Emriver Models in Museums, Science Centers, and Visitor Centers
Emriver models are practical and useful installations for interactive museums, science centers, and visitor centers because they engage a variety of age groups by allowing hands-on interaction and visualization of how rivers work and how to conserve them. Here are some additional benefits:
- Plastic media makes cleaning easy; not messy like sand
- The installation can be “visitor proof,” depending on what the needs are
- Can serve as a central, shared model for local organizations, schools, and universities to host classes, workshops, and teacher training sessions
SOME CURRENT INSTALLATIONS
- The Southern Illinois Science Center uses their Em2 not only to expose children and parents to how rivers work, but also as part of a program to train educators in interactive, outside-the-classroom teaching and learning.
- ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Science Center and Lake Aquarium
- Virginia Museum of Natural History
- Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Center
- The Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation, part of Cleveland Metroparks, uses an Em2 to teach the public about enhancing and protecting urban watersheds.
- The River Residency workshops at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History use an Em3 to teach students about the interactions between humans and rivers.
- Japan has three Em2s in public settings: The Hamamatsu Science Center, Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, and Izu Peninsula Geopark, one of dozens in the Japan Geopark Network.
- The United States’ wide network of national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands, along with their visitor centers and outreach programs, can benefit from the dynamic and interactive Emriver stream tables to show how rivers work and how to conserve them. Emriver models are used at the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, and the Bureau of Land Management office in Glen Allen, Alaska.