The high plains aquifer is one of the largest and most accessible aquifer systems in the world. In Kansas, it supplies roughly 70% of the water used in the state each day. However, decades of large-volume pumping has led to steady declining water levels across the western portions of the state. Brownie Wilson of the Kansas Geological Survey will review conditions and trends in the aquifer and latest water management efforts to conserve and extend the life of the aquifer.
Just in time for National Fossil Day we will explore what is a fossil and what isn't at this Science Saturday event. We will make casts of fossils and see examples of fossils from our collections.
Meet Mike Mullin, author of the books Ashfall and Ashen Winter, and find out some possible outcomes in the event of a supervolcano. Learn the difference between Plinian and super volcanoes, the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI), and learn about the volcanic hotspots to avoid (or explore!). Books will be available for purchase and signing. The museum is proud to partner with the Lawrence Public Library for this event.
The KU Natural History Museum welcomes you to dance, eat, drink and take in some science fun while raising funds for the museum's famous Panorama, first created in 1893 for the World's Fair. Truckstop Honeymoon will get you dancing, science demonstrations will pique your curiosity, and our natural history-inspired silent auction  will make you see Lewis Lindsay Dyche in a whole new way.
Tickets ARE available by calling the museum today, 785-864-4450.
Bring your sketch pad to the museum for an evening of art featuring specimens from the the museum's collections.
Mammals Curator Bob Timm will share information about one mammal species each month at a special drop-in event for children and families. Watch for information on the museum's Facebook page  to learn what the featured mammal of the month will be.
A new exhibition of images by photographer Brian Goodman will be on display through the museum's stairwell gallery and on the 5th and 6th floors. "Macro/Micro: Collections Up Close" includes 40 images of specimens from the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum collections. The large-scale photographs depict the textures, colors, and variation in a tiny sample of the more than 9 million specimens of insects, fossils, birds, mammals, fish and snakes in the collections. The exhibit opens during the Campus Art Walk  and will remain on view through the winter. Be sure to stop in front of the museum for the Art Walk kick-off presentation by Professor Ted Johnson, who will discuss the thoughtful and playful sculptures on the façade of the Natural History Museum.
Exclusive Event: Museum members and their guests are invited to preview of "Macro/Micro: Collections Up Close." The collection of images by photographer Brian Goodman includes 40 images of specimens from the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum collections. The large-scale photographs depict the textures, colors, and variation in a tiny sample of the more than 9 million specimens of insects, fossils, birds, mammals, fish and snakes in the collections. The exhibit officially opens during the Campus Art Walk (Oct. 3) and will remain on view through the winter.
Get a close look at our mammal specimens from Kansas and all over the world at this special tour at our collection facility on KU's West Campus. This tour is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required by September 18; call 785.864.4450 to register.
Parking for this tour is available in the lot that is just to the north of and adjacent to the Public Safety Building, 1501 Crestline Drive. To access the lot, turn south from Bob Billings Parkway onto Westbrooke Street, and then take the curve to the left onto Westbrooke Circle. This will wind past a few smaller buildings before ending in a long parking lot. You may park in this lot, which is on the north side of the Public Safety Building. The building's entrance is on the east side, facing Crestline Drive (there is a tiny parking lot there, but it is mostly reserved for the KU Public Safety office). If at any point you need additional assistance locating the building, parking lot or building entrance, please contact us at 785-550-4906.