Celebrate the International Polar Year (IPY 2007-08) with Polar-palooza!
April 28 , 2008
Environment, Education, Travel Editors.
Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org ; 919.733.7450, ext. 305
(Raleigh) – Why should people in North Carolina and other parts of the Southeast care about the Poles? The Arctic in the far North, and Antarctica in the South, may seem remote and distant from where we live, but they are a crucial part of the entire Earth system. That's why, for the first time, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has partnered with NASA and Passport to Knowledge (P2K) to host Polar-palooza. For the last eight months, science centers all across the nation have held Polar-palooza celebrations to commemorate the International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2008) and to promote an awareness of how climate changes affect the Poles and the rest of the planet. The Museum's free event will be held Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 from noon to 9 p.m.
One of the highlights of this exciting and educational weekend is a series of presentations and demonstrations from people who know the poles the best. Stories from a Changing Planet is comprised of a team of 36 experts – ice researchers, geologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, biologists and Arctic residents living on the coast or in the Alaskan interior. Six will be on hand at the Museum to discuss everything from why the Poles are melting, the state of the penguin and why we should care. In addition, all four floors of the Museum will be transformed into a polar paradise of exhibits and activities on polar fossils to climate change, astronomy and spectacular photography. There will also be HD video presentations and live music and vendors on Bicentennial Plaza. Of course, no museum event is complete without live animals and several arctic animals such as lemmings, lynxes, and arctic foxes will be brought in to show how these animals relate to animals here in our state.
Cool Kids Activities
Kids of all ages will be able to build their own polar animal to take home with them. They can also dance the "Penguin Shuffle" to win a prize and get their picture taken in an arctic environment all dressed up in parkas and other arctic gear. There will even be a "life-sized" Emperor penguin walking around to interact with the kids. For more information about Polar-palooza, contact Bob.Flook@naturalsciences.org  or call 919-733-7450, ext. 503.