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Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence Educators' Evening

September 28, 2012


Join us for a "back to school" educator evening celebrating the latest exhibition Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence.The evening will provide an opportunity for teachers to view the exhibition, hear from a research scientist who worked on the exhibit, network with other educators, and gather resources on how to use the exhibit with their students. The evening also includes a reception and time to engage in conversations with scientists, researchers and conservationists in fields ranging from ichthyology to entomology.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence is an exhibition about the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards across the Northeast to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Rare among plants and animals that live on land, the ability to glow -- that is, to generate light through a chemical reaction -- is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters (2,300 feet) are bioluminescent.

In Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence, visitors will move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it; discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator; and learn how, where, and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon.


Creatures of Light: Nature’s  Bioluminescence is organized by The American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with The Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada and The Field Museum, Chicago.

Generous support for Creatures of Light has been provided by The Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

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