Get a bug’s-eye view of the world when you magically “shrink” to 1/100th of your actual size—smaller than a penny—to explore an immersive environment of worm tunnels and soil chambers. This exhibition reveals soil to be home to an incredible diversity of living things, and shows how not a single plant or animal could survive without it. After regaining your regular size, become a soil scientist to investigate how life above ground connects to life below.
In Underground Adventure, you can:
- Meet a giant mole cricket, crayfish, wolf spider, and other animatronic critters, and identify soil organisms that seem small, even at 100 times their normal size.
- Encounter the snapping tail of a mama earwig defending her babies, peek in on hatching snail eggs, and observe different approaches that invertebrates take to raising their young.
- Get a whole new perspective on how plant roots, seeds, and fungus find nourishment amidst the soil.
- Examine how the actions of people and communities may help or hurt soil—and thus maintain or threaten the health of entire ecosystems.