NEW! Discovery Museum announces opening of Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf Edge exhibit 9/11 – 10/6!

Discovery Museum announces the upcoming opening of Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf Edge, a new, immersive exhibit created by museum staff in collaboration with naturalist Sam Jaffe, creator of The Caterpillar Lab. The exhibit will run September 11 through October 6, 2019 at the Museum, with the live caterpillar experience portion of the exhibit open Wednesdays through Sundays only.

About the Exhibit

The exhibit consists of two main components:

  • A series of new, playful, and interactive activities that explore topics such as caterpillar anatomy, defensive adaptations, and shelter building, with Jaffe’s breathtaking photography serving as both a backdrop for the space and as a point of reference.
  • A live caterpillar experience featuring a huge variety of strange, beautiful, and sometimes grotesque local caterpillars, up-close and in all phases of their life cycles, curated and explained by Jaffe and other educators from the Lab.

The exhibit will allow visitors to explore the caterpillar world in more depth, see amazing examples of strange and surprising adaptations, witness the varying stages metamorphosis in real time, and better appreciate the complex ecosystems that exist right in our own back yards.

Jaffe, a naturalist, photographer, and educator, founded The Caterpillar Lab in New Hampshire in 2013. The Lab uses live, native New England caterpillars to educate and create an appreciation for the incredible natural value of their backyards, neighborhoods, and green spaces.

Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf Edge at Discovery Museum
177 Main St Rte 27, Acton MA
September 11 – October 6, 2019

About  Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550sf treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston.

Originally founded in 1982 and expanded to two museums in 1987, the museum reopened in a single, 16,000sf accessible building after a complete renovation and expansion in early 2018. Hands-on, open-ended exhibits developed by professional educators inspire curiosity and exploration, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning. Discovery Museum is committed to accessibility, and is a proud recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category, and a 2018 LEAD® Community Asset Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Discovery Museum is a community-supported non-profit organization. Discovery Museum programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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