Sunday With a Scientist: Nebraska Amphibians and Turtles

The University of Nebraska State Museum will present a Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families about Nebraska amphibians and turtles 1:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Morrill Hall. Museum Sunday hours are 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The program, "Critters of the Plains," will be led by Dennis Ferraro, professor of herpetology and extension educator in the UNL School of Natural Resources. A variety of aquatic and semi-aquatic critters native to Nebraska will be on display for children to investigate, including frogs, toads, salamander and turtles. Some non-native creatures will also be represented. Museum visitors of all ages will learn about turtles and amphibians that live in the state, their habitats, and ways to help protect them. Other hands-on activities will also be provided.

Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of State Museum scientists and those from other UNL departments and institutions, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun and informal way through demonstrations, activities, or by conducting their science on site. Sunday with a Scientist programs are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall on the third Sunday of each month.

For updates on the Sunday with a Scientist schedule in 2011 and other museum programs, visit

Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free.

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