Springboard invites families to 'chill'

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009

JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council's Springboard and the Alaska State Museum invite families to a free family event, "Chill with the Family," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St.

Families will be able to view ice crystals through polarized light, experience how blubber keeps a mammal warm, learn about unique fish adaptations to the cold, create snow goggles to prevent snow blindness and improve vision, learn how snowflakes form, create six-sided snowflakes inspired by actual snowflake images and study how glaciers form.

Avalanche control experts and staff from the Juneau Ranger District Tongass National Forest, NOAA National Weather Service, Springboard, the University of Alaska Southeast, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, The Canvas and community volunteers will share their expertise on many "cool" aspects of winter, snow and ice.

"Chill with the Family" is being held in conjunction with the temporary photography exhibition, "Frizion," on display at the museum through Feb 21.

Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. For assistance, contact Visitor Services at 465-2901 before the visit.

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