Calling all outdoor lovers and tree-huggers! #ATLSciFest 2017 is jam packed with events related to environmental science. Learn about climate change, urban ecology, the history of Stone Mountain and much more.
Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
In his latest one-man show, “peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the global energy economy. To paraphrase the Notorious BIG: “Mo’ carbon, mo’ problems.” More info!
Our Urban Ecology
Come on out to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur and witness wildlife with regional experts in the field. Become ‘citizen scientists’ and perform a ‘bioblitz’ inventory of the preserve documenting birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, plants, trees and rocks! Everyone and their families are encouraged to attend and bring your cell phones to upload images of what we find to iNaturalist. More info!
Join us on a Critter Crawl through the Oxford Forest! Help us find bugs, turtles and other interesting wildlife while enjoying the beautiful forest around us. If you can't make it to the walk, feel free to join us afterwards at 2pm in the science amphitheater (behind the Science Building) for a show and tell of our fun critter finds! We'll be starting the walk at the green house behind the Science Building. More info!
Join scientists in the hunt to find and identify bugs, birds, plants, and more around Stone Mountain! Experts from Georgia State University, local organizations, and National Geographic’s Georgia Geographic Alliance can help YOU to discover more about species in your own backyard including use of the app iNaturalist to record observations and contribute to the growing library of mapping species around the world. Come to the visitor center at Confederate Hall for K-12 activities related to this mini “BioBlitz” and join on these quests in nature! More info!
Rock ‘n’ Walk
Millions of years ago a massive magma chamber cooled below ground near Atlanta, never erupting through to the surface. Now, we call it Stone Mountain. Join GSU Geosciences on a hike to explore this unique granite dome. You can start the hikes or swing by for an information session at the visitor center in Confederate Hall where the geologists will explore the history of this notable natural landmark. More info!
Compost Critters: Kids Science Day on the Farm
Come be an ecological explorer as we dig deep into the wonderful web of food and compost! Under the guidance of our farmers and a team of scientists from Emory, we'll learn about critters that help compost and techniques to make your own backyard bin. Kids will have the chance to get their hands dirty and learn a few songs, too! This event is an open event with drop in any time, so check back for a more detailed schedule of the afternoon's activities. More info!
Saving Georgia’s Wild Orchids
The southeastern United States is home to more than 100 orchid species. These fascinating plants are vital to healthy ecosystems, not just in rural and wild regions, but even in urban areas. Many native orchid species are on the decline due to habitat loss and illegal poaching, and so the Atlanta Botanical Garden has led a robust orchid conservation movement across the Southeast for more than a decade. Join Conservation Horticulture Manager Matt Richards as he takes an in-depth look at Georgia’s native orchids, their relationship with pollinators, and the conservation efforts to protect orchids throughout the entire Southeast. This event is designed for adults, but is repeated during the day for a middle school audience. Mention the lecture at the front desk for free admission. More info!
Fernbank Forest Wildflower Tour
Join a Fernbank scientist to explore Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre mature mixed-hardwood forest located in the heart of metro-Atlanta. We'll explore the diversity of native wildflowers in the forest and learn to identify them by their leaves and flowers. This tour is for ages 8 and up.
This is event is free with museum admission or membership, but advance reservations are required. Call 404.929.6400 to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 30 people, so make your reservation early! More info!
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