Top Programs and Events in March and April
Included in this advisory are key programs and events at the
Denver Museum of Nature & Science that aim to inspire curiosity
and excite minds of all ages through scientific
NEW! Lizards & Snakes -FREE with
See 60 live animals at the Museum. The Burmese python, green
basilisk, and more star in this fascinating exhibition. Featuring
an impressive lineup of lizards and snakes from five continents,
Lizards & Snakes introduces visitors to these adaptable,
colorful, and sometimes dangerous creatures. The engaging
combination of live animals, real and cast fossils, extensive
multimedia, hands-on interactives, and an activity area
specifically for children offers a fascinating look into the wild
world of lizards and snakes that will enthrall and educate visitors
of all ages.
FREE Field Trips for 2011-2012 School Year
The Museum is offering free exhibition admission and free
self-guided tours to all school groups and organized youth groups
this school year. Additionally, the Museum is offering scholarships
to cover bus fuel costs and to reduce fees for onsite labs and
classes. As the region's leading resource for informal science
education, the Museum hosts more than 300,000 students and their
chaperones each year. The organization is committed to making
science affordable, fun, exciting, and engaging. Learn more
NEW! Arctic Sanctuary - FREE with Admission
Opens March 2
Arctic Sanctuary, featuring the photography of Jeff Jones,
reveals the natural landscape, significance, and stunning beauty of
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Fifty images-from large-scale
panoramas to intimate and abstract studies of nature's elemental
forms-take visitors on an engaging exploration of wilderness and
its significance in the modern world.
NEW! Tornado Alley 3D
Experience the adrenaline and the science of nature's most
dramatic phenomena. JoinStorm Chasersstar Sean Casey and the
researchers of Vortex 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to
understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, in this
heart-pounding science adventure.
NEW! Flying Monsters 3D
Uncover the truth about the mysterious pterosaurs, whose
wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern jet
plane. Enter the lush and alien environment in which these
creatures lived, and experience real flying monsters.
NEW! To the Arctic 3D
Opens April 20
Follow the lives of a mother polar bear and her two cubs as they
navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage brings you up
close and personal with this family's struggle to survive and
thrive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers,
spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.
NEW! Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Take a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful,
powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system.
After seeing a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb and a
400-year-old hurricane, you'll be glad you live on Earth.
Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m., $12 member, $15 nonmember, $8
child (ages 3-12)
Don't miss this family-friendly opportunity to see Mars in a way
that's rarely possible. Once every 26 months, Mars is positioned
opposite the sun and very close to Earth. We'll provide the
telescopes and Steve Lee, curator of planetary science, will
provide the science behind the Mars opposition.
Science Lounge: Crack the Case
Thursday, March 15 6:30-9:30 p.m., $8 member, $10
(If sold out online, tickets available at the door.)
Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and
entertainment every third Thursday of the month. Ages 21 and up.
This month,try your hand at forensic sleuthing and solve a mystery
at the Museum. Armed with science and a Bloody Mary, identify and
analyze evidence at the scene of a crime. You'll discover that
bones can tell a story, learn how to type blood, and delicately
lift hidden fingerprints. Plus, we'll debunk science myths from
popular crime dramas, likeCSI.
Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., $8 member, $10
If you couldn't get your hands dirty at the historic dig near
Snowmass Village, then get your hands on a copy of the book that
tells the story. Written with humor by Museum scientists Kirk
Johnson and Ian Miller,Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age
World in the Colorado Rockies, follows the dig from the first
fossil found in October 2010 through the intense field season of
summer 2011. The research now continues in the Museum's labs. Help
us celebrate the book launch, bring your questions, and hear about
"hot off the press" Snowmastodon research.
Tornado Alley with Sean Casey
Friday, March 23, $15 member, $18 nonmember, $15
student, $12 child (ages 3-12)
Storm Chasers star Sean Casey will host this special screening
of the new IMAX film, Tornado Alley. Hear behind the scenes stories
from this heart-pounding science adventure and learn how Sean and
his team used advanced weather measurement instruments and
customized vehicles to experience a tornado's destructive power at
Slithering Spring Break
Saturday, March 24-Sunday, April 1, Free with Museum
Experience a week of reptilian family fun during spring break.
Visit the Lizards & Snakes exhibition and enjoy activities
throughout the Museum including snake crafts, snake races, live
animal presentations, and more.
Spring Break Day Camps
Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30
A fun way to spend Spring Break! Early morning check-in will be
available for these camps from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For more information
and registration, visit www.dmns.org/learn.
SCFD Community FREE Day-Earth Day
April 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE
Visit Lizards & Snakes; enjoy outstanding permanent
exhibitions including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric
Journey, and Egyptian Mummies; and participate in plus special
Earth Day activities for the whole family.
Science Lounge: The Science of Flight
Thursday, April 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $8 member, $10
(If sold out online, tickets available at the door.)Enjoy a
mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment every
third Thursday of the month. Ages 21 and up. This month,enjoy a
flight of beer as you learn about flying monsters - past, present,
and future. Take a lesson in aerodynamics by building and launching
your own rockets and paper airplanes. Also, watch the IMAX 3D film,
Flying Monsters. Did we mention flights of beer?
Arctic Sanctuary: Meet the Artists
Wednesday, April 25,7 p.m., $12 member, $15
Explore the majestic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with
photographer Jeff Jones as he transports you to the diverse
habitats that make the refuge the most species-rich conservation
area in the circumpolar north. Jones will share photographic
techniques he used to capture these stunning landscapes. Following
the program, enjoy a special showing of the "Arctic Sanctuary"
photography exhibition and a book signing where Jones will be
joined by his coauthor, Laurie Hoyle. To learn more, visit www.dmns.org. Space is limited.
Charlotte Hurley: 303-370-6407, [email protected]
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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,
check www.dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000.
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Many of the Museum's educational programs and exhibits are made
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