A Day for Science (with free admission)

Celebrate a Day for Science with free admission and a full day of activities

Enjoy the Montshire's Day for Science, a community celebration of the importance of science. Enjoy a day packed with hands-on science activities for all ages. Admission is free and open to all members of the community! 

  • Play a tune on a see-through piano, find out how an accordion works, rock out with friends, and make your own instruments at the recently-opened Making Music exhibition. 
  • Feed our leafcutter ants, weigh a moose antler, and check out a variety of reptiles and birds’ eggs at Discovering the Natural World
  • Create a bubble bigger than your head at Bubbles: Science in Soap or build a tower taller than you at Big Blue Blocks
  • Take in the beautiful Fall weather on one of our many nature trails. From the River Loop Trail to the Planet Walk, there’s a path for every skill level.   

At the Montshire’s Day for Science, there’s sure to be an activity for the scientist inside everyone. Come visit for the first time, or come back and see what has changed.

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Schedule of Activities
Family Science

- Cabbage Juice Chemistry, 1:30pm at Science Discovery Lab
- Leafcutter Ants, 11am and 4pm at Discovering the Natural World exhibition

Lab Coat Investigation for Ages 9+
- Strawberry DNA Extraction, 2:30pm at Science Discovery Lab
 
Lab Activities for Young Children
- Mixing Colors, 10:30am and 3:30pm at Science Discovery Lab
- Mirrors and Reflection, 12:30pm at Science Discovery Lab

Tinkering Activities for All 
- Electric Rubber Band Instruments, 2–3:30pm in the Making Music exhibition

Local Astronomy 
- What’s Up in Tonight’s Sky,  1pm and 3pm in Meeting Room

Montshire Makers

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Calling all middle schoolers: the studio is open! Come and spend Fridays exploring new skills and hanging out with friends.

Design, create, and build something cool—a robot that draws, an electronic blinky bug, tessellating designs. You’ll have a chance to use your imagination and sharpen your neurons.

Sign-up for one session, or all of them, or just drop in. Each month will explore a different topic. Fridays 6:30–8 p.m. For Youth in Grades 6–9, pre-registration encouraged.

Pre-registration Fee: Members: $8, non-members: $10; Registration at the Door: members: $12; non-members: $15.  

*PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL PRICING AND DETAILS FOR MAKERS AT THE HOP (12/7/18)*

Montshire Maker Dates and Topics: 
October 5: Frankenstuffies – One of our most popular topics! Create a stuffed animal out of your dreams (or nightmares!) with our supply of plush creatures, LEDs, conductive thread, and coin batteries.

November 2: Chain Reaction – Use your engineering skills to beat the clock to create a massive chain reaction machine.

• *December 7: MAKERS AT THE HOP: Balance Sculptures* (Makers session is 6:15–7:45pm; Cirque Mechanics performance starts at 8pm)
This very special Makers will take place at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and includes a ticket to the Cirque Mechanics performance, 42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels. Before the show, experiment with the science of balance and play by using unique paper and metal materials to create a work of art that balances. Pre-registration is required and will close on November 25. This session has a special price of $15 for members and $18 for nonmembers. Price includes a Makers session and a youth ticket to 42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels.

January 11: Circuit Blocks – Help us build a new tinkering activity to be used in programs and workshops here at the Montshire. Soldering skills helpful, but not necessary-- we will teach you!

February 1: Mold Casting – Using food-safe molding material, create your own mold for chocolates.

March 1: Stop Motion Animation – Use our iPads or bring your own to write and produce a stop-motion tale. 

April 5: Cardboard Construction – Get creative and build a city of cardboard!

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, October 5, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, November 2, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, December 7, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Igloo Build and the Science of Winter

Explore and enjoy the season with winter-related science and one of the museum's longest-running traditions—Igloo Build.

From tracking animals in the snow to experimenting with ice, it will be a day filled with hands-on winter activities, including one of the museum’s longest-running traditions— Igloo Build. Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. 

Dubbed the #1 Way to Winter Fun by Yankee Magazine (Jan ’09) and a “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (2014/2015), the Montshire’s Igloo Build is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Dr. Bert Yankielun, engineer and author of the book How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures, will be on hand to offer a demonstration, as well as instruction on the structural secrets of building with snow—from making an initial snow angel to placing the final block on the dome and sawing your way out.

Schedule of Activities

  • Igloo Build \\ 10:30am–2pm \\ Hughes Pavilion in David Goudy Science Park:
  • Learn about igloos while working together to build a sturdy house using nothing but water and hand saws.
  • Winter Animal Tracking \\ 10:30am–1pm \\ Classroom:
  • Solve winter mysteries through tracking. Learn or hone your skills, create animal track books, and explore the museum’s collection of animal exhibits.
  • Winter Snowshoe \\ 2–5pm \\ David Goudy Science Park Patio:
  • Explore the winter trails in snowshoes and even put your newfound tracking skills to the test.
  • Ice Experiments \\ Science Discovery Lab:
    • Fun with Frost \\ 11am: Mix salt and ice to recreate the cold temperature outside and bring the fun of frost indoors.
    • Investigating Ice \\ 12:30pm: Explore the wonders of ice by using a variety of tools (e.g., water, dye, flashlights) with ice of different shapes and sizes.
    • Winter Wheels \\ 2pm: Driving Hot Wheels on cold tracks, learn how various elements like ice, sand, and salt affect movement on the roads.
    • Ice Cold Challenge \\ 3:30pm: Using limited tools and problem solving skills, extract a prize from a block of ice.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 All Day Event

Astronomy Day

Join us for a day of planetary and astronomical exploration

Museum education staff and guest astronomers will provide a full day of activities for learners of all ages, covering topics from stars to planets, comets to meteorites. 


10:30 Constellations – Learn about the stars as you make your own constellation to take home. (Classroom)

11:00  Meteorites – Touch a piece of the solar system. (Science Discovery Lab)

11:30  Moon Phases – Make your own earth, moon, and sun diagram to take home. (Classroom)

12:00 Straw Rockets – Make a miniature air powered rocket. (Science Discovery Lab)

12:30  A Day in the Life of an Astronomer – Meet astronomers and learn how they study space. (Classroom)                    

1:30    Pocket Solar System – Make your own scale model of the solar system. (Classroom)

2:00    Make a Comet! – Help make a model comet as you learn about these icy parts of the solar system. (Science Discovery Lab)

2:30    Tonight’s Sky – Find out about the constellations and planets visible tonight. (Classroom)

3:00    Star Clocks – Use the constellations to learn how to tell time at night. (Science Discovery Lab)

3:30    Moon Phases – Make your own earth, moon, and sun diagram to take home. (Classroom)

4:00    Meteorites  – Touch a piece of the solar system. (Science Discovery Lab)

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 All Day Event

Chain Reactions: A Winter Break Event

Create an oversized, collaborative Chain Reaction Machine at our special winter break event

Using a variety of blocks, balls, ramps, string, and other materials, make a Rube Goldberg inspired machine that begins and ends with a gentle pull on a string. Then, combine your machine with others to create one massive chain reaction.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018 All Day Event
  • Thursday, December 27, 2018 All Day Event

Shop, Save, Explore!

Enjoy ALL-DAY savings in the Museum Store at this special event, coinciding with Museum Store Sunday

Just in time for the holidays, our Shop, Save, Explore event offers Museum Store shoppers big discounts on all items purchased that day, including Gift Memberships. 

Museum admission is not required to shop.

• 25% discount on all Museum Store purchases for members and employees of MCA member companies (please show employee ID at check-out)

• 20% discount on all Museum Store purchases for non-members

• Receive $10 off every Gift Membership, new membership, or membership renewal

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Sunday, November 25, 2018 All Day Event

Special Exhibition Opens! “Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments”

Discover the science and the art behind making and playing musical instruments.

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments explores how musical instruments are created and how they are played. Be amazed as you explore 2,500 square-feet of interactive exhibits showcasing 34 different musical instruments—14 of which you can play, including a double bass, a Theremin, and a drum made out of a recycled propane tank. Make an air instrument and experiment with the different sounds of a pipe organ. Play in a band with your friends—choosing a guitar, a drum set, or a keyboard—and experience how musicians create music together. Experiment with the sound that a modular synthesizer makes.

With more than 30 demonstration videos and 28 hands-on experiences learn how musical instruments, from a wooden flute to an electronic synthesizer, use the principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to create their sounds. 

Making Music inspires your creativity while you explore the science of musical instrument design.

Hanover Garden Club - Reconciling Urban Development with Conservation

Speaker: Susannah Lermer, PhD
Research Ecologist

Dr. Susannah Lermer’s research highlights strategies and tools for reconciling urban development with conservation. She explores the links between human management of the urban forest (e.g. yards, neighborhood parks and open space) and the health and success of native wildlife populations, and how these impacts subsequently feedback to influence people due to the role of biodiversity in delivering ecosystem services.

