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Contact: Glenda Bogar
Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Come to Cleveland
Cleveland . . . Two beloved American icons come to life at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, an educational and interactive exhibit for children. The exhibit opens Oct. 5, 2013 and runs through Jan. 19, 2014. A Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Family Fun Day is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum.
The Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Family Fun Day will offer special activities, crafts and live animal programs. Kids can take their photos with Smokey Bear, see a real fire truck, climb a fire lookout tower, earn a "Junior Ranger" badge and enjoy free ice cream. The Family Fun Day is free with Museum admission.
The Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home exhibition encourages families to spend time outdoors and inspires children to discover and care for the natural resources that sustain our world—our home sweet home. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl guide visitors through urban, woodland and stream settings featuring educational activities, props, costumes and puppets that underscore the importance of protecting ecosystems, as well as highlighting ways to reduce, reuse and recycle resources. Exhibit activities will be especially engaging for children ages 2 through 8, providing young children with open-ended play opportunities that help build fundamental academic and social skills.
A ranger's station and lookout tower, complete with a pretend two-way radio, interactive map, computer workstation and sighting tube, encourage children to explore the roles of the forest ranger, cartographer and firefighter. In a pretend yard, children can plant a tree sapling, turn a compost tumbler, and guide a pretend raindrop from a garden shed roof into a rain barrel. Along a pretend stream, children can follow animal tracks, compare the differences in the urban and forest shorelines, learn about water safety, and pretend to fish from a kid-sized rowboat.
Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home was created by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are protected by Congressional law and are used with permission from the U.S. Forest Service.
Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home is free with Museum admission. Admission fees are: Adults (19 and older): $12; youth (ages 3-18), college students (with ID), seniors (60+): $10; toddlers (2 and younger): free. Shafran Planetarium shows are $4 with general admission.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich the region's artistic and cultural heritage.
The Museum is located at 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland, OH 44106. 216-231-4600 or 800-317-9155. www.cmnh.org.