Wonder Bugs: Chilly Willy

We normally think of nature as thriving most where the flora is thickest. But even in the barren, unbreakable worlds of ice and snow, creatures of all kinds survive.

Because of staggeringly low temperatures, tree growth is significantly hindered in polar biomes. The subsoil of tundra is choked by cold, left permanently frozen. The life adapted for this environment is as tough as it gets with incredible biological tools to suit them to the unforgiving environment. The polar bear’s incredible nose allows it to locate the breathing holes of seals. Reindeer have developed thick hooves to battle predatory grey wolves. In the antarctic, penguins have adapted their vestigial wings into flippers, soaring through the water as an eagle would through the air.

It might be a while north (or south) before you can see these creatures, but don’t let the absence of polar bears or penguins in Wisconsin leave you frosty. We’ll thaw our imaginations and let the games begin! Learn about the frosty animals of the world in a whole new way. It will be “tundra” of fun!

Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 6, 2013
9:30-10:45am
Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 3, 2013

If you like this Wonder Bugs event, why not try another of our programs:

BATTING A THOUSAND
Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13, 2013
9:30-10:45am
Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Take me out to the bat game. Take me out to the cave. Buy me some bat homes and places to hang- upside down; I’ll be sporting some fangs. Come knock this topic right out of the park! You won’t care if you ever get back. Go bats!
JUST BREATHE
Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, 2013
9:30-10:45am
Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Inhale the wonders of winter. Smell the mysteries of the cold and frozen land. Winter will come alive as we explore nature and breathe in the fresh surprises. I “nose” you’ll get a lungful of exciting discoveries! Be sure to come back spring, summer, and fall; we’ll compare nature through the seasons and our noses.
Each program costs- ALNC Members: $8/participant; Non-Members: $9/participant
Registration Form

Stumped by Steampunk?

Steampunk GooglesLooking for ideas for the Full Steam Ahead costume competition? Ravenworks has a wide selection of retro-futuristic and Victorian gear, enough to satisfy the most genteel aristocrats and the greasiest gearhead!
For those who like to get their hands dirty, check out these fun Do It Yourself Steampunk projects:
Steampunk Goggles: The essential tool of navigation engineers, buggy drivers, zeppelin pilots, and many other steampunk occupations.

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Victorian Dress

 

– For those who are good with a needle and thread, try a home-sewn Victorian dress! It might seem like a lot of work, but you won’t just end up with a costume- but with an excellent piece of formal wear.

Filigree Necklace – Steampunk accessories are what really help to distinguish it as alternate history from anachronism. Finally make good use of old pocket watches and doorless keys!
Do you have your ticket yet? Space is limited, so call 608-216-9371 or visit http://www.naturenet.com/alnc/events/aldoafterdark.html to register today!