Special Guests

RBG is pleased to welcome special guests to share their expertise and passion about the ice ages! Join us every Sunday at 1:00pm for new guest speaker each week. We will also have bonus special guests for special occasions. Check back often as we will be regularly updating our list!

*Guests visiting us via live interactive videoconference are noted with an asterisk.



Sunday, March 12, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Drop in.
Life in the Ice Age: Tools and Culture
Mike Lothrop, Grand River Primitive Skills
Join Mike as he demonstrates various survival skills related to daily life and hunting of ice age people.


Monday, March 13, 2017; 1:00 p.m.
Tusker Power
Annie Mumgaard (Virtual Learning Coordinator) and Andrew Blodgett (Ice Age Expert)

University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, NE*
Discover fossils from prehistoric elephants that once roamed the Great Plains of North America, meet the world's largest mounted mammoth, and examine prehistoric elephant teeth.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017; 1:00 p.m.
Arctic Discoveries: Muskox Mayhem
Sam Lavin, Distance Learning Coordinator, Alaska Zoo*
Meet the Alaska Zoo's muskox family and uncover their secrets to surviving on the tundra where they have been living since the last Ice Age.


Thursday, March 16, 2017; 11:00 a.m.
Mammal Meetup
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, Clarington, ON
Who lived here during the Pleistocene? Drop by and meet some of our local native mammals including an Opossum, Silver Fox, Skunk and Vinny the Porcupine.


Thursday, March 16, 2017; 1:00 p.m.
Ice Ages: How Cool was Your School?
John Zawiskie, Curator of Earth and Life Science, Cranbrook Institute of Science, MI*
So what was the Ice Age like in the Great Lakes Region? John will take you there using casts and specimens of prehistoric plants and animals.



Friday, March 17, 2017; 11:00 a.m.


Sunday, March 19, 2017; 1:00 p.m.
Nature’s Thermometers
Dr. Jessie Vincent, Instructor, McMaster University
Discover how microfossils, such as midge teeth and pollen, can help us to understand ancient climate.


Sunday, March 26, 2017; 1:00 p.m.
Plants of the Mammoth Steppe
Nadia Cavallin, Field Botanist and Herbarium Curator, RBG
Join Nadia as she shows us the living plants of the mammoth steppe. She’ll have her very powerful microscope to share the fine details.


Sunday, April 2, 2017; 1:00 p.m. (VC)
Uncovering the history of Ice Age Mammals Piece by Piece
Christina Barron-Oritz, Organization, Assistant Curator, Quaternary Palaeontology, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB*
Discover how clues found in the teeth and bones of Ice Age mammals help paleontologists piece together a picture of what happened thousands of years ago.


Sunday, April 9, 2017; 1:00 p.m. (VC)
The tale of the deadly carving tooth and other Ice Age legends
Julie Meachen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Des Moines University, Iowa
Dr. Julie Meachen will introduce you to the sabre-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis and other extinct mammals while guiding you through Ice Age fossils sites.


Sunday, April 16, 2017; 1:00 p.m.

How glaciers created the landscape of Southern Ontario
Rebecca Lee, McMaster University
Canada has had multiple glacial periods that have carved the landscape.  This presentation will explore how the last glaciation created the landscape we see today.