HMNS is closed on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving.

Accessibility and Sensory Sensitivity Virtual Events


A young virtual visitor works on an educational activity at their table while attending a virtual course.

If visiting HMNS in-person is not something you or your school group may be able to do this year, we have free virtual options available to you, both live and recorded! For more information on our Free Virtual Programs and to receive access information, please email us at accessprogramming@hmns.org or fill out the forms below.

Live Virtual Programs 

Sensory-Friendly Story Time 

Monday, December 7
11:00am-11:30am Central 

This half hour event pairs a great picture book with some simple science for you to follow along with at home or at school! Space is limited, so registration is required for this free event. This is an online event that will be conducted through Zoom. You will be sent Zoom access information after filling out the form below. 

Poetry and Paleontology Workshop with Donnie Welch Poetry

Monday, December 7
4:00pm-5:00pm Central

FREE Workshop integrating art, poetry, and science 

“A recent dig discovered brand new dinosaur bones, but we need your help to put them together and figure out what this dinosaur looks like!”

This workshop offers a structured space for all who wish to participate in art making, creative writing, or expressing yourself in your favorite way. Come make art, write poetry, or just hang out as a part of the group as we talk about, imagine, and create our own dinosaurs through words, art, or thought! This workshop is open to all ages and all abilities. A pen or pencil and paper will be helpful to have, and please feel free to have any coloring utensils, if you’d like. Space is limited, so registration is required for this free event. This is an online event that will be conducted through Zoom. You will be sent Zoom access information after filling out the form below.

Recorded Virtual Programs

Wildlife Lab – Mechanics of Flight 

Available December 1-December 31

Prodigious plumage isn’t enough to take flight. Study not only feathers, but other adaptations animals use to fly in this pre-recorded virtual Lab! While based on our in-person Lab programs, the content of this Lab has been adapted to work best in a virtual format. This Lab includes some supplies to fully participate, if desired. You will be sent an access link and password to view this Lab, along with a supply list, after filling out the form below.

Wildlife on Wheels Outreach Program – Vertebrates 

Available December 1-December 31 

Explore the wonderful and diverse world of animals with backbones, as you learn more about the five major vertebrate groups! This presentation features some of the animals from our live animal collection and investigates fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, covering anatomy, habitats, adaptations, and more. It’s the perfect way to learn about the five major vertebrate groups and their distinguishing characteristics in a memorable way! This program is great for audiences of all ages and interests. While based on our in-person Outreach programs, the content of this program has been adapted to work best in a virtual format. You will be sent an access link and password to view this pre-recorded program after filling out the form below.


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