Bioneers is creating a unique learning-and-play program for families with kids 13 and under to enjoy together during the annual conference—our first-ever Family Fair!
Come learn from some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters and experience these spellbinding experiential education activities:
Green Chemistry led by Beyond Benign’s Amy Cannon
How would nature do it? That disarmingly simple question is leading us to a design revolution. Learn first-hand from master nature-inspired educators and biomimics how scientists and engineers are deriving inspiration from nature to create the next generation of products and processes. Make your own solar cell using blackberries. Design your own image using a bio-inspired polymer. Explore the interactive stations and become a change-maker by creating your own materials using renewable resources.
Enjoy Organic Valley Family of Farms’ country fair games, activities like butter making, an enclosed honeybee display and farm-related carnival games.
Take part in a green chemistry and agricultural lab with Dr. Miriam Kaplan.
Discover ways to mimic nature’s perfect order with the Coastal Redwood Biomimicry Network on a nature walk around the South Fork Gallinas Creek and wetlands area and the Civic Center Lagoon. Explore the flora and fauna of the ecosystems and record species on iNaturalist using your smartphones. Learn how nature inspires design using the Biomimicry Institute’s “Life’s Principles.”
2PM Saturday and Sunday
Experience the StoryDome, a mind-blowing immersive space for telling new stories that evoke experiences of wonder and reverence. State-of-the art digital media create awe-inspiring visual stories from the vastness of the cosmos to the tiniest quantum flux.
The StoryDome allows you to explore the beauty and complexity of nature’s patterns and the interdependence of all life.
Junior Scientists from Green Kids Now will lead sustainability activities for a cleaner and healthier planet.
Sing with Aaron Ableman, creator of the award-winning children’s ecological musical Pacha Pajamas, in a musical performance and sing-along.
3PM Saturday and Sunday
Aquarium of the Bay will have its Bay-Mobile Lab on site with its hands-on education activities about the San Francisco Bay, including a touch tank with tide pool animals like sea stars, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and whelk snails. Discover how human activity is changing the chemistry of the ocean through ocean acidification, and how it affects marine life and learn solutions how humans can lessen their impact on the planet.
11AM- 3 PM Saturday and Sunday
Take a Nature walk through the adjacent wetlands with Vida Verde, a nature-based outdoor education program, to explore and observe the natural surroundings and raise your ecological awareness and appreciation of nature.
10 AM Saturday and Sunday
Learn about how the ocean inspired research is transforming technology from Point Reyes National Seashore. Ongoing
University of California Berkley students will highlight and showcase innovative green chemistry technologies. Ongoing
Create your own animal tracks with Vilda local specialists in fostering wilderness skills, nature connection and ecological stewardship. Ongoing
Family Fair activities are free to the public, but do not include access to other regular conference keynotes, panels and workshops.
Conference and Family Fair Combo Registration: Share one full conference pass with another adult when you register with one or more kids under 13 for the Family Fair. Family Fair registration is free for kids, but does not include access to regular conference presentations for the kids. Adults can alternate spending time at conference presentations and time at the Family Fair, as long as kids are always accompanied by at least one adult.
When registering, select one ticket for your preferred day(s) and enter family member names when prompted during checkout. Combo registration is available for 3-day passes and 1-day passes for Saturday and Sunday only.
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