Celebrate Earth Day in the Children’s Adventure Garden
It’s time to celebrate Mother Earth! The Dallas Arboretum, in collaboration with the smart folks from the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), is hosting an assortment of activities in honor of Earth Day from 11AM to 2PM Saturday, April 18, at the Rory Meyer’s Children Adventure Garden. Visitors can enjoy talks and hands-on activities on topics related to geology, chemistry, marine life, mathematics, space, physics and much more. You don’t want to miss it!
Earth Day activities include:
A. Let’s Make Paper! Make your own recycled paper from a wet, mushy mix of old paper and seeds. Let it dry at home and write a message or draw a picture and then plant it, water it and let the seeds in the paper sprout!
B. The Microscopic World of Nature Participants will observe various specimens using a microscope and make their own observations.
C. Ladybug! Ladybug! Learn all about ladybugs in the garden—their role in nature, life cycle and how we use them to control aphids. Make your very own “ladybug necklace” to take home to release in your own backyard.
D. Infinity within Finite Come explore spectacular fractal structures, create your own fractal and learn how simple patterns can generate infinitely complex mathematical structures.
E. Whale Wonders Come and learn about the different species of whales – explore the wonders of how and what they eat and how they survive in cold-water habitats.
F. The Power of Renewable Energy UTD and Hillcrest High School Robotics Engineering Org will demonstrate the power of renewable energy using photovoltaic cells, wind mills and hydroelectric .
G. What’s So Cool and Hot About Chemistry! The Chemistry Student Association will perform a series of “cool” and “hot” chemistry demos with smoking bubbles, disappearing Styrofoam, elephant toothpaste and more!
H. The Geology of Time Join UTD’s Geoscience Club as they illustrate how rocks are formed, demonstrate tectonic fluidity across geologic time, and explore the ways heat, pressure and time affect the structure of Earth.
I. Physics Circus See exciting physics demonstrations including a Van der Graaff generator, Jacob’s Ladder, a Wimshurst generator, the Bernoulli effect and create the waveform of your voice using an oscilloscope.
J. Static Electricity See how opposites attract with these fun static electricity experiments. Find out about positively and negatively charged particles using a few basic items
K. The Science of the Brain Join us for a virtual reality experiment and learn about the brain, depth perception, optical illusions and brain waves. Sing the brain song while making brain hats and playing brain BINGO!
L. Exploring the Wonders of the Sun The sun is the source of all life on Earth! So come explore the sun and all of its complexities using a telescope and examine the origin of everything we hold dear.
M. The Future of Robots UTD and Hillcrest High School Robotics Engineering Org show guests futuristic models of living things such as a rattle snake, spider, dog and human; along with devices such as a gardening robot, a robotic sentry and wheelchair. Guests can remotely control robots to accomplish tasks.
N. The Buzz about Bees Bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat including fruits, nuts, seeds, fiber and livestock feed. Observe a honey bee hive, locate the queen and learn all about honey making!
Map of activities included below: