Explore Extreme Habitats with Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers
Delaware Museum of Natural History’s new special exhibit encourages visitors to take on the role of field scientists to study the effects of climate change on the Arctic tundra and the Amazon rainforest.
WILMINGTON, DE – Opening October 15, Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers is an interactive exhibit focusing on the habitats of two iconic animals — Arctic polar bears and the rainforest’s tree frogs — and how climate change affects them. Visitors can take on the role of field scientists to investigate the shrinking populations of polar bears, learn how to gather weather station data, visit an Amazon rainforest field research tent, and observe and identify a variety of tree frogs.
Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers is sponsored by DuPont with additional support from M&T Bank.
Special events during the launch of Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers include:
- DMNH Educator (and Family!) Preview Day: Arctic Adventure & Rainforest Explorers, Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free for teachers and their families with pre-registration and teacher ID
- Community Overnight (Halloween Edition), Friday, October 21, 2016, 7 p.m. – 8 a.m.
$25/Members, $35/Non-members. Doze with the dinosaurs or snooze among the shells, and explore our newest exhibit, Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers. Pre-registration required.
- Free Sunday Morning, Sunday, October 23, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – noon. Admission is free to explore our Arctic Adventure and Rainforest Explorers as well as our outdoor trails, meadow and rock garden outdoors as part of Delaware Children in Nature month.
Also on exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History this fall:
Expressions in Stone: The Nature Inspired Carvings of Richard H. Bailey
Richard’s passion for carving has resulted in a lifetime creating imaginative pieces using marble and semi-precious stones from quarries all over the globe. Using both modern and traditional methods, he meticulously sculpts stone of varying colors and textures to form unique figures and mosaics. He finds inspiration in the often overlooked elements of nature: the flitting butterfly, the silent turtle, the schooling fish.
Backyard Birds: The Delaware Photographic Society
The beauty of local birds is highlighted with an exhibit in the Community Room through early January. The exhibit includes photos by different photographers from the Delaware Photographic Society. The seasonal return of many species of birds to Delaware is a constant reminder of the renewal of life. The beauty and variety in nature, including the delightful colors of birds found in local backyards, inspires photography.
WHAT: Arctic Adventure & Rainforest Explorers
WHERE: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19807
DATE: October 15, 2016 – January 15, 2017
TIME: Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 12-4:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: $9 for adults, $7 for children (3-17), $8 for seniors, FREE for children 2 and younger. FREE for Museum members.
MORE INFO: Visit www.delmnh.org or call (302) 658-9111
About the Delaware Museum of Natural History
As the only natural history museum in the state, the Delaware Museum of Natural History opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. The museum houses Delaware’s only permanent dinosaur display, surrounded by exhibits of mammals, shells, and other specimens from around the world. The museum stores renowned scientific collections of mollusks and birds, including one of the top-ten mollusk collections in the United States.