Evolution Week

Amber with winged ant
Cenozoic, Miocene (23-5 mya)
Dominican Republic
Bruce Museum Collection 2006.33

Ambassador Wolf Atka

Bob Landis. Photo by Kim Hart

Evolution Week
Tuesday, July 20, through Friday, July 23, 2010

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, presents four days of programs, from highlighting the new exhibition Evolution of the Natural World. A series of hands-on workshops designed for students in grades 1- 3 take place on July 20, 21 and 23. Visitors of all ages can participate in Wolf Day events that run throughout the day on Thursday, July 22. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the Museum at 203-869-0376 or email date and details to webmaster@brucemuseum.org.

Tues., July 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Fossil-Casting Workshop. Students in grades 1- 3 will explore the fossil specimens on exhibition and then recreate fossil castings in plaster in the workshop. All materials are included. Members $4, non-members $6 per child.

Wed., July 21, 11 a.m. Evolution of the Natural World: Trapped in Amber Workshop. Students in grades 1 -3 will examine a prehistoric, winged ant that has been trapped in amber and is on view in the exhibition, and then create their own replicas. All materials are included. Members $4, non-members $6 per child.

Thurs., July 22, Wolf Day. This fun-filled day features activities for students and adults focusing on the wolf and featuring special appearances by the live wolf Atka and by Emmy award-winning cinematographer Bob Landis, who will provide commentary at an exclusive screening of his latest project on the wolves of Yellowstone Park. Reservations are strongly recommended for all the programs and can be made by calling the Museum at 203-869-0376. Wolf Day programs are co-sponsored by the Yellowstone Park Foundation, http://www.ypf.org

  • 11 a.m. Wolf Stories at  for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or guardians. The children will see the Museum’s beautiful gray wolf on exhibit, hear amazing stories about this fascinating animal, and then create wolf masks, so they can howl like real wolves. All materials are included in the fee of $6, Bruce Museum members are $4.
  • 1 p.m. Ambassador Wolf Atka, a real live, 6-year-old Arctic gray wolf, makes a special appearance with his handler Maggie Howell of the Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, NY. This program is for children ages 6 years and up. The fee is $7 for non-members, $5 for Museum members, and includes admission to the 2:30 p.m. film.
  • 2:30 p.m. In the Valley of the Wolves (55 min.) Emmy award-winning wildlife cinematographer Bob Landis hosts a special screening of his wildlife film In the Valley of the Wolves made for the PBS series Nature. This film follows the most celebrated wolf pack in North America known as the Druids. Mr. Landis has chronicled the adventures of the Druids since their very beginnings and in this, his third film on the wolves, the Druids find themselves in trouble for the very first time. This program is suitable for adults and children ages 6 years and up.
  • 7 p.m. Casanova Wolf. Wildlife cinematographer Bob Landis returns at  for an exclusive screening for adults of his latest film project, Casanova Wolf. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Landis provides commentary for his never-before-seen footage of the wolves of Yellowstone Park. Bob Landis has produced many films for programs such as National Geographic and Nature. His work has taken him to Denali, Kluane, and Algonquin National Parks, but his home is Yellowstone Park, where he has excelled in the art of wildlife filmmaking for over 30 years. The fee is $7; $5 for Bruce Museum members.

Fri., July 23, 11 a.m. Evolution of the Natural World: Skeletons Workshop. The third workshop in a series of three features hands-on activities for students in grades 1 -3 in conjunction with the Museum’s latest science exhibition. Students examine different animal skeletons on view in the exhibition, handle Museum specimens, and then dissect an owl pellet in the workshop. All materials are included. Members $4, non-members $6 per child.