Museum News

Native Butterflies

Native Butterflies

Posted: | Categories: Observing, What's Happening

If you have been outside enjoying these warmer, sunnier days, you may have noticed a butterfly or two in the last few weeks. Observers have been reporting mourning cloaks, eastern commas, and compton tortoiseshells. The butterfly pictured here is a red admiral or Vanessa atalanta, and was just photographed on a very… Read More
David Macaulay

David Macaulay

Posted: | Categories: Fairbanks Museum, What's Happening

May 6, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Franklin Fairbanks Award Celebration! Renown artists, illustrator, and author David Macaulay will be honored at the Fairbanks Museum with the 2017 Franklin Fairbanks Award. The Franklin Fairbanks Award recognizes a body of work that shaped our “understanding of cultural heritage or the natural world… Read More
Engage for departure!

Engage for departure!

Posted: | Categories: Astronomy Camp, Learning, What's Happening

Although our three-day astronomy venture is over, many of us feel more confident journeying fourth into the future of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics! We began our third and final day with learning about theories and laws of science, specifically, equations. We spoke on formulas such as E=mc2 created by… Read More
Ready, set, launch!

Ready, set, launch!

Posted: | Categories: Astronomy Camp, Learning, Space Science

Day two in Astronomy Camp is now complete, but not without us getting thoroughly hands-on with our lesson of impact craters! Thanks to George Cobb, we learned how debris from asteroids form large, complex depressions, or craters, into celestial objects like moons and planets. Using measurements of angles we were… Read More
Astronomy Camp has begun!

Astronomy Camp has begun!

Posted: | Categories: Astronomy Camp, Learning, Space Science

Day one has begun with our annual Astronomy Camp and our students couldn’t be more excited. Needless to say, our Museum educators are just as thrilled to begin a three-day long immersion in space and Earth science! Students arrived this morning and got to know one another with a fun… Read More
Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Posted: | Categories: Observing, What's Happening

There are many signs of spring, besides the Spring Equinox in March, marking the official beginning to seeing a change in the seasons. From the first migrating bird arrivals such as the song sparrows and loggerhead shrikes, to the wild phlox that begins to bloom bringing on the pink full moon… Read More
Home School Day

Home School Day

Posted: | Category: Learning

Friday, April  14 Our education team delivers learning activities designed to engage diverse ages and learning styles for home school groups. We use our amazing galleries, planetarium, collections, and learning tools to dive into subjects that inspire ongoing exploration and spark curiosity about the natural world. The classes offered… Read More
America’s Snake – April 12th

America’s Snake – April 12th

Posted: | Category: Programs and Events

The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake Presentation by the author, Ted Levin April 12th at 7pm at the Museum – Free and open to the public! Of all the rattlesnakes in the Western Hemisphere, the timber rattlesnake has evoked the widest, most controversial constituency. The first venomous snake… Read More
April Astronomy

April Astronomy

Posted: | Category: Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

This April starts with Mercury offering its best views of 2017 during the first week.  Jupiter also reaches its peak, though it will remain in the evening skies through late August.  Saturn appears after midnight to start, but climbs into the late evening at the end of the month, low… Read More
April Weather

April Weather

Posted: | Category: Skywatch Almanac Weather

April seems to be a matter of expectations versus reality.  Often the conclusion is that April is fickle, as though we could attach some personality trait to something as arbitrary as a period of time that we call a month.  As though our expectation of warmth should BE reality!  Winter… Read More