Dr. Lermer seeks opportunities to explain scientific findings to varying audiences while trying to facilitate connections between the publics' personal lives and the urban ecosystem.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hanover Garden Club - The Cornish Colony and the Restoration of the Gardens at St. Gaudens

Speaker: Bill Noble, Garden Designer and Preservationist

Cornish Colony artists such as Augustus Saint Gaudens, Charles Platt, and Ellen Shipman shaped an influential new garden style out of ideas borrowed from Italy but made with native New England plants and materials. What looks comfortably old-fashioned today was at the leading edge of garden-making in its day. The site is recognized as one of the most beautiful cultural properties in the National Park Service. As gardener, Bill Noble has refurbished hundred-year-old hedges, instituted organic lawn care practices, and returned the artist’s intent to the exuberant flower gardens. Bill remains active as a Trustee of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hanover Garden Club - Cows Save the Planet

Speaker: Judith Schwartz, author

Over time more CO2 has gone into the atmosphere from the soil compared to the burning of fossil fuels. Judith Schwartz’s first reaction was, “Why don’t I know this?” Her second was, “If this is true, can carbon be brought back to the soil?” Her book Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth looks at soil as a hub for our many environmental, economic and social challenges—and for solutions. 

Judith Schwartz lives and works on the side of a mountain in southern Vermont. She is a longtime member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hanover Garden Club - Gardening with Expertise and Ease: Growing Older with Your Garden

Speakers: Susan Edwards and Liz Knox

Hanover Garden Club members Susan Edwards and Liz Knox have been gardening all of their lives. Their gardens are delights and continue to inspire and give them and their family and friends joy. While they never intend to not garden, they both have developed interesting and informative techniques on how to garden with ease as one matures!

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hanover Garden Club - Cultivating Orchids Under Glass

Speaker: Kim DeLong, Manager of the Dartmouth Greenhouse

The beauty and drama of orchids captivates many gardeners. Enjoying their long-lasting blooms, especially in the winter season is a joy. Fellow garden club member and Dartmouth Greenhouse manager, Kim Delong will discuss the care and cultivation of these stunning plants.

Prior to Kim’s life at Dartmouth, she contemplated a mid-life career change. She knew she had to work with nature. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she started taking horticulture classes. At the same time, she began working at the greenhouses at the University of California, Berkeley. She has happily been surrounded by plants ever since.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hanover Garden Club - Floral of the Upper Valley: A Photographic Journey

Speaker: David Nelson, photographer

Plants blooming in situ are David Nelson’s inspiration. His love of plants, flowers and the outdoors motivate his photographic journeys throughout the Upper Valley. He is pleased to share his works with all and especially avid gardeners. Join us for his presentation.

David is retired and has been photographing the landscape of the Upper Valley for a number of years. He and his wife are delighted to live in such a beautiful area of New England and, in addition to review David’s photographs, enjoy time with family and friends.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hanover Garden Club - The Flowering Amazon: Margaret Mee, Paintings from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Speaker: Ruth L. A. Stiff, Curator of International Exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (London)

Home to more than half of the world’s estimated million species of plants, animals, and insects, the Amazonian rain forest supports a biodiversity unparalleled by any other region in the world. British artist Margaret Mee cataloged and illustrated Amazonian plants and flowers. Mee created scientifically accurate botanical documents of extraordinary beauty.

Join us for a talk by Ruth Stiff on Mee’s remarkable work. Stiff is the Curator of International Exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London). She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and holds a Master of Arts from Dartmouth College.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Hanover Garden Club - Conservation Education in New Hampshire

Speaker: Jeremy Wilson, Executive Director of the Harris Center for Conservation Education

The Harris Center for Conservation Education is dedicated to promoting understanding and respect for our natural environment. Join us to learn more about the center’s education programs, its involvement in direct protection, its exemplary stewardship of the region’s natural resources, its conservation research, and the center programs that encourage active participation in the great outdoors. 

Jeremy Wilson graduated from Bowdoin College, then attended the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he earned his master’s degree. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington College of Forest Resources in 1998 and joined the Harris Center as our Executive Director in 2012.

Circus Science

Explore the scientific principles of balance. Learn all about how our own bodies balance. Create whimsical balancing toys. Investigate rotational motion by creating different spinning top designs.

This special program was developed in partnership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts and inspired by the Cirque Mechanics production 42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Schedule of Activities
11am: Balance
1pm: Tops
3pm: Balance

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm

Montshire Makers at the Hop

An ice skater, a tightrope walker, or even a basketball spinning on a finger can appear momentarily suspended in the air by magic, but it’s all about mass distribution and center of gravity (and lots of practice!). Experiment with the science of balance and play by using unique paper and metal materials to create a work of art that balances. No magic wand required.

Bring a friend for this very special Montshire Makers at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, which includes a ticket to a jaw-dropping performance by Cirque Mechanics.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Pre-registration will close on November 25. 

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, December 7, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Shrub Identification Workshop

Need help identifying shrubs and which ones are useful for wildlife?

Join UNH Extension Wildlife Specialist Matt Tarr and NRCS Wildlife Biologist Kelly Boland, assisted by Grafton County Forester Jim Frohn, for a shrub identification workshop. They will discuss and identify a variety of shrubs in upland and wetland habitats. 

This program will be held at Schwaegler Family Tree Farm (440 Indian Pond Rd. Orford, NH. Bring a bagged lunch. This workshop will be held outside; be prepared for the weather conditions.

There is no cost for this workshop.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the UNHCE Grafton County office at 603-787-6944 or e-mail teresa.locke@unh.edu.

This event is sponsored by UNH Extension, Grafton County Conservation District, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Young Scientist Program - new session begins

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A weekly program designed to ignite and foster young children’s curiosity about the physical and natural world.

This program for preschoolers and kindergartners integrates hands-on experiments, fun projects, and individual explorations in the physical and natural sciences. The science investigations and natural history explorations are specially designed to introduce young learners to the tools and processes of science in an age appropriate manner.

Both morning (9:30–11:30 am) and afternoon (1–3 pm) sessions are offered during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.

A typical Young Scientist program includes the following activities:

  • Free Play
  • Circle and Class Meeting to introduce the day’s theme
  • Hands-on Science Investigation
  • Snack
  • Story time
  • Outside Exploration or additional Science Investigations

The Young Scientist program is led by Amy VanderKooi and Rebecca Haynes, and two assistant teachers who help with activities to ensure every child is receiving individual attention.

Session 1 - September 5- October 17 (7 weeks) Members $215, non-member $235 (no afternoon session)
Session 2 - October 24 - December 12 (7 weeks, no class Thanksgiving week) Members $215,  non-member $235
Session 3 - January 2 - February 13 (7 weeks) Members $215,  non-member $235
Session 4 - February 27 - April 10 (7 weeks) Members $215,  non-member $235
Session 5 - April 24 - May 15 (4 weeks) Members $130,  non-member $140

(Register for 2 sessions at a time, save $10; register for 3 sessions at a time, save $20.)

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Women in Conservation: Christina Marts and Joan Hoffmann

Women in Conservation, an ongoing speaker series in the Upper Valley, will feature Christina Marts, Deputy Superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH. Joining her will be landscape artist and past national park Artist-in-Residence Joan Hoffmann.

The event is sponsored by the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and the Montshire Museum of Science. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. To register or learn more, visit www.thesca.org/wic.

Celebration of Life: Allie Quinn

Celebrating the life of a founding trustee

Family and friends of Allie Quinn, one of the Montshire’s founding trustees, are invited to a celebration of her life on Saturday, June 23 at 4pm in the Porter Community Room.

Reception to follow on the terrace. 

Robotics Showcase

Check out the cool robots created by local students.  The students will demonstrate how they work and the challenges they faced in constructing them.  We’ll even have a chance to see them go head to head in a robotics competition!

Featured teams include First Robotic “The Grasshoppers” from the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center and “Archytas” who are based in Bethel.

Wood Turtle Conservation

What can be done to save this rare and majestic species?

Wood Turtles are a rare and secretive species that inhabit rivers and streams throughout Vermont, but due to threats caused by human activity, the future of Wood Turtles is in jeopardy. Thankfully, it is not too late to save these majestic animals.

Join Kiley Briggs, Turtle Conservation Coordinator with the Orianne Society, as he talks about Wood Turtles, their biology, habitats, threats to their survival, and a new research and conservation program aimed at preserving Wood Turtle populations in the area.

This event is co-sponsored by Montshire Museum of Science, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Hanover Conservation Commission, Hanover High School Environmental Club, and the Sierra Club - Upper Valley chapter.

Spring Homeschoolers’ Day: The Science of Air

Join other homeschool families for a day filled with exploring, experimenting and building in conjunction with the “Air Works” exhibition.

