“Snakes in the Arkansas Delta” program Saturday at A&S Center


“Backyard Science”, the latest in the Arkansas Road Trip Exhibits, is now open at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., and will be the theme for Arts & Science Saturdays throughout April. These educational events will be held from 1-3 p.m.

This Saturday, participants will learn about “Venomous or Safe? Snakes in the Arkansas Delta,” a lesson on how to identify venomous from nonvenomous snakes as well as what to do if bitten.

On April 14, “Gator-Bites,” will include factoids about these amazing reptiles and how to be safe if you encounter one. The program on April 21, “Fear of Foliage” will focus on identifying poison ivy and other leaves as well as what dangerous critters might be lurking beneath them.

Jefferson Regional Medical Center sponsors these Saturdays and the Delta Rivers Nature Center will send special guests for the students to see on this Saturday and April 14.

“Backyard Science” makes science personal and accessible to everyone. Students are invited to come and discover the diversity of life and the dynamic range of scientific processes that happen every day, and step into the center’s backyard and discover that it contains a large, diverse population of living things within different habitats and ecosystems. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with scientific processes that teach about the sky, rainbows, weather, geology, patterns in nature, and latitude.

The center 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.