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The Northern Forest

Stroll through the Northern Forest, an outdoor space next to the Science North parking lot that was naturalized in the early 1990's with a variety of native tree and shrub species. The Northern Forest is now home to hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses and animals. Go on an interpretive self-guided tour and learn about different forest types and processes.

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LANDER: From Avro to Apollo

Learn about the remarkable story of a Canadian engineer whose influence on the Apollo program led to landing a human on the Moon.

This 25-minute documentary explores the life and work of Owen Maynard, a guiding hand in the design, build and engineering of the Lunar Lander along with NASA and Grumman Aircraft. 

Many Canadians helped make the first steps on the Moon possible. Follow how the Canadian invented Avro Arrow supersonic jet to the birth of the Apollo program.

Now playing in the Vale Cavern daily at 12:15 pm and 2:30 pm until September 7, 2019.

Included in admission

30 minutes in length

Presented in English only

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TD Canada Trust Toddler's Treehouse

Toddlers and preschoolers have a special place at Science North! This great educational play area is dedicated to young children from newborn to age five.

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Wildfires! A Firefighting Adventure in 3D

Adrenaline rushes through your body as you witness the unfolding drama of Wildfires! A Firefighting Adventure in 3D. Feel the excitement as a ground crew, transported by helicopter into the remote wilderness, tries to contain the rapidly spreading fire. Ride along with the Air Attack Officer as operations are directed from a seat high above the blaze. Be the co-pilot in a CL 415 water bomber as it undertakes the difficult and sometimes dangerous mission of controlling a major forest fire from the air, swooping down to pick up a load of water and dropping it at the centre of the action. Experience Wildfires! in the Science North Vale Cavern. (25 minute show)

Watch the Wildfires! trailer

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F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery

Close to 400 free-flying tropical butterflies make their home amidst more than 200 exotic plants in this tropical environment. Watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis in the eclosion cabinet. Learn what countries these species come from, their life cycle and mating habits. Use the magnifiers attached to the portable feeding stations for a closer look.

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Fossil Table

425 million years ago, Manitoulin Island was located near the Equator and was home to a coral reef. Take home evidence of some of the life that thrived there by searching through pieces of rock from the Island and finding a fossil.

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Nature Exchange Program

Reignite your passion for the natural world. Investigate and learn how to earn points to swap items from our collection to yours. Natural items found around your native surroundings can be traded along with information to acquire points needed to trade for other items.

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Rock Xylophone

Did you know that rocks are musical? The amount of silica in a rock affects its resonance. Play a tune on these rock cores and hear the different notes.

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Tropical Invertebrates

Visit with friends from far away countries. Learn why our bugs are so small. Find out what a snail feels like in your hand or how millipedes protect themselves by touching the real thing.

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Drifter the beaver was between two and four years old when he came to us in 2004. He is unique as he only has half a tail, having lost the other half to frostbite before coming to us. He is a herbivore who particularly enjoys aspen and dandelions, roots, leaves flowers and all. Drifter has a bit of a sweet tooth. He loves apples and berries!

Kashkuanashku, or “Kash” for short, was born in 2016 at another Canadian Zoo. Since he was born in human care, he cannot be released back into the wild. His name comes from the Innu language and means “it is cloudy”.

Look at Kash’s tail when he's swimming. He uses it to change direction and dive under the water.

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Discovery Theatre

This amphitheatre is the setting for wacky and wonderful science demonstrations, hosted live each day by Science North’s talented staff! Each show features plenty of audience participation and plenty of surprises! The Discovery Theatre is accessible from both the Third and Fourth Floors.

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Erosion Table

Explore Earth sciences with the help of this giant stream table. Children especially enjoy playing with water and sand to discover simple principles about erosion and force. The erosion table is located between the Wetlands and Lakes and Rivers Labs.

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Flying squirrels

Science North is home to several flying squirrels. All of them were orphaned when they were young, and raised by Science North staff. Visitors may have an opportunity to meet a flying squirrel up-close, and on special occasions even watch them glide!

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Honey Bee Observation Hive

Take a closer look at a living honey bee colony! Learn the difference between honey bees, bumble bees, wasps and hornets. See the world through the unique eyes of a honey bee and find out about the nectar guides they use to find pollen on flowers. Watch honey bees in action as they produce honey, leave the hive to scavenge for nectar, feed baby bee larvae and tend to the queen.

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Nocturnal Room

Enter the darkened environment of our nocturnal room! Catch a glimpse of some of our nocturnal animals in action, like the Northern Flying Squirrel, Big Brown Bat and Deer mouse.

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Northern Garden

The Northern Garden is an outdoor visitor space that can be accessed through the 3rd floor. The Northern Garden is a beautiful space to unwind. The Northern Garden is a great learning space for anyone interested in naturalizing their landscape. The garden features a variety of native plant species, a certified Monarch Waystation and is home to many healthy populations of native birds, amphibians, insects and mammals.

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Northern Ontario Trees

Learn about some of the diseases, pests and special features of a few Northern Ontario tree species as you walk under our larger than life artificial trees.

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Maple was born in 2016. Maple was born in human care and thus cannot be released into the wild. Porcupines give birth to only one young a year, called a porcupette.

Porcupines are agile climbers and spend most of their lives up in trees. They eat the bark and leaves of many Northern Ontario trees. If you can’t find Maple, try looking up among the branches.

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Born in 2012, Saunders the skunk joined our team of Science North Animal Ambassadors in March 2013. He is still a little shy but we expect he'll soon enjoy exploring our outside grounds and meeting our visitors up close. He is our first animal to undergo positive reinforcement training to make "scary" things like vet examinations, needles, and claw trimming less stressful. He is an omnivore and, like a true northerner, especially loves blueberries!