Turn the Montshire into your classroom for the day, as we examine the properties of air and explore the science behind controlling and using this invisible substance in our everyday lives. Simply drop in throughout the day to join a variety of hands-on activities.

Classroom – 1st Floor

Hot Air Balloons – Build a paper balloon to test just how far something full of hot air can go. 10:30-12:30

Stomp Rockets – Crunch! Using air forced out of a plastic bottle, see how high you can get your paper rocket to soar. 1:30-3:00

 

Tinkering Lab – 2nd Floor

Wind Turbines (Recommended for ages 8+) – Design and test an efficient wind turbine. 10:30-12:30

Wind Vehicles – Can you construct a contraption that harnesses the power of wind to move? Come find out!   1:30-3:00

 

Science Discovery Lab – 2nd Floor

Straw Rockets – Play with air pressure as you make a miniature toy rocket. 11:00-12:00

Gliders – Coast through the sky (err… museum) on paper hoops and see how long your craft can stay   aloft. 12:30-1:30

Air Pressure – Experiment with pneumatics using tubing and syringes. 2:00-3:00

Up Up and Away: Explorations in Air

Fun with air!

Enjoy a day of science activities all about air — the perfect learning companion to our special exhibition, Air Works. Make kites to fly outside in David Goudy Science Park and capture the power of air by building gliders, rockets, and parachutes at the Science Discovery Lab. It promises to be an uplifting day! Choose from:

10:30  Parachutes – test out a mini-parachute by dropping it off the main balcony. Discovery Lab.

11:30  Stomp Rockets – use air pressure to send a rocket five, ten, or twenty feet into the air.   SciencePark Pavilion.

12:30  Hoopster Gliders – experiment with the shape  of this simple glider to see how far it can go.   Discovery Lab.

1:30  Wind Tube –cut, tape, and create as you test out your own inventions. Air Works Exhibition.

2:30  Wind Vehicles – catch the power of air as you build a toy car to test on the wind table. Discovery Lab.

3:30  Paper Kites –make a kite to test outside and take home with you. Science Park Pavilion.

4:30  Straw Rockets – use your own wind power to launch a miniature rocket. Discovery Lab.

11:00–4:00 Wind Turbines – experiment with how much energy you can create. For families with kids 8 and up. Air Works Exhibition.

Up Up and Away: Explorations in Air

Fun with air!

Enjoy a day of science activities all about air — the perfect learning companion to our special exhibition, Air Works

Sun-Earth Day

Explore the Sun and the Earth from the Museum!

Discover the science behind our solar system! 

 

10:00 Sun Observing – Use a telescope with a sun filter to safely observe sun spots. Front of Museum

11:00 Moon Phases – Make your own earth, moon, and sun diagram to take home. Community Room

12:00 Ask an Astronomer – Meet a local astronomer and learn how they study space. Community Room

1:00 Pocket Solar System – Make your own scale model of the solar system. Community Room

2:00 Tonight’s Sky – Find out about the constellations and planets visible tonight. Community Room

3:00 Meteorites – Touch a piece of the solar system. Discovery Lab

4:00 Sun Dials – Make your own sundial to track the sun’s progress across the sky. Discovery Lab

Celebrate Spring: The Science of the Season

Learn all about the science of Spring!

From baby chicks to flowers in bloom, discover the science behind the season of reawakening.  

Outdoor Explorations 

  • Bird Walk on Meadow Loop \\ 11am–12pm
    Learn about birds, their habitats, and their behaviors from an experienced birder. 
  • Insect Safari at the Meadow \\ 3–4pm
    Grab a net and meet some local not-so-creepy crawlies.

Indoor Explorations

  • Baby Chicks \\ 11am–1pm
    Welcome a variety of baby chicks into the season and explore their life cycle, with the help of volunteers from Welch's Woodstock True Value.  
  • Aquatic Insect Exploration \\ 11:30am–1:00pm 
    Ever wonder what lives at the bottom of a stream or pond? Find out at this science activity. 
  • Ferns \\ 12pm
    Take a closer look at these very recognizable plants and you might be surprised with what you’ll find. 
  • Flower Dissections \\ 2pm
    Using tweezers and a microscope as your tools, take apart a flower and learn about its different parts. 
  • Local Amphibians Close Up \\ 2:30pm
    Get a close look at some local amphibians.
  • Seedy Science \\ 4pm
    Explore seed diversity and adaptations with a closer look under microscopes. 

New Exhibition Opens: Air Works

Examine the properties of air and explore the science behind controlling and using this invisible substance in our everyday lives.

Celebrate the opening of the Montshire's spring exhibition, Air Works — featuring interactive exhibits and specially-designed tinkering and making activities that will help flex engineering muscles, strengthen the understanding of core scientific concepts, and spark the imaginations of all ages.

Air Works will offer an array of hands-on learning experiences that will consist of ten exhibits and four different tinkering activities. While the exhibits will include some classic Montshire favorites, such as Sailboats, it will have numerous newly created hands-on experiences.

For example, visitors can:

  • Send objects through a two-story, three-dimensional maze by controlling the flow of air from one location to another.
  • Experiment with air lift by testing items of varying materials and weights on a hover table.
  • Examine cause and effect through inflation and deflation by using an air-powered chain reaction machine.
  • Elevate the simple activity of making paper airplanes to an intensive science project. The paper airplane station will provide builders a selection of designs to recreate, a runway to test the dynamics and capabilities of their finished products, and even a motorized airplane launcher. 

This special day will offer activities around the Museum in celebration of the new exhibition. From the experiments in the Science Discovery Lab to the lessons in the Classroom, it will be a day full of learning and exploration.

Schedule of Activities

  • 10:30-12:30 – Wind Vehicles (​Classroom): Construct a contraption that harnesses the power of wind to move
  • 11:00-12:00 – Straw Rockets (Science Discovery Lab): Play with air pressure as you make a miniature toy rocket.
  • 12:30-1:30 – Gliders (Science Discovery Lab): Coast through the sky (err…museum) on paper hoops and see how long your craft can stay aloft. 
  • 2:00-3:00 – Parachutes (Science Discovery Lab): Build a miniature parachute to investigate how air resistance can work to slow a falling object. 
  • 3:30-4:30 – Kites (Science Discovery Lab): Construct a homemade kite and take it outside to see how it flies. 
  • 2:00-4:00 – Stomp Rockets (Patio in David Goudy Science Park): Crunch! Using air forced out of a bottle, see how high you can get your paper rocket to soar.     

On Friday, April 13, Montshire Unleashed, the museum’s evening for adults, will host an opening night preview, giving grown-ups a chance to engage with the new exhibits on the eve of the exhibition opening.

FRANKENSTEIN Movie Screening

It's ALIIIIIIVE and on the big screen at the Hop!

FRANKENSTEIN Original Movie Screening at the Loew Auditorium at Dartmouth College

Now digitally restored, this 1931 classic set the gold standard for the horror genre and sparked the iconic image of Frankenstein’s monster, as played by Boris Karloff.

Tickets are required and available in advance online and at the Hop Box Office, or at the show (Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Hanover, NH).

Women in Conservation: Mary Powell and Elizabeth Wilson

Join us at Dartmouth College's Silsby Hall (Room 028) for a conversation between Mary Powell and Elizabeth Wilson. 

Ms. Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power (GMP) as a leading energy transformation company since being named chief executive ten years ago. She has implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the Vermont company and achieved a widespread cultural transformation and service quality improvement. Under Ms. Powell’s leadership, GMP became the first utility in the world to become a B Corp, displaying a commitment to use energy as a force for good. GMP was named one of the top 10 energy companies in the world by Fast Company magazine in 2017.

Dr. Wilson is a professor in Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies Department and the inaugural director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. She studies how energy systems are changing in the face of new technologies and new societal pressures, with an emphasis on how institutions support and thwart energy system transitions and on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making.  Her recent books include Energy Law and Policy and Smart Grid (R)evolution: Electric Power Struggles.

This event is co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science, Upper Valley Sierra Club Group, New Hampshire and Vermont Sierra Clubs,Student Conservation Association (SCA), Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth College, and New England Women in Energy and The Environment (NEWIEE).

Women in Conservation is open to the public and free of charge. Those planning to attend may pre-register for the event at thesca.org/wic.

Artificial Intelligence and Responsible Design

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a creature comes to life to terrorize his creator’s family. What happens when the creature is no longer flesh and bone, but an algorithm? Artificial intelligence is a technology that is advancing at a rapid rate and is helping to speed up innovations around the world. What happens when humans are no longer at the helm of complicated decision making processes? Dr. Eugene Santos explores what exactly artificial intelligence is and can do, and the implications of this technology on society. 

