Colorado Science Month 2019 Events


Science-related events being held during Colorado Science Month, May 2019 (updated April 27). Be sure to check back for updates!

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Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius

Now through August 21

Host: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Location: 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205

Description: Inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, philosopher. Although Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, his enduring influence comes to life in the new exhibition, “Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius.” You will see why the ultimate Renaissance man remains an inspiration for the ages! See nearly 70 of Leonardo’s machine inventions, built using detailed concepts from his famous codices (notebooks), including a helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, and military tank. Explore the exclusive “The Secrets of Mona Lisa,” an analysis of the iconic painting conducted at the Louvre by scientific engineer and photographer Pascal Cotte. Be immersed in Leonardo’s works through a multisensory cinematic experience using Grande Exhibitions’ SENSORY4 technology. Test a Leonardo-inspired catapult, and encounter the Museum’s historical enactors, presenting characters who bring a personal perspective to the story of Leonardo.

Who: This exhibit is open to the general public

Cost: Tickets may be purchased online

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Educational Outreach Program – Children’s Museum Educators bring a playful learning experience to YOU!

Schedule a 45 minute program on date of your choice

Host: The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Location: Children’s Museum Educators will come to you!

Description: “Bubble Lab” – Young scientists will have a sudsy good time learning about bubbles and their amazing properties. Using bubble-making ingredients and measuring instruments, they will work in teams to develop and test their very own formula for bubble solution.

Who: This program is intended for students, mainly 1st-2nd graders, group size of 15-30

Cost: $200 for first session, additional sessions $75

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Our Senses: Creating Your Reality

Now through August 4

Host: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Location: 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205

Description: When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in “Our Senses: Creating Your Reality,” an exhibition for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five.

Who: This family-oriented exhibit is open to the general public

Cost: Exhibit included with museum admission

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Behind the Science: Natural History Collections Tour

May 3 and 17, 1:00 to 1:30 pm

Host: Denver Botanic Gardens

Location: 1007 York St, Denver

Description: Join a docent on a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plants and the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi, home to thousands of preserved plant and fungi specimens.

Who: Students, general public age 8 and over – 15 people max.

Cost/Registration: Tour is free with general admission; registration not required

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Tour NOAA Boulder

May 14, 21 and 28 @ 1:00 pm

Host: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder

Location: NOAA Boulder Labs, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305

Description: Public tours of the David Skaggs Research Center last approximately 1.5 hours and typically include stops at the Space Weather Prediction Center, ESRL Global Monitoring Division for information on the carbon dioxide record, the National Weather Service Forecast Office, and Science On a Sphere.

Who: NOAA Tours are open to the general public

Cost/Registration: Free! Please register in advance

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NCAR Museum and Tours

Museum open weekdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tours conducted May 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 29 and 31 @ 12:00 pm

Host: National Center for Atmospheric Research

Location: 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80305

Description: Exploring NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory and Visitor Center is fun and educational. Our Visitor Program staff are on-site to answer your questions and assist you on weekdays during business hours. Meet up with our tour guides in the lobby to learn about atmospheric science and current research being conducted at NCAR. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the exhibits on their own any time during public hours.

Who: The NCAR Museum and tours are open to the general public, reservations are not required.

Admission: Free!

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May 1

Native Bees and the Fight to Save Them – book sale & signing

May 1, 7:00 pm

Host: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Location: Ricketson Auditorium, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205

Description: Honey bees get all the press, but North America’s native bees also deserve some buzz. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists and bee experts, the book “Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them” explores why these tiny endangered species are essential to our ecosystems and food supplies. Author Paige Embry will share her fascinating adventures, including going on a bee hunt with the world expert on the likely extinct Franklin’s bumble bee, raising blue orchard bees in her refrigerator, and discovering an organization that turns out-of-play areas on golf courses into pollinator habitats.

Who: This event is designed for adults, including seniors

Cost: Tickets may be purchased online – $8 for DMNS members and $10 for non-members

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May 2

HD8 Monthly Meeting

May 2, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Host: HD8

Location: Irish Snug, 1201 E. Colfax Ave. #100, Denver, CO 80218

Description: Trish Zornio, a scientist running for the U.S. Senate, has been invited to speak on the intersection of science and policy, and why a scientist is needed (there are no scientists on the U.S. Senate science committee).

