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Explore nature's most powerful forces in new Adventure Science Center traveling exhibition


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NASHVILLE — Natural disasters are occurring on our planet nearly five times as frequently as the 1970s. In Adventure Science Center's latest traveling exhibition Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, all of nature's forces are on display.

In the Nature Unleashed exhibition, the incredible — and somewhat terrifying — power of nature is on display providing a memorable experience for people to discover how these immense geological and meteorological forces drive our ever-changing world.

Developed by The Field Museum in Chicago, Nature Unleashed explores natural disasters through stunning displays, state-of-the-art animations, poignant, large-scale images, and cultural artifacts that reveal the dynamic relationship we have with the Earth. The exhibition helps to illustrate how much we know — and how much we are still learning — about four types of disasters: earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

Highly interactive and immersive, Nature Unleashed goes beyond the sensational headlines to explore Earth's most impressive natural events. Guests can discover what triggers a volcanic eruption, witness the power of hurricane-force winds, experience the roar of a tornado from within the eye of the storm, monitor earthquakes around the world in real time, and see real objects that tell powerful stories about natural disasters, and about the resilience and creativity of the people who survive and study them.

Special Activities:

Get first-hand experience in using instruments that measure wind speed.

Learn how changes in air pressure creates the conditions for clouds in the sky with this exciting experiment.

Discover how doppler radar is used to track storms while learning how ASC's Science Educators made their own device.
Special Presentations at noon & 2:30 p.m.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be onsite to help guests learn the steps to prepare for potentially dangerous storms. In this exciting presentation, guests will gain insight into how the experts view storm safety.

Alongside the Nature Unleashed opening day activities, guests can explore a variety of ways to keep their family safe during Safety Day sponsored by UL through special hands-on activities, that explore volcanoes, fire safety, recycling and composting, and more.

The UL Mission is Working for a Safer World. UL's goal on Safety Day is to keep the children in our community safe by educating and empowering them about the world around them. UL partners with Adventure Science Center to reach a broader audience and share their mission.

Entry into the Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters exhibition, special activities and demonstrations, and Safety Day activities are included with the price of general admission. Nature Unleashed will be at the Science Center June 24 through October 29. Supporting Sponsor: TVA. This exhibition and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

For more than 70 years, Adventure Science Center has been bringing science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee and across the U.S. The Science Center offers engaging learning experiences and science fun through hands-on, interactive exhibits; innovative programs; and fulldome productions in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium. Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville. For more information, visit

Published July 6, 2017

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