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Learn to Throw the Atlatl! Saturday, May 16
Cedar Hill Cemetery: Lest We Forget–Infectious Diseases, Saturday, May 30

Birds of the Wyndham Land Trust, Saturday, June 6
Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Stonington! Saturday, June 13
Elizabeth Park Conservancy's Rose Sunday, Sunday, June 21
K.A.S.E.T. Archaeology Field School for Kids, Monday- Friday, June 29- July 3

K.A.S.E.T. Space Astronomy, Monday- Friday, July 6-10
K.A.S.E.T. Marine Explorers Session 1: Monday-Wednesday, July 6-8
K.A.S.E.T. Marine Explorers Session 2: Monday-Wednesday, July 13-15
K.A.S.E.T. Magnificent Microbes! Monday- Friday, July 13-17
What We Can Learn from Old Gravestones, Saturday, July 18
UConn Bug Week Event at CSMNH, Saturday, July 25

CSMNH Adult Archaeology Field School, Monday-Friday, August 3 -7
CT Beekeepers and the History of Honey Bees in Connecticut, Saturday, August 8
Ethnobotany Under Invasion, Thursday August 13
Germ Safari: Discover the Microscopic World In Your Backyard, Saturday, August 22

Learn to Throw the Atlatl!
Gary Nolf, World Atlatl Association and Friends of the Office of State Archaeology
Saturday, May 16, 10 am to 12 noon – Moodus, CT
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for MNH Members & Donors)
Adults and children ages 10+

The atlatl is an ancient spear-throwing device that is swift, accurate, and long predates the use of the bow and arrow. Gary Nolf, member of the World Atlatl Association, atlatl maker, and nationally ranked competitor in sanctioned atlatl contests, will reveal the history and secrets of this ancient invention. He has even appeared on the David Letterman Show to demonstrate his skills! He will bring examples of both traditional-style and modern atlatls and darts for you to see. After the presentation, borrow an atlatl and darts, or bring your own and join in the fun at an outdoor target area where you will learn to throw like a pro!

Cedar Hill Cemetery: Lest We Forget–Infectious Diseases from 1850-1918
Evelyn Bollert, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation
Saturday, May 30, 10 am to 11:30 am – Hartford, CT
Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for MNH Members & Donors)

Cholera infantum, the bloody flux, ague, putrid fever, filth disease, consumption – and the treatments that sometimes sounded just as terrifying. Join Evelyn Bollert, Program Volunteer for the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, who will lead a walking tour that explores the fearsome infectious diseases that afflicted Cedar Hill families as germ theory slowly supplanted the miasmas theory of disease.

Birds of the Wyndham Land Trust
Paula Coughlin, Science Educator
Saturday, June 6, 9 am to 11 am – Pomfret, CT
Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for MNH Members & Donors)
Adults and children ages 5+

Spring is an exciting time to explore the various bird habitats at the Wyndham Land Trust in Pomfret. Join naturalist and science educator Paula Coughlin for a morning walk through the grasslands, forests, and wetlands to observe breeding birds singing, nesting, and raising their chicks. Bring binoculars and a water bottle, and dress for protection from ticks. Adult and child-sized binoculars will be available for loan during this family friendly activity. Participants are welcome to explore the sanctuary on their own after the program.

Special Series: Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Stonington!
Beth Moore, Stonington Historical Society
Saturday, June 13, 10 am to 12 noon – Stonington, CT
Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for MNH Members & Donors)

Once home to the Pequot Tribe of Southeastern Connecticut, Stonington's first European settlement dates to 1649 when Thomas Stanton settled on the banks of the Pawcatuck River. The settlement commenced about 1750 when the advantages of Stonington's harbor were first realized. Initially fishing and farming were the primary industries, which eventually led to shipbuilding, a vibrant coastal trade, a West Indies trade, and further exploration. Stonington's sea captains sailed the world and built fantastic homes with their wealth that survive today in this perfectly preserved peninsula. Explorers included Edmund Fanning, who was also known as Pathfinder of the Pacific, and Nathaniel Palmer, credited with the discovery of Antarctica. Stonington has successfully defended her shores through two bombardments by British forces during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Today, Stonington is still home to Connecticut's last commercial fishing fleet. The walking tour will explore 350 years of Stonington history and include admission to the Old Lighthouse Museum and Palmer House.

