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Friday, February 01, 2008

Happy Black History Month - Celebrate Science and African-American Achievements

All year is great time to learn more about science and the people who make the discoveries. But February offers a unique opportuntity to learn about the achievements of African-Americans (and others from the African Diaspora) in the sciences.

In St. Louis, Missouri, the Missouri Botanical Garden has a special George Washington Carver Garden. It is open all year and features a statue in his likeness and presentations about this contributions to botanical, agriculture and plant sciences. In celebration of Black History Month, the world-reknowned institution is hosting Carver Days.

Saturday-Monday, February 16 through 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A three-day weekend of family fun with a focus on George Washington Carver, one of America's great scientists and educators.

Activities include:
Story-telling with KMOV-TV anchor Vickie Newton. Saturday, 11 a.m.
“The ABC’s of George Washington Carver,” where children may ask questions of this famous man. Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m.
“Listening to the Still Small Voice,” an award-winning one-man live performance about Carver’s life. Sunday and Monday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Throughout the weekend:
Visit the “Jesup Wagon,” Carver’s movable school where kids are invited to explore and experiment in Carver’s footsteps.Ride the free shuttle to the Carver Garden (weather permitting).Eat Carver-inspired sweet potato and peanut dishes, available for purchase in Sassafras.

Activities are included with Garden admission. Visit us online for more information.

Check out what your local science center, zoo, conservation area or even area colleges are doing to celebrate Science & African-American Achievements.

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