Dr. Eugene Santos, Jr.  is a Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Dr. Santos’ work intersects the areas of information, cognition, human factors, and mathematics. His current focus is on dynamic human behavior, intent inferencing, and decision-making with an emphasis on learning nonlinear and emergent behaviors and decisions. He received his Ph.D. ('92) in Computer Science from Brown University

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through her work of science fiction, Shelley has sparked the imaginations of generations who question the balance of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 surveys the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, how popular culture evolves a modern myth, and Mary Shelley’s lasting influence on the questions: What is life? Why do we create? and What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers?

This year's Montshire Talks are sponsored by Ledyard National Bank.

Frankenstein in Text and Image

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Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

This program will be held at the Rauner Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
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Dr. Frankenstein's creation wasn’t always the big, green monster our imaginations conjure. How did Mary Shelley’s text inspire artists and writers throughout time? Take a field trip to Dartmouth's Rauner Library to explore the first illustrated edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the works that inspired it. See how the image and text of Frankenstein changed over the last 200 years with Morgan Swan, Special Collections Education & Outreach Librarian. 

Morgan Swan is the Special Collections Education & Outreach Librarian at Rauner Special Collections Library. He facilitates undergraduate class visits to Rauner, supervises its public services department, and coordinates its outreach efforts to the campus and community. Morgan has a PhD in English Literature from Yale University and received his Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He grew up in Macau, China, but his family is from Oklahoma.

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through her work of science fiction, Shelley has sparked the imaginations of generations who question the balance of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 surveys the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, how popular culture evolves a modern myth, and Mary Shelley’s lasting influence on the questions: What is life? Why do we create? and What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers? 

This year's Montshire Talks are sponsored by Ledyard National Bank.

Finding Frankenstein: In Search of Mary Shelley

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

Who was Mary Shelley, and how did she compose a myth that would inspire the ages? 

Finding Frankenstein: In Search of Mary Shelley, a play written by Dawn Brodey and Tim Barrett for the Bakkan Museum, explores the complicated past and legacy of Mary Shelley and the questions her work has sparked for generations. Northern Stage’s Associate Director Amanda Rafuse presents a dramatic reading of this museum theater piece that delves into the life and times of Mary Shelley. 

Amanda Rafuse came to Northern Stage in 2013 as Director of Development and is now the Gurly Brown Associate Director. With 23 years as a professional artist/administrator (actor, director, teaching artist), Amanda has acted across the country and has been seen onstage at Northern Stage numerous times.  Amanda is a Professor of Theater at Colby-Sawyer College where she directed Caryl Churchill’s Love & Information and John Cariani’s Almost, Maine. Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas City – Missouri.

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through her work of science fiction, Shelley has sparked the imaginations of generations who question the balance of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 surveys the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, how popular culture evolves a modern myth, and Mary Shelley’s lasting influence on the questions: What is life? Why do we create? and What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers?

This year's Montshire Talks are sponsored by Ledyard National Bank.

Frankenstein and the Philosophy of Science

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

From a philosopher’s perspective, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein operates on several levels:  A philosophical exploration of what it means to be human, the nature of science and scientific knowledge—at a pivotal and transitional moment in the history of science—and the role of the scientist in society. Contextualizing these philosophical and scientific issues helps us see Frankenstein as a fascinating and provocative exploration of questions about human nature and the human condition, the quest for knowledge, and the nature of moral responsibility. Dr. Michael Ashooh specializes in the philosophy of science and explores the context in which Frankenstein was written, as well as the lasting scientific and moral questions raised by this modern myth. 

Dr. Michael Ashooh is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vermont.  Professor Ashooh teaches courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Medical Ethics, Kant, and the Philosophy of Science.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.  

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through her work of science fiction, Shelley has sparked the imaginations of generations who question the balance of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 surveys the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, how popular culture evolves a modern myth, and Mary Shelley’s lasting influence on the questions: What is life? Why do we create? and What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers? 

This year's Montshire Talks are sponsored by Ledyard National Bank.

Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration Film Screening

Join us in January for Hanover Garden Club's Celebration of Seed Diversity

*PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR HANOVER GARDEN CLUB EVENTS IN JANUARY*

Monday, January 8, 5:30 PM, at the Montshire Museum of Science:
Join us for a special screening of the documentary “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds” with an introduction and Q & A session following the film led by Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Created by award-winning Canadian film maker and writer Sean Kaminsky, the film takes a hard look at the risks that the loss of biodiversity in seeds pose to our food supply and the environment. 

RELATED EVENT
Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 PM, at the Howe Library Hanover, NH:
Join us at the Howe Library for a gallery presentation and lecture by Ken Greene. Mr. Greene brings his passion for seed diversity, heirloom seeds and fine art to his work. His company, Hudson Valley Seed Company, sustainably grows heirloom seeds at the certified organic and certified organic handler farm in Accord, NY. These are sold in “Art Packs” printed with specially commissioned fine contemporary art. The gallery presentation will feature these original works of art. Mr. Greene’s presentation will cover the importance of seed biodiversity, sustainable and organic gardening and farming, with an emphasis how we can support this in our own gardens and daily lives.

This program series is co-sponsored by the Hanover Garden Club and Montshire Museum of Science.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org

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FUTURE EVENTS: 

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Vacation Day Maker Program: Frankenstein’s Tinkering Lab

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2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic "Frankenstein" and to celebrate we are making Frankenstuffies.

Learn how to solder and sew and use those skills to reimagine and rearrange an ordinary stuffed toy or doll until it looks like something that came straight out of a science fiction story. Experiment with circuits, LEDs, motors, and more. Bring a toy to modify or choose from our selection.  For students in grades 6–9. January 15, 1pm to 4pm. Limit 10 participants. Pre-registration required. $30 members, $35 non-members.

Prototype Showcase: Investigate Air

How does the Montshire create a brand-new exhibition? With the help of our visitors!

The development of our Spring 2018 exhibition is underway!

Investigate Air will examine the different properties of air and reveal how they affect us in our everyday lives. From leisurely floating on a sailboat or soaring in a hot air balloon to cleaning up dirt with vacuums or powering buildings with wind turbines — air impacts us in both exciting and surprising ways.

The Museum’s Community Room will be transformed into a prototype showcase to test out exhibit ideas, and we invite visitors to be part of the process.

We will display trial versions of the exhibit, using temporary materials and labels, to test them with visitors. We hope to find answers to the following questions:

  • Do visitors clearly understand the science concepts behind the exhibits?
  • Are there enough opportunities for open-ended experimentation?
  • Are the labels clear and easy to read and will visitors know what to do?

During the prototype showcase, a team from the Museum will observe how people interact with each component of the exhibition. We will watch visitors use the exhibit, ask them questions about their experience, and try out new versions of each prototype based on what we learn.

Visitors can see the final product at the opening of Investigate Air in April 2018.

Teacher Workshop: Integrating Engineering into K-2 Science

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Learn to more effectively incorporate the Science and Engineering Practices into your science units and engage your students in Engineering Design through hands-on activities and discussions.

Explore NGSS content areas including Energy, Waves: Light and Sound, Forces and Interactions, and more, through lessons ready for implementation in the K-2 classroom.

For teachers in grades K-2

Fee: $125

Teacher Workshop: Engineering in the Kindergarten Classroom

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Join with other K teachers in a half day of engineering activities to bring back to your students.

Using materials you probably already have in your classroom, we will explore challenges that will encourage the engineering practices outlined in NGSS.

For Kindergarten Teachers

Fee: $40

Exploring Energy

An afternoon of discovery with a focus on alternative energy

Take part in hands-on activities demonstrating how electricity can be generated from wind and solar, speak with local energy experts, and  tour the Montshire's new wood pellet boiler system.

1pm - Investigating Solar Cells (at the Science Discovery Lab)

1:30pm - Tour of Wood Pellet Boiler System 

2:30pm - Generating Electricity with Wind (at the Science Discovery Lab)

3pm - Tour of Wood Pellet Boiler System

3:30pm - Build a Better Battery (at the Science Discovery Lab)

1–4pm - Demonstrations from Efficiency Vermont and Northern Forest Center

In mid-October, the Montshire Museum of Science installed a new wood pellet boiler system as part of ongoing efforts to achieve more environmentally sustainable operations at the Museum. To celebrate this move towards building a greener organization, the Montshire is hosting a series of special events that will share the Museum’s experience and offer information from experts on renewable energy. 

Steps to Sustainability: A Path to Renewable Energy

Hear about the Montshire's journey to becoming an environmentally sustainable Museum and learn more about the different aspects of renewable energy

In mid-October, the Montshire Museum of Science installed a new wood pellet boiler system as part of ongoing efforts to achieve more environmentally sustainable operations at the Museum. To celebrate this move towards building a greener organization, the Montshire is offering a series of special events that will share the Museum’s experience and provide information from experts on renewable energy.

“Steps to Sustainability: A Path to Renewable Energy” is a panel presentation with representatives from the Northern Forest Center in Concord, NH, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and Lyme Green Heat. Using the Montshire’s installation process as a starting point, the guest speakers will expand on the role of local biomass in reducing our region’s carbon footprint and offer examples of what can be done to support such efforts. The evening will end with a tour of the wood pellet boiler. 

