Event Details

Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) for a day of family fun discovering the Arctic landscape and its inhabitants. Through hands-on activities, children and families will explore Diane Tuft's stunning photography exhibit, The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape, and make connections to the Arctic environment, climate change, and conservation.

Participants are encouraged to bring an old t-shirt to make a reusable shopping bag.


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (All activites will be happening throughout the day)
• The Arctic Melt Exhibition, Upstairs Gallery
Arctic Habitat Dramatic Play
Children can engage with the environmental characteristics of the Arctic through dramatic play.
Arctic Books
Connect with Diane Tuft’s The Arctic Melt exhibition in the gallery through a story and its characters. Learn about the Arctic, climate change, and conservation.
• NAS West Court
Climate Change Experiment every half hour (11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30)
See how rising temperatures affect the Arctic environment and the animals that live there.
Polar Bears & Ice
Learn about how polar bears have adapted to their environment.
Polar Bears & Sun
Explore different colors’ heat absorbing effects and connect what you learn to polar bear skin and fur.
Blubber Experiment
Learn how Arctic animals keep warm.
Water & Reflection
Learn how sunlight and ice affect the temperature of the Arctic. Explore what the light is like in the Arctic throughout the seasons. Learn why there are different colors of ice and water in the Arctic.
Habitat Play
Develop an understanding and empathy for the Arctic environment and its inhabitants.
• NAS Great Hall
Let’s Make a Difference!
Learn about conservation and your role. What are some realistic things you can do in everyday life? Visitors are invited to make a reusable shopping bag out of an old t-shirt.
Please bring an old t-shirt for this activity.

This program is geared for families with children ages 3-8. Registration is recommended. Photo ID required for adults. Limited free on-site parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The NAS visitor lot is accessible from the intersection of 21st and C Sts NW.

Visit CPNAS's website for more information www.cpnas.org

  • When: Sat Feb. 10
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Address: 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
    Washington DC,US 20418

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