Join us each month for our members exclusive series of engaging lectures, demonstrations, and discussions with Institute staff and industry experts.

The 2nd Thursday evening of each month will feature programming geared towards adults.

The 2nd Saturday morning of each month will feature large group programming geared towards children and families. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in the chat box.

Each presentation will be streamed via Zoom and will include the opportunity to ask questions in a chat box. Programs will last approximately 30 minutes each.

Monthly Topics

Thursday, March 11, 2021: 7:30pm: A Conversation On Native American History
Curator of Collections Cameron Wood hosts Dr. Susan Sleeper-Smith, Professor of History at Michigan State University and Colonel Rodney Thomas, noted authority on the history of the Plains Indian Wars as they discuss their latest works and how gender roles have been presented in scholarship of Native Peoples.

Saturday, March 13, 2021: 9:00 am: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
In like a lion, out like a lamb; spring equinox; warmer days; more sunlight… these are some of the exciting topics we’ll chat about during this month’s Saturday morning get-together. Will there still be snow on the ground? Will the sun be shining? Who’s coming out of hibernation? Let’s talk spring!

Thursday, April 8, 2021: 7:30pm - Trouble in Poseidon's House: The Global Decline of Modern Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are among our planet’s most complex and fascinating ecosystems. Join Dr. Michael Stafford, Director of Cranbrook Institute of Science, for an informative and timely presentation on the natural history of these living creatures, composition, and what may be contributing to the decline of coral reefs around the world.

Saturday, April 10, 2021: 9:00am – All About Shells
Have you ever wanted to know if it's really the ocean you hear inside a shell? If so, we invite you to grab your shells, or pick some shells up from the Institute (quantities are limited), and through this interactive session, we'll learn all about these unique specimens, including shapes, textures, what lived inside, and more.

Links to the live session will be sent to those who register.