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Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost

January 22, 2022–May 1, 2022Springfield Science Museum

Have you ever seen a mammoth tooth up close? What does the Ice Age smell like?

Step into the shoes of climate science researchers, piece together clues, and solve engineering challenges posed by thawing permafrost in Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost. This interactive exhibit weaves together real narratives from people whose lives have been impacted by the changing global climate, highlighting the resiliency and ingenuity of everyday communities. Incorporating the sights and smells of the Western Hemisphere’s only permafrost research tunnel, and Ice Age fossils, Under the Arctic is an immersive exhibit experience for all ages.

Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.


Featured Activities

Under the Microscope, 11 am-3 pm
As the permafrost melts it releases millions of new microbes that have been trapped for many thousands of years, and never seen by modern humans! Before you visit the permafrost, learn how to collect microbes and create your own slide to view under a microscope. (Discovery Lab, Lower Level)

A Frozen Scavenger Hunt, 11 am-3 pm
Investigate our two art museums to uncover our cold weather collections item. Take your completed scavenger hunt to the Art Discovery Center to claim a free Frozen book (while supplies last). (D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and GWV Smith Art Museum)

Permafrost Tunnel Tour, 11 am-3 pm
Take a tour through our special exhibit to gain a deeper understanding of the microbes and fossils that exist in the permafrost. Tours begin on the hour. (Changing Exhibit Gallery, Second Floor, Springfield Science Museum)

Indigenous Designs, 12-4 pm
The Yupik people are indigenous to southwestern Alaska and live in or near areas of the permafrost. Headbands are part of the ceremonial headdress worn by Yupik men and women. Learn about the designs in this hands-on activity. (Art Discovery Center, Second Floor. GWV Smith Art Museum)

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