Out-on-a-Limb, an ecology education canopy exhibit funded by National Science Foundation’s informal science education program, has enjoyed a wonderful three year-career visiting southwest Florida festivals, community centers, and schools. The exhibit represents an education outreach product developed as a result of Dr. Meg Lowman’s (www.canopymeg.com) canopy-to-forest floor research in Puerto Rico, also funded by National Science Foundation. In total, well over 200,000 families, students and citizens have experienced a visit to the Amazon rain forest canopies via these virtual games and miniature exhibit. Now, the canopy exhibit is focusing on middle-school science outreach, with monthly stays in different regional schools. During fall 2008, the exhibit was on display at New College of Florida, GWIZ Science Museum in Sarasota, FL and Pine View School in Osprey, FL.
Requests for future bookings are welcome. This web site includes a virtual tour of the rain forest canopy, suitable for all ages; samples of the photographic files; ecology education games; and scrolling activities associated with the Out-on-a-Limb exhibit. Enjoy!