The University of Nebraska State Museum’s next Sunday with a Scientist program will explore snakes of the past and present. The program is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Morrill Hall.
Jason Head, assistant professor in the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and curator of vertebrate paleontology in the State Museum; Dennis Ferraro, herpetology professor in the UNL School of Natural Resources; and Jonathan Bloch, associate professor at the University of Florida and associate curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, will present information about the world’s largest snake — 60 million year old Titanoboa cerrejonesis — and modern day snakes of Nebraska. Visitors will learn about these slithering specimens and their relationship to climate change.
Visitors will also explore the exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” have the opportunity to interact with live snakes and learn the importance of snake conservation. The Titanoboa display is part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and will remain in Elephant Hall through Sept. 7.
Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters share scientific information in a fun informal way through demonstrations, activities or by conducting science on site. Sunday with a Scientist takes place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.
The University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $6 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years), free for children 4 and under, and $13 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty, and students are admitted free with NU ID during all regular hours. Friends of the Museum are also free. Parking is free in front of the museum.
For more information, go to http://www.museum.unl.edu or call 402-472-2642.