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#InTheLoop | Learn how to survive Mother Nature’s harsh realities at a Queens museum
This indoor expo is a wonderful way to explore the Great Outdoors.
The New York Hall of Science will open Survival: The Exhibition on Saturday, Feb. 15. It’ll run until Sunday, Sept. 13.
Consisting of 10 simulated environments, the interactive show teaches visitors to use science-based techniques to solve the problems of Mother Nature. With human instructors on site to help, youngsters build huts. They rub sticks to start a fire. They search for water in a desert. They stay warm in the extreme cold. They learn water safety. And they prepare for emergencies.
In addition, participants contemplate the seven principles of the U.S. Forest Service’s Leave No Trace protocol: Plan Ahead and Prepare; Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces; Dispose of Waste Properly; Leave What You Find; Minimize Campfire Impacts; Respect Wildlife; and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.
Admission is $7 per person ($5 per person for groups) in addition to the general museum admission. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Created in consultation with experts in the fields of Anthropology, Geography, Recreation Management, Wilderness Survival, Emergency Medicine and Herbalism, the 10 Survival zones are Intro Theater; Natural Disasters: First Aid; Temperate Forest: Shelter; Desert: Water; High Mountains: Fire; Rainforest: Food and Tools; Extreme Cold: Signaling & Navigation; On the Water: Water Safety; and Suburban Urban: Preparedness.
There’s also an Adventure Zone with a Zip Line and Ropes Course geared toward teaching balance, concentration, coordination, and focus.
Survival is created by Imagine Exhibitions, an Atlanta-based company that presents more than 40 traveling expos around the world. Other favorites include Big Cats, Bionic Me, Downtown Abbey and Imagine Van Gogh.
The New York Hall of Science’s entrance is at 47-01 111th St. on the western edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It’s a few blocks south of the 7 line’s 111th Street/Roosevelt Avenue station, and there’s an on-site parking lot.
Photo credit: Imagine Exhibitions