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SKIN, BONES, FEATHERS, BUGS AND MORE AT COA’S DORR MUSEUM

Jane Piselli's exhibit on bioluminescence is one of four special exhibits this summer at College of the Atlantic's George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History.
Jane Piselli's exhibit on bioluminescence is one of four special exhibits this summer at College of the Atlantic's George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History.
Posted July 20, 2012, at 12:53 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 10, 2012, at 10:55 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17 to Friday, August 31, 2012; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Contact: Donna Gold; 207-801-5623

Website: coa.edu

BAR HARBOR, ME—There’s a wondering eye visible throughout the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic. It’s in the exhibits, which capture animals at the point of adventure, even danger. And it’s certainly in a series of special programs available nearly every day this summer.

Come to the museum from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to sketch, touch, listen, look, and discover. You’ll find a touch tank to examine, calls of the wild to hear, unusual dioramas to view, talking weeds to enjoy, and programs featuring sketching, bugs, and anatomy.

Nature Sketching: Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

You can sketch the creatures in the museum any day, but on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the museum provides pencils, papers, and books for inspiration. Museum manager Carrie Graham loves sketching from nature, and is around most days with tips and suggestions. Draw birds in (static) flight from the museum’s dynamic dioramas, sea stars, hermit crabs and other critters from the tide pool—or try your hand at the museum’s collections of bones and plants. Drawing is a great way to train eyes to see the amazing details of life. Bring your own sketchbook or nature journal, or use the museum’s materials. If you like, your work can be part of a museum display of sketches.

Skin and Bones (and Feathers!): Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.:

Each Wednesday, COA student Erickson Smith displays an exciting variety of pelts, feathers, bones, and other marine, terrestrial, and avian creatures for you to touch, turn around, and otherwise examine from the museum’s collections. A trained human ecologist, he will compare animal functions, explaining differences and similarities from one creature to another. Maybe you’ll hold a whale’s ear bone, stroke a reindeer’s pelt or feel the feathers of an osprey. All ages are welcome.

Amazing Arthropods: Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Carrie Graham is not only the museum manager; she’s also an inspired entomologist. She has expanded COA’s collection of various insects by adding live Madagascar hissing cockroaches—and while they’re nothing like the bugs New Yorkers all love to hate, they do hiss. Weather permitting, she’ll take you outside with nets and magnifying lenses and head to the COA gardens to discover wild insects and arachnids. Call it garden catch and release, she’s likely to be able to identify what you’ve found, talk about it—and then liberate it to again enjoy the greenery.

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, at 105 Eden St., in Bar Harbor, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation. There is no extra charge for the summer programs. For more information call 207-288-5395 or write museum@coa.edu.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

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