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.

September 6th - 30th:  "Shark Mountain"

A team of expert and intrepid divers, led by renowned underwater film specialists Howard and Michele Hall, leads viewers into the ultimate domain of sharks. On the dive of a lifetime, Shark Mountain reveals underwater creatures unlike anywhere else in the world. Some 300 miles off Costa Rica is Cocos Island, a tiny Pacific outpost that was once a favorite haunt of pirates. Cocos, a designated World Heritage Site, lies directly in the path of powerful ocean currents that often collide with the island, churning the waters into an undersea storm.

These swirling currents carry rich nutrients to a reef teeming with brilliantly colored marine life. Residents include moray eels, hawksbill turtles, leather bass, bigeye jacks, red-lipped batfish, yellow barberfish, hogfish, and sea urchins, to name only a few.

The currents bring more than algae to this island paradise. They also summon an extraordinary abundance of sharks, providing a golden opportunity to observe some of the most surprising and baffling shark behavior ever captured on film. The volume and variety of sharks that visit Cocos on a regular basis is staggering, and includes huge numbers of silkies, hammerheads, black-tip reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks, silver-tip reef sharks, whale sharks, and their distant cousins, the marbled rays.


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.