Once a month, BIG Thursday Night at the Bell keeps the museum's doors open late with plenty of special events for all ages. February's happening offers an exclusive tour of "Chased by the Light," a photo exhibit chronicling Jim Brandenburg's 90-day Boundary Waters project. Brandenburg has been featured in National Geographic regularly since 1980 and is a founder of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation, which promotes the preservation and expansion of southwest Minnesota's prairies. The tour will be guided by Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology, who will also host a question-and-answer session on the exhibit and related ecological matters. Visitors can also take part in Sketch Night, an open drawing session with the Ralph Holzenthal, director of the insect collection. The drawing activities will focus on invertebrates, so squeamish folks may want to sit this one out. The museum's 2012 Sustainability Film Series kicks off in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with The Last Mountain, a documentary focusing on the devastating effects coal mining has had on the environment and Americans.
Thu., Feb. 2, 5:30-9 p.m., 2012