Friday, October 7, 2011

Kick Off Earth Science Week with Wild Planet Day, Saturday October 8

For my Modesto area readers...

Earth Science Week starts on October 9 and runs through October 15 and lots of activities will be taking place all over the country. Here in Modesto you have a chance to get a jump on the festivities by attending a great science event at Modesto Junior College tomorrow on October 8. In addition to all the wildlife related events (see the press release below), the MJC Geology Club and Department will be offering activities including mineral identification, stream tables, geology by microscope, and displays will include a working seismometer, and fossils, including dinosaur bone, shark teeth, mammoth bones, and our rarely seen sabertooth cat. We will also be giving away free rock, mineral, and fossil samples for those who want to get a collection started!

Check the press release below on this great event!

"Wild Planet Day" Science Fest to be held at MJC
The Modesto Junior College Great Valley Museum and Science, Mathematics and Engineering Division are hosting a family oriented Science Fest with the theme “Wild Planet Day” on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place in and around the Science Building on the corner of College and Coldwell Avenues on East Campus. Admission for the day is $8 per person or $25 per family of 4, with no admission charged for children under 3 years old.

This fun-filled fest will include live animal presentations, hands-on science labs, telescope and planetarium viewing and geocaching, a popular hide-and-seek game using global positioning system (GPS) devices. Participants can observe a wildlife show featuring a kangaroo, eagle and monkey, live reptile presentation or wild animals from the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center. There will be squid and owl pellet dissection, pumpkin carving and 4-H animals. Science enthusiasts can enjoy over 30 fascinating hands-on science labs including DNA extraction and make-your-own-lung.

The event is a fundraiser for the Great Valley Museum, a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing science and natural history information to adults and children of all ages through classes, programs and exhibits. The museum serves the families of Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and surrounding counties. For more information on the Science Fest call (209) 575-6739.

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