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Annual SCICON Barbecue April 13

Visitors can tour expanded museum

SCICON Barbecue April 13

The annual SCICON Barbecue & Wildflower Festival will be held Sunday, April 13 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There is no charge to visit the campus or enjoy the numerous activities. Tickets are available for a barbecue luncheon at $10 per person for adults and $5 per person for seniors 60 and older or for children 12 and under.

Visitors to the annual barbecue are invited to see the newly renovated and expanded Phyllis Wall Museum. SCICON Director Rick Mitchell reports that the expansion includes new gallery space which houses displays on natural resources, such as energy and forestry, as well as a beautiful Native American exhibit. An enlarged Discovery Room is home to live reptiles, amphibians and unusual insects. One of the most famous exhibits of the Phyllis Wall Museum is the Fluorescent Rock Room display. This display has been totally re-designed and the "glowing rocks" have become the highlight of the museum experience.

"One of the features that has made SCICON the 'gold standard' in California outdoor education programs has been its natural history museum," says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. "The museum has served hundreds of thousands of students and visitors over the past 40 years with its outstanding collections of wildlife, geology and natural history exhibits. The museum expansion has allowed us to enhance that visitor experience with new exhibitions focused on forestry, electricity and Native Americans."

For more information about the barbecue, call SCICON at (559) 539-2642.

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~ Emily Ponce from Woodlake Valley Middle School generates power for a new SCICON electricity exhibit by peddling a stationary bicycle. The exhibit can be found in the recently completed gallery expansion at the Phyllis Wall Museum. Visitors to the annual SCICON barbecue April 13 are encouraged to visit the museum and enjoy the new and renovated exhibits.