Sunday, June 24, 2012

Collectors' Corner

Join CMMC's 
Collectors' Corner!

Find something interesting.
  • Find a natural object like a rock, fossil, skull, or pine cone. 
  • Notice the surrounding where you found it. 
  • Be sure to write down where and when you found it. 
  • Think about what it is, how it grew, what it ate, or why it’s important. 
  • Do some research and learn more about your specimen. 
  • Write up a little report. 
Bring it to the Collector’s Corner. 
  • Tell the staff about your specimen. 
  • Earn points for what you know. 

Trade Now or Trade Later.
  • Open a Collectors’ Corner account. 
  • We’ll keep track of your points. 
  • Trade with the points you earn immediately or save your points for future trade. 

Collecting is contagious! Come to trade and add to your collection. Plus, learn how to preserve and display your specimens.

What can you collect and trade? 
You can collect and trade many natural objects from around the world: rocks, shells, pine cones, fossils, seeds, insects, clean bones and skulls (no flesh attached), or a shed snake skin.

Things you CANNOT trade at the Collector’s Corner:
  • Bird feathers, eggs, and nests 
  • Animal mounts 
  • Anything from protected or endangered species. 
  • Any animal--dead or alive 
  • Wildflowers 
  • Anything sticky, smelly or slimy 

Why not? It’s the law! 
Federal and state laws protect and preserve the world’s wildlife resources. Collecting can impact the population and survival of plants and animals.

Tips for Collectors:
  • Take one or two and leave the rest. Don’t over-collect. 
  • Respect nature and private property. 
  • Leave things like you found them. 
  • Don’t collect protected items. 
  • Learn more about the items you collect. 
  • Take a small notebook to record your observations and make notes. 
Make sure you collect and trade before Collectors' Corner ends with our summer program in August.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Brain Day!


Saturday, June 16th
1-4 p.m.

Visit the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County to learn about the human brain with Wabash professors, Dr. Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, Ph.D. Neuroscience, and Dr. Karen Gunther, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science.

See real brains up close, view slides under a microscope, test your reflexes, find out how your brain adapts to changing perception...and much more!