Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with an SCFD Free Day at
the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Special Earth-friendly programming scheduled throughout
DENVER - April 13, 2012 -The Denver Museum of Nature &
Science invites families and visitors of all ages to celebrate
Earth Day during SCFD Free Day on Sunday, April 22. Museum visitors
will enjoy special Earth-friendly activities, such as face
painting, GeoDome shows, crafts, renewable energy activities,
children's theater, and more.
Visitors are encouraged to bring unwanted small electronics
(such as cell phones, mp3 players, GPS units, digital cameras, and
any Apple products) to the Museum to be recycled. Visitors can save
an additional 10% off their purchase in the Museum Shop if they
bring a reusable shopping bag. (Discount does not include books,
CDs, DVDs, or Lizards & Snakes shop).
Earth Day Celebration Events
Sunday, April 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE
The Museum is celebrating Earth Day with a full day of special
programs that are free with admission. Visitors can experience
hands-on activities, play games, and participate in demonstrations.
For a complete schedule of activities, click here. Some
highlights are below.
- Lizards & Snakes exhibition
This popular exhibition has livened things up at the Museum, as
60 live animals from around the world are displayed in specially
- Green Game Show and the Adventures of
Visitors will have a chance to test their knowledge about
categories in recycling, energy awareness and nutrition. Then, meet
SuperNatural, the world's first organic super hero!
- GeoDome Portable Digital Dome Theater
Explore Earth from space, learning all about our planet and the
resources that make it so special.
- One Book/One Denver's Preschool Pick:Maybe a Bear Ate
Listen to local media celebrities read both English and Spanish
versions of the children's book,Maybe a Bear Ate It, and other
Enjoy hands-on Earth Day crafts to make and take home!
Green Initiatives at the Denver Museum of Nature &
The Museum is currently constructing the new Education and Collections
Facility, which will add five levels of discovery. Because the
Museum is committed to creating a greener existence, the new
building will be one of the greenest and most energy sustainable
spaces in Denver. The addition is designed to receive LEED
certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest
rating possible for new construction. This highly efficient
building will use 50 percent less energy than a standard building
of its type. Sustainable strategies include
- A ground source heat pumpusing Denver's underground recycled
water system to heat and cool the facility. The pump is being
developed in partnership with Denver Water and is supported by a
grant from the Department of Energy.
- Xeriscape landscapingwith native plants and a nonpotable water
system for irrigation.
- Additional rooftopphotovoltaic solar panelsto help conserve
- Automated shading louverson the exterior of the building that
will move based on the angle of the sun to save energy.
- Daylight harvestingin the Science Studios and Discovery Zone to
take advantage of available natural daylight and reduce the use of
- Rooftopsolar thermal collectorsto provide hot water.
In addition, the Museum installed an electric vehicle charging
station in the Museum parking lot in late 2011, and willcontinue to
incorporate high-efficiency LED lighting, Energy Star appliances,
and lighting occupancy sensors-all to reduce energy
Charlotte Hurley, Charlotte.Hurley@dmns.org,
About the Denver Museum of Nature &
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain
Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety
of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum
visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado,
Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado
Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum,
or call 303-370-6000.
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Many of the Museum's educational programs and exhibits are made
possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area
through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.