For more information on the Montshire's steps to renewable energy, visit our pressroom

Women in Conservation

Listen and learn as two influential women in conservation share their inspiring stories.

Join us in conversation with two major forces in the conservation movement.

Madeleine Kunin founded the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and served as its first Board Chair. She is currently a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Vermont. She served as US Ambassador to Switzerland, Deputy US Secretary of Education, and for three terms as Governor of Vermont, helping to launch the National Governors Association Task Force on Global Climate Change. In 2009, she was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal for public service.

Liz Putnam of Shaftsbury, VT, is widely considered the “Mother of the American Youth Conservation Movement.” She founded the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in 1957, soon after conceptualizing the volunteer corps in her senior thesis at Vassar College. Since then, SCA has become the nation’s largest and most effective youth conservation organization. In 2010, Liz was presented with Presidential Citizens Medal, among our nation’s highest civilian honors.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Student Conservation Association, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the Montshire Museum of Science.

Member and MCA Night at Montshire

A special evening exclusively for Montshire members and employees of the Montshire Corporate Associates member companies

Montshire members and Montshire Corporate Associate member employees are invited to bring their families and explore the museum during this after-hours event. 

Enjoy delicious refreshments, a look at the new special exhibitions, and take part in special activities offered just for member night, such as:

  • StarLab planetarium
  • Story Time with Norwich Public Library
  • Raffles and fun prizes to win
  • 10% discount on Museum Store purchases

If your employer is an MCA Member, you and your family can participate in this event free of charge. Employee ID is required.

Please present your Montshire Membership Card and ID at the front desk when you arrive.

Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Gardening with Intensity: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Gardeners

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Layers in our Land: Working with Edges

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm ***Howe Library***
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm ***Location change: Howe Library in Hanover***
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration

Join us in January for Hanover Garden Club's Celebration of Seed Diversity

*PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR HANOVER GARDEN CLUB EVENTS IN JANUARY*

Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 PM, at the Howe Library Hanover, NH:
Join us at the Howe Library for a gallery presentation and lecture by Ken Greene. Mr. Greene brings his passion for seed diversity, heirloom seeds and fine art to his work. His company, Hudson Valley Seed Company, sustainably grows heirloom seeds at the certified organic and certified organic handler farm in Accord, NY. These are sold in “Art Packs” printed with specially commissioned fine contemporary art. The gallery presentation will feature these original works of art. Mr. Greene’s presentation will cover the importance of seed biodiversity, sustainable and organic gardening and farming, with an emphasis how we can support this in our own gardens and daily lives. 

This program series is co-sponsored by the Hanover Garden Club and Montshire Museum of Science.

RELATED EVENT

Monday, January 8, 5:30 PM, at the Montshire Museum of Science:
Join us for a special screening of the documentary “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds” with an introduction and Q & A session following the film led by Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Created by award-winning Canadian film maker and writer Sean Kaminsky, the film takes a hard look at the risks that the loss of biodiversity in seeds pose to our food supply and the environment. 

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org

 

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FUTURE EVENTS 

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p
 
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
 
Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p
 
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
 
Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Fall Homeschoolers’ Day: The Science of Toys

Join with other homeschool families for a day filled with exploring, experimenting and building in conjunction with “Playing Around: Engineering and Toys” exhibition.

We’re trying out a new schedule! Simply drop in throughout the day at a variety of hands-on activities as you explore the science and engineering of toys.

 

Playing Around Exhibition – 2nd Floor

- Balance Toys: Practice finding the center of gravity as you make a whimsical balancing toy. 11:00 – 12:30

- Tops: Experiment with weight, balance, and rotational inertia to make a spinning top.   1:15 – 3:00

 

Classroom – 1st Floor

- Gearing Up: Look inside toys to find hidden mechanical gears and build simple gear machines. 11:00 – 12:30

- Cardboard Linkages: Create a mechanical toy by combining links and pivots. 1:15 – 3:00

 

Community Room – 1st Floor

- Pinball Machines: Explore force and motion as you build contraptions for the museum's pinball machines. 11:00 – 2:00

 

Discovery Lab – 2nd Floor

- Batteries and Motors: Explore electric circuits as you make lights shine and motors spin.11:00 – 12:00

- Kaleidoscopes: Experiment with mirrors and reflections as you make table top kaleidoscopes. 12:30 – 1:30

- Straw Rockets: Play with air pressure as you make a miniature toy rocket. 2:00 – 3:00

A Day for Toys!

Join us for the day as we explore toys, create toys, and hack toys to see what’s inside.

In celebration of the Montshire’s special exhibition “Playing Around: Engineering and Toys” you can spend the day investigating the science and engineering of toys, ranging from spinning tops to surprising balancing acts.

Saturday, November 4, 11 am–3 pm

Free with Museum admission.

Schedule of Activities

In the Classroom

  • Gears:  See how gears can be used to change the speed of moving parts, or effort required to move parts as we look closely at the inside of toys.  Build a fun little toy made using Lego® gears. 11-12:30 a.m.
  • Linkage Toys: Build a mechanism to create a whimsical toy. Try different combos of linkages to change the motion. 1:30-3 p.m

At the Science Discovery Lab

  • Straw Rockets:  Make your own and see how far you can get it to fly! 11 a.m.
  • Parachutes:  Construct your own miniature parachute and learn how air resistance works to slow down a falling object. 12 p.m.
  • Balance Toys: Create a balance toy that will amaze your friends and family. 1:30 p.m.
  • Tops:  Experiment with weight and shape as we try out different spinning top designs. 2:30 p.m.

Afterschool – Programming with Spheros begins

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Learn the basics of programming as we use iPads to create code that controls the motion of small, spherical robots called Spheros.

These fun whimsical robots can be programmed to create art, run mazes, or even be choreographed to follow your own dance routine. For children in grades 3–5. Limited to 12 children.

Thursdays, November 1, 8 and 15
Drop off between 3:15 and 3:30, pick-up at 5:15 p.m.
Members $105, non-members $115

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 3:30pm - 5:15pm

Museum open July 4th

The Museum is open regular hours on July 4th!

Have a safe and happy holiday.

River Tales: Celebrating the Connecticut River

An afternoon of activities connected with the Connecticut River.

2:00pm River Tales: Kick off the afternoon with the great Vermont story teller Willem Lange as he takes us on a river journey. Science Park Patio.

2:00-4:00pm Meet the River Pilgrims: These paddlers are traveling from the mountains to the sea along the entire Connecticut River. Enjoy the opportunity to explore their boats, equipment, and chart your course on their river maps. Science Park Patio.

2:45pm Build a Boat: Build your own small boat and float it down the miniature river in Science Park. Test your boat through rapids, under bridges, over dams, and around obstacles. Science Park.

3:30pm Meet a River: Join river scientist and hydrologist Gabrielle David as she explores the many different types of rivers and how they change the land around them. Science Discovery Lab.

All Day: Take a stroll along the banks of the Connecticut on the River Loop Trail.

Water off in Science Park

Due to mechanical problems, the water will be off in David Goudy Science Park today.

Montshire closed for the day

Due to a technical issue, the Montshire will be closed Thursday, May 18. We apologize for the inconvenience

Fishing Flies - An Introduction to Aquatic Insects

Spend the afternoon exploring aquatic insects as you use microscopes to look up close at these unfamiliar critters.

You’ll get to see young dragonflies, mayflies, and more. You will also get to explore the artificial flies that fisherman use to imitate these very same insects, and see how fisherman make them.

Member Night at Montshire

It's a special night just for Montshire Members!

Montshire Members are invited to celebrate summer at the Museum. Bring your Membership Card and your family for a very special night out!

The Museum's galleries, trails, and Science Park will be open just for you.

Bring a picnic, or purchase dinner from the evening's food vendors, Tacos Tacos and Morano Gelato. 

This event is exclusively for current Montshire Members and their guests (up to the number indicated on the Membership Card). Please bring your Membership Card and ID.

Join, or renew your membership now (or when you arrive).

It's sure to be a fun-filled night for young and old!

Caterpillar Lab

Get an up-close look at caterpillars!

Take a close look at these beautiful and surprising creatures that live in our woods, fields, and backyards. A team of trained educators will showcase the amazing diversity of northeastern caterpillars. 

Insect Safari

It's a day full of live insects: from caterpillars to ants, bees to giant roaches!

Learn about the world of insects! Net insects at the Montshire fields, examine live  colonies in the Museum's exhibits, or get a close look through microscopes at the Science Discovery Lab. Choose from:

10:30  Beetle Larvae – Explore metamorphosis as you hold and look up close at baby beetles. Discovery Lab. 

11:30  Insect Safari – Grab an insect net and go collecting in the Montshire fields. Science Park Pavilion.