Elizabeth Park Conservancy's Rose Sunday
Sunday, June 21, 10 am to 4 pm – Elizabeth Park, Hartford

Stop by and visit the Museum and Archaeology Center at the Elizabeth Park Conservancy's Rose Sunday and learn about natural and cultural history through our ethnobotany exhibit! This event celebrates the park's 15,000 blooming roses in America's oldest municipal rose garden. Explore the world famous rose garden, a two and a half acre park that has about 800 varieties of roses. There will be a number of cultural, arts, and heritage organizations participating as well as performing arts and children's activities! For more information and directions visit

What We Can Learn from Old Gravestones: East Hartford’s Center Cemetery
Ruth Shapleigh-Brown, Connecticut Gravestone Network
Saturday, July 18, 10 am to 12 noon – East Hartford, CT
Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for MNH Members & Donors)

Historic cemeteries are found throughout Connecticut, their old gravestones offering clues about the lives of people who helped establish our present-day communities. Who carved these old stones, where did they come from, what does their symbolism mean, and how did that symbolism change over time? Discover what old gravestones reveal about our history. The program will begin with a presentation, and will be followed by a hike exploring East Hartford’s Center Cemetery. It’s considered Hartford’s second cemetery, dating back to 1709, before East Hartford broke away from Hartford. Notable people interred in Center Cemetery include Colonial Connecticut Governor William Pitkin, and the famous privateer Captain Gideon Olmstead. At the end of the cemetery tour, participants are welcome to tour the Historical Society of East Hartford’s museum complex at nearby Martin Park, featuring the Goodwin Schoolhouse, Makens Bemont House, and Burnham Blacksmith Shop.

UConn Bug Week Event at CSMNH
Joan Allen and Pamm Cooper, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, UConn
Saturday, July 25, 1 pm to 3 pm – CT State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs

Find out all about insects and where to look for them in this UConn Bug Week event. We’ll focus on Lepidopterans, the order of insects that includes butterflies and moths, but will see what other types of insects we can find too! This event will include a short indoor presentation with live specimens and an outdoor exploratory walk with tips on where to find a variety of insects in their natural habitats. Discover more Bug Week activities at

CSMNH Adult Archaeology Field School
Dr. Brian Jones, State Archaeologist, CSMNH UConn
Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, 9 am to 3 pm – Central Connecticut
Advance registration required: $400 ($300 for MNH Members & Donors)
Adults and teens ages 16+

Spend a week learning about archaeology at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center’s Field School! This field school will cover the cultural aspects of archaeology, as well as proper archaeological field techniques and data management. As a member of this program you will participate in a dig as part of the official team of investigators under the Office of State Archaeology. Your findings will add important information to our understanding of Connecticut’s rich historic past!

Connecticut Beekeepers and the History of Honey Bees in Connecticut
Catherine Wolko, Connecticut Beekeepers Association
Saturday, August 8, 1 pm – Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs

European settlers in North America were not the only colonists to make the new world their new home. Not native to the Americas, honey bees were needed to pollinate the apple trees brought over by the colonists. Colonies of honey bees were established in Massachusetts in 1639 and in Connecticut in the 1650’s, impacting agriculture and the environment in ways still felt today. Presenter Catherine Wolko is a member of The Connecticut Beekeepers Association, The Backyard Beekeepers Association, and Litchfield County Division of The Connecticut Farm Bureau. Her main apiary is a registered farm that produces fruit and honey. She has been a guest on numerous TV shows discussing beekeeping and the honey bee decline, including Better Connecticut, WTNH News, and FOX Business.

