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Programs for the General Public

Science Pub at Salt hill

Thirsty for a good conversation in a comfortable atmosphere? Do you have questions you would like to ask a scientist or would you just like to sit back, relax and learn something new about the world? Come to a Science Pub for an open, thought-provoking, easy-to-understand discussion.

A Science Pub is not a lecture but is a good conversation. Enjoy your refreshments or dinner while engaging with your community and local scientists.

Science Pub will be back at Salt hill in Lebanon on September 28 starting at 6pm! Save the date!

The Department of Biological Sciences Greenhouse

grad student and kids in greenhouse

The Department of Biological Sciences Greenhouse houses an extensive and varied plant collection with a wide range of diversity, utility and beauty. Among its most popular collections is the Brout Orchid Collection, which includes thousands of species of orchids.There is also a tropical plant room, a sub-tropical room, and xeric room.  While continuing its primary educational mission, this living botanical museum is available for community and school tours. It's open to the public from 8:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.  The Greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of Class of 1978 Life Sciences Building at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Cost: None
When: Ongoing
Contact:Kim Delong, Greenhouse Curator and Manager (603) 646-2382, or e-mail

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Osher@Dartmouth)

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth, formerly known as ILEAD, offers year-round opportunities to study timely and provocative subjects by participating in courses, attending lectures, interacting at social events, taking part in group journeys, and much more! Osher@Dartmouth serves more than 1,700 members in the Upper Valley. The primary purpose of Osher@Dartmouth is to promote learning through the study of topics selected and led by Institute members. Membership is open to anyone in the Upper Valley region regardless of age, academic background or college affiliation. The group has over 1,700 members. 

When: Ongoing
Cost: The annual membership fee for Osher@Dartmouth (July 1 – June 30) is $60 per person. Course fees are $55 for 5-8 week courses and $30 for 2-4 week courses.
Contact: Lisa King, Program Coordinator, (603) 646-0154 or e-mail Osher@Dartmouth.

Jones Seminars on Science Technology and Society

Jones Seminars on Science, Technology and Society, conceived as “lively discussions for the curious-minded community,” are weekly guest-lecturer gatherings for engineering students and other members of the greater Dartmouth campus, as well as teachers, high school students and the interested general public. Established through an endowment by Charles C. Jones (Dartmouth class of 1918, Thayer Class of 1919), the seminars began in the 1970s as highly specialized lectures for small audiences. Topics are now more wide-ranging, and discussion is informed by questions from Thayer doctoral students, who do supplemental reading and gather before or after seminars for more detailed discussion. Recent seminar topics have included "Image-Guided Interventions: Technologies in Medical Computer Vision", "Global Energy Futures Modelling: Making Sense out of Chaos", Biomechanical Basis of Concussion: Monitoring Head impacts in Sports", and "Applying Cognitive Science Principles to Promote Durable and Efficient Learning". Seminars take place in Spanos Auditorium (Room 100) of Cummings Hall in the Thayer School of Engineering.

When: Fridays at 3:30 p.m. (refreshments at 3:15 p.m.)
Cost: Free
Contact: Aubrey Zerbach, Thayer School of Engineering, (603) 646-2456.


Science Day at Dartmouth

Graduate students from Dartmouth College invite area students (with an accompanying adult) to visit our labs on campus, meet real scientists-in-training, and learn about a wide variety of fields of scientific research. 
Taking place on Saturday, April 28, Science Day 2018 promises to be a whole lot of fun!

When: Saturday, April 28 from 10am-3pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Visit the Science Day website


Stargazing at the Shattuck Observatory

Built in 1854, Shattuck Observatory sits on a hill behind the Wilder physics building and is the oldest scientific building on campus. The Department of Physics and Astronomy opens Shattuck Observatory for pubic viewing of the moon, planets, and stars during the terms Dartmouth is in session. School visits can also be arranged. Visitors may park anywhere in the nearby parking lots during observing hours. (Please do not park in the small dirt lot just behind the Observatory.) Observing is only possible under good weather conditions — mostly clear skies with little chance of rain or snow.

Current Schedule: Friday nights: 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM
For the most up-to-date schedule, click on this link
To find out if a session is on for a given Friday, please call 646-9100
Cost: Free
Contact: To find out if a session is happening this week, please call 603-646-9100. The message available at this number is updated on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Last Updated: 1/16/18