June 1–July 27
Throughout The Life of a Dead Tree, insects will be collected as they emerge out of the ash tree on display. This workshop begins with an introduction on what invasive species are, how they enter our ecosystems, and the risks they present. Participants will then have the opportunity to look at insect specimens and identify whether they are invasive or not. Those interested will also have the option to stay and draw an insect or write what about they learned in the workshop.
Free with museum admission
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver.
In-museum Scientist: Alexandra Ntoukas
May 24–July 28
Throughout the duration of The Life of a Dead Tree, MOCA’s in-museum scientist, Alexandra Ntoukas, will conduct research and interact with the ash tree on display. She will be collecting data on the types of insects found within the tree; the physical impressions that destructive insects leave on the surfaces of trees; and the ways in which molds and fungi decompose trees. Visitors will be able to experience and learn from Alexandra’s research as the exhibition unfolds. Every Thursday–Sunday, Ntoukas will be available for demonstrations and discussions around her work.