Families are invited to “Sensational Sagebrush,” a special program at the Nevada State Museum from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.  The activity continues the museum’s Family Fun Saturdays series. Children will discover why Big Sagebrush is called Artemisia tridentata and examine what the plant’s three-tipped leaves look like under the microscope.

In groups of eight, visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a 30-minute art or science activity best suited for children ages 6-11.  In the science area, visitors can peek in a microscope or use hand lenses to see sagebrush leaves, flowers, stems and bark.  Guests will also learn to use a plant key to identify Big Sagebrush and hear the original story, "Coyote and the Sagebrush."  The program’s art project will offer guests an opportunity to make a diorama showing animals that depend on sagebrush to live.

Hosted in the museum’s natural history discovery lab at 600 N. Carson St., the event is free for museum members and children 17 and under. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Adult tickets are $8 and available at the admissions desk beginning at 12:30. For more information, call 687-4810 ext. 237 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .