Temporary Exhibitions: Nature's Amazing Machines

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 On this page, view: 

  • Important Dates/Special Events

  • Exhibition Training Videos, Resources, and Manual 

  • 2017 Exhibition Information

Please direct any questions or comments to Lyndsey George at lyndsey.george@dmns.org.


Updated Armadillo Info!

Nature's Amazing Machines Training Information:

Session 1: Wednesday, 5/31
1:30-4:30 OR 6-9, Ricketson Auditorium

DONE: Video Posted Below!

Session 2: Wednesday, 6/7
1:30-4:30 OR 6-9, Ricketson Auditorium

DONE: Video Posted Below!

Session 3: Tuesday, 6/13
1:30-4:30, Anschutz Special Exhibits Gallery, then Science Atrium, Studios 102/103/106 (To maintain smaller rotation group sizes, recommended date for Weekday AM teams)

OR Wednesday, 6/14
1:30-4:30 (Recommended for Weekday PM teams)  OR 6-9, 
(Recommended for Weekend teams),  Anschutz Special Exhibits Gallery, then Science Atrium, Studios 102/103/106 

DONE: VideoS posted below!


Extended Hours:

Special Event Help Needed:

A NEW Evening Special Event has been added to the calendar, just for Nature's Amazing Machines.

This event is an event partnering with theAutism Society of Colorado. 

The Museum, and other organizations, provide specific opportunities for individuals with autism to participate and connect in cultural experiences.  For many individuals with autism, the Museum, in its regular operations is not accessible.  This evening will be low sensory, with certain things adjusted in the exhibition.  For example, you may notice the volume on the videos is turned down.

The Autism Society of Colorado Special Event night will still have all of the same positions available for you to facilitate in the exhibition.  If you are interested in volunteering, you will participate in a two-part experience-first, a training on how to create the most positive experience for the family groups who attend the evening, and then volunteering in the exhibition itself on the night of the event. 

The commitment is:

Nature's Amazing Machines: Autism Society of Colorado Special Event Training and Night

Autism 101 Training

Wednesday, August 16th

3:00 pm

Morgridge Family Exploration Station


Autism Society of Colorado Special Event Night

Saturday, August 26th


Dinner and Briefing in Upper T-Rex at 5pm


If you are interested in supporting this event, please email Lyndsey George at lyndsey.george@dmns.org or sign up in the Volunteer Lounge.

Thank you so much for all you do to support the Museum beyond your normal hours!


Nature's Amazing Machines Training #1, #2 and Part I and II of #3 (Built to Survive Exploration Station AND Animal Cards Exploration Station) (ABOVE)

The first blue dot is the Training #3, Part I, Built to Survive Exploration Station.  The second blue dot is the Trianing #3, Part II, Animal Cards Exploration Station. The third blue dot is Training #2. The fourth blue dot is Training #1. Use the arrows to the right and the left of the screen to move back and forth between videos, or click on the blue dots.


To view the video in full-screen, after you press play, click on the square icon in the bottom right corner.




Please sign your name to THIS FORM to receive credit for Training #1

Please sign your name to THIS FORM to receive credit for Training #2

DO NOT SIGN UNTIL you have watched BOTH Training #3, Part I (Built to Survive) AND Part II (Animal Cards) AND done the walkthrough:  Please sign your name to THIS FORM to receive credit for Training #3


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If you are having problems loading the training videos, please use the link below to go directly to YouTube.


Nature's Amazing Machines Manual:

Exhibition Logistics

Section 1: About Nature's Amazing Machines

Section 2: Educator Resources

Section 3: Built to Survive

3.2 Toy Box Resource

Section 4: Collectible Cards

Section 5: Exhibit Interactives


Session #1 Materials: 5/31:

Exhibition Walkthrough Presentation


Session #2 Materials: 6/7:

Animals and Materials Presentation by Jeff Stephenson

Exhibition Logistics and Volunteer Lounge Presentation

DMNS Community Values by Maritza Hernandez-Bravo and Andrea Giron


Session #3 Materials: 6/13-14:

(See above 3.2 Toy Box Resource under the Manual)

Supplemental Articles for Extended Learning: 

Mucins in cancer: function, prognosis and therapy by Donald W. Kufe

Built to Last: The Structure, Function and Evolution of Primate Dental Enamel by Mary Carol Maas and Elizabeth R. Dumont

Ocean acidification: a risky shell game by Kate Madin

Microstructural tissue-engingeering in the rachis and barbs of bird feathers by Theagarten Lingham-Soliar

Structure and functions of keratin proteins in simple stratified, keratinized and cornified epithelia by Hermann H. Bragulla and Dominique G. Homberger

The Science of Elastin by Anthony S. Weiss

Photonic crystals cause active colour change in chameleons by Jeremie Teyssier, Suzanne V. Saenko, Dirk van der Marel and Michel C. Milinkovitch

Baleen Hydrodynamics and Morphology of Cross-Flow Filtration in Balaenid Whale Suspension Feeding by Alexander J. Werth and Jean Potvin

Hypertension and Counter-Hypertension Mechanisms in Giraffes by Qiong Gus Zhang

Hyaluronan and synovial joint: function, distribution and healing By Tamer Mahmoud


Preview Presentation PowerPoint 


Additional Resources:


Temporary Exhibitions Overall Information


Vikings: Beyond the Legends Exhibition Details

  • Exhibit Dates: March 9/10, 2017 - August 13, 2017 
  • Located in Phipps Gallery
  • Created by the Swedish History Museum
  • Educator: Julia Spalding-Beegles, Samantha Richards, Jennifer Moss-Logan (Enactors)
  • Curator: Steve Nash
  • Surcharged


Learn more about the exhibition HERE and HERE


Nature's Amazing Machines Exhibition Details

  • Exhibit Dates: June 15/16, 2017 - January 1, 2018
  • Located in Anschutz Gallery
  • Created by the Field Museum
  • Educator: Neha Gidvani and Cybil Holmes
  • Curator: Garth Spellman
  • Free 


Learn more about the exhibition HERE and HERE.


Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibition Details

  • Exhibit Dates: October 5/6, 2017 - January 15, 2018
  • Located in Phipps Gallery
  • Created by the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Educator: Samantha Richards
  • Curator: Joe Sertich
  • Free

Learn more about the exhibition  HERE and HERE.



Creatures of Light Exhbition Details

  • Exhibit Dates: February 22/23, 2018 - June, 17, 2018
  • Located in Anschutz Gallery
  • Created by the American Museum of Natural History
  • Educator: Brian Hostetler
  • Curator: TBD
  • Free

Learn more about the exhibition   HERE and HERE.