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We are dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to better understand the natural world and our place in it, by instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility through exhibitions, programs, and online resources.
Unsettled Nature Events
This month we’re kicking off a live webinar series with artists featured in the exhibit, Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans. Join us September 29 when David Maisel will discuss the politics and aesthetics of radically human-altered environments. Learn more and register.
More Upcoming Webinars
Tune in September 30 when paleoanthropologist Rick Potts talks about doing human origins research in the time of COVID-19. Then in October, join us for a slate of five anthropology programs. 
Webinar Series
Smithsonian Science How (for Grades 3-5)
Natural History at Home (for families)
Programas en español para familias
After Hours Programs for Adults
Digital School Programs
We are offering live, online video Digital School Programs aligned with standards for Grades K-12. Registration is now open for programs from October 4-December 17, 2021.
Online Exhibit: Outbreak
The content of our exhibition, "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World," is now available online. Read and explore to gain some context for the current pandemic we are confronting.
Science How Webcast Archives
These videos feature Smithsonian experts and are aligned with national standards. There are 52 shows about topics in Earth Science, Life Science, Paleontology, and Social Studies.
 
Search Teaching Resources
Featuring more than 300 options, our collection includes activities, videos, and literacy resources for Grades K-12.
Featured Collections
View some collections from the museum's exhibits and others created by museum educators. Use the latter to see how comparing collection specimens can lead to new discoveries.
Resources for Educators
Scientist Spotlight Videos
When Volcanoes Erupt
Extinction Over Time
Forensic Anthropology
Early Life on Earth - Animal Origins
Written in Bone
Smithsonian Distance Learning
See all the digital education resources from Smithsonian, including Learning Lab, resources for District of Columbia Public Schools, national resources, and more.
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