Events at the Zoo! - Archive
Saturday, June 15 (Noon – 3 pm)
Zoo wide scavenger hunt, trivia and activity game. Form teams or play as an individual. Prizes for the winners. Can you complete all the questions? Find all the items? Complete all the activities?
Part of the AT&T Summer Workshop Series.
Have a play date with the zoo animals! Exciting new "toys" that help keep the animals healthy through exercise are going to be introduced all over the zoo. Keeper talks at each exhibit as we explain what fun toy we are introducing and why.
Saturday, June 29: (2:00pm)
NAVARASAM: AN EXPRESSIVE JOURNEY
A dance composition extracted from the Indian epic Ramayana. Nava-rasam literally means nine (facial) expressions and this project is a nine part in-depth analysis into the expressive journey that a person undergoes in his or her lifetime. Performer, Raja Rajeswari, is a luminary in the field of Indian Classical Dance. A distinguished teacher of several classical styles, she has performed as a Cultural Delegate and has earned rave reviews from international critics. This performance is made possible, in part, by an Encore Grant from the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, with public funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Sunday, July 7 (Noon – 3pm)
The Dirt on Dirt
What is dirt? What lives in the dirt? What eats it? Get the scoop on the world under your feet. Dirt or soil consists of a mixture of weathered rock, finely ground into powder, minerals, and a variety of living and dead lifeforms. This nutrient rich layer extends downward about as deep as plant roots extend. Soil contains all the nutrients needed by plants to survive. An important part of soil is the part that is alive. Many different bacteria, algae and fungi do important jobs that make life possible. Without these basic lifeforms performing these important roles, more complex lifeforms could not survive. Make dirt work for you, too, with take-home plantings.
Saturday, July 13 (Noon – 3pm)
Artist/instructor, Joseph Mullins, began making impressions from fish he caught, following the traditional method of Japanese fish printing. Freshly caught specimens will be used to discuss the types of fish that can be found in local waters. Every participant experiences a hands-on gyotaku session. The rubbings are made on a quality mulberry paper and can be mounted on board or plexi glass that makes a beautiful translucent image. Or … bring a clean T-Shirt with you and design your own fashion. These rubbings can also be used in collages. Learn about print making, while also addressing sustainability issues.
Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21 (Noon – 3pm)
Lorrie Schumacher is a Master Falconer who has created a uniquely innovative and inspiring Bird Of Prey Experience. Lorrie's mission is to stress the importance of the role of raptors in the global environment and man's responsibility to the balance of the planet. This unique opportunity presents these fascinating birds up close in an exciting and educational exhibit. Lorrie will demonstrate what she believes: One look into the ancient eyes of a raptor, and a human truly knows humility. It's an experience of a lifetime!
Saturday, July 27 (Noon – 3pm)
A workshop presented by John Ares, well-travelled professional photographer. Trained as a Biologist / Marine Food Toxicologist, Staten Islander John Ares is a uniquely versatile photographer: Underwater, Nature, Travel, Lifestyle and Fine Art. Many animal subjects will be discussed including birds, bees and bears. Animal behavior will be discussed and basic animal photography techniques that apply no matter your equipment. We will also focus on likely places to find animal subjects starting at home with your pets, the backyard and expand to Zoos, the Park, Wilderness Expeditions and a brief overview of Underwater Photography. An opportunity for live photography will be provided.
Sunday, August 4 (Noon – 3pm)
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Dinosaur enthusiasts, Harry Strano and Richie Mirissis -- using fossil evidence -- will take you back several million years when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Fossil digs and rubbings as well as a display of authentic relics will be available. Speak to the experts about the fossil rich history in our area. Did you know that a crab fossil deting back 65 million years was found on Staten Island and named kleinfelderi after Walter Kleinfelder, the Curtis High School student who found it?
Sunday, August 11 (Noon – 3pm)
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which has evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. OrigamiUSA is the largest origami organization in the US and is located at the American Museum of Natural History. Participants will be led through the process that will create different origami animals simply by skillfully folding. Each person can make 2-3 animals each.
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