Saturday, May 12, 2012
Natural History Road Show
Presented by the Wagner Free Institute of Science and a panel of experts specializing in shells, insects, fossils, rocks and minerals
Institute is open: 12 - 4 PM
Big Bug Show: 1 PM
Road Show: 2 - 4 PM
Bring your treasures!!!!
Due to the National Landmark status of the Institute, live animals are prohibited.
It’s that time of year! Once again expert scientists from the Philadelphia area put on their thinking caps to identify your natural history treasures and answer any questions you may have about them. This program is geared for children ages 6-12 and their families, and all collectors young at heart. The museum is open to all, and everyone is sure to learn something new about the world around us.
Schedule for the Day
12 - 4 PM
- Explore the museum collections in the exhibition hall. Do a scavenger hunt!
- Celebrate National Urban Biodiversity Week with outside activities (weather permitting).
- Peruse old library books and purchase some to take home with you.
1 - 2 PM
- Enjoy a presentation in the Victorian lecture hall: The Big Bug Show with Philadelphia firefighter Olly McDonagh, featuring giant bugs from around the world!
- Venture outside after the show for some fabulous photo ops with the critters (weather permitting).
2 - 4 PM
- Have your natural history treasures identified by experts in the exhibition hall! Ask them questions!
Bring your treasure and your story!
For the first time, we will have an interactive, temporary exhibit in our 19th Century exhibition hall. For this pilot project we will feature YOUR specimens in one of our cherrywood cases in an exhibit curated by the public!
Here’s how it works: Bring your treasure and the story of how you found it. After our panelists identify it, you can submit your specimen to be a part of an exhibit that will open in June. Imagine your specimen on display beside specimens collected by William Wagner, Joseph Leidy, and other famous naturalists from the 19th century!
Cities across the country will participate in "Nature Block Party" for the first annual celebration of Nation Urban Biodiversity Week, May 13-19, 2012.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is proud to kick off this week with the Natural History Road Show on Saturday, May 12.
This exciting initiative is a collaboration between NYC Wildflower Week, the National Wildlife Federation, Project Noah, and institutional partners in cities across the country. For more information about events like guided walks through city woodlands, native plant workshops, planting opportunities, and fun program for families, visit: http://natureblockparty.org