Summer Programs

Enjoy Summer with IMNH! Special Summer Activities include NASA sponsored Activities and Camps, and new Teacher Training Workshops and more….   STEM Summer Activities  sponsored by NASA Free physical science activities for kids. No registration.  July 20- 10am-12pm Periodic Table of Elements (for K-8th grade)     Summer Programs July 18 -Look and Feel  Day […]Read More »

Museum teams up with PCCS for winter science

What does the Chickadee say?  Mrs. Sarah Casper’s class at the Pocatello Community Charter School would happily answer with refrains of “Cheeeeese burger” if you asked them.  “Cheese burger” is a mnemonic device to help her students learn the calls of common birds that live in Pocatello in the Winter.  Mrs. Casper’s class is not […]Read More »

Give Where You Live!

Idaho Gives 2016Idaho Gives is a special day for philanthropy across Idaho: a day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share their work, which enriches communities throughout our state. It’s a day for Idahoans to come together with one voice of support for our nonprofits, big and small. On May 5, 2016, join us here to […]Read More »

IMNH Interactive Module: Click, Explore, Share

This module includes interactive learning units that complement the virtual Evolving Idaho Exhibit, and can be used for classroom teaching and learning as well as self-directed learning. Explore the virtual exhibit. Read the profiles of scientists behind this exhibit. Explore Module 1: Doing Science Explore Module 2: Ways of Nature           […]Read More »

December Events @ the Museum

Looking for something educational and fun in December? Look no further, the Idaho Museum of Natural History has you covered with events for all age groups! December 3 from 4pm-6pm the museum with host Museum Rangers: Gone Fishin’ for 3rd-6th grade. Come and learn all about Idaho’s fish! First get a little bit messy, and […]Read More »

Paleo-Trivia Night @ the Museum

World Renowned Paleontologist to visit Idaho Museum of Natural History Pocatello, Idaho—November 3, 2015 – Dr. Ted Daeschler, of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, will be giving a free lecture at the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) November 11, 2015 at 6pm. Daeschler will be presenting New […]Read More »

Five things you didn’t know about IMNH

Herpetology collectionThe Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) was founded in 1934 as the Historical Museum of the Southern Branch of the University of Idaho, as Idaho State University (ISU) was then called. The museum was established by a group of professors in an effort to collect, preserve, and displays the region’s natural and cultural heritage. […]Read More »

Gone Fishin' Exhibit Set to Open Next Friday in Pocatello

Pocatello, ID–August 21st, 2015 The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) to open newest exhibit Gone Fishin’ in its gallery, located on the campus of Idaho State University. Did you know that Idahoans spend over 2 million days fishing every year? Or that the Salmon River is one of the longest undammed rivers in the […]Read More »

Museums and Students Team up to Save Monarch Butterflies in Idaho

On July 7th, 2015 our Education Specialist, Becky Hansis-O’Neill, teamed up with the Education Coordinator from the Museum of Idaho (MOI), and former Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) intern, Chloe Doucette to take students participating in MOI’s High Adventure Camp into the field to monitor Monarch butterfly larvae. During the summer months, Monarchs migrate to […]Read More »

Evolving Idaho Interactive Exhibits

 Test your knowledge of the tree of life and phylogeny using the PBS evolution lab game!    In this game, hunt for important species in wetland environments!   This game is identifying the item shown as a producer, consumer, or decomposer.   This game is based on natural selection, help the new species evolve and […]Read More »

Idaho Museum of Natural History Part of Idaho Gives Campaign

Idaho Gives is a special day for philanthropy across Idaho: a day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share their work, which enriches communities throughout our state. It’s a day for Idahoans to come together with one voice of support for our nonprofits, big and small. On May 7, 2015, join us here to […]Read More »


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Kid's After School Classes: Animal Bone Identification Lab in March!

Does your child love animals, bones, skulls, or all of the above?  Our next children’s after school class will focus exclusively on bones!  The IMNH specializes in fun, hands-on, classes activities to get your young learner excited about science and natural history.  Students will engage with bone experts and learn how to identify where bones go […]Read More »

K-12 and Adult Field Trips at IMNH

The Wheel of DietInterested in coming to the IMNH with your class, home school students, daycare, after school group, boy or girl scout troop, or birthday party? Give us a call!    Scheduling:  Please schedule your field trip with the education office by calling (208)282-2195 or email: or fill out the form Benefits to Scheduling  Tour tailored to your group’s […]Read More »

Plant of the week: Orogenia linearifolia (Indian Potato or Turkey Peas)

A member of the carrot/parsley family, Orogenia is only a couple of inches tall with a root that goes much deeper. The petals are white but the anthers and the top of the ovary are dark purplish, giving the look of salt and pepper. Tuber-like roots can be used raw sliced and fried, or boiled. […]Read More »

Open House for Sho-Ban Tribal members

The Idaho Museum of Natural History would like to invite residents of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation to an open house event on September 28, 2013, from 11 am to 5 pm. This event is free to all members of the Sho-Ban tribe. September 28, 2013, is the last day to view the Smithsonian traveling […]Read More »

Shark Week

We are celebrating Shark Week in style! Join us during the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week for special hands-on activities with modern and ancient sharks. At the Idaho Museum of Natural History, in the Science Discovery Center. Thursday, August 8-Saturday, August 10, 2-5 pmRead More »

Museum Magazine Article

Read the text of Dr. Maschner’s article in Museum Magazine. Museum Magazine 3D Natural HistoryRead More »

Educator Resources

The Idaho Museum of Natural History reaches over 10,000 children annually through outreach programs, guided tours, and after school classes. As the state museum of natural history, the Education Resources Center offers unique educational materials and classes for teachers and students from the Snake River Plain, into the Panhandle, and beyond. We at the ERC […]Read More »