Who: This event will be open to the general public

Cost: Free

May 4

Viruses, Microbes, and Your Health: More than an Ounce of Prevention

May 4, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Host: Colorado Citizens for Science in association with Denver March for Science
Gaythia Weis, Forum Coordinator 

Location: Boulder Public Library, Main Branch, Boulder Creek Room

Description: A symposium on infectious diseases, featuring

  • Matt Young, President CCFS
    Introduction and Welcome
  • Mike Antolin, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University
    Building a Personal risk map for infectious diseases: exposures, infections, disease, and prevention
  • Lindsay Diamond, PhD, Director of Communications, BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado Boulder
    Vaccines are an invaluable tool for preventing disease – can we make them even more efficacious?
  • Vivian Dullien, PhD, Managing Partner, Dullien Associates, Boulder and Consultant for Larta Institute, NIH, NSF
    Process of basic and clinical research in developing new medical products

and a Question-and-Answer Period moderated by James DeGregori, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Campus 

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about infectious diseases and their treatment

Cost: Free, please register in advance by e-mail to 

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Tabling at Civic Center Park

May 4, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Host: Denver Justice and Peace Committee

Location: Civic Center Park, Denver

Description: Tabling and sharing resources

Who: This event will be open to the general public

Cost: Free

May 6

Superpower Dogs 3D with Director Daniel Ferguson

May 6, 7:00-8:30 pm

Host: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Location: Phipps IMAX Theater, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205

Description: Best friend, indeed! You will be awed by the extraordinary skills and bravery of some of the world’s most amazing canines. In the new IMAX 3D film, “Superpower Dogs,” journey around the globe to follow remarkable dogs that save lives and share a powerful bond with their human partners. The stars include Henry, an avalanche rescue expert; Ricochet, a Californian surf legend helping people with special needs; and the bloodhound brothers, Tipper and Tony, leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. During this special screening, director Daniel Ferguson will share behind-the-scenes stories about making the film and watching these amazing animals in action.

Who: This event will be open to the general public

Cost: Tickets may purchased online – $15 for DMNS members and $18 for non-members

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May 10

Astronomy Night at Plains Conservation Center

May 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Host: Denver Botanic Gardens

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

Description: A night of stars, planets, solar systems and s’mores. Each evening begins with a presentation by retired astronomy professor, Dr.Win Pendleton, including images of the stars and planets that make our solar system and universe unique. After Win discusses each night’s topic we will venture outside for a campfire, s’mores and a chance to look at the planets and other objects through the telescope, weather permitting. The May theme is “The Summer Sky.” Discover a variety of hidden astronomical objects in the summer sky.

Who: adults and students

Cost/Registration: $8, please purchase tickets in advance

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May 11

DAS Open House

Chamberlin ObservatoryMay 11, Sunset to 11:00 pm. (clouds permitting)

Host: Denver Astronomical Society

Location: Chamberlin Observatory, 2930 E Warren Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Description: Join DAS for our monthly open house. We have a very special anniversary coming up later this year: The 20″ refracting telescope at Chamberlin Observatory saw First Light (first time ever used) on July 14, 1894 — 125 years ago.

Who: This event will be open to the general public.

Cost: $2

May 14

K/Pg Boundary Trip with Dr. Lou Taylor

May 14, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Host: Friends of Dinosaur Ridge

Location: K/Pg Boundary (Cretaceous–Paleogene) near Trinidad, CO and Raton, NM

Description: Mesas and Buttes and Plateaus oh my! Join Dr. Lou Taylor for a geologic journey from Dinosaur Ridge down to the K/Pg boundaries at Trinidad and Raton. Leaving Dinosaur Ridge at 8:00 am sharp, we hop aboard the Dinosaur Ridge Time Machine and travel back in time 65 million years to view what’s left of one of the largest and most recent extinction events.

Our tour includes a rollicking play-by-play of the geologic formations down I-25 from Castle Rock to Pueblo by Dr. Taylor. As we pull into Lake Trinidad State Park be ready to duck and cover as we talk about asteroids, climate change, and the end of the world as the dinosaurs knew it! After lunch, we have persuaded Dr. Taylor to lead us on down the road to Raton to see a second and distinct boundary just outside of Raton before heading back to Dinosaur Ridge with an expected 6:00pm arrival home.

Who: Students, Scientists, General Public, Educators

Cost/Registration: $90 for FODR members, $110 for non-members. Please register in advance.

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May 15

Bat Chat & Hike

Bat Chat & HikeMay 15, 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Host: Rocky Mountain Wild

Location: Shanahan Ridge Trail, Boulder, CO

Description: Christine Avena, Rocky Mountain Wild and 100 Women for the Wild member and bat biologist, will lead us on a bat hike. Christine studies the White Nose Syndrome disease in bats and just completed her PhD at CU Boulder. Christine will start the evening with a chat about bat ecology and behavior, followed by a short hike at dusk to watch the bats as they get active! The trailhead is located close to street parking – since it’s a school night, you may come and go as you please. Participants have the opportunity to go home with their own bat house for a small donation while supplies last!

Who: This event will be open to the general public but is limited to 20 participants, advance registration is required!

Cost: Tickets are free for 100 Women for the Wild members and $10 for non-members.

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May 16

Science Lounge: Reality Bites

May 16, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Host: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Location: 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205

Description: Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment the third Thursday of the month. For ages 21 and up. This month, what is reality? We’ll play tricks on your eyes and mind as you experience a night of sensory overload. Experiment with virtual and augmented reality, then find out what happens when your senses disagree in the temporary exhibition “Our Senses: Creating Your Reality.”

