CPTV and The Children's Museum Co-Host "Nature Mania" at The Children's Museum in West Hartford

Release Date: 10/29/2009

Event to Take Place on Friday, November 13, Featuring the PBS Series Nature and a Live Arctic Wolf

The Children’s Museum, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and the PBS series Nature are partnering to bring the unique event series “Nature Mania” to Connecticut’s children and families. Come for a special showing of the acclaimed wildlife series Nature, live animal demonstrations, and a related make-and-take craft activity for families!
 
This third installment in the “Nature Mania” series will focus on one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures: wolves. A wolf-centered episode of Nature will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium. Then, attend a special live demonstration featuring an Arctic gray wolf named Atka. Seven-year-old Atka is an ambassador of the Wolf Conservation Center in Salem, New York, and will be handled by The Children’s Museum’s knowledgeable staff, who will answer questions from the audience. Children will get a unique chance to be up close and personal with Atka, and to learn more about the importance of this species through a presentation that details the wolf’s history and predatory habits.
 
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with CPTV and bring quality, animal education experiences to the children and families in our community,” said Kevin Sullivan, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum. “This ongoing programming series will give a variety of opportunities for families to learn about wild animals, their habitats, and why we need to continue to respect the earth and all those with whom we share it.” 
  
“Our partnership with The Children’s Museum and Nature is just one example of how member support helps us reach out to communities beyond broadcast,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. “While viewers are aware of our work on air, we also provide outstanding community outreach programs and services.”
 
The “Nature Mania” events are funded by the PBS series Nature, now in its 27th year on public television. Admission for “Nature Mania” is $7 for members of The Children’s Museum, and $9 for non-members. To register, please call (860)231-2830, ext. 44, or e-mail Events@TheChildrensMuseumCT.org. For more information about “Nature Mania,” visit www.cptv.org or www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org, keyword: Nature Mania.
 
About CPTV
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN,
www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org.
 
About The Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum offers hands-on science exhibits, live animals, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for younger children and families. With over 210,000 visitors annually, it is one of Connecticut’s top museum attractions. The Children’s Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. More information is available at www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.
 
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