12:30  Insects Up Close – Use magnifying glasses and microscopes to study a diversity of insects. Discovery Lab. 

1:30  Cockroaches – meet the museum’s giant hissing roaches from Madagascar. Discovery Lab. 

2:30  Leaf Cutter Ants – Learn about a complex insect society as you help care for the colony.Second Floor Exhibit.

3:30  Aquatic Insects –Explore the hidden insect life in pond water. Discovery Lab. 

4:30  Honeybees – Find the queen bee as you examine the life cycle of honeybees.Second Floor Exhibit.

Making Music Special Event

Spend the day building, testing, and tinkering with musical instruments.

Making Music -  the Science of Musical Instruments: Explore the Montshire made exhibition all about the art and science of making and playing musical instruments. All Day on the 2nd Floor.

Guest Musicians: stop by the exhibit to meet different instruments throughout the day.

11:00 Brass Horns               

12:00 Cello                                 

1:00 Acoustic Guitar

2:00 Accordions

3:00 Hand Held Percussion

4:00String Bass

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Building Instruments: experiment with sound as you make different instruments throughout the day at the Science Discovery Lab.

10:30 Xylophones  - experiment with different materials, sizes, and mallets .

11:30 Rubber Band Instruments – play with pitch, tension, and thickness as you amp up your instrument.

12:30 Straw Oboes –  make a miniature wind instrument as you explore vibrations.

1:30 Penny Harmonicas – make your own two cent pocket harmonica.           

2:30 Water Music – get wet as you play with tuning forks, bottles, and goblets.

3:30 String Cup Guitars – test out different types of strings and cups as you make a single string guitar.

4:30 Percussion Balloons – experiment with different materials as you make your own balloon shaker.

Programming for the Making Music exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson & Dennis Devlin.

Cardboard City

Become an urban planner and architect as we design, create, and build!

Transform the Montshire’s community room into a model city made of cardboard! Create amazing 3D structures out of the simplest tools and materials: cardboard, tape, and scissors. Design, obtain approval from the city planning board, then build your own free-standing structure that will join other buildings, parks, bridges, boats, and busses. It’s a large-scale, participative art/design/architecture project where you are the audience and the creator.

Solar Eclipse Day

The first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 38 years will be an astronomical event that can’t be missed!

The Montshire will have a limited supply of solar viewing glasses available for visitors to share while viewing the eclipse. Solar viewing glasses will not be available for sale.

Solar eclipse viewing will be weather dependent. Other related activities will occur rain or shine. Participating in activities is free with admission. 

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Join space enthusiasts and astronomy educators at the Montshire Museum of Science for a day of viewing and learning about this astronomical occurrence. In addition to viewing the eclipse with a refracting telescope, visitors will find out more about the sun, Earth, and the moon through hands-on lessons and demonstrations. 

Coinciding with the eclipse is the unveiling of our updated Planet Walk, a scale model of the solar system. Refreshed with brand new features, this unique outdoor trail will now display objects in the Asteroid Belt (between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter), as well as the Kuiper Belt, which includes dwarf planet Pluto. Each exhibit has been updated with new imagery and information. 

Solar Eclipse Day will include:
Astronomical Scavenger Hunt – Explore the Museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits to complete the scavenger hunt. Exhibits include sun dials, the Granite Globe, and the Planet Walk. 

Pinhole Projection – One of the best ways to see the eclipse is by projecting its image onto a flat surface through a pinhole. With this technique, create a beautiful and unique image of the sun that can then be captured in a photograph.

“The Hows and Whys of a Solar Eclipse” – Learn about the science behind the solar eclipse through brief interactive lessons. Lessons are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. 

Planet Walk – Travel from the sun to the edge of the solar system on this newly updated one-mile trail. Journey through the solar system by visiting eleven stations with scale models, each at a distance that represents their place in our solar system. 

Climate & Culture Day:  A Festival of International Understanding

Join us for a special day highlighting stories of climate change as we think both locally and globally!

Discover how science, culture, and climate change intermix by participating in the Montshire’s first international project. 

For the past year, the Montshire has led the international collaboration Weaving Strands of Knowledge: Connecting Culture and Science to Climate Change. This global project brought together rural communities from New England and Bhutan to discuss personal stories about the impact of climate change.  This activity-packed day celebrates newly forged connections between the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire and the country of Bhutan.

On this day, Montshire visitors will have the opportunity to listen to many of these conversations and to start their own discussion on the impact of climate change on their lives. All activities are free with Museum admission. 

Climate & Culture Day Activities

Listening Stations
Hear recordings of personal stories about climate change from Bhutan and New England.  

Story-collecting Stations, 11am–4pm
Contribute to the Weaving Strands of Knowledge project by sharing stories about your own connection to the environment and your experiences with how climate change has impacted you. 

Peace Flags, 11am– 4pm
Contribute to a community art project by decorating colorful peace flags with environmental images.  

Supporting Native Bees with Gardens and Meadows

Learn how to support bees in the garden and in the surrounding landscape.

Part of the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series, with Cathy Neal, UNH Extension Specialist, Landscape Horticulture Amy Papineau, UNH Extension County Field Specialist.

Native bees are critical to the success of local agriculture and to maintenance of biodiversity in natural ecosystems. By providing pollen, nectar, and nesting habitat in the garden and in the surrounding landscape, you can help support this important natural resource. Amy Papineau and Cathy Neal, from UNH Cooperative Extension, will discuss the many types of bees that you may find in your landscape, the role of these insects in the environment, and how you can design your garden and landscape to provide pollinators with the resources they need. We’ll discuss how to select plants that will provide the best resources for bees, how to establish a wildflower meadow in your landscape, and how to create nesting habitat. Results of UNH research on creating wildflower meadows and bee plant preferences will be shared, as well.

Sponsored by Upper Valley Pollinator Partners. Co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science.

 For more information about the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series of programs, including dates, location, sponsors and details, visit the Hanover Biodiversity Website.

Managing Garden & Lawn Pests with Fewer Chemicals

With a few minor changes, we can reduce the risk of harming our native pollinators while managing pests.

Part of the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series, with Alan Eaton, UNH Extension Specialist, Integrated Pest Management.

Many of us experience pest problems in our lawns or gardens, but too often people reach for the sprayer as the obvious solution.  Pesticide regulatory officials frequently say that private lawns and backyards are a major site of pesticide mis-use or over-use, but reducing our dependence on pesticides for lawns and gardens is relatively easy!  With a few minor changes, we can also reduce the risk of harming our native pollinators. Dr. Alan Eaton is an entomologist with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and has been teaching farmers and gardeners how to reduce their pesticide use for many years. He plans to bring displays of beneficial insects and pollinators.  Will Allen will comment on the history of agricultural chemicals, discuss tricks for reducing pest damage used on his organic vegetable and flower farm, and local landscape designer Janet Cavanagh will discuss ideas for reducing the size of  our lawns.   Q&A will follow. 

Sponsored by Upper Valley Pollinator Partners. Co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science.

 For more information about the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series of programs, including dates, location, sponsors and details, visit the Hanover Biodiversity Website.

What’s Happening to our Native Pollinators?

Around the globe and right here in our own backyards, biologists have been buzzing about pollinator decline. Join a panel of local biologists who have studied pollinators to learn what the issues are and how we might reverse declining pollinator populations.

From moths to native bumble bees and butterflies, some of these pollinator species have already disappeared. Who are the pollinators? Which species are in conservation trouble? What has caused these losses? 

Speakers include Taylor Ricketts, Director of the UVM Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra, Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Taylor Ricketts has examined the crossroads between pollinator decline and economics, and what we can do about it. With the help of corps of citizen scientists, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra have studied bumble bee and butterfly populations across Vermont helping to inform land managers and decision-makers. They will discuss the causes and the implications of the decline, and how together we might help keep pollinators working across the landscape into the future. 

Snow Date:  March 29

Sponsored by Upper Valley Pollinator Partners. Co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science.

For more information about the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series of programs, including dates, location, sponsors and details, visit the Hanover Biodiversity Website.

Soak Up The Rain—Help The Climate

Renewing Water Cycles By Rehydrating Landscapes Naturally

Michal Kravčík , a distinguished hydrologist and climate expert from Slovakia, and recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, will deliver a compelling presentation about why and how renewing water cycles is important. Learn how soaking up the rain in soil and plants, releases cooling, cloud-forming vapor to fall again as rain, restores critical land-based water cycles, and reduces erosion and Dr. Kravčík is a world lecturer who will tour North America in March and April 2017, presenting natural, inexpensive solutions for restoring more livable landscapes and weather patterns. 

Monday, March 13, 6:30pm
Porter Community Room

Sponsored by Voices of Water for Climate, the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club and Conservation Law Foundation
Admission is free and open to the public

For more information please contact: Jan Lambert at jan@valleygreenjournal.com or 603-477-9947.

