MARQUETTE – The Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University announces the return of “Exploring Winter,” an exhibit designed to help people rediscover the wonder of the season, with a special emphasis on winter in the Upper Peninsula. It runs Jan. 13 through Feb. 28.

The exhibit includes displays on the following: the causes of winter; weather and climate; the world of snow; plant adaptations, which features a hands-on tree identification station; animal survival strategies, complete with a “touch table” of animal pelts, deer sheds and beaver chews; and wildlife tracking, which includes a hands-on tracking table and track casting, along with examples of animal signs – from deer rubs and beaver chews to woodpecker holes and cone piles.

A Winter Family Science Fun Night for students in grades K-4 and their parents is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. Participants will use the scientific method as they investigate winter phenomena and answer questions to problems. The event is free and will include brief outdoor activities, weather permitting. Participants will meet at the rotunda entrance to West Science and disperse to different rooms.

“Exploring Winter” is part of the SBC Ameritech “Adventures in Discovery” series. There is no cost for touring the exhibit. It will be open from noon-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, during Weekend College for Kids programs and other times that vary. Call 227-2002 for more information.

In connection with the exhibit, the Seaborg Center will also offer a series of evening presentations on winter wildlife in the Upper Peninsula. These free, Wednesday-night presentations are suitable for the entire family. They generally run from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mead Auditorium, located at the rotunda entrance of West Science.

Topics and dates are as follows: black bear in Michigan, Jan. 29; whitetail deer in winter, Feb. 5; moose in Michigan, Feb. 19; and wolves in the Upper Peninsula, Feb. 26.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director