'Dinosaurs and Disasters' is Feb. 11

The University of Nebraska State Museum and UNL’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will host the eighth-annual "Dinosaurs and Disasters" family fun day 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Morrill Hall.

The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 4, but was rescheduled because of inclement weather.

"Dinosaurs and Disasters" provides a day of discovery and hands-on activities throughout the museum with more than 20 stations staffed by UNL scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students. This year's theme is droughts and floods. Interactive activities will help visitors better understand planet Earth by exploring flooding and drought throughout time. Sometimes we have too much water; sometimes we don't have enough. Learn about streams, flood control, tornadoes, fossils, dinosaurs, diatoms and more. Bring a rock or fossil for a scientist to identify. Also, bring canned food items for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists student chapter's canned food drive. The food will be donated to a local shelter.

Mueller Planetarium will debut the new National Geographic fulldome show, "Forces of Nature," which showcases the science behind natural disasters like volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes (40-minute running time). Show times are 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

"Dinosaurs and Disasters" is made possible through the support of US Bank. Regular museum admission charged. Parking is free in front of the museum. Admission is free (with a valid NCard) for faculty, staff, students and immediate family members. Planetarium tickets are sold at the museum’s front desk on the day of the show.

For more information, go to http://www.museum.unl.edu.

— Dana Ludvik, NU State Museum