State Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo explore ocean life Jan. 18

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State Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo explore ocean life Jan. 18

Students exploring ocean life with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (courtesy Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium)

The University of Nebraska State Museum’s first Sunday with a Scientist program of 2015 will investigate the ancient oceans that once covered Nebraska and examine what types of animals live in our oceans today. The program for children and families will be 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Morrill Hall.

Katie Fuenning, outreach manager of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, will lead visitors on an investigation to learn about corals, sea turtles and sharks, and how to help protect sea life. Children can participate in a fossil science experiment, pretend to be coral and see how they eat, learn how to measure sea turtles and compare measurements to other animals, plus take part in a “trash to treasure” activity to learn more about ocean conservation. Exciting artifacts to see and touch will also be on hand. Fuenning will present a special 15-minute ocean life presentation at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m.

Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters share scientific information in a fun, informal way through demonstrations and activities or by conducting science on site. Sunday with a Scientist is 1:30-4:30 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

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The University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $6 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years), free for children 4 and under, and $13 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with NU ID during all regular hours. Friends of the Museum are also free. Parking is free in front of the museum.

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