It’s not often people watch movies at 8:45 a.m., but if you haven’t noticed, the staff at HMNS tends to do things a little differently. You would think that getting to watch a movie at work would be a perk I enjoy, but at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, it’s hard to get inspired. You can imagine my surprise when I recently left the IMAX theatre having planned my summer 2009 vacation, with ideas bouncing around in my head like Mexican jumping beans after viewing Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk.
Photo Safari in Kreuger National Park, South Africa
I am a huge fan of the outdoors; hiking, camping, biking, rafting, running – you name it! It was pure heaven to watch the adventures of this incredible team unfold as they navigated through the Colorado River via raft, inside of the majesty of the Grand Canyon.
I was reminded of all of the great adventures I’ve been on in the outdoors and all of the knowledge those experiences have brought me. Recently, I went on a Photo Safari in South Africa and was able to view lions, giraffe, rhino, honey badgers, and cheetah among many other animals. My trip affected my outlook on ecology and the effects of the actions of one being on another; it was truly a life-changing experience.
These experiences – the ones that change our habits and perceptions – are a part of growing up, and our continuing education as we move through our life’s journey. Here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we believe that part of education is sharing your experience with others – so we’re instituting a giant game of Show and Tell!
Do you have a Great Adventure that’s inspired you and changed your life? Share it with us! You can write an essay (600 words or less) submit a photo slideshow (with captions) or a narrated video (or all three!) – we love creativity and we’re open to pretty much anything that we can post here. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You have until noon on June 27, 2008.
And now, for the best part of any contest…drumroll, please…the following prizes will be awarded to the two most well-versed and meaningful submissions.
Winner, ages 18 and under: a private screening of Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk, for you and 50 of your closest friends.
Winner, ages 19 and over: a $300 gift card to REI and twenty passes to see Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk.
So get crackin’! We can’t wait to see where you’ve been – and what it taught you.
View contest rules here.