  Presented by Voices of Water for Climate, a project of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

Animal Tracking 101

Ever wonder about the story behind the animal tracks you’ve seen while hiking? From identifying tracks and track patterns, to looking for chews and rubs, expert naturalists from LL Bean's Outdoor Discovery School will share tips and techniques to help uncover who’s responsible. This program will begin inside in the museum classroom before heading out onto the Montshire trails with snowshoes. 

Dress to be outside.

For adults and children ages 7 and up.

Space is limited.

Andy’s Place Closed Through Wednesday

Andy's Place will be closed through Wednesday for maintenance work.

While Andy's Place will be closed part of this week for maintenance, Build-It with Big Blue Blocks and a selection of AirPlay exhibits will be on display on the first floor, and Making Music will be open on the second floor.

Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement with Beau Sievers

Part of a series of programs about how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.

Beau Sievers

Beau Sievers is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Dartmouth Social Intelligence Lab with Professor Thalia Wheatley. His research has focused on how we understand emotion in music, movement, and other sensory modalities.

 

Next week:

April 4: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Music and Memory: Film Screening of Alive Inside, Introduced by Erica Myers

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Join the Montshire for live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

Music and Memory: Alive Inside, introduced by Erica Myers, Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. 

Erica Myers

Erica Myers is the Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover.  She has been working for Kendal for 11 years.  Erica received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development from the University of Connecticut with a minor in both Gerontology and Psychology in 2001.  She also holds certification as an Activity Director by the National Activity Professionals Council and is currently working on her Dementia Care Practitioner Certification.  Her special interests include wellness programs (both physical & cognitive) for those with memory impairment and holistic approaches to care such as music therapy, horticulture, and pet therapy.

 

Next up:

March 28: Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement + Beau Sievers

Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.

April 4: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain with George Christian Jernstedt, Ph.D.

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music?

Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories. As its mysteries unfold, we are learning that far more is happening inside our brain than reaches our conscious awareness. How we experience music will guide further research in exploring the human mind.

George Christian Jernsted

Chris Jernstedt is Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director Emeritus of the Center for Educational Outcomes at Dartmouth College, and Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine.  He lectures around the world on the power of the human mind.

 

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

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Music and the Brain with Michael Casey, Ph.D.

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Join the Montshire for live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

“It may well be that the very propensity of the brain towards music is what draws us together as social beings and allows us to have societies in the first place—“It’s big stuff.”

What is music for? What can music be? Why do all humans, without exception, enjoy music? Explore the interrelation of music, the brain, and society with scholar Michael Casey. 
 
Michael CaseyMichael Casey, PhD, is the James Wright Professor of Music, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and the Chair of the Department of Music at Dartmouth College. He conducts neuroimaging research into how music is represented in the brain, and his lab is creating new brain-music interfaces for music composition and performance.

 

In the coming weeks:

March 14: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.

March 21: Music and Memory + Film Screening of Alive Inside + Erica Myers
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Introduced by Erica Myers, Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover

March 28: Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement + Beau Sievers
Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Guest Musicians - Steel Drums

Explore steel drums up close - and hear the distinctive beat of the Caribbean.

Meet guest steel drum players Scott Paulson and Barbara Smith in the brand new Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments exhibition. You’ll have a chance to get an introduction to how steel drums work, to hear music being played, and to make your own rhythms!

 

This program is presented with support from Clyde Watson & Denis Devlin.

Making Music exhibition closed for Museum event

The Making Music exhibition will be closed to the public for a Museum event from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 22.

Engineering with Students

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Looking for ways to add more engineering to your science curriculum? The Montshire Education department has an innovative solution.

Engineering with Students: Professional Development through a live, on-line workshop.

Looking for ways to add more engineering to your science curriculum?  The Montshire Education department is offering a series of interactive, on-line professional development seminars to address what engineering looks like for different ages and a hands-on exploration of an engineering project appropriate for inclusion in an NGSS unit.  Each topic is designed to fit within a specific grade unit but we encourage teachers to consider multiple topics if looking for ways to expand their engineering repertoire in general.

Materials will be mailed to all participants who register 2 weeks before the workshop date.  Registrations recieved less than 2 weeks in advance will receive a materials list.

Payment must be received in advance to receive the web access code and materials list to join the web-based workshop.   If paying by PO please make sure that we have received the PO number at least 2 weeks in advance.

Workshops are from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Fee $30/workshop

Balls and Ramps
Forces and Interactions (NGSS Grade K) 
Explore how to use balls and ramps to create engineering challenges for your students to solve as they experiment with the concepts of force and motion.
For teachers of K-2
Tuesday, March 21, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Light and Sound
Wave Properties (NGSS Grade 1)
Expand student understanding of light and sound waves as a means to move energy and information, and explore the interplay of science and technology. Amplify your light and sound unit by incorporating engineering and problem solving.
For teachers of grades 1-3
Monday, April 10, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Parachute Design
Structure and Properties of Matter (NGSS Grade 2) 
Air and gas may be hard to explain but they are great for experimenting.  Using a parachute design challenge to achieve specific goals will allow your students to use engineering to design different solutions while exploring the idea that air is something.
For teachers of grades 1-3
Tuesday, April 11, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Engineering a Balance Toy
Forces and Interactions (NGSS Grade 3)
Understanding balance and center of gravity is fundamental to future learning in physics and mechanics. This seminar will begin with several open-ended inquiry investigations to help us understand how balance is used in our everyday lives. We will then engineer a creative toy using gravity to create some suprising and whimsical effects. 
For teachers of grades 2-5
Wednesday, March 22, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Scribble Bots: Beyond the Scribbles
Energy (NGSS Grade 4)
Off-set motors convert electrical energy to vibrating motion. In this seminar we will think about factors that students can manipulate to change a 'bots motion, such as friction, mass, and momentum. Challenges will allow students to test and refine their design.  
For teachers of Grades 4-6
Monday, March 20, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Museum is open New Year’s Day

The Montshire is open for the New Year's Day holiday, January 1 and 2. Happy New Year!

Remember that the Dinosaur Revolution exhibition is open through the end of the day Monday, January 2!

Add Color to Your Life: Container Planting and Beyond—A Hanover Garden Club Program

This informative program will provide ideas for combining a variety of plants for your containers

This informative program with Jeanne Holmes will provide ideas for combining a variety of plants for your containers—from the old favorites to some new varieties— for spectacular blooms throughout the season. She’ll also offer tips on caring for your container plantings to keep them looking their best.

Jeanne Holmes is a familiar face to anyone who frequents Killdeer Farms greenhouses in the spring, when they are bursting with hundreds of varieties of perennials and annuals, all vying for our attention.  With so many possibilities, the task of choosing can sometimes seem overwhelming.  Jeanne, who has led many workshops on container gardening, will offer ideas for combining a variety of plants, from old favorites to new introductions, for spectacular bloom throughout the season.  She’ll also offer tips for the ongoing care of container planting, to keep them looking their best.  

Free and open to the public

Success with Hydrangeas: Best Growing Practices for New England—A Hanover Garden Club Program

This fascinating program will include a review of the major species of hydrangeas including those of merit for the Upper Valley.

Mal Candon will talk about regional climate effects on hydrangeas, some of the major cultural issues, pruning best practices, and winter protection. 

Mal Candon is a lifelong gardener who has been collecting, growing, and propagating hydrangeas for 40 years. He and his wife operated a hydrangea farm on Nantucket and have reestablished the nursery in Yarmouth Port, MA. He is the curator of the Hydrangea Collection at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA and president of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society.  

Free and open to the public

The Natural History of Spring Woodland Wildflowers— A Hanover Garden Club Program

Spring ephemeral wildflowers bloom quickly and seed before the canopy of trees overhead leaf out. Learn more about these wildflowers and how they spread.

Spring ephemeral wildflowers—perennial woodland plants that emerge from ground in early spring—bloom quickly and seed before the canopy of trees overhead leaf out. Many of these plants rely on myrmechochory—the seed dispersal by ants. Kent McFarland will tell us how this works and why forest fragmentation is a threat to their survival.

Kent McFarland is a conservation biologist and co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in Norwich, Vermont. He is a photographer and author of numerous articles and field guides and co-hosts Vermont Public Radio’s “Outdoor Radio.”

Free and open to the public

Two Gardens from Opposite Ends of the Spectrum—A Hanover Garden Club Program

Learn about two gardens from opposite ends of the spectrum: Little Sparta (Scotland) and The Secret Gardens (France)

Larry Litten will talk about two exceptional gardens that have inspired him: poet Ian Hamilton Finlay’s “Little Sparta in Dunsyre, Scotland, and “Les Jardins Secrets,” or Secret Gardens, created by Nicole and Alain Moumen near Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France. He will address both the distinctive creative processes behind these gardens and their social and aesthetic significance.

