For Immediate Release:
June 01, 2005
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
The Exploratorium Celebrates World Environment Day
World Environment Day in San Francisco is actually five days, June 1-5, with city-wide festivities that include special events focusing on urban environmental issues. Each day of the 5-day events will focus on a specific theme: Urban Power (energy, renewables and energy conservation), Cities on the Move (transportation), Redesigning Metropolis (waste diversion and the built environment), Pure Elements (food, water and air) and Flower Power (open space, biodiversity and greening the urban environment). The Exploratorium gets into the act on June 4 and 5, with films on water (a pure element) and hands on activities from out of the garden. The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, June 4
World Environment Day
In honor of World Environment Day, the Exploratorium screens Thirst (2004, 62 min.) directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman. Is water part of a shared "commons", a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace? Thirst tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions, as water becomes the most valuable global resource of the 21st Century. A character-driven documentary with no narration, Thirst reveals how the debate over water rights between communities and corporations can serve as a catalyst for explosive and steadfast resistance to globalization. Free with museum admission.
Family Workshop: Kitchen Art, Garden Art
Sunday, June 5
1pm & 3pm
Ever admire a beet red, a coffee brown? Can you make an eggshell white from actual eggshells, or a grass green from grass clippings? In celebration of World Environment Day, come explore the artistic potential of your own backyard. Instead of making landscape compositions, we’ll be composing with landscape, using (non-toxic) mineral and vegetable sources to paint, dye, print, and collage our own expressions of nature. All materials provided. For ages 4 and up. Free with museum admission.
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