July 2, 2016 |
In 1868, the Academy of Natural Sciences mounted the first-ever full dinosaur skeleton. A century and a half later, it's forcing the dinos out of extinction with state-of-the-art animatronics that mimic their actions, looks, and sounds from millions of years ago. "Back in 1868, no one had ever conceived of being able to see a skeleton of an animal like a dinosaur, and just to see the skeleton was a wonder of the world," said Ted Daeschler, the...
February 10, 2016
Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close The long: In a dimly lit gallery next to the Academy of Natural Sciences' butterfly room, 20 hairy, crawly, colorful eight-legged species of the world's largest spiders quietly lurk behind thick panes of glass, spinning webs, digging holes and eating crickets. The short: Sounds creepy but it looks lovely. The demo: Grade school on up. Big kids: Will love seeking and finding crawlers hiding behind logs and buried beneath dirt.
February 1, 2016
THE CURATOR of the Department of Entomology at the Academy of Natural Sciences doesn't want you to be bugged out by the Academy's newest exhibit - Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close - which opens this weekend. Sure, tarantulas are the biggest and hairiest of all spiders. And sure, only a pane of glass will separate visitors from 20 different species of the creature - including the largest-known variety, the goliath bird-eating tarantula - but Jon Gelhaus said visitors have nothing to fear and may even get over their fears by confronting them at the exhibit.
October 3, 2015 |
Reptiles are cool (and not just because they're cold-blooded). Find out why and get up close and personal with the scaly set during the opening of the exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly at the Academy of Natural Sciences, featuring 20 species of live examples, including a monitor lizard, bearded dragon, Gila monster, crocodile, alligator, chameleon, gecko, python, viper, cobra, and more. Opening events include hands-on activities, crafts, and live-animal shows with naturalists giving talks such as "Dandy Dinos and Bodacious Birds," about the most popular reptiles of all time - the long-gone dinosaurs - and their fine-feathered relatives still with us (11 a.m.)
July 24, 2015 |
David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, offers tips on how to (and how not to) cook with insects. He'll be on hand to answer questions at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's Bug Fest , Aug. 8 and 9, 11 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. His insect cooking show starts at 1 p.m. 1. Buy, don't scavenge. The backyard and basement are not the best places to source insect-ingredients. "The big problem is pesticides. If the bugs have been eating pesticides, you can become a bioaccumulator and wind up storing all that pesticide in your body.
May 31, 2013
Glow: Living Lights Your backyard fireflies ain't got nothin' on the glow-in-the-dark worms, hairy desert scorpions and otherworldly-looking, middle-ocean creatures that scientists call "bioluminescent. " Here through September, this exhibit is, perhaps predictably, mostly dark. Better to enjoy the light-emitting rare specimens, both living and formerly living, such as a striking stauroteuthis syrtensis , a glowing sucker octopus. Interactive stations let visitors light up dinoflagellates, a/k/a single-cell organisms, dress up like sea creatures, and get up close and personal with a massive angelfish.
August 10, 2012 |
On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., creepy critters and butterflies infest the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for the fifth annual Bug Fest. Families can also sample bugs as a culinary treat. The festival marks bug month and the academy's yearlong bicentennial celebration, and its theme is butterflies from around the world. The academy's "Butterflies" permanent tropical garden exhibit will showcase birdwing butterflies from Asia and Australia and the colorful green species Ornithoptera priamus . Roaches also participate, showing their competitive skills during the Roach Race 500, where you can cheer and support your favorite insect runner.