Larry Litten is an active member of the Hanover Garden Club. He is well known for the wonderful no-lawn perennial gardens around his house and the public Asian-inspired meditation garden in Hanover. 

Free and open to the public

Beekeeping in the Upper Valley—A Hanover Garden Club Program

Learn how a beekeeper manages 200 colonies for honey production without the use of any chemical treatments for Varroa mites.

Former president of The Kearsage Beekeeper Association and owner of Hall Apiaries, Troy Hall was named New Hampshire Beekeeper of the Year in 2014.  

His specialty is breeding and propagating Northern queen bees.  Learn how he manages 200 colonies for honey production without the use of any chemical treatments for Varroa mites. You will have even more respect for bees after his presentation.

Free and open to the public

Snowshoeing Discovery Course

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The Snowshoeing Discovery Course is a great way to discover how fun, easy and exciting it is making fresh tracks through the sparkling snow.

Snowshoeing Discovery Course
$25

  • Activity level:  Easy
  • Minimum age:  8 (15 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description
Snowshoeing is a fun and healthy sport that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and further explore the untouched wilderness in the winter. L.L. Bean’s experienced instructors will demonstrate and teach you all the snowshoeing basics you need to enjoy this relaxing winter activity. Then, they'll lead you on a guided trek along Montshire’s trails, sharing their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in this wintry environment. Be sure to reserve a spot on this exceptional adventure. All necessary snowshoeing equipment is provided.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

To register, click on the registration button and select this activity from the list. 

Starlight Snowshoe Tour

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There's nothing more memorable than a fun snowshoe under the twinkling stars.

Join experienced L.L. Bean guides on a relaxing snowshoe tour through Montshire’s wintry landscape.

  • Activity level:  Easy
  • Minimum age:  10 (15 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description
By the light of the evening sky, expert instructors from L.L. Bean will lead you and your family on a unique outdoor excursion through the snow-covered landscape. They'll give a brief demonstration of snowshoeing basics, and then help you improve your technique on the easygoing terrain. Along the way, they'll share their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in the winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you'll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We'll also provide all the necessary snowshoeing equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

To register, click on the registration button and select this activity from the list. 

Introduction to Map- and Compass-Skills Course

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This three-hour course is just what you need to confidently navigate through the outdoors

Course Description

A great course for individuals new to navigating with a compass or orienteering enthusiasts looking to fine-tune their skills, this map and compass course will show you the techniques and tools for navigating your way through the wilderness.

Prerequisite:  None
Activity level:  Easy
Minimum age:  10 (youth ages 14 and under must by accompanied by their parent or guardian)
Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261 or visit L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

To learn more and register online click on the Register button and select this course from the list.

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments opens

Discover the science and the art behind making and playing musical instruments in a brand new exhibition, opening November 25th.

Learn more about this new exhibition!

International Science Center and Science Museum Day

Celebrate International Science Center and Science Museum Day at the Montshire!

On November 10, 2016, on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development and in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council of Museums, science centers, science museums, and their networks worldwide will organize the first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD). 

Celebrate this special day at the Montshire with three special programs:

11:00 a.m. - Turtles
We'll feed them, learn about their habitat, and then take an up-close look at  them in the Museum's aquariums.

1:00 p.m. - Mapping the North Pole
Use globes, maps, and apps to explore the changing Arctic.

3:00 p.m. - Leaf Cutter Ants
The Leafcutter ant colony is a community of "insect fungus farmers" that grows its own food. Help us provide the colony with its supply of leaves and get a close look at these amazing insects.

Homeschooler’s Day: Making Music

Join with us and other homeschooler families for a day of sound and music activities in conjunction with the Making Music exhibition.

We will experiment and explore the science and engineering behind different types of instruments, and we're doing things differently this year! Simply drop in at a variety of hands-on sound and instrument activities throughout the day.

 

Experiment with Sound - in the Classroom

  • Sound from Strings: test how length, tension and thickness influence the music of stringed instruments. 10:30 - 12:30
  • Experimenting with Notes: find ways to change notes using a variety of materials from water to wrenches. 1:00 - 3:00

 

Listen to Music – in the Community Room

  • Join the Green Mountain Youth Symphony in a family friendly concert as they perform a collection of favorite pieces. 11:00
  • Meet string instruments up close as you listen to the Hanover High School Chamber Music Ensemble. 2:00

 

Build an Instrument – Science Discovery Lab

  • Rubber Band Guitars: build a twangy guitar then use contact mics to amp it up. 10:30 – 11:30.
  • Penny Harmonicas: play around with vibrations and airflow as you build a simple harmonica to take home. 12:00 - 1:00
  • Straw Whistles: experiment with length and pitch as you make your own pocket whistle. 1:30 - 2:30

 

Explore Musical Instruments – “Making Music” Exhibit

  • Making Music Exhibit: explore the museum’s newest exhibition about the art and science of musical instruments. 2nd Story.
  • Meet an Instrument: play a new instrument and learn how different instruments produce sounds. At the entrance to “Making Music”. 2nd Story.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Free with Museum admission.

Family Tinkering Program: BYOBox (Bring Your Own Box)

Make a pinball console, build your own Skee-Ball, or invent something completely new, out of cardboard.

Share your game and play other people’s games in this afternoon cardboard construction extravaganza. We’ll provide tape, dowels, other materials, and engineering assistance as needed. For inspiration, visit Caine’s Arcade on YouTube.

Noon–4 p.m.
Free with Museum admission.

Family Tinkering Program: Tower and Block Building

How high can you go?

Join in the building fun as we try out different challenges.

Noon–4 p.m.
Free with Museum admission.

Family Tinkering Programs: Chain Reactions

Work with provided materials and tools to build an oversized, collaborative Chain Reaction Machine.

Each group will create a sequence of events which then triggers the next machine, and so on, to make a continuous chain reaction from the first machine to the last. 

Noon–4 p.m
Free with Museum admission.

Natural Explorations for ages 9-12 begins

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In this three-part series we’ll explore insects, plants, and various natural processes such as decomposition and energy cycles.

This homeschool class includes explorations, observations, and investigations both indoors and outdoors. We will also use several types of microscopes and other tools to observe our world up close.

Mondays, May 1, 8, & 15
Ages 6–8, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Ages 9–12, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Members $70; non-members $77
Limit: 14 children.

Natural Explorations for ages 6-8 begins

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In this three-part series we’ll explore insects, plants, and various natural processes such as decomposition and energy cycles.

This homeschool class includes explorations, observations, and investigations both indoors and outdoors. We will also use several types of microscopes and other tools to observe our world up close.

Mondays, May 1, 8, & 15
Ages 6–8, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Ages 9–12, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Members $70; non-members $77
Limit: 14 children.

Plate Tectonics and Geology of Vermont

Learn about the local geology.

Join Vermont State Geologist and director of the Vermont Geological Survey Marjorie Gale for a discussion of the geology of Vermont and the Upper Valley, and how it has been impacted by global plate tectonics.

Montshire Unleashed

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The flowers are blooming and the trees are in bud! Come celebrate the arrival of spring at our next Montshire Unleashed, May 19 from 6-9 pm at the Museum.

This is event is adults-only, and your special chance to explore and discover at your own pace!

Our special guest will be Dr. Ian Street, a plant biologist and science blogger. Ian was recently featured on New Hampshire Public Radio and writes at The Quiet Branches and Plant Science Advice. If you’ve ever wondered what plants might be thinking, Ian has an idea or two!

We will also be joined by special guest, Dan Pontbriand. Dan is a former Chief Ranger of the National Park Service, a long-time affiliate of LL Bean, and the author of The Missing Ones, a nonfiction account of the disappearance of Blanche and Russell Warren in the 1920s. Dan will share his thoughts on wilderness survival and the "Anatomy of a Search and Rescue Mission."

Food and drink are available for purchase at the event. Our beverages are provided by the fine folks at Jasper Murdock Ales at the Norwich Inn, and burritos will be provided by Boloco.

Members come free, and you can pre-purchase your admission and save $3 off the non-member admission fee.

Montshire Unleashed

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Unleash your curiosity at the Montshire’s evenings for adults. Experience the joy of discovery that comes from a trip to the Museum—at night!

Whether it's a night out with friends, a special evening with a date, or a chance to meet like-minded science enthusiasts, there’s lots to explore at Montshire Unleashed.

Create giant bubbles or get lost in our foam fountain.
Challenge your brain with mind-boggling puzzles at the Solve It! exhibition.
Release your inner scientist through guided experiments at the Science Discovery Lab.
Or just kick back, relax, and enjoy the food, drinks, and music.

Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase, as well as food from the evening’s featured local vendor. 

Unleashed Admission|
Museum members: free
Non-members: $10
Pre-purchase: $8
Employees of Montshire Business Partnership member companies: $

This event is exclusively for adults 21 and over.

Free with Museum admission. Pre-purchase your admission and save $2 off the non-member admission fee.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm