Special Saturdays

“Special Saturdays” at the LSU Museum of Natural Science is a STEM program that focuses on introducing children and their parents to the world of natural science. One Saturday a month we focus on a specific topic and invite experts from within the LSU research community to give short engaging talks accompanied by hands-on activities.

All programs are FREE and are especially appropriate for children ages 5-12. Sessions are held in the exhibit area of the LSU Museum of Natural Science (Foster Hall)  from 10:00am-12:00pm. Please pre-register below prior to each session (max 35 kids)**. 

**Due to limited space we are unable to accommodate more than 35 kids per event. If an event is full you will be placed on a waiting list and notified via email. We will let you know if a spot opens up before the event. 

NOTE: If you experience difficulties signing up with the form below, email museum@lsu.edu with your Name, Email, Child's name(s) & age(s) and the Dates you want to reserve and we will put you on the list.


2019-2020 Schedule

Special Saturday Schedule

Download PDF of schedule. 

September 21 -  Ice Sheet Retreat
Guest speaker: Dr. Phil Bart

October 19 - All About Penguins
Guest speaker: Dr. Michael Polito

November 16 - Phylo-what?
Guest speaker: Dr. Jeremy Brown

December 14 - Escape from Disaster
Guest Speaker: Rachel Harman

January 25 - Bust a Move
Guest Speaker: Jon Nations

February 15 - Fish, Fish, Fishes
Guest Speaker: Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty

March 7 - Ancient Antarctic Pollen
Guest Speaker: Meghan Duffy

April 4 - Pollination Station
Guest Speakers: Laymon Ball, Janet Mansaray, Diego Paredes

May 2 - Salt: The Grain of Life
Guest Speaker: Luis Santiago-Rosario


Special Saturdays Fall Registration Form

Please note: A reminder email will be sent to all who have signed up the Monday before each event. If you sign up for an event and your child is not able to make it, please let us know by responding to the reminder email. If you miss two events in a row without letting us know, you will be bumped to the waiting list.

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Special Saturdays is supported by the LSU College of Science, 

the Charles Lamar Family Foundation, & you!

logo: Charles Lamar Family Foundation

Contact Us

Museum of Natural Science
119 Foster Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-2855



Hours & Admissions

Admission: Free
: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
Closed: Sat; Sun; state holidays
*Closed Fri at 2 p.m. during school year.

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