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Natural history museum offers free admission for 'I.D. Day'



Need to prove to your little ones that science can be exciting? Then head to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua in Norman, for a free day of fun Sunday that takes experimental investigation and theoretical explanation of phenomena to a whole new level.

From 1-4 p.m., "What on Earth! Science Exploration and I.D. Day" is a family event showcasing exciting experiments, live animals and knowledgeable scientists in an effort to educate and inform families about the disciplines of science.

Linda Coldwell, the museum's public relations and marketing executive, said the successful event has attracted families for several years, serving as a scientific gateway.

"Adults and children alike really like to see the objects and live animals available at the interactive stations," Coldwell said. "Whether or not you bring an object to be identified, the event is definitely worth the time. We have something for every interest."

More than 20 identification stations will be set up around the museum, offering hands-on activities featuring scientists and their expertise on subject matter such as:
" fossils,
" minerals,
" shells,
" furs,
" skins,
" archaeological artifacts,
" plants,
" bones,
" teeth,
" insects and
" language samples.

Guests are welcome to bring natural history objects for museum curators and other natural history experts to identify scientifically. The activities are intended for families with children ages 5-12.

Admission is free and open to the public, and made possible by OU Physicians. For more information, call 325-4712 or visit their site. "Joanna Rus

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