Drink and Think: Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge!

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Intended for adult audiences, this series will provide an entertaining examination of various elements in the national park. Drink and Think is the first collaborative effort between Friends of Hot Springs National Park, Superior Bathhouse Brewery, and Mid-America Science Museum. There will be a total of five evenings taking place throughout 2023. Future speakers include Museum educators and National Park Service rangers discussing topics including the tardigrades, local rock formations, and the Webb Telescope and more. Educators from the Museum will also provide interactive science exhibits for attendees to enjoy.


Drink and Think: Tardi-Gras


FEBRUARY 9, 2023
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00

Normal is boring, so let’s take things to the extreme with “Tardi-Gras” the first Drink & Think of 2023, where we’ll be exploring tardigrades and other extremophiles, the true lovers of the extreme! From radioactivity to the vacuum of space, we’ll be diving into the science behind these creatures’ extreme endurance in some of the harshest conditions. Don’t worry, we won’t have to travel to Antarctica, outer space, or even Bourbon St. to find these ultimate survivors since some members of the species live right here in our thermal spring water—and even in our beer!

Drink and Think: Not in My Backyard!

Not in My Backyard!

APRIL 13, 2023
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00

Invaders from outer space! These creatures may not be little green men, but they’re definitely invasive and on the hunt for resources, often causing great environmental and economic harm to native inhabitants in our ecosystem. Learn about the threat posed by these invaders from another space and ways to help native habitats defend themselves at “Not in My Backyard!”, an exploration into the relationship between native and invasive species.

Drink and Think: Spa Rocks!

Spa Rocks!

JUNE 8, 2023
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00

They may not have as many number one hits as Elvis, The Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, but these rock stars have been around for more than 400 million years and go by stage names like sandstone, shale, chert, and novaculite. From their meager beginnings in the Carboniferous Period to the height of their fame atop the Ouachita Mountains, go backstage and get the real dirt on Hot Springs geology at “Spa Rocks!”, a hands-on look at the rocks, minerals, and mountains in the Hot Springs National Park.

Drink and Think: Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits

AUGUST 10, 2023
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00

They might be looking for a no strings attached situationship, but these organisms depend on mutual, commensal, and even parasitic connections for their survival. From the ocean floor to your own backyard, plants, animals, insects, and other organisms are continuously practicing the art of symbiosis and learning how to live together. Discover the unique and intimate ways different organisms come to depend on one another at “Friends with Benefits” a look into the nature of symbiotic relationships.

Drink and Think: Mystery. Science... Murder?

Mystery. Science... Murder?

OCTOBER 12, 2023
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00

On a dark and stormy night, a group of strangers gathered in an old bathhouse only to discover a murder afoot. Was it the park ranger, the ghost of Al Capone, the seemingly meek museum employee, or one of your fellow Drink & Think guests? Ozark Bathhouse becomes the scene of the crime at “Murder. Science. Murder?”, where we’ll be diving into forensic science and creating our own CSI: Bathhouse Row.

Drink and Think: Time Traveling

Time Traveling

DECEMBER 14, 2023
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00

One year and thousands of galaxies later, discover what we’ve learned from the James Webb Space Telescope’s orbit around the sun. From capturing the origins of the earliest galaxies in the universe to the first complete images of some of the most distant plants humanity has ever seen, make sure you don’t miss this interstellar journey into the last 13.5 billion years of our universe’s history.

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