Annual Science Open House
Science Open House –Four Days Only!
May 29 – June 1, 2014
Across the Science Campus and Conservatory Vicinity
Partake in behind-the-scenes tours and more through the eyes of our scientists during this once a year event!
*Grounds admission required for Science Open House programming; Conservatory tours require an All-Garden Pass ticket.
Thursday, May 29:
Weird, Wild, & Wonderful: An Evening of Women, Art, & Botany
Featuring Elizabeth Gilbert & Amy Stewart
6–7:30 p.m., Cocktails & Exhibition Viewing
7:30–9 p.m., Talks on Art & Botany
$26/$29 Member/Non-Member Register here.
Don't miss an entertaining and wide-ranging conversation between best-selling authors Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things) and Amy Stewart (Wicked Plants and The Drunken Botanist), in a special evening featuring an after-hours viewing of the new Weird, Wild, and Wonderful exhibition of contemporary botanical art.
The evening also includes presentations by Garden scientist Barbara Thiers, profiling “Wonder Women of Science” who have shaped plant research at NYBG, and Robin Jess and Carol Woodin of the American Society of Botanical Artists, who pay homage to the “weird and wild” subjects of today’s botanical art.
During the viewing, attendees can purchase special cocktails crafted by Amy Stewart and inspired by Gilbert's new book and the Weird, Wild, & Wonderful show. Books will also be available for purchase.
Friday, May 30:
New Science Tours in the Haupt Conservatory, 1 & 4 p.m.
Tour A World of Plants with Garden scientists, hear first-hand about their scientific field research, and learn how plants―through evolution―have adapted to the vastly different ecosystems on Earth.
(space on tours is limited and requires an All-Garden Pass ticket; first-come, first-serve)
Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1:
-New Hands-on Plant Collecting Demonstrations, 10:30–4 p.m. at Conservatory Plaza
See critical components of a scientist’s tool kit used on expeditions around the world and learn how biodiversity is expertly documented in the field and preserved as museum collections for later study.
-New Science Tours in the Haupt Conservatory, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tour A World of Plants with Garden scientists, hear first-hand about their scientific field research, and learn how plants―through evolution―have adapted to the vastly different ecosystems on Earth. (Requires an All-Garden Pass ticket).
-Guided Tours of the Steere Herbarium, 12 & 3 p.m.
Go inside the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere―and among the four largest in the world— and meet some of the curators responsible for its 7.3 million preserved plant specimens in this centerpiece of the Garden’s scientific research program.
-Guided Tours of the Plant Research Laboratory, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Walk through the Garden’s world-renowned, state-of-the-art, laboratory research facility and meet some of the scientists who lead teams studying DNA and genomes in order to understand plants, fungi, and algae at their most essential levels.
(space on tours is limited; first-come, first-serve. Conservatory tours require All-Garden Pass admission)