Morrill Hall announces schedule for hands-on science lab for families

Released on 01/05/2016, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, through Dec. 10, 2016

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets

Lincoln, Neb., January 5th, 2016 —

"Spiders," "Sights and Sounds of Spring" and "Craters and Meteors" are a few of the science-related topics visitors can explore during the University of Nebraska State Museum's monthly series "Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab" at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets.

The 2016 program, presented by Eagle Printing and Sign, kicks off with "All About Owls" from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 9. Visitors will examine an owl pellet, see a great horned owl skull and jaw, and take a look at a screech owl's wing and talons. Activities are free with regular museum admission.

New this year are chances for children to earn prizes as they attend the science lab events. For three events attended, a child becomes a "science intern" and receives a science poster; for six events attended, a child becomes an "assistant investigator" and receives a set of specimen trading cards; and for nine visits, a child becomes a "lead investigator" and earns a field guide notebook. Families can download and print the calendar from or pick up a copy during a science lab event.

"Investigating science firsthand by our younger visitors provides another fun and engaging opportunity for them while at the museum," said Kathy French, NU State Museum education coordinator.  "These young scientists will experience a wide variety of topics throughout the year, many of which will help explain segments of the natural world."

"Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab" takes place from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at Morrill Hall. Activities are designed for children ages 5 to 10. For upcoming topics, go to

Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is the state's premier museum of natural history. The museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth's past, present and future and enhancing stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Nebraska through world-class exhibits, collections and special events.

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