Have you ever wanted to do yoga with pandas, or sip cabernet with critters? #AtlSciFest 2019 has all of the animal science events for you! Start planning your Atlanta Science Festival experience with these curated events, taking place all over metro Atlanta March 9-23. Learn all about insects, amphibians, and more in the events below!
Saturday March 9th, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Families, Teens, Adults, Children
Atlanta is home to a unique nonprofit dedicated to the conservation and research of amphibians amidst a global population decline. In 2016, The Amphibian Foundation formed to focus on conserving two of Georgia’s most imperiled species (Gopher Frog and Flatwoods Salamander), and since then has begun working on other native and globally endangered amphibians. Closed to the public, this is a chance to see the conservation collections and meet Foundation staff working hard to save these vital and sensitive animals from extinction. Register now for this free event.
Sunday, March 10th, 2019 8:30 am – 9:30 am – Children, Teens, Families
Forget Downward Dog! We’re doing Downward Panda! Get down with Zoo Atlanta’s pandas in a new way through the Family Yoga Program. During this hour-long event for families, you’ll enjoy yoga featuring panda-inspired poses. After yoga, we’ll explore more about Pandas, their habitat, and how we all can work to conserve this unique species. After the class, we encourage you to stick around visit the Zoo. All non-Zoo members will be provided with a 20% off coupon to use towards Zoo admission. Buy tickets for this event here!
Sunday, March 10th, 2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Children, Teens, Adults, Families
The snapping turtle is one of Atlanta’s most despised vertebrates. Join us for a discussion and (completely safe) live exhibit exploring the biology, myths and legends of our largest and most notorious native turtle — the snapping turtle. See them up close and personal while learning about their ecology and the role they play in our urban ecosystem. Learn about the Amphibian Foundation’s urban turtle conservation programs which benefit our community as well as the turtles in our neighborhoods. Learn more about this free event!
Sunday March 10th, 2019 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Teens, Adults
The Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History showcases one of the largest land animals that ever walked the earth (Argentinosaurus) and the world’s largest land carnivore (Giganotosaurus). But have you ever wondered about the origin of these Cretaceous superheroes? Take a virtual trip to Patagonia, Argentina with paleontologist Anthony Martin, Emory professor and author of Dinosaurs Without Bones, as he explores what life was like for these dinosaurs 100 million years ago. Register now for this free event!
Thursday, March 14th, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Families, Teens, Children
Do you love insects? You will after this event! Sometimes friends, sometimes foes, insects have held a tempestuous place in human history. Explore the fascinating world of insects, visiting stations where you can catch and observe insects under microscopes, explore insect life cycles, create art inspired by our insect friends, and dine on insect culinary treats (YUM). Learn more about this free event!
Saturday, March 16th, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Teens, Adults
Is it really true that the queen bee calls the shots? How do honeybees communicate and make the best decision for the hive community? Come for a fascinating close-up look at the latest honeybee research, complete with hive observations, a honey tasting, and an outdoor experience at Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Purchase tickets to this event here!
Sunday, March 17th, 2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Children, Teens, Adults, Families
Come on out to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur and witness wildlife with regional experts from The Amphibian Foundation. Become ‘citizen scientists’ and perform an amphibian ‘bioblitz’ inventory of the preserve documenting salamanders and frogs in one of the last strongholds for amphibians inside of the perimeter! Everyone and their families are encouraged to attend and bring your cell phones to upload images of what we find to iNaturalist. Learn more about this free event!
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Children, Teens
Fourteen years ago, a group of scientists raced to evacuate frogs from the wilds of Panama to protect them from a deadly chytrid fungus that was sweeping the region. After more than a decade of quarantine, the remaining populations of two Panamanian frog species have been reunited. Join Chelsea Thomas, Amphibian Conservation Coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, as she discusses recent research on the chytrid fungus, her first-hand experiences of traveling with these frogs, and the small steps we can take to help amphibians both here and abroad. Note: This event is designed for a middle school audience. A second event geared towards adults and older teens will be later in the evening. Learn more about this free event!
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Children, Families
Are humans more closely related to bears or beetles? Join the Georgia State University Bio-Bus as a junior taxonomist to explore the animal kingdom from sponges and corals to bugs, octopuses, and mammals! You’ll use diverse animals’ DNA sequences to create an animal “family tree.” Register for this free event now!
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Teens, Adults
Curious about the plight of the bees and what is being done to save them? Dr. Jennifer Leavey, Director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project, will present a summary of cutting-edge bee-related research from around the world published over the course of the last year. Learn more about this free event!
Friday, March 22nd, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Children, Families
Join the Center for Puppetry Arts and Barefoot Puppet Theatre as they introduce you to Galapagos George, the Little Tortoise That Could! Your amazing Atlanta Science Festival experience will include a puppet show, a Create-A-Puppet WorkshopTM, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum with specialized learning stations, AND a special appearance by some reptilian friends visiting from the Amphibian Foundation! Have a blast learning about animals, ecology, and the STEAM of puppetry. Buy tickets to this event here!
Friday, March 22nd, 2019 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Children, Families
Bridget Heos, author of the Just Like Us! series of books, discusses with kids the various ways that humans share similarities to other living things. Cats enjoy naps. Birds decorate their homes. Fish go to school (and find safety in numbers). Plants drink water. Ants build roads. This just scratches the surface! Books will be available for sale at the event and Bridget will sign them! Learn more about this free event!
Friday, March 22nd, 2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Adults
Reptiles and Wine?! What could go wrong? Join us for an extremely hands-on approach to learning about this fascinating group of animals. Heck, we’ll even get to know some amphibians too! Frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, and snakes will be present to explore. Your ticket includes access to the event and one drink. Additional drinks may be purchased on site. Buy tickets to this event here! (More tickets will be released for this event on February 25.)