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March Press Release
Enjoy a Summer Full of Science Fun!
Registration is open for the Museum’s summer camp program! Camp Explorations is celebrating its 17th year of summer science fun for ages 6-12. All Camp Explorations programs include daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, journaling and plenty of fun! We offer 8 sessions and each session is a new experience. Session topics include Archaeology, Paleontology, Astronomy, Forensic Science and much more! Mix and match any of our AM and PM sessions with other University of Michigan programs from our friends at KidSport and Outdoor Adventures. We also offer aftercare for a nominal fee. A complete listing of camp sessions, along with more details, is available online atummnh.org (click on the camp quicklink). Email email@example.com or call 734.647.6421 for more information. Register early — several camp sessions filled up last year!
2014 Family Reading and Science Workshop: Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance
Sunday, March 9, 1 pm , Museum of Natural History
The world can be a brutal place--eat or be eaten. In order to deal with this constant dilemma, hunters and the hunted have evolved different strategies to give themselves a fighting chance. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the strategies that predators and prey have used to try to keep a leg up on the competition. What can happen if the food chain comes undone? In the circle of life there is a delicate balance of predators and prey, each keeping the other in check. This workshop will explore how we monitor the health of those relationships and what we can do to maintain the balance. Free. For children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Made possible, in part, by support from the Toyota USA Foundation. To register, call Marina Mayne at (734) 764-0480 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Predators and Prey Discovery Day
Saturday, March 22, 9 am - 5 pm
The 2014 Family Reading & Science Program culminates with a special day-long event at the Museum. Explore the interactions of predatory animals and their prey from prehistory to today. What can fossils like Sanajeh from India tell us about their world? What effects are humans having on predator/prey relationships? Bring the whole family and enjoy activity stations and special guests. Suitable for all ages. Free and open to the public. Made possible, in part, by support from the Toyota USA Foundation.
Science Café: The Politics of Preserving the Past
Wednesday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 pm
Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor
Preserving historic sites is often not simple, but involves compromises for contemporary businesses and residences. Sometimes scholarly work to preserve the past has unfortunate, and occasionally unforeseen tragic consequeces for contemporary communities. We will examine several examples, from India and from right here in Ann Arbor, as we discuss the politics of preservation. Speakers include Carla Sinopoli, Curator of Asian Archaeology and Director of the U-M Museum Studies Program and Susan Wineberg, local author and Ann Arbor historian. Join us for an engaging conversation on the political consequences of scholarship, advocacy, and preservation. Offered as a part of the the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ Winter 2014 Theme semester: India in the World.
Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting. All Science Cafés take place at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm; program 6-7:30 pm
Hands-On Demos: SSSSSSSSnakes!
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Come explore the world of snakes at the Museum of Natural History. How do snakes move? How do they hear and smell? How and what do snakes eat? We’ll take a look at snake skin, hear like a snake, and use museum specimens to learn more. Together we’ll learn about Sanajeh, the 11-foot snake that lived during the Cretaceous period and ate baby dinosaurs. What can Sanajeh tell us about modern snakes? How isSanajeh different? Join us to find out!
Free Dinosaur Tours! Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
Attention dinosaur fans! Join us at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a free, 30-minute docent-led tour of the dinosaur exhibits. Sign up on the day of the tour. Limit: 15 people. Sponsored by UM Credit Union.
The Sky Tonight: Star Talk
Saturdays at 11:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm; Sundays at 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Bright stars, constellations, planets, and telescopic objects in the current night sky will be discussed in this live “star talk.” Then leave Earth and “fly” out into space to examine the planets in the current sky.
Saturdays at 12:30 pm
Journey across the electro-magnetic spectrum and discover the many reasons for color. Why is the sky blue and Mars red? Tour within a plant leaf, and inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole. See the actual color of a dinosaur, based on recent evidence.
The Cowboy Astronomer
Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 pm
The basic premise of The Cowboy Astronomer is simple: we’re in the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. Our cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky, and the things he’s found out over a lifetime of stargazing.
All ages admitted. Planetarium prices are $5 for adults, seniors, & children.
About the Museum
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday 12-5 pm. The Museum is located at 1109 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor; the main entrance is one block west of Washtenaw Avenue. Admission to the Museum is free for individuals and families; groups of 10 or more must call to make a reservation. For more information, call (734) 764-0478. Visit our website—www. lsa.umich.edu/ummnh