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After Dark: Dirt - June 7, 2012

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After Dark: Dirt - June 7, 2012

After Dark: Dirt
Thursday, June 7, 2012
6 - 10 pm

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On Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 6 to 10 pm, come dig into soil science and get the dirt on everything from mushrooms to mud houses, at After Dark: Dirt. You'll discover what lives in soil, how it differs from place to place - and how the composition of minerals, nutrients and organic matter is important to what choses to grow in it. Did you know that five to 10 tons of animal life can live in an acre of soil? With more than 70,000 different kinds of soil found in the United States alone, there is sure to be something about this essential material that will surprise you.

Hear Senior Staff Scientist Paul Doherty talk about extraterrestrial dirt - from the pulverized and glassified regolith of the Moon, to the rusty, dusty surface of Mars - then end up back on Earth, where you'll discover meteorite dust on your own roof.  Fellow staff scientist Bryce Johnson navigates us through San Francisco Bay's sediments, and Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck reveals the creeping, crawling world inside a rotting log. You can also meet and hear farming guru John Jeavons, and learn about mushroom farming from Back to the Roots - who will share secrets to growing gourmet mushrooms.

The evening will also feature an exhibition from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, of color photographs from the Dust Bowl era, as well as historic audio recordings documenting the work and struggles of farmers in the late 1930's. Visitors will get to see an excerpt of the German documentary film Staub (Dust), have an opportunity to make seed bombs - and check out the soil-loving insects at both the compost demo "Worms, Dirt and Decay" and The Insect Discovery Lab.

From guest speakers on farming and geology, to demonstrations, hands-on activities and film screenings - at After Dark: Dirt you’ll gain a better understanding as to why worms and flower gardens aren’t the only reason to appreciate this non-renewal, valuable resource.

After Dark is for adults 18 years and older, and is included with the general admission price. After Dark programs are playful, unique and content-rich, and addresses the science behind topics of adult interest.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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