'Sunday Scientist' program to explore Nebraska turtles and amphibians Dec. 19

Herpetologist Dennis Ferraro holds a Northern Leopard Frog native to Nebraska.
Herpetologist Dennis Ferraro holds a Northern Leopard Frog native to Nebraska.

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.

The program, "Critters of the Plains," will be led by Dennis Ferraro, professor of herpetology and Extension educator in the 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, salamanders and turtles. Some non-native creatures will also be represented. Other hands-on activities will also be provided.

For more information about Nebraska's turtles and amphibians, go to http://snr.unl.edu/herpneb/. For more information about Ferraro, go to

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, visit http://www.museum.unl.edu.

- Dana Ludvik, NU State Museum

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/6cq