MONTREAL, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Biosphere environment museum is opening the season with its jam-packed summer programming featuring eight exhibitions, four science-themed events, and three facilitated outdoor tours. A visit to the Biosphere is an opportunity to learn about major environmental issues and to discover solutions for green living.
Among the new elements being presented this summer are the over-sized photographs of the outdoor exhibit Nature Close Up!; the facilitated scientific activity Adaptation: The Winning Edge; and a self-guided tour highlighting this spectacular symbol of Expo 67 using portable digital players. Take the time to check out the Biosphere's new 5.7-metre high interior green wall and learn about its properties.
Nature Close Up!
The natural world is a constant source of wonder. At the microscopic level, it teems with well-guarded treasures: beneficial relationships between species and ingenious strategies for surviving and staying fed. These secrets have also inspired major innovations that serve humanity well. This outdoor exhibition of 40 out-sized photographs presents this remarkable universe, often invisible to the naked eye. Presented free until May 22, 2013, Nature Close Up! lines the path stretching from the Jean-Drapeau metro station to the Biosphere.
Adaptation: The Winning Edge
Kids and adults alike will enjoy this science-themed activity, which is inspired by television game shows. Playing in teams, participants must work quickly to find ways for communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Self-guided Indoor Tour
The Biosphere is now offering a new visiting experience using portable digital players. Short vignettes provide additional information, photos and videos to complement the museum exhibits. Interested visitors can also hear about how green technologies work at the Biosphere and learn about the American pavilion of Expo 67 and its famed architect and visionary, Richard Buckminster Fuller.
Among the other activities and exhibitions being presented is the large-scale exhibit O.N.E. | Outfits from a New Era, a display of 16 outfits fashioned from castoff consumer products, as well as the exhibit on climate change +1°C: What Difference Does It Make? This summer is also the last chance to enjoy Water Wonders! Since its opening in 2005, this exhibit has regaled thousands of children with its water games and numerous challenges, including walking on water!
This is also the ideal time to mark the 45th anniversary of Expo 67 by taking the GeoTour 67 using a digital media player (devices available at a cost of $5 or free with the purchase of a museum entrance fee). Discover the old pavilions of the 1967 World's Fair from a new environmental perspective accompanied by information, audio vignettes and anecdotes as you travel the two 4-km routes.
The Biosphere is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 31. Visitors aged 17 and younger are admitted free at all times (not applicable to organized groups). For more information on all the museum's programs and entry fees, please visit: http://www.ec.gc.ca/biosphere.
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