Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wagner's Winter Wonderland

Celebrate winter with an interactive program about Animals in Winter,

wintertime arts and crafts, and storytelling with local storyteller Nana Feather.

Institute open and activities from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Animals in Winter presentation at 1:00 PM

The talk will be American Sign Language interpreted.

Rein Deer. Buffon's Natural History. London : 1815.

Collection of the Wagner Free Institute of Science Library & Archives.

When it gets cold outside we can bundle up with warm jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, and boots. We can turn on the heat, curl up under a blanket in front of the fireplace, and drink hot chocolate. For people wintertime can be cozy, but for animals winter is all about survival.

In winter animals face freezing temperatures, frozen water, and ground covered in snow and ice. Leaves and other plants are gone and food is scarce. In order to make it through these harsh conditions, animals have some amazing adaptations.

As kids we learn that bears hibernate, but what they really do is go into torpor. Join us to find out which animals truly hibernate and what happens in the process. Learn just how far some birds migrate and try to appreciate how remarkable it is that they don't get lost.

In addition to presenting Animals in Winter, the Wagner welcomes local storyteller Nana Feather to celebrate winter with us. Children and adults are also invited to explore the museum gallery with a special wintertime scavenger hunt, make seasonal arts and crafts, and participate in activities throughout the afternoon.






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