What do Sir Ernest Shackleton, Ingrid Christensen and LICM’s own Claire Flynn have in common? Curiosity, focus and a desire to learn about the world around them are traits these three Antarctic explorers share.
Enjoy a visual adventure to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica and view the environments and wildlife from each of these unique destinations. As you explore the exhibit, you will learn to slow down to uncover your inner explorer.
Meet the Explorer, Claire Flynn! – June 5 from 4-6pm
LICM has planned an After-Hours event designed for visitors 16 years of age and older. Explorer Claire Flynn will take you on her journey, introducing the environments and wildlife of each of these unique destinations. You will also have the opportunity to view expedition gear, tools and journals.
This event is free, but requires pre-registration.
Flynn, LICM’s STEM Initiatives Program Director, was selected as a 2019 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. She participated in a 24-day expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica in November 2019. There she saw wildlife; hiked, skied and kayaked across the landscapes; and learned how important it is for us as human beings to take care of our earth. In “Slow Down! Explore …” visitors will take part in Claire’s experience, slowing down their pace to understand the complexity of the world around them.
Three separate but interconnected exhibit areas provide visitors with an opportunity to “visit” these unique regions. LICM’s KaleidoZone gallery features Flynn’s wildlife and landscape photos. A second exhibit area will increase young visitors’ curiosity and teach them that slowing down and observing and recording notes are crucial components to exploring and learning something new. A third area will highlight the environmental challenges these places face, show some of the ways scientists and others are working to preserve them, and empower young visitors to make their own positive environmental change.
Underwater photography in the exhibit has been provided by Paul North, polar expedition diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic and founder of Meet the Ocean, a not-for-profit educating the public on the importance of the saltwaters of our planet.
How Can You Help?
You do not need to have a degree in science to make meaningful contributions to scientific research. Every day people are taking part in citizen science projects, collecting data that scientists need, but can’t always collect. There are many other citizen science projects you can participate in with your family. Interested in making a difference? Find out more by visiting:
- iNaturalist is a free platform—both a website and app—to record observations of plants and animals in nature using photographs; share what you've found; and contribute to a global dataset
- Happy Whale engages citizen scientists to identify individual marine mammals, for fun and for science! Take a picture of any whales you might see and upload it to the database so that scientists can monitor global whale populations.
- SciStarter connects people to more than 1,200 registered and vetted citizen science projects, events, and tools. Its primary goal is to break down barriers preventing non-scientists from fully engaging in scientific research.
Recommended books for all ages - Learn more about the wildlife and animals featured in this exhibit and in your own area.
Disappearing Penguins – 2021 Best Children's Film, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
A team of penguin scientists from Stony Brook and Northeastern University joined Greenpeace’s Pole to Pole expedition in the Antarctic, to survey colonies that hadn’t been counted for decades. Watch the story of their journey to Elephant Island in this 15-minute short film.
The exhibit was originally planned for spring 2020, but COVID-19 changed that. After a year when travel was put on hold and people were forced to stay home, LICM is excited to take visitors on a visual adventure to destinations few of us might ever get to see in person.