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

Hidden Gems Book Launch

Hidden Gems: Stores of the Idaho Museum of Natural History

Hidden Gems: Stories of the Idaho Museum of Natural History is the product of a unique collaboration between IMNH and the students of Dr. Alex Bolinger’s Collaborative Creativity class at ISU. Eight Idaho State University students came together to take on the ambitious challenge of writing an entire book about IMNH in just three months. The book authors include: Alex Bolinger, Katelyn Baird, Grace Wright, Natalie Hughes, Josh Luker, Shayla Manwill, Maya Peters-Greno, Laura Rizzo, and Daniel Griffith.

Through the generous support of IMNH’s faculty, staff, and administrative team and the particular assistance of Amber Tews, the students were able to access and research photos, documents, and stories from the Museum’s collections to tell the story of its history. The students worked together to coordinate the contents of the book, write the chapters, and refine the content with the generous assistance of copyeditor Kristine McCarty.

Presales available in Museum Store.


Father's Day Glass Class

Fused Glass Art for Father's

May 18, 6 to 8 p.m.

May 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 24, 6 to 8 p.m.


Join local artist Melissa Neiers as she guides you in making a beautiful fused glass trout for the father in your life.

Space is limited, ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY, and all supplies are included.


Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

Butterfly Education and Awareness Day, Information and Crafts, June 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the Butterfly Haven.

June 3, 2023

10 am to 1 pm

Regular Admission

Let’s celebrate Idaho’s State Insect the Monarch Butterfly on National Butterfly Education and Awareness Day. We've joined up with the Butterfly Haven to create hands-on activities inside and outside the gallery. Fun for all ages!

Idaho Fused Glass Art

Fused Glass Art, June 13, 14, and 20th

June 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

June 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

June 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $45

Join local artist Melissa Neiers as she guides you in making a beautiful fused glass Idaho's to celebrate 133 years of Statehood.

Space is limited, ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY, and all supplies are included.

Please not if you don't receive a confirmation within 24 hours please email us at to confirm your registration.

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Shark Days of Summer with Dr. Tapanila

Come Experience the Shark Days of Summer with Dr. Leif Tapanila, August 19 2023 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular Admission

August 19, 2023

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Regular Admission

Let’s go way back when Sharks lived in Idaho, 250 million years ago! Learn about the weirdest sharks in history that used saws and scissors to eat their prey. See real fossils from the world's best collection of the Buzzsaw shark along with its earlier cousin, the bizarre "scissor tooth shark" Edestus. Create some sharky crafts!

ROAR & Explore Exhibit Camp

A learner working a computer to model a t-rex

August 15-17, 2023

Middle Schooler


Join IMNH scientists and staff and learn what goes in to mounting a dinosaur skeleton! Students will get to learn about 3D design and printing, visit museum collections, and will mount a 3D printed model of Oryctodromeus, Idaho's state dinosaur, that they can take home!

Registration Coming Soon!

On Grizzly Ground Film Screening

On Grizzly Ground Logo

by Kris Millgate of Tight Line Media

September 14, 2023

Frazier Hall, Idaho State University

6 to 9 p.m.

Millgate spent summer 2022 working out of a Toyota Tundra while following federally protected grizzlies through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park plus portions of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Watch 20 episodes from her On Grizzly Ground road trip now.

More Details to Come