Educators' Evenings

¡Cuba! Educators' Evening

December 2, 2016

Four cuban parrots perched in a tree top.

Cuban parrots

© CSP/AGE Fotostock

Join us on Friday, December 2 for an evening celebrating our latest temporary exhibition ¡Cuba! This is an opportunity for teachers to view the exhibition, hear from the curators who worked on the exhibit, network with other educators, and gather resources on how to use the exhibit with their students. Participants will receive Educator Guides and related activities that provide tools to align science content with Common Core State Standards in ELA for reading and writing.

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean region, technically an archipelago made up of more than 4,000 islands and cays. It is known for its exceptional biodiversity: about 50 percent of its plants and 32 percent of its vertebrate animals are endemic, species that are found only on the island. ¡Cuba! will include live animals and specimens as well as artifacts and lifelike models representing the island’s distinctive wildlife, from a venomous mammal to the world’s smallest bird. Highlights include a re-creation of Zapata wetlands, home to the endangered Cuban crocodile; a reconstructed cave environment where visitors can examine fossil remains of extinct species such as Megalocnus rodens, a giant ground sloth once common to the island; and live lizards, boas, and frogs. 

In addition to focusing on Cuban biodiversity, the exhibition will showcase Cuban culture and life—including art, music, spiritual traditions, celebrations, food, and farming. A long, open boulevard evoking the street life one might find in a Cuban city will invite visitors to stroll, sit, and discover Cuban culture through music, dance performances, and a variety of interactive experiences.

  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Reception
  • 5:00p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: Curator Talk
  • 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Visit the Exhibition

Major funding for ¡Cuba! has been provided by
the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Generous support for ¡Cuba! has been
provided by the Dalio Ocean Initiative. 

The Ford Foundation and JetBlue have
also committed to supporting ¡Cuba!