Who: This event will be open to the general public, age 21 and up

Cost: Tickets may be purchased online – $13 for DMNS members and $15 for non-members

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May 17

Pints for Pikas

Pints for PikasMay 17, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Host: Rocky Mountain Wild

Location: Woods Boss Brewing Company, 2210 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Description: Join us for an evening of music and beer at Woods Boss Brewing Company. $1 from each pint of sold will benefit our work to monitor the impacts of climate change on the American Pika. Enter our raffle to win an adorable stuffed pika, or Adopt-A-Pika on the spot to take home with you. Music will be provided by Rusty 44.

Who: This event will be open to the general public, age 21 and over.

Cost: Admission is free

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May 18 – 19

Colfax Marathon – #RunWild for Women in Science

Rocky Mountain WildMay 18 & 19, 6:00 to 9:00 am

Host: Rocky Mountain Wild

Location: City Park, Denver, CO

Description: Lace up your running shoes and join us in the Colfax Marathon as we raise awareness and funds for Rocky Mountain Wild. This year our goal is to raise $2,000 to support paid summer internships for our 100 Women for the Wild program. These internships provide emerging female leaders in the STEM fields with valuable experience in field biology, GIS, volunteer management, and communication. Together, we can keep breaking down gender barriers in the sciences.

Not a runner? Don’t worry. You can join Tehri and her dog Greta in walking the 5K. Or, go big and run the marathon, half marathon, Urban 10 Miler, or relay. Details on the races and registration materials can be found here:

When you register make sure to pick Rocky Mountain Wild as your Charity Partner! We will send you a welcome email with directions on how to fundraise for us. We promise to make it easy!

Who: Runners and walkers interested in helping fund internships to reduce the gender bias in STEM fields.

Registration: Please register at Colfax Marathon site. Under Additional Questions, select Yes for “Are you considering raising funds or awareness for a charity?” and select “Rocky Mountain Wild”.

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May 24 – 26

Dinosaur Ridge 3rd Annual Fossil Fish Dig

May 24-26, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Host: Friends of Dinosaur Ridge

Location: Kemmerer, Wyoming

Description: 3rd Annual Fossil Fish Dig – May 24-26, 2019

Chisel meet rock. Rock meet chisel. Give us fish fossils and no one gets hurt! Join fishmonger Blake Sullivan as we dive in to the Eocene lakes of Southwestern Wyoming in the world-renowned Green River Formation. The Time Machine leaves the Ridge at 7:00am on Friday and journeys through 52 million years to bring you face to face with adorable aquatic fauna waiting to be discovered by you!

After leaving on Friday morning, we will stop for lunch before arriving at Fossil Butte National Monument. Arriving at 4:00pm we will be greeted by Head Curator Arvid Aase and given an after-hours presentation from the Master of fossil fish himself! We will then check in to the Best Western Fossil Country Inn where we will unpack our bags and then anyone who would like to join can hop on the bus and head to the local favorite Caribou Cafe for dinner.

On Saturday morning we will gather inside the Best Western Conference room around 7:45am to meet with Adam Lindgren and Dain Hanson, our quarry owners. We will cover our boring liability sheets before scampering off to uncover treasures from the past on a PRIVATE, invitation-only quarry. Lunch will be provided for you to take a short break from the hard work of the day and water and chips will be available as well. We will dig for approximately 4 hours and you get to keep just about everything you will find! Rare species must stay with the quarry, but don’t let that deter you, they are a huge rush to find, but there is a reason they are considered rare!

The Saturday dig will conclude and give us time to head back to the hotel and shower before getting a special talk from Adam Lindgren, Dain Hanson, and Blake Sullivan. With a combined 31 years of digging and preparing experience, the trio will be showing you some of our amazing finds and telling personal stories you won’t want to miss! After our talk, the bus will once again be piled high as we head to dinner, discussing our finds and getting to know each other a bit better.

Sunday morning we will need to be packed and ready to go before heading up to the quarry. We will leave the hotel at around 8:30am and dig from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Lunch will once again be provided, and this is your last day to try and impress us all with that once-in-a-lifetime amazing find! We will depart from the quarry about 2:00 pm and arrive back at Dinosaur Ridge at about 10:00 pm. Your hands full of the amazing specimens you collected!

Who: Families, Students, General Public, Educators, Scientists

Cost/Registration: Please register in advance. Price based on double occupancy at hotel. Limited number of single occupancy rooms available for an additional fee.

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May 30

Escher’s Universe

May 30, 7:00 pm

Host: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Location: Gates Planetarium, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205

Description: Step into “Escher’s Universe,” a full-dome film based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. He had a unique ability to join mathematics, astronomy, optics and geometry together in art. Shapes, three-dimensional reconstructions, dual worlds, unreal buildings or impossible continuities in this show reveal Escher’s continuous search for knowledge. After the film, psychologist Dr. Timothy Sweeny, from the University of Denver, will discuss how the brain impacts the way people see the world around them.

Who: This event will be open to the general public

Cost: Tickets may be purchased online – $12 for DMNS members and $15 for non-members

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