 29, 2024 from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm. Cost The cost for this program is $8 per child and adult pair. […]

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The Alabama Museum of Natural History is Providing Free Admission to Military Families This Summer

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The 2024 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2024 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2024. This summer, active-duty military families can visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History for free […]

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How well do parasitic traces preserve in decapod crustaceans?

Parasites are very common today and are an important part of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. They also have been found in the fossil record, but their small size and soft body make their preservation a rarity. Some parasites leave a trace indicating their presence on or within the host, even if the parasite itself is not preserved.  One example are traces made by epicaridean isopod parasites in decapod crustacean hosts such as crabs, shrimps, and lobsters. These isopod parasites can […]

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Students discover rare fossils during Blount Scholars course field trips

Paleontology speaks to the imagination of many people, including students at The University of Alabama. Over the last few years, the course Paleontology and Society has been offered in the spring semester via the selective Blount Scholars Program. This course for undergraduate students is taught by Dr. Adiel Klompmaker, UA Museums’ Curator of Paleontology. An important part of this course is focused learning outside the classroom. During several field trips students got a chance to experience fossil collecting and interpreting […]

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Fossil Excursions and Fossil Camp

Monthly Programs June 2024 3-7: Fossil Camp 8:00-4:30, $175 member, $200 non-member, Grades 4-7. Maximum Capacity is 10 Participants. Registration for our Fossil Camp has sold out, but the Waiting List is still available online through the Alabama Youth Programs website. 12, 25, 29: Museum Fossil Excursion Day Trips, All ages, 8-4:30, $35/person. We travel to the Black Belt of Alabama in search of vertebrate and invertebrate fossils from the Cretaceous Age. Participants should be prepared to get wet and muddy as we wade through shallow streams to […]

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Growing Up Wild: Mapmaking (May 10)

What is a map? How do we use them? Join the Alabama Museum of Natural History with your Preschooler on May 10, 2024 from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm as we explore mapmaking through literature and science! Admission Admission is $5 per child/adult pair. Registration required. To register, please complete this online form. How to Register Complete this online form to register for this Growing Up Wild program. Location The museum is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus. The street address is […]

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Growing Up Wild: Nature Play (April 26)

Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History on April 26, 2024 from 10:30 am until 11:30 am with your preschooler for Growing Up Wild! Join us for this one-hour class offering story time, crafts, and guided nature play! Admission Admission is $5 per child/adult pair. Registration required. To register, please complete this online form. How to Register Complete this online form to register for this Growing Up Wild program. Location The museum is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus. The street address is […]

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Growing Up Wild: Shells and Sand (April 5)

Join the Alabama Museum of Natural History on April 5, 2024 from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm with your preschooler for Growing Up Wild! For this program, learners will participate in fun activities while learning about the function of shells.  Admission Admission is $5 per child/adult pair. Registration required. To register, please complete this online form. How to Register Complete this online form to register for this Growing Up Wild program. Location The museum is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus. […]

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Growing Up Wild: Wildlife Symbols

Join the Alabama Museum of Natural History on March 1 from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm with your preschooler for Growing Up Wild! For this program, children will explore how wild animals are used as symbols for a variety of purposes. Admission Admission is $5 per child/adult pair. Registration required. To register, please complete this online form. How to Register Complete this online form to register for this Growing Up Wild program. Location The museum is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama […]

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