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Arctic season at Museum wraps up with special Arctic evening, school workshops and Nocturne event

Ottawa, April 16, 2015 – The Canadian Museum of Nature will conclude an engaging season of Arctic programs and activities with a special themed evening April 18, workshops for elementary and high-school students, and an Arctic-inspired version of the popular Nature Nocturne with a Juno-nominated artist.

"This season we have offered many ways for our visitors to experience the science, culture and biodiversity of Canada’s North, with some exciting events still to come," says Meg Beckel, museum President and CEO. "We look forward to engaging people about this vast part of the country, especially as we move towards the opening of a new permanent gallery about the Arctic for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017."

On Saturday, April 18, the museum hosts an Arctic evening cocktail event. This features a panel discussion on the role of expeditions in understanding the North, the Canadian premiere of a film from Norway about the Northern Lights, live-kayak building in the Mammal Gallery, and Arctic-inspired food.

The panelists include Dr. Richard Steiner, noted American marine conservation scientist and founder of Oasis Earth. He will be joined by moderator Geoff Green, Executive Director of Students on Ice; photographer and adventurer Mike Beedell; author James Raffan; and polar adventurer Eric McNair-Landry. Landry is also leading a special project at the museum until April 26 where he is building three traditional Baffin kayaks. Guests can watch as they are constructed in the museum’s Mammal Gallery. Support for the Arctic evening comes from the United States Embassy and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Tickets are $30 (plus tax) and include food.

Visitors to the museum can also catch the last few weeks of the Arctic Voices exhibition, a co-production of the museum and Science North, before it closes May 3. This exhibition that explores the colourful biodiversity of the Arctic has attracted more than 45,000 visitors since it opened Dec. 5. It will begin its national tour when it reopens in May at the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

The public Arctic events wrap up with a special Arctic-themed Nature Nocturne on April 24. In addition to touring Arctic Voices, revellers can test their voice at throat-singing and enjoy the sounds of Juno-nominated DJ Risen Ashen who will infuse his set with circumpolar traditional music.

On April 22-24, the museum will host a number of schools for workshops about the Arctic. Among the lineup: motivational speaker Garrit Wesselink with the Youth Arctic Coalition, a workshop about the differences between polar bears and grizzlies, and a hands-on journey into Arctic biodiversity with the giant Arctic floor map.

For more information about all these activities, visit nature.ca.

Information for media:
Laura Sutin
Canadian Museum of Nature
613.566.4793; 613.698.7142 (cell)

Dan Smythe
Canadian Museum of Nature
613.566.4781; 613.698.9253 (cell)