'Dinosaurs and Disasters' Feb. 2 at Morrill Hall

Released on 01/22/2013, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets

Lincoln, Neb., January 22nd, 2013 —
"Dinosaurs & Disasters"

            The ninth-annual "Dinosaurs and Disasters" event will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2, at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.

            One of Lincoln's most exciting Earth science learning events for children and their families, "Dinosaurs and Disasters" is hosted by the State Museum and the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Regular museum admission will be charged. Parking is free in front of the museum.

            UNL scientists and students will provide hands-on activities and demonstrations to engage visitors in scientific discovery. Topics include fossils, tsunamis, tornadoes, meteorites, microbes, drought, Antarctica and more. Children will have the opportunity to give a weather forecast like a meteorologist and dig for fossils like a paleontologist. Visitors are welcome to bring a rock or fossil for a scientist to identify. They are also encouraged to bring canned food items for the UNL American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Chapter's food drive to benefit the People's City Mission.

            For one day only, Mueller Planetarium will present the new fulldome show, "Into the Deep." Scientists know more about the surface of the Moon than the wonders hidden beneath the waves of our planet's seas. This 30-minute show explores the world's mysterious oceans, and the creatures that inhabit them. Show times are 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

            More information on "Dinosaurs and Disasters" can be found at www.museum.unl.edu.

            The University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $6 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $13 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty, and students are admitted free with NU ID. Friends of the Museum are also free with valid membership card. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. For further information, telephone the museum at 402-472-2642, visit its website or Mueller Planetarium's website, www.spacelaser.com.

Writer: Dana Ludvik