It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Check out some cool events lined up for the spring:
Exhibits, Shows and Events:
- Unnatural History: An exhibit by New York photographer Lori Nix, Unnatural History, takes a humorous look at museum dioramas– much like those at the Academy. “Science, facts and animals are a bit askew and sometimes hilarious.” Free with museum admission. April 19 – August 2.
- International Orchid Show and Sale: The museum will ‘turn into a colorful wonderland’ with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society. Visitors are encouraged to take the rare opportunity to purchase flowers directly from vendors from as far away as Ecuador, Brazil and Japan. Visit the International Orchid Show and Sale and “see thousands of beautiful, sometimes bizarre, often fragrant, and always interesting orchids from around the globe… judged and awarded prizes from the American Orchid Society.” April 11-13, 2014.
- Birds of Paradise: This beautiful, multi-media experience showcases ‘one of the most elegant examples of extreme evolution’: the elaborate mating rituals of New Guinea’s birds-of-paradise. Birds of Paradise, co-developed by the National Geographic Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, reveals all 39 species of this elusive avian family, and is family-friendly. May 3 – September 1, 2014.
- Mega-Bad Movie Night: “Save the date for the next Mega-Bad Movie Night at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Witty experts will be onstage to offer quips and sidesplitting comments on the many scientific absurdities of the “awesomely awful” movie-think Mystery Science Theater 3000! Wander among the Academy’s famous exhibits such as Dinosaur Hall and Butterflies!-without kids! It’s a great place to meet fellow science nerds and enjoy refreshments and friends.” May 8.
- All About Birds Weekend: “Meet the squawking, talking live birds of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University during this special weekend in conjunction with the Birds of Paradise exhibit. Learn about the anatomy of our feathered friends and investigate what it means to be a bird-of-paradise, all through fun hands-on activities, experiments, crafts and more.” June 7 – 8, 2014.
- A Botany Collection – Pressing and Preservation: Go behind the scenes of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University into one of the nation’s largest and most important collections of preserved plants. Botany Collection Manager Alina Freire-Fierro will delight participants with stories and plant sheets prepared by early botanists. She’ll explain why current Academy botanists collect, where they collect, and the ways in which they preserve plants for future generations. Participants will learn how to make their own herbarium sheet to take home. 6-9 p.m on May 28, 2014.
- Adult Field Study – City Trees: Stroll the streets of Philadelphia and learn why certain trees are more common than others and why some streets are lined with identical trees and others not. Dr. David Hewitt, a botany research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will lead the street tour, share tips to identify trees, and discuss their historical importance in Philadelphia. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 5, 2014.
- Academy Explorers Camp: “Science runs wild at this fun, educational spring break day camp for children ages 5-12 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Each day includes a teacher-naturalist presentation, exhibit exploration, games, crafts and other interactive activities. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with optional before- and after-care. Days may be reserved individually or as part of a longer experience.” Call 215-299-1060 for more information and to register. 9 a.m.-4 p.m on April 14-18, 2014.”
- Furry Friends: Spend some time with the Academy’s live mammals and learn what it means to be furry. April 14.
- Experiment Extravaganza: See what happens during some surprising experiments and amazing creations. April 15.
- Dinosaurs!: Unlock the fossilized secrets of these awesome ancient beasts. April 16.
- Buggin’ Out: Insects and arachnids abound in buggy experiments and live animal encounters. April 17.
- Scaly Science: Do some reptilian research and meet some of the Academy’s live snakes, lizards, and turtles. April 18
Visit the Academy online to learn more about coming adult programs. Now go enjoy some science!