For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2011
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Celebrating Earth Day - April 2011
April Events at the Exploratorium
Wood Fair, Climate Change Homeschool Science, and More
Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and the Exploratorium is offering all kinds of creative ways to celebrate our planet. Join us for the first annual Wood Fair, on Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 12 to 4 pm. Visitors can explore the many aspects of wood, an important resource that shapes our daily lives. This day-long festival will include boatmakers from the San Francisco Maritime Museum, representatives from Friends of the Urban Forest and SF Center for the Book, as well as speakers on topics like sudden oak disease and forest ecology. Visitors can examine a rotting log and see some of the life it sustains under microscopes, and learn about how “nurse logs” help seedling growth. There will be woodworking demonstrations by local craftspeople and opportunities for visitors to craft something of their own. For more information, visit http://press.exploratorium.edu/wood-faire-april-2011/.
On Tuesday, April 19, from 1 to 4 pm, the Exploratorium Homeschool Science Program will be offering a session on climate change. In this hands-on workshop we will uncover the tools that scientists use to understand climate change, explore the various ways that climate change might affect the Bay Area, and discover opportunities for action that can help address the causes of climate change. Homeschool Science offers classes at two levels, depending on age and experience. Level 1, geared toward students ages 7-10, provides a basic foundation in the topic area. Level 2 classes, designed with the middle school student in mind, delve deeper into the topic. Classes are offered to Exploratorium members only. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.exploratorium.edu/membership/events.
You also won’t want to miss the Exploratorium's award-winning website, Global Climate Change (http://www.exploratorium.edu/climate/index.html). Though climate change isn’t new, the study of how human activity affects the earth’s climate is. The exploration of climate change encompasses many fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and even sociology. At this impeccably researched and accessible website, you can explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains. You’ll also get a sense of how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions.
And don’t forget to stop by the Exploratorium Store to see some of the latest environmentally inspired learning tools, like Kathleen Reilly’s book, Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself, or a science kit that allows you to build your own wind turbine complete with electric generator, adjustable rotors, and wind speed indicator.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 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.
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.
Linda Dackman, Public Information Director (415) 528-4363
Leslie Patterson (415) 528-4377
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367