Learn About the Diversity in Your Own Backyard
Carnegie Science Center Presents "Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity", a 45 Minute Live Theatric Science Show
PITTSBURGH, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carnegie Science Center educates children, youth, and families about science by connecting it to everyday life. Among the center's methods of educating audiences are its traveling science programs. To educate the public on the value of biodiversity, illustrate that value to humans, and demonstrate the need for its protection, Carnegie Science Center conceived a new traveling program called Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity. The program was launched through a large grant from The Sprout Fund's Spring program.
"Sprout support allowed us to create an ecosystem expedition showcasing the rich diversity of life in our own backyards." says Mike Hennessy, Program Development Coordinator for Carnegie Science Center, "Students can meet local role models in environmental science and hopefully be inspired to get out in nature and explore for themselves."
Designed for traveling presentations at different schools, Take a Hike engages students in a backyard science "treasure hunt," with a live Carnegie Science Center presenter leading them on a trip through different ecosystems. The show features live demonstrations on backyard biodiversity, water quality, native species, composting, photosynthesis, and renewable energy.
Hennessy says, "Our hope is that this indoor theatric presentation will excite students to go outdoors and to appreciate and conserve the amazing natural wonders in their own backyards."
"Carnegie Science Center makes science learning fun, accessible, and meaningful for children and the public. Their work is essential to raising greater awareness and understanding of earth sciences and biodiversity." said Dustin Stiver, Program Officer at The Sprout Fund. "At Sprout, we were able to support grassroots initiatives like these through our Spring program that catalyzed 20 projects to enhance biodiversity in the Pittsburgh region."
The public can get a sneak peak at the new show on select days this summer at Carnegie Science Center. Additionally, interested schools and organizations can arrange for Take a Hike to be performed at their site by calling 412-237-3374.
About The Sprout Fund
The Sprout Fund supports innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh. Through its programs and activities, Sprout enriches the Pittsburgh region's vitality by engaging citizens, amplifying voices, supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities.
Spring supported local biodiversity initiatives that inspired greater stewardship of natural resources. Spring awarded $190,000 to 20 biodiversity projects that galvanized community action on environmental issues.
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