CSU, Chico News

Hang Out in the Trees This Summer at Gateway’s Latest Exhibit

Date: 05-27-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The majesty and mystery of trees—and the creatures that sometimes call them homes—is the subject of the Gateway Science Museum’s newest exhibit, which opens tomorrow, May 28.

The public is invited to spend quality time this summer hanging out in the trees with a visit to “TreeHouses” at the Gateway. This exhibit includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild inhabitants…including sometimes people!

Incorporating all of the senses, this exhibit engages museumgoers of all ages in indoor nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource.

“TreeHouses” debuts at noon tomorrow at the Gateway. The museum’s summer hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, from May 28 to Sept. 4.

“’TreeHouses’ is from the same exhibitor who brought us the creepy-crawly ‘Attack of the Bloodsuckers’”, said California State University, Chico Professor Renee Renner, executive director of the Gateway Science Museum. “Sciencenter's ‘TreeHouses’ is every bit as fascinating and is sure to be a big hit with our young families!”

Renner said families visiting the “TreeHouses” exhibit can:

  • Look for signs of animal tree dwellers as they walk through an indoor tree house and across a wobbly connecting bridge
  • Play a computerized forest game where they can harvest trees without harming wildlife
  • Watch how a forest becomes a house
  • View the tree houses people have built around the world
  • See stereoscopic 3-D images of some of the smaller animals living in trees
  • Listen for animals inside a tree house and try to guess their sounds on an “animal dance floor”
  • Peer down from inside a “crow’s nest” at the folks “on the ground”
  • Revisit favorite fictional tree dwellers, including the Ewoks of “Star Wars” to Winnie the Pooh
  • Wander through a “kitchen” to discover not-so-obvious tree connections in our own houses

Visitors to the Gateway this summer can also enjoy “Research at the Ready,” a showcase of exemplary student and faculty research posters from the College of Natural Sciences; the final season of “Modern Farming—Land, Water, People and Science”; and “Gateway Gardens,” an outdoor exploration into native plants, pollinators and sustainable practices.

The Gateway is also hosting Discovery Summer Camps for youths in June and July.

The Gateway Science Museum is located at 625 Esplanade (next to Bidwell Mansion). Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children and students, and free for museum members and children under 3.

For more information, please visit www.csuchico.edu/gateway or call 530-898-4121.