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Smell: the Sense of Communication!

Challenge your friends and family and use your noses to identify a variety of real scents you might encounter in the forests of Northern Ontario.

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Sulfur Dioxide Monitoring Station

Access real-time data and information relating to the local air quality of Greater Sudbury. Learn how we measure sulfur dioxide (SO2) in our air and monitor emissions. How do weather and air currents can affect SO2 concentrations at ground-level? The monitoring station at Science North is the only one out of 17 sulfur dioxide monitoring stations in Greater Sudbury that is accessible to the public.

Science North’s SO2 Lab is sponsored by Vale, Xstrata Nickel and Bestech Engineering.

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Wearable Moose Antlers

Snap a picture of you and your family wearing real moose antlers! These donated antlers weigh over 50 lbs and belonged to a large bull of the Alaskan or Giant Moose sub-species.

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Wetlands lab

Identify the frogs and birds that inhabit Ontario’s wetlands through their physical characteristics and their calls, and then try to imitate them yourself! Take a peek out onto Lily Creek for the opportunity to observe some of the species that live there. Get up close to some real live Northern Ontario amphibian and reptile species, including Russ, the eastern Massasauga rattlesnake.

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Be a DJ!

Do you have the talent to be a DJ? Use the DJ console and a combination of software and hardware to create your own music by scratching, mixing and blending songs together.

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Between the Stars

Journey to the very limits of time, space and understanding. From Galileo's inspired observations of Jupiter 400 years ago, to today's extraordinary telescopes, observatories, and space probes, every new discovery has shown us that the universe is more astonishing than we could imagine. Explore our understanding of the universe in Between the Stars. But with each answer comes new questions; none more perplexing than, "What is the universe actually made of?"

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The Changing Climate Show

Sheepy, the rubber-booted and informed sheep, returns in this update of the popular object theatre show, which debuted at Science North in 2002. He's following up with us – humans – about our attempts to minimize the effects of climate change. This time, he's enlisted the help of "Fleece-Net", a global network of informed sheep, to gather vital information about current climate situations worldwide. Together, they present a picture of our vulnerabilities while also highlighting innovative solutions that are being implemented around the world. It's clear that our modern lifestyles must adapt to changing climates and continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Canadian satirist Rick Mercer reprises his role as the voice of Sheepy.

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Colour Your Shadow

You may have mixed paint before, but have you ever mixed light? Mix red, green, and blue lights and see how the colours blend to make different colours. Make shadows inside the box and see what happens.

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Diffusion Cloud Chamber

Every second billions of particles go right through you. Many have no interactions with your body and will just keep going. The cloud chamber will allow you to see the traces of just a small fraction of these particles.

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FedNor CyberZone Computer Lab

Experiment with the latest computer programs and technologies, surf the web, and play some popular games.

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Flight Simulator

Learn to fly by exploring the cockpit and mastering the controls and gauges of a DeHavilland Beaver floatplane. Learn about the physics of flight and the forces that help a plane fly and land.

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Experiment with magnetism and structures with this innovative building toy consisting of magnetic rods and ball bearings. Geomag is a Swiss manufacturer with the original and only patented product that has had no recall history since originating in 1999.

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Gravity Well

In a galaxy where planets are made of marbles, behold the power of a black hole's gravitational field! Smash marbles together, see how smaller marbles behave differently than larger ones, and mimic orbital paths of varying shapes.

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Healthy Bodies Toddler Area

You’re never too young to have a healthy body! Learn about the four food groups in the play kitchen. Play a matching game with plush organs and microbes. Try on the "empty body" vest and attach the organs in the right place.

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High Speed Photography

The world of high speed can capture things that the human eye cannot. Ever wonder what it would be like to slow time down and watch something in slow motion? Record and see what happens when you drop something at regular speed and compare it to what it looks like when it’s slowed down.

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How Tall Will You Grow?

Learn about human growth trends and predict how tall you will be when you reach adult height.

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Human Fitness Lab

Test your speed, strength, and flexibility in the Human Fitness Lab. Get your body moving at any one of a number of fitness stations. Being active is key to health and fitness!

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The Human Gyroscope

Twist, turn and tumble as you experience first-hand the gyroscopic forces that astronauts must face when training to control tumbling spacecraft.

Maximum height: 6'2" (188 cm)

Minimum height: 5' (152 cm)

Maximum weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)

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Microgravity Drop Tower

Watch experiments fall from the top of the tower to learn about weightlessness, and what our lives would be like without gravity.

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Ready, SET, MOVE!

This fully immersive, active and interactive theatre will take you on a journey into the world of healthy living. Movement-sensing technology allows your own activity to contribute to the story. You will jump, dodge, twist and play throughout the show, your actions helping our heroine Anna and her quest to save her family from an ominous, dark fog.

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Solar System Models

Look at different models of our Solar System and compare the sizes and speeds of the planets as they orbit the Sun.

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Speed Park Racetrack

Vroom vroom! Learning about pulley ratios, motors, and structural stability has never been such fun! It's bigger & better with a figure 8 design, banked corners, and a pit area too!

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Sprint Track

Take your mark, get set, and test your sprint start! Adjust the starting blocks and race against your friends and family. Try to get the fastest sprint start time and review your technique using the slow-motion video replay of you leaving the blocks.

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Stop-Motion Animation

Use a camera, computer, different backgrounds and a box of toys to create your own stop-motion animation video. All you need is your imagination! Play back your animation and see how you did.

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The Doppler Effect

Spin the buzzer around and listen to how the sound waves are changed as it moves.

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