Meet a Scientist/Discovery Day

On the third Saturday of select months, join us from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
for the Meet a Scientist and Discovery Day programs.

Participants will explore a different theme each time with lots of interactive educational fun.

Sue Miller, Paleontologist TPZ Zoomobile

1. Meet a Scientist
This program is free and open to all ages. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of select months, participants will enjoy a free, interactive presentation by guest topic experts who will give you the inside scoop on the theme for the month.

Guest Speakers for 2015 (subject to change--registration for programs through May now available)  --Click here to register for Meet a Scientist

  • January 17: Eric Whiting, Idaho National Laboratory's Computer Aided Visual Environments
  • February 21: Mitzi Ellingson, Idaho Falls High School Forensic Entomology Instructor, Forensic Entomology
  • March 21: Troy Smoot, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Solving Crimes
  • April 18: Garry Brown, Idaho National Laboratory, Energy
  • May 16: Marilyn Cuthill, Craigshead Beringia South, Large Predators in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • September 19: Steve Shrophire, Idaho State University, Physics of Pirates
  • October 17: Phenomenal Physics, The Curse of Black Sam Bellamy (this will be held at the ARTitorium on Broadway)
  • November 21: Jessica Donnelly, Idaho State University, The Romanticized Life of a Pirate
  • December 19: Gregg Losinski, Idaho Fish and Game, Life in Idaho's Forests
Cost: Meet A Scientist is FREE for all ages. Preregistration is required. Children who are not participating in Discovery Day must be accompanied by an adult during the Meet a Scientist presentations. Family participation is strongly recommended.
 Interested in registering kids for Discovery Day? Please register for that program separately below...

2. Discovery Day
The excitement continues right after Meet a Scientist for children ages 6-12. From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., registrants will explore the month's theme in greater detail through hands-on projects and fun, educational activities taught by qualified educators. 

Discovery Days for 2015 (subject to change--registration for programs through May now available) --Click here to register for Discovery Day

  • January 17: NO Discovery Day will be held this month, but be sure to join us for the exciting Meet a Scientist listed above!
  • February 21: Forensic Entomology
  • March 21: Mystery at the Museum
  • April 18: Energy
  • May 16: Exploring the Food Chain
  • September 19: Physics of Pirates
  • October 17: The Hunt for the Lost Treasure of the Pirate Ship, Whydah
  • November 21: Pirate Mischief
  • December 19: Life in Idaho's Forests

Cost: Discovery Day is $20 per child, $15 for MOI members. Preregistration is required. Note: Please be aware that due to online payment consumer protection programs, you may have to register and pay for each participant separately. Thank you for your participation.

 Parents: volunteer to help with a Discovery Day and get a discounted admission for a child. Contact the Education Department at 522-1400 ext. 3002 or for more information.

For more information on any of the Museum of Idaho education programs, contact Chloe Doucette,
Education Director at (208) 522-1400 ext. 3002, or

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