‘Backyard Science’ to open at Arts & Science Center

Backyard Science, the latest in the Arkansas Road Trip exhibits, opens today at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. It will also be the focus of Arts & Science Saturdays, beginning March 31.

Jefferson Regional Medical Center sponsors these Saturdays, and they will involve not only backyard science, but also safety and health issues. Also, the Delta Rivers Nature Center has loaned the center some of its animals and live specimens will be available for the students to see.

These fun educational events will be held on the following Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

• March 31st — NanoScience — This project was based on work supported by the National Science Foundation.

• April 7 — Venomous or Safe? — Snakes in the Arkansas Delta

• April 14 — Gator-Bites — Factoids about these amazing reptiles and how to be safe around them.

• April 21st — Fear of Foliage — Poison ivy and other leaves

Backyard Science makes science personal and accessible to everyone. Participants are invited to come and discover the diversity of life and the dynamic range of scientific processes that happen every day. Step into the backyard and discover that it contains a large, diverse population of living things within different habitats and ecosystems. Experiment with scientific processes that teach about the sky, rainbows, weather, geology, patterns in nature and latitude.

The center, located at 701 Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

For more information, contact ASC at (870) 536-3375, info@artssciencecenter.org or visit the website at www.ArtsScienceCenter.org.