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Family-friendly events for families with children of all ages. 

Hike the Hills

Hiking the Hills

June 18 - 20, 2024

10 am to 3 pm

Age: Going into 6th - 8th grade

Cost: $50

Come discover the natural history of our own backyard! Join IMNH staff for a relaxing and informative hike in the hills! Participants will hike a different trail each day during this three day camp, exploring the geology, plants, and animals of our own Pocatello valley. Hikes will be from 10am until 3pm, and will cover forests, creeks, and grasslands of our local ecosystems. Participants should be physically able to hike at least 4 miles in a day. Lunches are not included, but learning and breaks are! All pick-up and drop-off will be at the local trailheads to avoid the congestion of the ongoing parking lot construction!

Registration is required, space is limited.

Museum Members receive a 10% discount please email ambertews@isu.edu for discount code.

Registration Closed

Dinosaur Fused Glass Class

Dinosaur Fused Class Glass, September 17

September 17, 2024

6 to 8:30 pm


Create a one of a kind dinosaur glass piece (6 x 6 inches). Glass artist Melissa Neiers will be on-hand to guide you through the process. Space is limited, registration is required.

Register Today

Museum presents Mabon – a medieval festival

Men and women dressed in medieval garb for a mabon celebration in front of the idaho museum of natural history

September 21, 2024

10 am to 3 pm


Join Museum, The Shire of Stonegate, and the Kingdom of Artemisia for a celebration of the Fall Equinox! The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an educational nonprofit dedicated to recreating pre-17th century culture as it should have been. During the Mabon Festival, visitors will experience:

  • Warriors fighting in combat armor
  • Artisans demonstrate varied activities (medieval music and sewing)
  • Artifacts and reproductions from many cultures represented in the SCA
  • Children can try on the garb
  • Coloring pages to create an illuminated manuscript alongside one of our scribes
  • Objects from Museum’s collections

Discovering the Naturalist Within

Discovering the naturalist within: lecture inspired by Edson Fichter. Portneuf river vision

Lecture Inspired by Edson Fichter

September 26, 2024

6 pm
Frazier Hall, Idaho State University

Edson devoted his life’s work to the world around him. To inspire everyone to begin their own naturalist journey, right in their own backyard. Gain an appreciation for the beauty and wonder that Idaho’s natural landscape contains through the lens of the Portneuf River Vision with a short film and panel discussion.

Panelists are:

  • Hannah Sanger, City of Pocatello
  • Wyatt Peterson, Shoshone Bannock Tribes
  • Kevin Marsh, Idaho State University
  • Jennifer Jackson, Idaho Fish and Game

To ensure that we can provide the best experience, we kindly request your RSVP by Sept. 22nd. Your response is incredibly important as it helps us make accurate arrangements for the food orders.