FREE SUMMER SUNDAY TOURS OF
BROOKHAVEN LAB START JULY 14
Special emphasis on environment added; tours every
Sunday until August 25
Upton, NY -- This summer, the hands-on family fun at Brookhaven
National Laboratory's Science Museum will share the spotlight
with serious, but still entertaining, environmental themes.
On seven Sundays, from July 14 to August 25, visitors of all ages
are invited to take in all the sights and sounds of Brookhaven's
Summer Sunday tours. The guided tours run continuously, departing
roughly every 15 minutes between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Admission is free. For more information, call 344-2345 during
weekday business hours.
Responding to the community's growing interest in its environmental
impact, the world-renowned scientific research laboratory has
created new exhibits, demonstrations, nature walks and multimedia
presentations. These eco-minded additions cover everything from
chemicals and radiation to pine barrens protection and Superfund
As in the past, a video introduction to the Lab's research, a
bus tour of the site and a visit to the Science Museum are all
on tap for visitors.
The following new features are planned for the Summer Sunday
- New Science Exhibits: Help build a 10-foot freestanding
arch bridge from blocks, then walk over it; see all the colors
of the rainbow blend, bend and separate on the Light Island; and
explore the chemistry of gases with the Ping Pong Pinball machine.
- Nature Walks on BNL Site: On three Sundays, dates to
be announced, a guide will take limited numbers of visitors on
walking tours through ecologically significant areas of the Lab's
5,300-acre pine-forested site. Space is limited, so reservations
are suggested for these tours, which will be given at 11:00
a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Call 344-4049 to reserve.
- Going with the (Groundwater) Flow: Long Island's groundwater
is precious, and the Laboratory is working to protect and clean
it. A tabletop model of the Island's groundwater aquifer, which
shows the potential impact of pollution, will be demonstrated.
- Radiation and Radioactivity: Museum-goers can learn
about the radioactivity that's in everyday items, in demonstrations
given by the Lab's radiation protection specialists. Another exhibit
lets visitors compare the radiation doses from natural and manmade
radiation sources, including cosmic rays, dental x-rays, radon
and Brookhaven Lab's scientific machines.
- Talk to the Eco-Experts: Every Sunday, environmental
professionals from the Lab's staff will be on hand to give demonstrations
in the museum and to answer questions about Brookhaven's environmental
programs in an "Ask Me!" booth at the reception center.
- Video Ecology: The Lab's progress in cleaning up environmental
contamination on its site is the focus of a brief video to be
shown continuously in the reception center. A companion video
will show the "wild side" of Brookhaven's site, including
flora and fauna that find a haven in the Lab's pine-barren forests.
- STOP Pollution at Home: Visitors will get tips on how
to use and dispose of household chemicals responsibly, and hear
how the Lab has improved its handling of scientific and industrial
chemicals to protect the environment.
The eco-minded additions will take their place in the reception
center and in the three-story museum, alongside more than 20 interactive
science-oriented displays and activities that entrance children
and adults alike.
Also at the museum, visitors with a bent for history will be particularly
interested in the Camp Upton Historical Collection. This special
section of the museum features an extensive collection of photos
and memorabilia from World Wars I and II, when the Brookhaven
site was the Army's Camp Upton. A video, "From Basic Training
to Basic Research," describes the early history of the site.
Refreshments and rest rooms are available, and a souvenir shop
located at the Science Museum is stocked with science-related
toys and other fun items.
For information about Brookhaven's free Sunday tours, call the
Lab's Public Affairs Office, at (516) 344-2345. Brookhaven Lab
is located on the William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half
miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.