Celebrate Science Week at the Naracoorte Caves!

South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide will be bringing the museum ‘out of the glass case’ for a fun-filled science experience at the Naracoorte Caves from August 16-18.

During the week there will be many activities for regional schools to participate in at the Caves.

On Friday August 17 there will be a night of science, as research from the Caves makes its way to the Naracoorte Town Hall at 7pm.

There will be a special presentation by Professor Kris Helgen (University of Adelaide Research scientist) who has been dubbed the ‘next David Attenborough’.

This will be followed by a panel of speakers for a ‘scientific speed dating’ format, where each presenter will have five minutes to tell you about their research! 

Joining Kris for our panel presentation will be:

  • Professor Robert Hill– plant fossils.
  • Dr Mark Hutchinson – reptiles past and present.
  • Dr Vicki Thomson  – tiger snakes and ancient DNA.
  • Ms Tahlia Perry – Echidna CSI!
  • Ms Jessie Treloar – Naracoorte small mammal fossils.

Emcee for the evening will be Dr Liz Reed (University of Adelaide), who will talk about the exciting new paleontology research happening at Naracoorte Caves.

The event is supported by Naracoorte Lucindale Council and Wrattonbully Wine Region Association, with a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.

Then there’s Science at the Caves on Saturday August 18, from 10am to 4pm. Join museum and university scientists at the caves to see a range of amazing displays and activities. Try your hand at fossil sorting and a range of other activities to see and do:

  • Dr Mark Hutchinson will talk about Naracoorte’s reptiles, past and present.
  • Graham Medlin will show how owl pellets tell us about biodiversity.
  • Dr Liz Reed will talk about Naracoorte’s past giants, the megafauna.
  • Dr Vicki Thomson will talk about her research on tiger snake venom and ancient DNA.

Other activities will include limestone fossils, fossil sorting and displays, walking with megafauna.

Visitors can enjoy a tour of Naracoorte Caves while they are there and great coffee and meals at the Caves Café.

And that Sunday Dr Liz Reed will be onsite at the Naracoorte Caves to speak with visitors for a special science program and family fun day hosted by the Naracoorte Caves. Professor Flint will perform in Blanche Cave in the afternoon.

Schools can make bookings to attend sessions with Scientists and Science Communicators by calling Leeanne Bloomfield, 0405561737 or via leeanne.bloomfield@samuseum.sa.gov.au