National Geographic Celebrates World Animal Day

National Geographic will commemorate World Animal Day with a series of kid-friendly events, exhibits and photo workshops, hosted by National Geographic explorer and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Greg Marshall. On-site activities will include hands-on demonstrations and interactive opportunities introducing kids ages 2-12 to the natural world. Highlights include:

. Photo workshops showcasing Marshall’s groundbreaking work with Crittercam, an attachable, recordable device that films animal behavior in the wild (as seen on PBS, the National Geographic Channel, and “March of the Penguins”

. Costume characters from Nick Jr.’s popular animated preschool program “Toot & Puddle” and animal-themed crafts, screenings and book readings.

. Splash! Animals – speed painters, who combine music, art, choreography, and lots of flying paint to create wild, colorful portraits of endangered species in record time.

. Animal-themed exhibits: “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” (paid admission required), featuring 70 live geckos from 18 different species in recreated natural environments; “Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life,” an exhibit that explores the musicality of the natural world, allowing visitors to create the sounds of the wild; and the “Great Migrations” outdoor photography exhibit.

When: Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Where: National Geographic Museum
Washington DC

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