Ever heard of an aquaponics greenhouse? If not, you should go to the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Sept. 20 to find out about this exciting and unusual exhibit right in Redlands.
During the opening day, a variety of hands-on activities will be offered for children and families. Activities start at 10 a.m. and continue through 3 p.m. All these fun activities are included in the normal museum general admission.
The greenhouse is a design/build project partnership that includes volunteers from the Incredible Edible Community Garden; Serving Proud Industries, a Veterans Service Program; San Bernardino Veterans Affairs; and Integrated Infrastructures, a planning and architecture firm. The installation is funded by the U.S. Forest Service with additional support from Braceros Landscaping and Maintenance, Home Depot North Upland Store, Riverstone Industries, Invisible Structures, Art Specialties and educator Mary Walls.
“The Aquaponics Project is a great example of volunteers and agencies, including the County Museum, working together to provide practical and inspiring learning opportunities,” said Leonard Hernandez, the museum’s interim director. “It’s location, beside our ethnobotany garden, reinforces the premise that native plants and responsible use of resources, including water, can play an important role in our everyday lives.”
“With Aquaponics you have a renewable source of protein as well as a renewable source of produce,” said Eleanor Torres, co-executive director of “Incredible Edible Community Garden” and “Serving Proud Industries. It is a scalable and contained system that can feed a family for relatively little money,” she said.
The museum is located at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The site is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military or seniors, $7 for students and $5 for children five to 12-years-old. Parking is free. The museum is accessible to people with disabilities and if assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed to enjoy the exhibits or programs requests can be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to a visit. The visitor services’ number is (909) 307-2669.
For information visit http://www.sbcountymuseum.org.