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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


'Whiz Bang Science Show' Explores Tornadoes

May 25, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Learn about tornadoes in a place that was recently hit by one.

Secrest Arboretum’s June 9 “Whiz Bang Science Show” looks at twisters: how they start, how to detect them, the damage they do and ways to recover.

The program starts at 7 p.m. in the John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, which lay in the path of a tornado that struck the area last September. 

The arboretum, the surrounding campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), and nearby residential areas suffered damage. The amphitheater, which had been wooded and shady, lost almost all its big trees, though replanting has begun.

Presenting the program is OARDC web developer “Dr. Dave” Lohnes, whose popular shows aim to “excite kids and spark their interest in science.” It’s free for kids of all ages and their families.

OARDC is at 1680 Madison Ave. in Wooster. Follow signs on the campus to the arboretum.

Call 330-464-2148 or 330-263-3700 for more information. Call the same numbers if the weather looks questionable and you want to find out if the show will go on. The program will be cancelled in case of severe weather.

The next show in the series is July 14 at the same time and place.

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OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Kurt Knebusch
Dave Lohnes