CARSON CITY— Families are invited to explore “Pines are Fine,” a special Nevada State Museum program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The activity continues the museum’s Family Fun Saturdays series. Museum volunteer Sharon Yarborough designed an art project and program to celebrate the pines.
Visitors will explore conifers and evergreens that keep their leaves, or needles, all year. Children will learn to tell the differences between pine, fir and spruce trees. They will also discover which animals eat pine nuts and how people process them for food. Participants will also study cones and needles from the Jeffrey, Ponderosa and Sugar Pine trees and discuss Nevada’s two state trees, the Bristlecone Pine and the Single-Leaf Pinyon.
In groups of eight, visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a 30-minute art or science activity best suited for children ages 6-11. Guests will use pine needles to make a holiday angel and check out recipe ideas.
Hosted in the museum’s natural history discovery lab at 600 N. Carson St., the event is free for museum members and children 17 and younger. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Adult tickets are $8 and available at the admissions desk beginning at 12:30. For more information, call 687-4810 ext. 237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.