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April 1, 2010

Museum of Natural History offers Earth Month programs

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History (MNH) will offer a variety of programs in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. All programs are free and open to the public.

MNH and the UI Office of Sustainability are sponsoring an Earth Month Movie Series in conjunction with other special events throughout the month. A selection of environmental documentaries will be shown in Macbride Auditorium at 2 p.m. each Sunday in April.

Other Earth Month events include an April 22 Earth Day UI Explorers Lecture and the annual Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend events scheduled for April 24 and 25. Local organizations ECO Iowa City and the Iowa Policy Project are teaming with the museum and the Office of Sustainability for other events, including green demonstrations by ECO Iowa City on April 24.

"We are excited to expand our Earth Month programs by partnering with the Office of Sustainability and other local organizations," said Sarah Horgen, MNH education and outreach coordinator. "These collaborations help us fulfill our mission to inspire in our visitors a sense of responsibility for our natural world."

The schedule for the Earth Month Movie Series is as follows:

--April 4, "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie."
--April 11, "King Corn" and "Big River," followed by panel discussion with the Iowa Policy Project.
--April 18, "No Impact Man" and "Kilowatt Ours."
--April 25, "Mad City Chickens."

The UI Explorers Lecture, scheduled for April 22 at 7 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium, features Liz Christiansen, director, UI Office of Sustainability; and Brenda Nations, environmental coordinator, City of Iowa City, whose talk is titled "The University of Iowa's and the City of Iowa City's Commitment to Sustainability."

The Pentacrest Museums' Family Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25. Participants will have opportunities to decorate their own reusable canvas bag, go on scavenger hunts, and learn about native and invasive species, during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday's events will include ECO Iowa City composting and watershed demonstrations at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., in MNH's Biosphere Discovery Hub Gallery.

For more information about these Earth Month events, please visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606,; Steve Parrott, University Relations 319-384-0037,; Writer: Holly Berg