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Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno!

50 Years, 50 WorksNevada Museum of Art

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works

Who doesn’t love the illustration of Where the Wild Things Are? The Nevada Museum of Art is currently showing an exhibit that is dedicated to the memory of Maurice Sendak, who illustrated the children’s classic and many other works of art. The exhibit closes on April 27 though, so make your way to the Museum of Art if you want to see this once-in-a-lifetime display! Click on the picture for more details!

The Discovery Museum

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Would you like to learn how to build with wood? Does holding a baby duckling sound like a great time? Would you like your child to have some great hands-on building experience with trained professionals? April is a great time to visit the Discovery Museum! There is going to be a baby animal week, where visitors can play with and learn about young critters, building with wood classes, and tool exploration. This month at the Discovery is sure to captivate any young scientist or builder. There is even an adults-only social on April 25! All of the fun of the Discovery with other adults and food and beverages! Click on the little scientists for a complete calendar of events.

Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

Animal Ark

The famous Animal Ark opens this Tuesday April 1! The collection of rare and exotic animals at this place is epic! They have cheetahs, tigers, wolves, tortoises, coyotes, even a lynx! What is a lynx!? Find out by going to the opening of the Animal Ark season!

El Santo the Janguar at Animal Ark, Reno, NV

Discover the New Natural History Museum at UNR!

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

The front part of the museum is filled with brilliant displays made by students of the graduate program. There are rare plants, huge preserved animals (including the state mammal, the bighorn sheep), butterflies, and a lot of other regional wildlife. Behind the scenes, however, is a catalog of thousands of different species of plants and animals, where museum curator Arnold (Jerry) Tiehm will be more than happy to show different species of beetles, birds, and even pine cones!

The museum is open on weekdays during university hours, 8-5. Call 775-784-1105 for more information or to schedule a visit. Admission is FREE!

Mountain Lion

Skulls

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Science is Always in Style… It’s Fashion Month at The Discovery!

Visitors offered the opportunity to explore the science behind the fashion industry

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 7, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), sponsored by The Summit, celebrates “Fashion Month” with a variety of displays and hands-on classes exploring the art and science behind the fashion industry. Fashion Month begins with a kick-off party at The Summit  Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Discovery-Building FrontThe Discovery’s Fashion Month celebration includes hands-on classes and activities that range from bracelets made from the latest fingernail painting techniques to handbags and headbands created using recycled T-shirts. Fashion Month culminates with a Fashion Show & Party on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Discovery.

Another element of Fashion Month are two design challenges. Participants can choose to design a stylish and functional backpack or a mind-blowing fashion statement using solely reclaimed or upcycled materials. Design challenge entries will be showcased at the Fashion Show & Party alongside unique fashions from local merchants. Details for both design challenges are available on The Discovery’s website at www.nvdm.org.

The Discovery is located at 490 S. Center Street in downtown Reno. Events at The Summit will be held in the Personal Shopper Lounge between Yankee Candle and My Wedding Library at 13925 South Virginia Street.

For more information about Fashion Month and other upcoming activities and events at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org

Animal Grossology – the name says it all

Dogs - Animal GrossologyYou can get the poop on why GROSS is GOOD during this fun, highly interactive family exhibit that just dropped into the Wilbur May Museum to help kids get the poop on why gross is good.

Oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games, the all-new “Animal Grossology” exhibit is sure to provide a unique perspective on the animal kingdom for you and your family members.

This highly interactive family exhibit mixes education with giggles to help introduce kids to natural science. Animal Grossology is sure to provide a unique perspective on the least-loved, slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth. For example:

  • Leeches are pretty gross, but are also important to the healing process after some surgeries
  • Dung beetles are nature’s living pooper scooper
  • Animal Grossology Bird MalcolmFlies taste with their feet, as well as their mouths
  • Studying slime production by slugs and snails actually helps to treat cystic fibrosis
  • The official name for snail slime is ectoplasm
  • Cows produce almost 200 liters of saliva a day
  • A single frog can devour over 10,000 flies in one summer

What: Animal Grossology
Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park – 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
When: Now through April 18, 2010
Hours: Wednesdays – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $8.00 adults, $7.00 children under 18 and seniors 62 and over
Phone: (775) 823-6500

Click Here for a PDF version of the complete Parents & Teacher’s Guide for Animal Grossology