Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Nature Screen

Nature Screen is a STEAM-based monthly film series, focusing on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math topics of nature.

Check the calendar for more information on each film.

October 1st - 30th,  2016: "Prehistoric Autopsy"

 Prehistoric Autopsy; a three part documentary series that reconstructs the bodies of three iconic members of our pre-historic family:  “Neanderthal”, “Homo Erectus” and “Lucy”. 

Episode 1 ~ Neanderthal: This episode follows the rebuilding of one of our most iconic ancient ancestors from the bones up - a Neanderthal. To make the reconstructions as accurate as possible, hosts Alice Roberts and George McGavin travelled the globe gathering evidence from the world's leading scientists.

Episode 2 ~ Homo Erectus:  We are going back 1.5 million years to meet one of the earliest humans. They walked the earth far longer than any other human species and were the first ancestors to look a lot like we do today. The species is Homo erectus and the individual being reconstructed is known as Nariokotome Boy.

Episode 3: Lucy:  We meet the most famous of all our early ancestors. She is Lucy, from the species Australopithecus afarensis and she lived 3.2 million years ago. Lucy's species traded life in the trees for life on the ground, but walking upright came at a price and it is one we are still paying today.


Join us every month for compelling, educational and visually stunning nature documentaries that inspire appreciation, curiosity and stewardship of our natural world and its inhabitants.


November - December

My Life as a Turkey

 An original PBS NATURE Documentary

Wednesdays ~ Sundays    November 2nd ~ November 13, 2016   11am-2pm*

Based on a true story of wildlife artist and naturalist, Joe Hutto, this beautiful, charming,

funny, sad, and thought-provoking film explores one of those rare moments when man and animal unwittingly become more closely linked than nature normally allows. It had long been Joe’s hope to learn about the secret world of wild turkeys and upon finding 16 turkey eggs on his doorstep one day, Joe was determined to become their mother, by having the newly born chicks “imprint” on him. It was a role he had to learn from scratch and an experience that would change his life in ways he could not have imagined. The journal that Hutto kept of his life as a turkey ultimately became a book, entitled “Illumination of the Flatwoods.” His story is reenacted in this film in full, as he lived it.

  * Showings are continuous every 50 minutes from 11am-2pm.


  “The Pilgrims”

An Original PBS American Experience Documentary by Ric Burns

 Wednesday, November 16th ~ Saturday December 3, 2016. Two showings:

11am-1pm & 1pm – 3pm. *(No showing:  Friday 11/25 & Saturday 11/26).

 In the early 17th century, a small group of religious radicals embarked from England to establish a separatist religious community across the Atlantic Ocean in the New World. The challenges they faced in making new lives for themselves still resonate almost 400 years later. Who were the men and women who constituted this multifarious band of English Protestants whom we call "the Pilgrims"?

Their narrative has been clouded in myth, embedded in Thanksgiving Day feasts, football, and parades. Now, award-winning filmmaker, Ric Burns, shatters the Pilgrims’ myth through a vivid retelling of the story via acclaimed actor Roger Rees, who portrays William Bradford as he recites in the third person the account of the Pilgrims.

This historical documentary was partially filmed at Plimoth Plantation and is also supported by a number of of great writers; including Nantucket’s own Nathaniel Philbrick; author of "Mayflower."  


PBS Original NATURE Documentary

“Magic of the Snowy Owl”

Wednesdays through Sundays, December 7 ~ December 30, 2016 11am-2pm*

A team of intrepid filmmakers provides an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird made popular by Harry Potter’s faithful companion Hedwig. Though “snowies” naturally stand out for their beauty, intelligence and charm, in their eerie, bleak arctic home, it is their determination and survival skills that are truly magical. Throughout the long months of the Arctic winter, life is difficult, if not impossible, for all but the toughest and most experienced of animals. Snowy owls are built for the challenge, their every sense and skill honed to take on their frozen world. And when the brief Arctic summer approaches, bringing light back to the tundra, they embark upon an even more daunting challenge than keeping themselves alive. They breed and attempt to raise young in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Once summer arrives, they will have just 82 days of sunlight to successfully raise a family of helpless owlets until they are ready and able to fly.

* Showings are continuous every 50 minutes from 11am-2pm.