New temporary exhibit ventures to Earth’s spectacular eco-zones
Take a trip to some of the wildest places on the planet in National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers, a new touring exhibit which opens at The Manitoba Museum on October 3, 2015.
Highlighting earth’s spectacular eco-zones—polar regions, oceans, rain forests, mountains and caves, and the African savannah — Earth Explorers brings the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic to life. Learn about the daring men and women who venture into dangerous and remote parts of the world to discover new places, help protect our planet’s biodiversity and unearth new scientific discoveries. This traveling exhibit, great for kids, is on display at the Museum through April 24, 2016.
“Earth Explorers allows the entire family to become explorers…at least for a day! The exhibit offers a great chance to discover our planet’s regions and understand more about the world, in an interactive environment, making it a fun learning experience for explorers of all ages,” says Mike Jensen, Planetarium and Science Gallery Programs Supervisor.
The exhibit features a variety of virtual and simulated experiences. In all, explorers can visit six areas of the exhibit and learn about a diverse group of regions around the world. These include:
Guests will start their “adventure” by climbing aboard an off-road vehicle like those used by filmmakers and scientists in the field. The vehicle will contain video monitors showing actual footage captured by explorers in the ecosystems featured in the exhibit.
CHILL: The Polar Regions
Experience life on ice in Earth’s extreme polar regions. Covered with icicles, battered by winds and harsh weather, an Arctic cabin invites hands-on discovery about surviving and thriving in the polar regions. Assemble the right mix of protein and carbs in “What’s for Dinner?” Watch a polar bear pace outside a window, and flip through an explorer’s notebook to learn first-hand survival strategies from photographer Paul Nicklen. Compare your own “thermogram,” heat loss signature to a polar bear’s and test how well different gloves protect your hands from the chill of an ice plate. Guests will learn about penguins and other species native to Antarctica.
DIVE: The Oceans
Can you handle life under pressure? Find out in the oceans eco-zone, where you’ll descend into the deep in a replica 3-D submersible. Mysteries of life under pressure and at great depths are revealed through stunning National Geographic videos. Learn the science behind submersibles and how life forms at varying depths. Get up close and personal with AIR JAWS, an 11-foot long sculpted great white shark—one of the ocean’s oldest and most misunderstood predators. You can also learn about underwater creatures’ hunting habits through the use of a Crittercam.
TREK: The Rain Forests
Hang out in a prep tent for a fun, self-guided discovery about life in the tropical rain forests—the wet, wild and wonderful ecosystem that provides much of the air we breathe, safeguards Earth’s incredible biodiversity and may well hold the key to new life-saving remedies. Try your hand at identifying incredible insects from the Amazon and get “grossed out” with realistic creepy-crawlies while discovering the benefits of biodiversity.
CLIMB: Mountains and Caves
Descend closer to the Earth’s core and ascend to its highest peaks. You can climb a mountain and learn about the animals that make their homes there, and explore a crystal cave featuring an interactive activity that will allow users to touch and illuminate a selection of crystals. Meet Carsten Peter, an explorer who takes on Earth’s most challenging caves to share photographs with the rest of the world. Then, ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas, but be careful, you might be caught by a camera trap, the same technology used by explorer Steve Winter to capture photos of the elusive snow leopard!
SOAR: The Savannah
Take a hot air balloon ride to witness “Life On the Move.” Through seamless video production, surround sound and other atmospheric effects, you’ll soon have the sensation of flying over the savannah where wild herds still roam. Next, put your animal tracking and migration mapping skills to the test through an interactive activity matching scat samples with the animals that produced them. Meet explorers who document the incredible life cycles and stories of elephants and other endangered mammals of the savanna.
Each of the six areas in Earth Explorers feature a unique interactive digital experience that utilizes an advanced technology, augmented reality (AR), to bring various animals inside the exhibit to life. Using their iPhone or iPad, guests can watch as the featured animal walks its way up their arm or outreached hand.
National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers allows guests to let their imaginations run wild as they become explorers and embark on an adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important roles technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting these discoveries.
Produced by Global Experience Specialists (GES) in partnership with National Geographic, Earth Explorers opens October 3 and runs through April 24 at The Manitoba Museum.