Get Your Nerd On at The Wildlife Experience!

The Wildlife Experience is a spectacular wildlife art and natural history museum, which also serves as a cultural center and community asset for south metro Denver. The 151,000 square foot prairie mission-style facility hosts numerous fine art, natural history, and interactive science exhibits along with its signature feature, Globeology, which features open dioramas interpreting eight biomes of the world.

On June 7, The Big Brain Club will be on hand all day to visit with guests and enjoy the sights and sounds. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Nature’s Educators will be there with a Great Horned Owl, Red-Tailed Hawk, and a Gyrfalcon!

Come out and enjoy the museum — and be sure to check out the live raptors courtesy of Nature’s Educators, plus other fun experiences like the Coral Reef Feeding and the wonderful 3D wildlife movies in the Extreme Theater (including Penguins 3D, Wonders of the Arctic 3D, and Great White Shark 3D).

Standard admission fees apply, and proceeds benefit The Big Brain Club.

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AMERICA’S PARKS II
Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

“Jurors selected an impressive array of 120 flatworks and sculpture for AMERICA’S PARKS II, an international competition and exhibition, the purpose of which is to recognize and promote excellence in original art depicting parks in North America. Works included in the AMERICA’S PARKS II exhibition were selected from a competition open to all artists, the purpose of which is to recognize and promote excellence in original artworks depicting any park (national, state, provincial, county, city, or private) in Canada, Mexico and The United States, with an emphasis on parks in the Southwestern U.S. & Northwestern Mexico. Selections were made by a professional jury consisting of: Pam Dean Cable, Executive Director, Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, M. Stephen Doherty, Editor, PleinAir™ Magazine and Todd Wilkinson, Managing Editor, Wildlife Art Journal

wollam.l.snowywithwind“As I did my first overview of the America’s Parks II entries I knew it was going to be an extreme pleasure to spend time with each distinctive and wonderful creation. As always, when a genre or subject matter is announced for competition, the range of images was as unique as the individual artist or sculptor who created it. While looking for high levels of proficiency in such basics as composition, lighting and use of the medium, I searched deeper for the artist’s ability to define the essence of the subject’s fundamental nature. And even beyond that, to an aesthetic that spoke of that most elusive quality – transcendence.

“While subject matter varied widely from landscape to emphasis on a particular bird, animal or plant, I often found myself in awe at the apparent deftness with which a particular painting or sculpture was presented. Passion, obsession, grace, beauty, and an understanding of nature and her intricacies were all in attendance. The winning pieces of this competition as well as those chosen for the exhibition tour have a “take your breath away” quality that many are sure to enjoy.”

     – Pam Dean Cable
Executive Director
Susan Kathleen Black Foundation

Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life

Wild Music invites visitors of all ages to expand their understanding of what makes music. Through whimsical, hands-on activities, they’ll not only hear the music that surrounds them every day, but they’ll see and even feel it too. They’ll discover that nature is filled with “musicians” that create distinct musical masterpieces to communicate with and relate to one another. And they’ll explore how human music is inspired by the music of other living creatures – from tiny insects to giant whales.

Highlights of Wild Music include:
• Three different “soundscapes” that invite visitors to explore sound and music that comes from the ocean, the forest, and the city. Visitors will learn to interpret spectrograms, or “pictures,” of bird songs, learn what whale cries tell us about the animal’s life cycle, see samples of instruments from around the world, experiment with how sound travels underwater, explore how music influences memory, and more.

Jamming Room Int• The Jamming Room, a soundproof practice studio where visitors can use pre-recorded audio soundscapes, animal voices, percussion instruments, and live vocals to compose their own songs.

• The Bioacoustic Lab, where visitors can experiment with how the human voice works and how it compares to that of other animals, specifically birds. Here, visitors can explore a model of the human larynx and the bird syrinx, use an electrolarynx to “speak” without using their voices, and use a set of vibrating metal reeds to “feel” sound.

• The Power of Sound and Music Theater, where visitors can sit back, relax, and experience sounds from around the world. The seven-minute, sound-driven video demonstrates – both visually and audibly – how animals use sound to identify themselves, communicate, and form and nurture social groups.

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