FLINT — Opening Jan. 23, 2016, at Sloan Museum the new traveling exhibit Water’s Extreme Journey presented by HealthPlus.
Journey through an interactive maze that engages visitors in an exciting quest to stay clean, while flowing through rivers, lakes, backyards, and into homes. Through play, scientific inquiry, and art, Water’s Extreme Journey empowers visitors to take action, commit to clean water, and express their support for clean water initiatives. After exploring the maze, delve into Flint’s water system history, learn the science of filtration, examine current issues and solutions, and investigate the Flint River today. Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St.
Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors (60+), $6 youth age 2-11, children under 1 and members are free. For more information call 810-237-3450 or visit SloanMuseum.org.
“Water’s Extreme Journey effectively engages young people in the natural resource decisions of today that will have massive impacts on our communities tomorrow.” Steve Creech, Executive Director, Wyland Foundation
While investigating winding pathways, visitors are challenged to navigate through Non-Point Source Pollutants originating from agriculture, development, litter, and our homes. Will the farm they pass by be organic? Did their neighbor pour leftover paint down the drain? This fully interactive maze experience engages visitors through play, scientific inquiry, art and action, illuminating human impacts great and small while teaching how to contribute to healthy, safe water in their community and beyond.
“As an artist and an environmentalist, I’m always looking to find unique ways to connect people with the importance of taking care of our ocean, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. The Water’s Extreme Journey Maze does this not only through a brilliant combination of sight and touch, it has a clear sense of purpose that makes it one of the most powerful learning experiences of its kind.” — Wyland, internationally renowned marine life artist.
Created by world renowned marine life artist Wyland, and Seattle-based Minotaur Mazes, Water’s Extreme Journey blends art, science and action. “Our goal is to immerse you in the subject by making you a raindrop susceptible to the whims of human activities.” Wyland says. “It’s a fun way to explore the challenges of keeping our water clean,” added Wyland. With a little luck, and a few attempts, visitors learn how to make cleaner choices and discover the rewards of a healthy ocean. — G.G.