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April 2021

white stars, black sky

Minnesota Night Skies in April (online event)

Thursday 04/01/2021
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators on Facebook Live as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what’s currently visible in the evening skies. 

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trilobite fossil

Minnesota Geology

Friday 04/09/2021
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Join us for an exploration of Minnesota geology, formations, and fossils. University of Minnesota earth science graduate students Christine Newville and Evan Whiting will take us inside the lab to look closely at basalt and gneiss, investigate the Platteville Formation, and examine fossils from our state. Your questions are welcome during the live presentation!

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Wild Rice bed

University-Tribal Partnerships to Support Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

Wednesday 04/14/2021
Free

This discussion focuses on manoomin/psiη (wild rice) and collaborations including First We Must Consider Manoomin / Psiη (Wild Rice), which brings together tribes, intertribal treaty organizations, and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students.

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Spiral-shaped galaxy

April Star Party (Virtual Edition)

Friday 04/16/2021
Free

Spiral, elliptical, irregular—oh my! Galaxies abound in our spring sky. Some galaxies are even home to supernovae—the explosive remains of dead stars.

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A large group of birds in flight

Courageous Leadership: A conversation with Dr. Terry Root

Monday 04/19/2021
Free

Science leadership is not only about new discoveries. It’s also about developing new approaches to research and teaching, communicating scientific insights, and cultivating the next generation of science leaders. It’s a role that demands much more than dedication and hard work — you also need a lot of courage. Just ask Dr. Terry L. Root, senior fellow emerita at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, who has played a key role in climate science research and…

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May 2021

Saint Anthony Falls in 2020

Learning from the Past: Environmental Justice and Transportation Corridor Planning

Wednesday 05/05/2021
Pay as you can

A conversation about how people today are responding to social and environmental justice questions raised by freeway alignment projects in the past

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Night sky above water and trees

Minnesota Night Skies in May (Online Event)

Wednesday 05/19/2021
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators on Facebook Live as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what’s currently visible in the evening skies.

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Northern Leopard Frog

Minnesota’s Reptiles and Amphibians: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday 05/27/2021
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Join graduate students Sam Weaver and Tom Radomski as they share their research and help us learn more about common Minnesota amphibians and reptiles.

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June 2021

text: Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants with Heather Holm

Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, with Heather Holm

Wednesday 06/16/2021
Free

Join us virtually to learn how to select native plants that will attract specific bees and insects, including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings!

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Silhouette of Trees Under Starry Night

Minnesota Night Skies in July

Wednesday 06/23/2021
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators on Facebook Live as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what’s currently visible in the evening skies.

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