Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
The Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) offers a unique timeline of America's history as it was viewed by silent witnesses – trees. In order to maintain and keep this incredible connection to the past, MOSI has applied for grants to keep this garden alive.
MOSI’s Historic Tree Grove features 17 trees all descended from trees that witnessed amazing historic events or were associated with famous historical people. The Grove includes a sycamore tree descended from seeds that traveled to the moon, a longleaf pine whose ancestor witnessed a battle of the American Civil War, a water oak from Helen Keller’s home in Tuscumbia, AL, and a sweet gum whose ancestor saw the first flight of the airplane.
If awarded the grant, MOSI plans to use multiple methods of interpretation to create an immersive sensory experience to allow guests to connect with the histories of these trees. Traditional signage will be paired with night time lighting, thematic gardens, wind instruments and mural-painted seating areas to create a unique look and feel for the Historic Tree Grove.
The Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove is a part of MOSI Outside, which also includes MOSI’s BioWorks Butterfly Garden and Back Woods Forest Preserve. For more information on MOSI’s Historic Tree Grove, visit mosi.org or call 813-987-6357.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology. With a total size of over 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States, and home to the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. Kids In Charge! The Children’s Science Center at MOSI is the largest children’s science center in the nation. Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. MOSI’s newest permanent exhibition, The Amazing You, presented by MetLife Foundation and sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, explores the fascinating world of birth through end-of-life. Conquer your fears and experience an adrenaline rush like no other on MOSI’s permanent attractions, the Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. Also, guests can now Dream it – Make it – Do it in MOSI’s technology playground & inventor’s studio, Idea Zone. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit http://www.mosi.org.
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