Ethnobotany Under Invasion
Meigs Point Nature Center Staff, Hammonasset State Park
Thursday August 13, 10 am to 11:30 am, rain or shine – Madison, CT
Advance registration required: $10 ($5 for MNH Members & Donors) All ages are welcome.
Parking fees are not included.

Learn the ways Native people used plants for food, medicine, and technology. See what common plants were used for toothbrushes, stomachaches, tool making, healing wounds, and food. Then find out what non-native introduced plants and animals have invaded Connecticut and Long Island Sound. Next to habitat destruction, invasive species may be our biggest ecological problem. Discover why some are so successful and problematic. See firsthand what happens when invasive species are allowed to grow with no natural controls and learn about possible solutions to address the invasion.

Germ Safari: Discover the Wild Microscopic World In Your Backyard
Dr. Spencer Nyholm, Andrea Suria and Michael Stephens, Molecular & Cell Biology, UConn
Saturday, August 22, 10 am to 12 noon – UConn, Storrs
Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for MNH Members & Donors)

Everywhere you look in your backyard, as far as the eye can see, life abounds. Much of it is obvious—plants, insects and birds, turtles and snakes, and mammals—yet, just beyond the eye’s ability to see, there is a hidden world of living things thriving. This is the world of the microbes and they are everywhere. Join a team of microbiology researchers from UConn’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology in this exploration of microbial life. Collect samples from the soil and ponds around campus with a team of UConn Molecular and Cell Biology scientists. Then, learn to use laboratory techniques to examine the microbes lurking in these samples and all around us. The researchers will discuss the importance of these microbes for the environment and how we all depend on their presence.

K.A.S.E.T. – UConn’s Kids Are Scientists & Engineers Too Programs!
Advance registration through K.A.S.E.T required: $200 ($180 if registered before June 6)
Grades 5 through 10. 860.486.8115 -

Archaeology Field School for Kids
Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, 9 am to 12 noon – UConn, Storrs

Do you like uncovering evidence to solve mysteries? Do you like the idea of getting your hands dirty while exploring the past? Spend a week with UConn archaeologists exploring the world of field archaeology. You will learn about the science, tools, and methods used by genuine archaeologists and be part of a real archaeological field crew! Participants will be doing hands-on fieldwork and laboratory research at a professional, ongoing archaeological dig. We have been opening new areas of our on-campus dig site each year, and every session we uncover something new!

Space Astronomy
Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10, 9 am to 12 noon* – UConn, Storrs
Advance registration required: $200 ($180 if registered before June 6)

Celebrate over 400 years of telescopic astronomy by building your own small telescope and learning what’s to be seen in the night sky. We’ll also track planets, a comet and one of the largest asteroids, make and test sundials and a moondial, explore Mars using the latest NASA software, and make an iMovie of you flying around a planet of your choice. In addition to activities in UConn’s Planetarium and astronomy labs, you’ll get to use a telescope at the night observing sessions, and observe sunspots if available. *This module includes night observing sessions. Presented by the UConn Physics Department.

Marine Explorers
Session 1: Monday, July 6 through Wednesday, July 8, 9 am to 12 noon*
Session 2: Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 15, 9 am to 12 noon*
UConn, Storrs and Avery Point

Investigate how aquatic plants and animals adapt to their environment during two mornings of activities in Storrs. On the third day, take a full-day trip to Project Oceanology at Avery Point for a lab with live animals followed by an afternoon exploring Long Island Sound aboard a research vessel. *This is a 3-day module: 2 mornings and one full-day field trip.

Magnificent Microbes!
Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17, 9 am to 12 noon – UConn, Storrs

Explore unseen worlds that are all around you. Discover microscopic organisms that make your food good, and those that make your food go bad. Trek outside and hunt for microbes in lawns, ponds and woods! We'll isolate DNA from bacteria on our bodies to show they make microscopic communities that can keep us healthy. Join us and open your eyes to an exciting new world! Presented by the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.