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Engineering for Adventure
National Geographic
Thu, April 24
National Geographic's Remote Imaging Lab, led by Eric Berkenpas, constantly seeks innovative ways to capture amazing images and information from high in the sky to deep in the ocean. Join the team for a private, interactive tour of their lab, then end the evening with a private viewing of the exhibition A New Age of Exploration.
Understanding the Human Brain: Can Neuroscience Tell Enough? Evening Seminar
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Fri, April 25
Do brain scans equal destiny? Psychiatrist Sally Satel and Gary Marcus, a research psychologist, discuss the controversial question of whether data gathered by neurotechnologies can provide fully accurate indicators of behaviors.
What the Bones Reveal: Inside the Forensic Anthropology Center. All-Day Seminar
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Sat, May 3
Director Dawnie Wolfe Steadman of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee shares how the grim secrets unlocked by scientists aid work in law enforcement and human rights investigations.
Container Garden Workshop (Fruits)
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Fri, May 9
Plant your own kitchen garden and learn to care for it in this series of workshop demonstrations by Director of Gardens & Grounds Suzanne Bouchard, held monthly on second Fridays.
Culture Heroes: Saving the Past
National Geographic
Wed, May 14
Follow the global race against time to thwart erosion and halt looters who are plundering our cultural heritage for profit.
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. Evening Seminar
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Thu, May 15
Historian Eric Cline explains how a cycle of human and natural disasters coalesced to bring the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean world to an end in a single calamitous year.
A Natural History of the Mid-Atlantic: Stories of Calvert County, Maryland. All-Day Tour
Holiday Inn Capitol-Smithsonian Associates Tours
Sat, May 17
Environmental historian and storyteller Hayden Mathews leads visits to three Calvert County sites as he interprets the rich and complex narrative of how the Mid-Atlantic region evolved over the millennia.
Tour: Georgetown Garden Treasures
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat, May 17
Tour the gardens of Tudor Place and Dumbarton Oaks with the horticulturalists who oversee and care for them, Gail Griffin, Dumbarton Oaks Director of Gardens & Grounds, and Suzanne Bouchard, Director of Gardens & Grounds at Tudor Place. From roses to hay bales to tea houses, learn how these storied landscapes evolved aesthetically and functionally since the early 1800s and what challenges surround their preservation today.
Be a Smithsonian Biodiversity Research Volunteer. Evening Seminar
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Wed, May 28
There are thousands of images of plants and animals in the Smithsonian’s collections ready to digitize as part of the boldly scaled research projects the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Encyclopedia of Life. Learn how you can play a hands-on role in making that happen.
A New Age of Exploration
National Geographic
Thru Sun, June 8
Dive the ocean's depths, climb the highest peaks, and walk in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest explorers in A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125. Travel back in time to encounter some of National Geographic's most iconic moments, and peer in to the future of exploration with modern explorers and photographers through interactive maps, video, and multimedia experiences.
Peter Pan Club
Thu, April 24 thru Thu, May 22
College Park Aviation Museum
Afternoon Aviators
Fri, April 25 thru Fri, July 25
College Park Aviation Museum