Get a Breath of Fresh Air in Adventure Science Center’s NEW Galactic Gardens
Special activities to highlight new outdoor learning space at public opening on March 18
Nashville, Tenn., March 9, 2017—On Saturday, March 18, Adventure Science Center will celebrate the opening of a new outdoor learning space for students and visitors alike – the Galactic Gardens. Featuring the Cornerstone Financial Credit Union Amphitheater and a rain garden planted with species native to Tennessee, the space provides visitors an opportunity to step into the great outdoors to learn more about environmental and conservation science.
In the near future, Adventure Science Center plans to build a 400 square-foot glass greenhouse that will allow visitors to step into a mock simulation of an extraterrestrial garden to learn about how plants may one day survive on other planets.
Alongside the Galactic Gardens opening, scientists from the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at Middle Tennessee State University will be on-site giving presentations on how plants can be used as a medicinal tool and visitors can explore some exciting, hands-on activities that relate to the latest traveling exhibition Wicked Plants: The Exhibit.
What’s a celebration in Music City without a little live music? Local folk band Isabella Bird will also join in on the Galactic Gardens celebration with performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Cornerstone Financial Credit Union Amphitheater.
Special Activities, included with general admission (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.):
Outdoor (weather permitting):
- WHERE'S OUR WATER?
Discover where the water we use is located and why conservation of this resource is so important.
- PLANTING ACTIVITIES
Calling all green thumbs! Come help us plant our rain garden, using sustainable plants donated by Cumberland River Compact, and the pollinator garden for our bees!
- "BEE" A POLLINATOR
Explore how bees (and other animals) help us all through pollination.
- ITTY BITTY BOTANICALS
Check out what plants look like under the microscope, and discover the itty-bitty plants (called algae) that keep us alive!
- IT’S ALIVE!
Discover why we need plants, and why plants need us, to survive.
- FUTURE BUILDERS
Learn how money, people and nature can work together in a sustainable way to grow communities in the best ways!
Special activities and presentations are subject to change. Galactic Gardens is sponsored by 3M and Cornerstone Financial Credit Union. Wicked Plants: The Exhibit was created by The North Carolina Arboretum, and is funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation. Some content in Wicked Plants may not be suitable for children under 12.