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2 Explorers from ‘National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers' to Speak at MSI

Kenny Broad and Sarah McNair-Landry, two of the featured explorers from the traveling exhibit National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers will speak at the Museum of Science & Industry (M.S.I.) on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The event begins at 11:00 a.m., not 2:00 p.m., as the first Museum News e-mail on the event stated.

This is a view of the exhibit area “TREK: The Rain Forests.”
This is a view of the exhibit area “TREK: The Rain Forests.”
JB Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

“Take any opportunity to do something different, learn a new skill, and challenge yourself,” stated scuba diver, underwater cave explorer, and environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad. “The only failure is not trying. And remember—what comes around goes around, so be sure to share what you learn and help out your friends. It’s as fulfilling to be a team member as it is to lead a team.”
M.S.I. stated, “Broad enjoys exploring the Bahamas’ deep underwater caves, or blue holes, the diver’s equivalent of summiting Mt. Everest in the Himalayas. It requires the perfect blend of physical stamina, masterful diving technique, and sophisticated equipment, such as rebreathers that recycle a diver’s exhaled air.”

“Sarah McNair-Landry,” M.S.I. stated, “is an adventurer, cinematographer, avid kite-skier and the youngest person to reach both the North and South Poles. She and her brother Eric have explored the Arctic for months at a time, covering huge distances by walking, dog sledding, kite skiing and even kayaking. McNair-Landry’s earliest adventures began right in her own backyard above the Arctic Circle.”

“I grew up with a team of dogs and the Arctic Ocean in my backyard,” Ms. McNair-Landry stated. “At the age of 10, my brother Eric and I decided that we wanted to head out on an overnight hiking trip, all by ourselves. So for the week leading up, my parents made us practice and prove that we could light the stoves, work the radio, and camp outside by ourselves on our back porch. Once we had proven our skills, Eric and I got to head out on our camping trip. We continued to head out for longer and longer trips, which eventually led to multi-month expeditions.”

This event will take approximately ninety minutes and is not covered by general admission. It requires a separate ticket that costs $15 for adult MSI Members ($7 for their children ages three to seventeen). For the general public, the tickets would be $19 for adults ($9 for children ages three to eleven), in addition to Museum Entry (general admission) tickets. One can buy tickets online or over the phone by calling (773) 684-1414.

Produced by Global Experience Specialists (GES) in partnership with the National Geographic Society, Earth Explorers opened Thursday, March 20, 2014 and runs through Monday, September 1, 2014 at M.S.I. It is not included in Museum Entry but is available as part of any of three Museum Explorer ticket packages. Pepsi is sponsoring the Earth Explorers exhibit’s appearance at M.S.I.

“Earth Explorers provides a great chance for the entire family to discover our planet’s regions, understand more about the world, and take on the role of an explorer,” said Anne Rashford, Director of Temporary Exhibits & Events. “This exhibit is highly interactive, making it a fun learning experience for all ages.”

The first exhibit area is “Base Camp.” One begins the journey by climbing aboard an off-road vehicle like those used by scientists and documentary filmmakers in the field. The vehicle is outfitted with video monitors showing footage shot by explorers in the real ecosystems profiled in the exhibit.

“CHILL: The Polar Regions” is the second exhibit area. Inside the “Polar Explorer Cabin,” one sees a polar bear pass by a window while assembling the right mixture of protein and carbohydrates in “What’s for Dinner?”

Photographer Paul Nicklen’s notebook reveals survival strategies. A thermogram allows one to compare what one’s heat loss signature would be near the Arctic Circle in comparison to a polar bear’s. Guests will learn about polar bears at the Arctic regions and penguins at Antarctica.

The third exhibit area is “DIVE: The Oceans,” which includes a replica submersible and an eleven-foot-long sculpture of a great white shark. National Geographic videos here cover what life is like for creatures living in the ocean’s depths.

“TREK: The Rain Forests” is the fourth exhibit area. Rain forests and jungles account for much of the planet’s biodiversity and generate much of the oxygen humans and animals breathe worldwide.

The fifth exhibit area is “CLIMB: Mountains and Caves.” The featured explorers here are Carsten Peter, who descends into caves to take pictures to share with the world, and Steve Winter, who photographs animals that live high in mountains, such as snow leopards.

Lastly, there is “SOAR: The Savanna.” This includes a simulation of a hot air balloon ride over African grasslands.

MSI stated, “Each of the six areas in Earth Explorers feature a unique interactive digital experience that utilizes an advanced technology, augmented reality (AR), to bring various animals inside the exhibit to life. Using their iPhone or iPad, guests can watch as the featured animal walks its way up their arm or outreached hand.”

National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers allows guests to let their imaginations run wild as they become explorers and embark on an adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important roles technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting these discoveries.

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a marketing agency that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits, and retail environments. GES provides a wide range of services, including turnkey official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services—all with an unrivaled global reach.

GES partners with shows and brands, including Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, L’Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. GES’s National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past five years, and for the fourth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.”

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported National Geographic Society offers members an opportunity to get closer to explorers, connect with other members, and help make a positive impact on the biosphere.

The National Geographic Society reaches more than 500,000,000 people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products, and events. It is one of the world’s leading organizers of large-scale, traveling exhibitions.

Since it launched Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs in 2004, National Geographic has organized two more Egyptian-themed exhibitions, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs and Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt. Other traveling exhibitions include Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution, Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment and Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. Since 2009, National Geographic traveling exhibitions have been seen by more than 20,000,000 visitors.

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