Science & Nature Programs
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Inside NIST: A Visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Daytime Tour

With research focused on everything from rescue robots to tissue engineering taking place at its Gaithersburg headquarters, this center for technology, measurement, and standards offers a fascinating destination for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Date
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
What It’s Like To Be a Dog

What if we could actually know what was going on in our pets’ brains? It’s possible, according to neuroscientist Greg Berns. He shares stories about his research with dogs and other animals that reveal that complex intelligence is all around us.

Date
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Inside NIST: A Visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Daytime Tour

With research focused on everything from rescue robots to tissue engineering taking place at its Gaithersburg headquarters, this center for technology, measurement, and standards offers a fascinating destination for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Date
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Feynman and Wheeler: A Friendship in Particle Physics

Physicist Paul Halpern examines how the unlikely collaboration of two temperamentally contrasting scientists—Richard Feynman and John Wheeler—laid vital groundwork for late-20th-century breakthroughs that made a lasting impact on physics.

Date
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Are We Alone in Our Place Among the Stars?: Exoplanets May Reveal the Answer

In a universe filled with infinite solar systems, could there be Earth-like exoplanets capable of sustaining life? Join Sam Quinn, an astrophysicist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center, who describes what scientific exploration has thus far revealed. 

Date
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
All-Day Tour

Members-Only Event: Take the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the laboratories and studios where scientific analyses and conservation treatments of the Smithsonian’s collections take place. The visit to the Suitland facility also includes a look at objects and collections that are never exhibited to the public.

Date
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
An Orchid Afternoon

This entertaining and informative session with an orchid expert delves into many aspects of the beloved flower and our endless fascination with it. Learn about the flower’s history and lore; basic care; create a bark-mounted orchid to take home; and bring in one from your own collection for a question-and-answer session.

Date
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.