Museum of Nature & Science presents Saving the Bay

March 7, 2011
Check-In: 6:30pm
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion: 7-9pm

Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to present a special preview screening of the upcoming Emmy-winning PBS Series Saving the Bay, followed by a panel discussion about local water issues in Dallas. This free event will be held in MNS’s TI Founders IMAX® Theater in the Science Building.

How to Attend

Although this event is free to the public, space is limited. Please arrive on time to claim your seat. Reservations are not available.

The Film

Saving the Bay is scheduled to be broadcast nationally on PBS in prime time to coincide with Earth Week beginning Wednesday evening April 20, 2011 and continuing the next three Wednesday evenings through May 11th. When the series premiered in two parts on KQED/San Francisco October 8, 2009, it had the single highest rating of any PBS program in the nation the evening of its initial broadcast. Saving the Bay received four regional Emmy awards including for Best Documentary in May, 2010.

Narrated by Robert Redford, Saving the Bay explores the history of one of America’s greatest natural resources — San Francisco Bay — with four one-hour episodes tracing the Bay from its geologic origins following the last Ice Age through years of catastrophic exploitation to restoration efforts of today. This spectacular high-definition series takes viewers on an unforgettable journey around the waters of San Francisco Bay and the larger northern California watershed from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The series also highlights the story of three women who rallied an entire region to save San Francisco Bay from becoming little more than a river. Spearheaded by three women in the East Bay hills, the story of how the Bay was saved is not only compelling in its own right, but offers an invaluable lesson about how ordinary citizens can have an impact on protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

Conceived as more than purely a public television series, Saving the Bay is a huge public education endeavor designed to raise awareness of San Francisco Bay — it’s evolution, how we almost lost and then saved the Bay, and how we are planning the future of the Bay including wetland restoration, increased public access and balancing the often competing needs of a fragile ecosystem which is the centerpiece of a major urban area home to over 7 million people.

For more information about the Saving the Bay series and for downloadable lesson plans, please visit www.savingthebay.org.

The Panel Discussion

The history of San Francisco Bay contains lessons for us all. Our panelists will discuss local water issues right here in Dallas and what we can do to protect our most precious resource. Please check back often for more details.

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