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Earth Day, Science and Technology Week Festivities at NCAR Will Delight Young and Old
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Cockroaches that spit, a giant jigsaw puzzle, and an
obstacle course for trout are just some of the sights to see at "A
Celebration of Earth and Atmosphere," the Earth Day celebration on
Saturday, April 18, at the Mesa Laboratory of the National Center
for Atmospheric Research. NCAR and the Collage Children's Museum
have organized the event, which is funded by the metropolitan
Denver Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). In
addition to activities on April 18, several exhibits continue
through the rest of April, as noted below. The public (all ages)
are invited to attend the free event. The Mesa Lab is located at
the west end of Table Mesa Drive in Boulder.
April 18 activities (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
- The arthropod zoo from the Wild Bear Science School, a new
facility in Nederland, features spitting cockroaches, African
millipedes, and plenty of other bugs.
- A mammoth jigsaw puzzle (8 by 12 feet) with an earth
sustainability theme is an Eco-Cycle-sponsored project requiring a
group effort to assemble. Each participant will add artistic
touches to his or her own piece before fitting it into the puzzle.
- The city of Boulder will exhibit its "trout obstacle course,"
an interactive demonstration of what it's like to deal with
polluted water and other hazards from a trout's point of view.
- Boulder artist Karen Schuster will demonstrate her eco-friendly
printing process, which uses recycled clay and all-natural
- NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division will offer tours of the
Frost Phytotron, a facility for plant research at the Mesa Lab.
- Oakleigh Thorne, Boulder ecologist and science educator, will
lead a nature walk along the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail and
the Mesa Trail, just behind the Mesa Lab.
- The first NCAR Earth Day 1K run will close the celebration.
Children and parents are invited to sign up earlier in the day for
the 2:00 p.m. start and then join in the fun run around the Mesa
Lab parking lot overlooking Boulder.
Special exhibits in April
- A new exhibit, "Diversity Endangered," will be in place in the
Mesa Lab lobby through April 30. The loss of plant and animal
diversity due to industrialization and global environmental change
is the theme of this display, produced by the Smithsonian
- Student art from schools throughout Boulder County will be
showcased in Gallery I and Gallery II of the Mesa Lab through the
end of April. The juried show of work by students in elementary
through high school is sponsored by the Friends of UCAR and the
SCFD in honor of Earth Day and National Science and Technology
Week. The NCAR Art Calendar provides a preview
on the Web.
Science and Technology Week lecture (April 27, 7:00 p.m.)
NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric
Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.
UCAR is a consortium of more than 60 universities offering the
Ph.D. in atmospheric and related sciences.
- NCAR scientist Lee Klinger kicks off the National Science and
Technology Week lecture series at the University of Colorado at
Boulder on Monday, April 27. Klinger will discuss the importance
of polar regions to the earth's self-regulation from a Gaia-theory
perspective. The free lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in CU's Duane
Physics and Astrophysics building, room 2020. "Polar Connections"
is the theme for the week, which is sponsored by the National
Milton, an African millipede, is one of many bugs who'll be on view at
NCAR's Earth Day festivities on Saturday, April 18. (Photo by Carlye
Calvin, National Center for Atmospheric Research.)
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Last revised: Tue Apr 14 16:20:18 MDT 1998